Gourmet Explorer Tours

Gourmet Explorer Tours with Regent Seven Seas

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Regent Seven Seas invites you to taste the cultures of the world with specially curated, Master Chef-led, Gourmet Explorer Tours, offered exclusively aboard Seven Seas Splendor™ and Seven Seas Explorer®.

When you choose one of these Gourmet tours you’ll have to opportunity to experience the culinary culture in some of the world’s most delicious destinations. Experiences will include exploring local markets for authentic flavours, learning new techniques in local cooking classes, sip on delicious wines and savour expertly prepared gourmet meals. You’ll please your palate and expand your culinary knowledge with each of these delectable Gourmet Explorer Tours.

We’ve selected a few of our favourite Gourmet Explorer Tours that Regent Seven Seas has curated. For a complete list, connect with one of our luxury cruise specialists

CHEF MARKET TOUR AND TAPAS CLASS – FROM BILBAO, SPAIN
Accompanied by the Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen, participants of this tour visit the Mercado de la Ribera in central Bilbao, followed by tapas and pintxos snacks in Plaza Nova. Guests will also enjoy a short photo stop at the exterior of the famed Guggenheim museum, and then back to the ship for a 90-minute Tapas and Pintxos cooking class for lunch.

*Class fee included in price of Gourmet Explorer Tour

 

MASTER CHEF, PROVENCE LUNCH & WINES – FROM PROVENCE, FRANCE
Renowned Michelin-starred Master Chef Rene Berard hosts guests at his private property where they enjoy a tour and Provencal cooking demonstration. An elegant lunch at Le Bistrot de Jef is included and it features the very best of seasonal Provencal wines. Under the glass rooftop, guests enjoy the view of beautiful Provence and savor Mediterranean inspired dishes prepared especially for our group.

 

CHEF’S MARKET TOUR & LATVIAN COOKING – FROM RIGA, LATVIA
Along with the Chef from The Culinary Arts Kitchen and a local Latvian Chef, participants of this tour enjoy a tour through the Central Market of Riga – deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered Europe’s largest market and bazaar – where they’ll shop for produce and ingredients that will be used later for a Latvian cooking class and lunch once back on board the ship.

*Class fee included in price of Gourmet Explorer Tour.

 

CHEF MARKET TOUR: CANNOLIS & LUNCH WITH WINES – FROM TAROMINA (SICILY), ITALY
Accompanied by the Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen, guests visit the renowned fish and produce market in Catania, learn how to make delicious cannoli from a Sicilian pastry master and cap off the day with lunch and a cooking demonstration at a famed Taormina restaurant with slow food Chef Turi. Wines from Etna’s award-winning Benanti winery will be paired during lunch by the winemaker himself for an authentically Sicilian wine-and-food experience.

 

MARKET-TO-TABLE CHEF TOUR & COOKING CLASS – FROM CORFU, GREECE
Guests embarking on this tour receive a shopping assignment from their Chef Instructor to gather produce, cheeses and specialties at the local market. They also get to enjoy a light lunch at a famed local taverna, before returning on board for a cooking class on Corfu cuisine using the bounty of their foraging efforts.

*Class fee included in price of Gourmet Explorer Tour

 

HYDROPONIC FARM TOUR & ONBOARD TROPICAL COOKING CLASS- FROM ROATAN, HONDURAS
An authentic and eco-friendly culinary experience, this tour immerses you in Roatán’s unique gastronomic scene, marked by a fusion of rich influences from Africa, Spain and Central America. Visit the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum for insider access to the indigenous gardens and hydroponic greenhouse and enjoy a cooking class led by a local Chef. Master authentic recipes, such as the famed Roatán pink shrimp and savor an island-fresh lunch with a special dessert cocktail.

 

 

 

 

Due to their unique itineraries, Gourmet Explorer tours require a discounted, supplementary charge.

PLEASE NOTE: Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Tours are based on availability and subject to change at any time without notice.

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Why We Can’t Wait for Regent’s Seven Seas Splendor

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When the Seven Seas Explorer debuted in 2016, it was christened “the most luxurious ship ever built.” Now, Seven Seas Splendor, its highly anticipated sister ship, aims to take everything that works about Explorer and dial in the luxury even more. Is that possible? Here are six reasons we’re looking forward to Splendor’s debut next February.

1. There’ll be more Explorer-style cruising to go around.

When Joan Novack boarded Seven Seas Explorer for its preinaugural sailing three years ago, the Virtuoso travel advisor was blown away. “As I walked onto the ship, the most magnificent lobby surrounded me,” she says. “From that point on, I was in awe of how beautiful this ship is. The amenities are lavish in the suites, the dining venues, the spa, and all the public rooms.” A longtime fan of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Novack has since enjoyed three – soon to be four – additional voyages on her favorite ship. “Until someone builds something to top it, Explorer truly is the most luxurious ship ever built,” she says. And that someone, she adds, “will probably be Regent, with the Splendor.”

2. When Regent strives, opulence wins.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises president and CEO Jason Montague described the approach to creating Splendor as “obsessing over large and small details.” Those large details likely include the 46,000 square feet (we’re talking more than an acre) of Italian marble that will adorn Splendor’s interior – including the posh bathrooms in the 375 suites. As for those small things, look for specially commissioned original artwork throughout the ship and thoughtful touches such as lined jewelry drawers and designated spaces for designer handbags in the Penthouse Suite.

Like Explorer, the 750-guest Seven Seas Splendor will offer the maximum space and an emphasis on service, boasting one of the highest space ratios and lowest guest-to-crew ratios among cruise lines. Guests will also have plenty of room to stretch out in the fresh air, thanks to nearly 52,000 square feet (larger than a football field) of balcony space.

3. Regent Suite shatters records in a big way.

Palatial doesn’t begin to describe the Regent Suite, the largest suite ever constructed on a luxury cruise ship. Commanding the 14th deck, above the bridge and overlooking the bow, this splurge-worthy accommodation offers more than 3,000 square feet of interior space and a 1,300-square-foot wraparound veranda, complete with a hot tub on the forward balcony. (This is where you’ll catch those gorgeous sunsets, a glass of Veuve Clicquot in hand.)

Expect sweet dreams while sleeping on the custom, handcrafted, $200,000 Vividus bed; the king-size mattress took over 18 months to complete to Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ exacting standards. Splendor’s Regent Suite boasts a master bath and spa 30 percent larger than its predecessor on the Explorer in order to incorporate a floor-to-ceiling ocean-view shower.

“The Regent Suite, for those lucky enough to experience it, is over the top,” Novack says. “Guests never have to leave, as meals and spa services are available in their plush surroundings at all times. This suite even comes with a private car and driver in every port on the sailing.”

Ready to indulge? Don’t hesitate. The Regent Suite is already sold out for nearly all of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural season sailings.

4. The captain, too, is breaking records.

Someone we can’t wait to meet: Captain Serena Melani. The first woman in cruise history to captain a new cruise ship at launch, she’ll helm Seven Seas Splendor when it debuts next year. Melani joined the cruise line in 2010 and has led Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, and Seven Seas Navigator since becoming the company’s first female master captain in 2016. “Captain Melani has distinguished herself as a trailblazer in the maritime and cruise industries,” Montague says. “She is an international role model and admired by our guests and crew.”

5. Regent’s all-inclusive amenities are still around and still awesome.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has made a name for itself by offering guests an unrivaled, all-inclusive, luxury cruise experience. That includes complimentary business-class air on international flights for all guests, regardless of suite category.

6. Stellar onboard dining is paired with exclusive, hands-on culinary excursions.

Please your palate and expand your culinary knowledge while exploring the world’s top foodie destinations. Chef-led Gourmet Explorer tours, available for Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor passengers only, invite you to experience a region’s culinary culture with market visits, winetastings, cooking demos, hands-on classes, and meals at acclaimed local restaurants.

In Bilbao, Spain, tour Mercado de la Ribera; back on board, don an apron for a tapas and pintxos cooking class. During the call at Taormina, Italy, learn how to prepare cannoli with a Sicilian pastry chef. Experience an extra-virgin olive oil tasting in Barcelona, followed by lunch at Michelin two-starred restaurant ABaC. And in Saint-Malo, in Brittany, France, sit down to a meal prepared by chef Julien Hennote, recipient of the prized Escoffier trophy.

Regent currently offers 19 Gourmet Explorer tours as part of the Regent Choice Shore Excursion program.

New Guest Experience Enhancements with Regent Seven Seas

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Miami (Mar. 28, 2019) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the leading luxury ocean cruise line, today announced three guest experience enhancements.

  • The cruise line is nearly doubling internet bandwidth size across its fleet by January 2020. Significantly increasing bandwidth compared to 2018 will make free internet surfing more enjoyable for Regent guests as the internet will be faster and even more reliable on all devices. Guests will begin to benefit from bandwidth expansion starting April 2019. Signing on to Wi-Fi will be smoother through a log-in webpage that appears when guests connect to the ship’s network, and guests will have a more streamlined log-in process enabling unlimited complimentary and effortless web surfing.”
  • Free unlimited valet laundry service for guests sailing in Master and Grand Suites. All guests who sail in a Master Suite or Grand Suite on the cruise line’s ships will enjoy the added benefit of free unlimited valet laundry service starting in April 2019.
  • A new Digital Guest Survey will help Regent track guest experiences and feedback in real-time. The digital survey replaces end-of-cruise paper guest satisfaction questionnaires. Guests may easily provide feedback through this web-based questionnaire during the voyage and the feedback is automatically sent to the ship’s officers and company leaders in Miami. This new system will be deployed fleetwide by October 2019.

“Nearly doubling bandwidth provides Regent guests with an even faster and easier free internet experience to stay in touch and share their travel experiences with their family, friends and business associates at home while sailing around the world,” says Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises president and chief executive officer. “Across our fleet we continue to refine the small details, such as creating a faster internet, including free valet laundry service for Master and Grand Suite guests, and deploying a tool for real-time guest feedback. This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to providing guests with an unrivaled experience.”

These three initiatives are Regent’s latest guest experience enhancements. Over the past year Regent has completed a $125 million fleet refurbishment program, unveiled its 2020-2021 Voyage Collection with 167 itineraries and new ports, introduced new relaxed outdoor evening dining fleetwide at the Pool Grill, debuted the most immersive luxury Cuban voyage itineraries, and revealed Go Local Tours and Regent Choice small group shore excursions – all while readying to launch its fifth ship, Seven Seas Splendor™, in February 2020.

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New Go Local Tours With Regent Seven Seas

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Cruise line curates 122 local tours for guests to visit locals’ homes, farms, workplaces, markets and studios across the world

Miami (Dec. 6, 2018) – Today, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the world’s leading luxury cruise line, announces two shore excursion innovations designed to offer luxury travelers the most bespoke experiences in destinations around the world: Go Local Tours and Regent Choice small group tours.

“Our guests’ desire to learn about the people, cultures and natural wonders of our world is the inspiration behind Go Local Tours,” Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague said. “Their fascination for immersive exploration, and the fact that many guests return to some of the same ports they’ve visited before and are looking for distinct authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences, led to our groundbreaking approach to elevate luxury travel shore excursions. These local experiences will be exceptional.”

Go Local Tours. Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests will enjoy a more direct way to experience the culture of a destination through Go Local Tours. Now, guests can spend a day at a family-owned goat farm in the countryside of Andalusia to learn the generations-old way of making cheese, or discover the joy of fishing with the residents of Portofino, or observe skilled artists in their studios in Palma de Mallorca. Guests will experience the world through the eyes of those who live in the community and discover the best of a favorite destination.

The cruise line worked for seven months to curate 122 small local experiences for guests, nearly 50 of which are included in its FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions®. Go Local Tours are available on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages, along with 2019 voyages calling on Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Examples of Go Local Tours include:

Spain – Visit the mountain village of Alfarnate, located in the province of Málaga in Andalusia. Here, a local guide escorts guests through the village shops to introduce them to the local artisans. The next stop is the nearby town of Alfarnatejo, to an ancient, restored house, where guests enjoy a glass of local wine before a host escorts guests to their own home for a traditional Spanish lunch and an introduction to Spain’s gastronomical culture.

Finland – Guests will experience the unique and beautiful sights of central Helsinki. The day starts with a visit to the most popular food market, Kauppahalli, to observe and taste the variety of local fish, meat, and cheeses. Next, guests take a local tram toward Kamppi Center to visit the two most famous Finnish supermarkets before touring the underground Central Bus Station, which connects Helsinki with the surrounding towns. One more level under the ground, guests will take a Metro to the Hakaniemi Market Hall for a tour. Following a typical Finnish snack, the tour ends with a relaxing walk through Kaivopuisto Park, the oldest and best-known park in Helsinki.

Greece – Visit the Monastery of Agia Irini south of Heraklion and close to the traditional village of Kroussonas. The Monastery serves as a nunnery and is amongst the oldest in Crete. At the completion of the guided visit the nuns will offer guests traditional hand-made sweets. In the village of Kroussonas guests will visit the traditional Cretan boot maker, Stivania, and tour the oldest bakery in the village. A host will introduce guests to traditional Cretan music accompanied by a lesson in folk dances such as the Ballos. The demonstration will also show how families prepare cheese and make Cretan cheese pies. Afterward, guests are treated to olive oil and wine tastings, and a demonstration in Cretan weaving. A traditional Cretan lunch will be served at the end of the tour.

Regent Choice small group tours. In 2009, Regent Seven Seas Cruises elevated the luxury cruise industry by introducing FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, an innovation which demonstrated the tremendous value Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers with one all-inclusive voyage price. Regent Choice small group tours are smaller versions of the cruise line’s existing popular FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions and Regent Choice® tours. Hosting no more than 16 guests, for a subsidized, supplementary fee Regent Choice small group tours allow for more personal destination engagement with a knowledgeable guide. These excursions are curated to provide additional ways to engage luxury travelers’ interests and passions, from food and wine to art and architecture, and include access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

About 250 excursions on 2019 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages will be offered as Regent Choice small group tours.

“Imagine the intimacy of you and only 15 others in your small group walking through the beautiful sites in Dubrovnik, observing the historic town’s unique marble-paved squares, tall houses, steep-cobbled streets and fountains as you engage in conversations with a local guide. Small group tours allow for deeper, more meaningful conversations, interactions and explorations during many of our most popular tours,” Montague said.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Announces Two Guest Experience Enhancements

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New Casual Dinner Pool Grill and Pre-Voyage Shipboard Credit Access

MIAMI (Nov. 12, 2018) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the leading luxury ocean cruise line, today announced two guest experience enhancements that reflect guest recommendations and emerging luxury cruise trends: the opening of its pool grills to serve relaxed, gourmet dinner al fresco fleetwide, and the ability for guests to use shipboard credits toward ship-based purchases prior to departure.

Sunset Dinner At The Pool Grill

Luxury cruises traditionally serve guests gourmet cuisine and fine wines in award-winning dining rooms on board. However, Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests have suggested also creating an alternative casual dinner experience that is more relaxed after a day of immersive shore excursions. The cruise line is now serving dinner at its pool grills on all four ships every evening. Despite the casual ambience, there is nothing simple about Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Pool Grill fare, which features delectable grilled-to-order steaks, chops and burgers, fresh seafood, sandwiches, and salads, with table-service. Guest favorites include Provençal Marinated Lamb Chops, Striploin Minute Steaks, Thyme & Garlic Roasted Chicken and, for dessert, Caramel Popcorn Éclair. The Pool Grill is open-air, yet abundantly shaded for comfortable dining. Attire is relaxed.

“Every guest has a slightly different definition of luxury,” says Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague. “For some, the ability to relax and enjoy the finest cuisine in a casual setting, while watching the sunset from the pool deck of our ships and seeing the ocean waves go by, is luxurious. Our goal is to deliver a personalized experience to all our guests and serving dinner at the pool grill is one more step in delivering this customized guest experience.”

 

Shipboard Credit Can Now Be Used Prior To Departure

Also based on guest recommendations, Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests now have early access to use any new or existing Shipboard Credit. Beginning with voyages departing on or after May 1, 2019, guests may apply their available Shipboard Credits prior to boarding toward a variety of experiences like Regent Choice Shore Excursions, and Executive Collection Private Car Tours available fleetwide or Culinary Arts Kitchen Classes aboard Seven Seas Splendor™ and Seven Seas Explorer®. Advance access to shipboard credit will help guests and their travel advisors more conveniently plan preferred activities prior to sailing, again leading to a more personalized experience.

Guests may access their credits by logging on to the “My Account” section of www.RSSC.com.

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The Caribbean: No Matter Where You Choose, It’s All Paradise

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When it comes to selecting where to go in the Caribbean, it’s often a matter of taste, activities and preferences. While many of the exotic destinations are diverse in their culture, they all share a common bond – a plethora of beautiful beaches.

This winter, join Seven Seas Voyager® on luxurious voyages to captivating Caribbean islands.

St. John’s, Antiqua

With as many beaches as there are days in the year (365 to be exact), St. John’s is filled with coral reefs and charming Colonial architecture. There is plenty of culture to soak in for a full day on this picturesque British Caribbean capital, beginning with a tour of St. John’s Cathedral and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda for a quick primer of the island’s history. If nature calls, walk the nature trail to Shirley Heights.

Shutterbugs will not want to miss the Photographic Tour of Antiqua with professional photographer Marc Hubbard. Along with stops to St. John’s, the diverse journey takes you to the tropical countryside, small island villages, Long Bay Beach, a fort built in 1739 and Devil’s Bridge complete with blowholes and a spouting surf. Other highlights include a visit to Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation which was the first one of its kind on the island. Originating in 1674, it is representative of the island’s hundreds of years of sugar production.

 

St. Barts

While St. Barts is the land of all things chic and rivals the French Riviera when it comes to luxury shopping, exquisite dining and a haven for supersize yacht owners and jet-setters, it also offers windsurfing, sailing, sunning on isolated beaches and breathtaking scenery at every turn. And expect the occasional celebrity sighting or two!

A St. Barts Island Overview tour takes you through the tropical landscape with views of the ocean from windswept cliffs just waiting to be photographed. The trip begins with a look at the island’s most popular beach, Le Col de la Tourmente and on to breathtaking views of the valley and ocean at Grand Fond (once the cattle center of St. Barts). A peek at the oceanfront house that once belonged to the noted Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev along with a stop at the famous La Cave wine shop in Marigot which stocks over 30,000 bottles of wine is next. The Petit-Cul de Sac and Grand Cul de Sac also offers views of a large lagoon, luxury resorts and notable as the yearly host for the 24-hour windsurfing regatta.

 

Martinique

Cosmopolitan and chic, Martinique is known as the island of “never ending summer” thanks to average temps in the low 80’s. Popular as a destination for Francophiles, the French-Creole island features idyllic beachscapes and rainforests ideal for hiking, cathedrals, 17th-century architecture, culture and some of the best world-class French restaurants in the Caribbean.

The Saint-Pierre & Rum Distillery tour features a visit to the idyllic village of Balata, a drive through the rainforest and a stop to the Chateau Depaz Estate. Here you can see the blue-cane filled fields that comprise the production of Depaz rum. A drive through the coastal village of Saint-Pierre offers a glimpse of the Mount Pelée volcano. If you are into lush gardens and interiors, a tour of the Historic Clement’s Plantation & Balata Garden is in order. The plantation house is a historic home filled with period furnishings, surrounded by sugar cane fields and has hosted guests such as former US President George Bush and France’s President Francois Mitterrand. The Balata Tropical Gardens offer unique tropical species such as torch gingers and parakeet flowers along with an amazing abundance of orchids and hibiscus.
St. Maarten
Known as the world’s smallest area divided by two nations – French and Dutch – St. Maarten is an island of contrasts of heritage and influence. Composed of 37 stunning beaches, it is both a place of European sophistication and island play. The Dutch capital of Phillipsburg boasts boutiques, jewelry stores and indigenous eateries (lobster sandwiches remain supreme) while Marigot, the French capital, features the island’s best dining in Grand Case along with unique cuisine and architecture and more laidback than its Dutch counterpart. And the island is a survivor, having been ravaged by hurricanes in the past two decades.

 

See the Caribbean in style – with Regent Seven Seas

 

 

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2021 World Cruise

2021 World Cruise Visits 56 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Announces 30-Country, 117-Night Voyage For 2021 To Explore Many Corners on Earth

MIAMI (July 30, 2018) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces its 2021 World Cruise that will provide guests with access to 56 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-designated world heritage sites across the globe.

A world cruise conjures images of exploring the world’s fascinating destinations on a multi-month luxurious journey. For those who wish to explore nearly all corners of the world in one epic voyage, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2021 World Cruise sails aboard the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship, Seven Seas Mariner®, for 117 nights from Miami to Barcelona – visiting six continents, 30 countries and 61 ports across South America, French Polynesia, Australia, Asia and the Mediterranean, including 11 overnight stays.

This journey brings guests to famous cities such as Sydney and its famed Opera House and Dubai with its towering skyscrapers and bright lights. Yet, it is the lesser-traveled places that truly make this voyage a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“We thoughtfully design world cruise itineraries to bring guests to sites they desire to explore, ranging from iconic destinations to the hidden gems that can only be accommodated on a cruise of this length,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ president and chief executive officer. “Guests embark on world cruises to discover many destinations in one voyage with immersive experiences, visit museums, see historical sites, appreciate local arts and culture, and enjoy exclusive shoreside activities offering a unique way to understand our world. On this 2021 voyage, guests can visit 56 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in ports like Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jerusalem, Israel and Limassol, Cyprus, and each night return to their spacious and luxurious suite and enjoy personalized service on board. What’s more, we feature 11 overnight stays in some of the world’s premier destinations so world cruisers feel fully immersed in these ports of call.”

The voyage departs on Jan. 5, 2021. Full details can be found on the Regent Seven Seas Cruises website.

 

World Cruise Highlights

Lost Empires

Embarking From Miami, guests will journey deep into the picturesque Caribbean islands before crossing the Panama Canal to explore South America’s west coast. This leg of the voyage will include visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chan Chan — an ancient adobe city built by the predecessors of the ancient Incas — as well as Peru’s Machu Picchu, Pisco’s Nazca Lines and Easter Island’s moai statues.

Untouched Islands

Sailing through turquoise waters between French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia, guests will encounter beautiful beaches, pristine islands and majestic marine life, especially at lesser-known places like the Bay of Islands, a small and stunning district of New Zealand’s Northland region featuring 144 islands. Other highlights include exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the 74 island wonders that comprise Whitsunday, the majority of which are uninhabited national park islands, making it one of the most pristine places in the world.

Ancient Sands

Making her way from Indonesia to Oman, Seven Seas Mariner will visit Asian destinations that are unlike any other, including Fujairah. The only one of the UAE’s seven Emirates not located on the Arabian Gulf, the destination is set amongst the beautiful Hajar Mountains and surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Oman. Compare that landscape to that of Petra, home to the famed Wadi Rum desert and ruins of Petra, which is lapped by the Red Sea.

Mythical Shores

In the Mediterranean, guests will visit Limassol, where they can stroll on a beautiful chalk-like coastline on Governor’s Beach; Amalfi; and the lesser known Furore. Known for its magnificent fjord, it is a natural fortress that is hidden from the world and only lit by the sun in the afternoon, making it the perfect location for a dip after a delicious lunch.

Guests sailing this 33,500-nautical mile journey will enjoy overnight stays in Lima, Peru; Hanga Roa, Easter Island; Auckland, New Zealand; Brisbane, Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Singapore; Mumbai, India; Dubai, UAE; Luxor (Safaga), Egypt; Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel; and Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Highlights of the 56 UNESCO World Heritage Sites guests can visit include:
  • Great Barrier Reef off the shore of Cairns, Australia
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, India
  • Old City of Acre outside of Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel
  • Medieval City of Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece
  • Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain
  • Archaeological Site of Troy in Bozcaada, Turkey
  • Bahla Fort (Muscat), Oman

 

Land Experiences

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is including these three unique land experiences exclusive to world cruise guests:

Mystical Moai Experience, Hanga Roa, Easter Island — January 27, 2021

There’s no inhabited spot in the world quite so isolated as Easter Island. A mere dot off the coast of Chile in the vast Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui, as it’s called in the people’s native language, is a one-of-a-kind destination making it the perfect place to join fellow world cruisers for an unforgettable shoreside experience. Explore Rapa Nui’s pink-sand beaches, its volcanic cones and windswept grasslands, and of course, the monumental Moai statues — more than 800 of them bearing silent witness to a long-lost, complex society. Not only will you be able to see these incredible sculptures firsthand, but also participate in a recreation of a celebration called Tapati. Delight in folk music performances, body painting and an authentic dinner in this spectacular setting.

Arresting Australia, Brisbane, Australia — February 28, 2021

For more than a hundred years the Alcatraz of Queensland, Boggo Road, held hardened British convicts. Today its doors are wide open to shed light on Australia’s infamous history as a convict nation. After a welcoming cocktail reception, guests will embark on an intimate and insightful tour of the facilities, where the drama and stories of prisoners are brought to life by guides, and will also have the unique opportunity to meet and chat with a former inmate. Surrounded by towering red brick walls, the prison yard is transformed into a dinner venue, where guests will dine and mingle.

Royalty of Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Jordan — April 11, 2021

The evening’s celebration is set against the backdrop of a castle replica in Jordan’s Wadi Rum where guests will enjoy a Bedouin tradition fit for royalty. In addition to a welcome by a traditional Dabke dance that is widely performed at weddings and other joyous events, more unforgettable entertainment includes belly dancing, traditional music performed by a Bedouin folkloric band, and artists adorning hands with Henna tattoos. As guests take in the serenity of the desert, they will delight in complimentary champagne and canapés before indulging in an enticing selection of authentic dishes and classic Arabian sweets.

 

About Seven Seas Mariner

The world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship, Seven Seas Mariner completed a multi-million dollar bow-to-stern refurbishment in 2018, elevating her to a new level of elegance with new culinary experiences, sophisticated new suite designs and furnishings, and completely renewed public guest spaces. Considered one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, Seven Seas Mariner features a sleek, light, modern look and a warm and comfortable ambiance, luxurious décor and intricate design details. With only 700 guests on board, Seven Seas Mariner offers a staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6, ensuring among the highest levels of personal service at sea and an intimate, yet spacious, setting to navigate the world.

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Luxury is the Regent Suite on the Seven Seas Explorer

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Have you ever wondered what true luxury is? Delve into the Regent Suite on board the stunning Seven Seas Explorer with this virtual tour.  The Regent Suite has 3,026 sq.ft for you to explore, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Private Balconies (for a total of 1,417 sq.ft), a Private Solarium, 2 1/2 Marble & Stone bathrooms and so much more …

The Regent Suite is where ultimate luxury begins and ends. Situated on Deck 14, above the bridge, with sweeping views from two spacious balconies that wrap around the entire front of the ship. If it is a little cool or windy retreat to your private solarium with real-time navigational display from the bridge.

The master bedroom boasts more majestic views with its floor-to-ceiling windows that you can enjoy from the comfort of your King sized Savoir bed. Don’t forget to ask your personal Butler to bring you breakfast in bed, as you won’t be able to extract yourself from under your Mollissima Duvet.

Gather new or old friends and entertain them in style with an elegant cocktail reception your butler has arranged. Luxuriate in your plush living room or at the black marble bar with a glass of champagne. Connect to the Bose sound system or maybe you are lucky enough have your very own maestro along who can tickle the ivories of the custom Steinway piano.

Spend your days exploring on one of the many included Shore Excursions or with your Personal Car & Guide. When you are ready for some down time escape to your in-suite spa and indulge in unlimited and complimentary pampering by Canyon Ranch SpaClub followed by a soak in your oversized hot tub with spectacular ocean views.

This is just a taste of your Regent Suite experience, see below for all the suite Highlights as well as the truly All-Inclusive experience suite guests receive.

 

Regent Suite Highlights

~ Suite: 3,026 ft2 (281.1 m2)

~ Balcony: 1,417 ft2 (131.6 m2)

~ 2 Spacious Bedrooms

~ 2 Private Balconies with a Custom-Made Treesse Heated Minipool Spa

~ 2 1/2 Marble and Stone Detailed Bathrooms, 1 with Jetted Tub

~ Private In-suite Spa with Sauna, Steam Room and two heated mosaic tile loungers

~ King Size Savoir Bed with Mollissima Duvet in Master Bedroom

~ Spacious Living Room

~ Private Solarium

~ 3 Walk-in Closets, 2 Safes

~ Custom Steinway Grand Maroque Piano by Dakota Jackson

~ Accommodates Up To 6 Guests

 

Regent Suite guests receive

~ FREE Personal Car and Guide to Explore Ashore

~ FREE Unlimited Canyon Ranch® spa Services In Suite*

~ Exclusive Access to The Study, A Private Dining Room For Up To 12 Guests

~ FREE Unlimited Laundry and Dry Cleaning*

~ Choice of Guerlain, Bottega Veneta and L’Occitane® Mer & Mistral Soaps, Shampoos and Lotions

~ Guerlain Fragrance and Spongelle Buffer

~ Selection of Aromatic Suite Fragrances by Dr. Vranjes Spa Accessories and Spongology Collection

~ Cristina Azario Cashmere Throw

~ FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Package Including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage

~ FREE Unlimited WiFi includes up to four logins, four devices, per suite*

~ FREE 15 Minutes of Ship-to-Shore Phone Time

~ Selection of Fig and Tea Leaves Bath Salts

~ Personal Butler

~ Priority boarding on embarkation day with suite access at Noon

~ Complimentary Pressing on First Night

~ Welcome Bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne With Fresh Floral Arrangement of Your Choice

~ VIP Status to Include Dinner with a Senior Officer

~ Welcome Letter from President and General Manager

~ Complimentary Cocktail Party for 8

~ Personalized In-Suite Full-Liquor Bar Set-Up

~ 1 Sumptuous In-Suite Caviar Service

~ Guaranteed Reservation Each Night in Specialty Restaurant of Your Choice

~ Complimentary 25-Minute Personal Training Session at the Canyon Ranch® spa; Fitness Center

~ 24-Hour Room Service with Specialty Restaurant Selections During Dining Hours

~ Priority Online Shore Excursions and Dining Reservations

~ 10% Discount on Premium Wine and Liquor

~ 5% Discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs

~ Preferred Selection of Luxurious Bed Linens and Pillow Menu

~ Regent Plush Bathrobes and Slippers

~ Daily Canapés

~ Luxe Fruit Arrangement and Chocolate Leonidas

~ Tea Forte Set-Up

~ Personalized Stationery

~ Complimentary Use of Windows Tablet

~ Complimentary Shore Excursion Bag

~ Delivery of Up to Three Daily Newspapers

~ In-Suite Blue-ray Player

~ BOSE® SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker

~ World Atlas and Elegant Weather Clock

~ Binoculars, illy® Espresso Maker and Cashmere Blankets

~ Bath Scale

~ Vanity and Hair Dryer

~ Interactive Flat-Screen Television With Extensive Media Library, Complimentary Movies-on-Demand

~ Direct Dial Satellite Phone

~ Shoe Shine Service

~ Essentials Including Men’s Unscented Shaving Kit, Facial Wipes, Sewing Kit, Emory Board, Stain Remover, Hand Sanitizer and Dental Care

~ Complimentary Tote Bag
Are you ready to cruise in style? Connect with an ilovecruising Cruise Specialist today to plan your Regent Seven Seas voyage.

 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises culminates multimillion dollar, fleet-wide refurbishment program by unveiling newly redesigned Seven Seas Mariner

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First all-suite, all-balcony ship returns to Alaska more resplendent than ever

MIAMI, April 4, 2018 – In the final phase of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ $125 million refurbishment program, the company completed its bow-to-stern upgrade of Seven Seas Mariner, elevating the ship to the level of elegance set by Seven Seas Explorer® and providing a consistent look and feel to the entire fleet. Seven Seas Mariner completed a 20-day drydock at Chantier Naval de Marseille, and has re-emerged with dramatic new culinary experiences, elegant new suite designs, and completely renewed elegant guest spaces.

“I’m constantly amazed by the attention to detail that goes into our ships, and the newly refurbished Seven Seas Mariner is no different, from the luxurious décor down to the intricate design elements,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “With the culmination of our fleet-wide refurbishment program, and with the construction of Seven Seas Splendor® underway, we are perfecting luxury and indeed have the most luxurious fleet at sea.”

Offering an even more elevated dining experience, all restaurants on board Seven Seas Mariner received a stylish redesign with enhanced art and décor. The newly updated steakhouse on Seven Seas Mariner, Prime 7, is now unlike any other restaurant in Regent’s fleet, with unique, rectangular light fixtures that are reminiscent of a sculpture across the ceiling, and cream-colored, pillow-backed chairs contrasted by sapphire walls and wood finishes.

The flagship restaurant Compass Rose is completely reimagined, with a popular menu offering guests an unprecedented level of personal customization and choice, as well as a stunning new look with grand crystal chandeliers, rich wooden accents and celestial blue furnishings.

Replacing Signatures is Chartreuse, already a guest favorite aboard Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Voyager®. The restaurant boasts new furnishings, china, flooring and décor, along with a completely new menu that highlights modern French cuisine. Further enhancements were also made to La Veranda, allowing guests to indulge their palate while surrounded by a flawless ambiance.

Seven Seas Mariner’s pool deck also received a comprehensive redesign, with a new open layout and teak flooring throughout. The centerpiece is a new mosaic-tiled pool, featuring a broad ledge for lounging in shallow water and surrounded by plush, white daybeds. Guests can enjoy expanded lunch selections at the outdoor Pool Grill, including steaks, chops, salmon, chicken and sausage, all prepared to order from new infrared barbeque grills.

Inside, all public spaces received new carpeting, world-class art, furniture and décor, creating a new look throughout the ship. The Reception area, featuring new marble desks and original gold leaf accented artwork by Atlanta-based artist Tom Swanston. The grand spiral staircase in the atrium is crowned by a new large-scale blown glass art installation designed by Canadian studio Tsunami Glass, creating a beautiful view as you descend the glass elevators.

The completely remodeled and relocated library exudes comfort with dark-wood bookshelves contrasted against cream furnishings, crowned by a glistening copper-adorned chandelier. With plenty of books to choose from and with doors that can provide a quiet retreat, guests will enjoy relaxing and enriching their minds in the new library.

The previous library space makes way for expanded seating at Coffee Connection, where guests have more space to enjoy delicious coffee drinks in a stylish new setting with leather furnishings in rich tones. The internet café is now conveniently located at the back of Coffee Connection, allowing guests the ability to stay connected with friends and family back home with free unlimited internet access.

Outside on deck 6, there is all new teak decking and new sun loungers, allowing guests to comfortably relax in peace and enjoy the ocean breeze and soak in a sunrise or sunset

Guests will also take comfort in the latest luxury styles in the Card Room, boutiques, and The Casino, all completely revamped from the steel up. Guest will be able to enjoy some of their favorite experiences on board in a completely new way.

Offering an expansive menu of invigorating and restorative rituals, the shipboard Canyon Ranch® Spa received a soothing new design, featuring pebble-stone tiles and light-wood accents in the treatment rooms. The adjoining fitness and aerobics center offers new state-of-the-art machines and equipment to help guests maintain healthier, active regimens while at sea.

Leaving no detail untouched, Regent Seven Seas Cruises redesigned all guest suites. The elegantly appointed retreats feature new Elite Slumber™ Beds framed by plush, padded leather headboards, sitting areas furnished with comfortable sofas, accent tables and new artwork, as well as private balconies where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the crystal blue sea and passing landscape. All suites feature walk-in closets and oversized, marble-accented bathrooms with L’Occitane® amenities. Plus, guests of Penthouse Suites enjoy additional in-suite bath amenities by Guerlain, and Distinctive Suite guests also receive Bottega Veneta.

With her renovations complete, Seven Seas Mariner is repositioning to the Pacific Northwest to take travelers on 15 unforgettable seven, 10- and 11-night immersive, Alaska itineraries, which alternate departures from Vancouver and Seward. With free unlimited shore excursions and free airfare included as part of the cruise fare, the all-inclusive experience aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises delivers the best value in America’s Last Frontier.

 

Regent Seven Seas Explorer: The world’s most luxurious ship

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Anytime a new ship is launched it is very exciting for everyone involved: the lucky guests that are the first few to experience it; the CEO of the cruise line; the cruise line sales staff; the staff and crew on board; the travel agents that sell it.

There is an anticipation of what we will all find when it is finally revealed.

On Regent Seven Seas Explorer they thought of everything.

It is one of the reasons they can call it “The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built”.

A few of the other reasons: the table settings, the linens. the pool side grill, the theatre setup, the lighting throughout the ship, the magnificent foyer, the amenities in our suite, the new twist on the main dining room menu, tea time, the incredible artwork, the remarkable food in EVERY restaurant. Everything was clearly thought through and built to exceptional standards.

Our 5-day inaugural cruise on board the Explorer exceeded my expectations and cemented Regent as a leader in luxury cruising.

On the page ahead I hope a mix of words and photos can re-create my experience and help you decide if the Regent Seven Seas Explorer is going to be in your future travel plans.

The Anticipation of Embarkation

People say that the anticipation leading up to a cruise is almost as good as the cruise itself. While I completely agree with this I also believe that the day you board your ship sets the tone for the entire cruise.

Our cruise embarked from Barcelona. The cruise port in Barcelona is about 30 minutes from the airport. When we pulled in we were greeted by smiling faces eager to help with our bags in a very orderly manner. The embarkation process was smooth and we were on board in 30 minutes.

For anyone who cruises regularly you are aware that the majority of people head straight to the food when they get on board. It is typically around lunch time and your cabin is not ready – so food is clearly the obvious choice. It is also typically very crowded and a bit stressful as you have a carry on of some sort and you need to find a table.

On Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Le Veranda is located on the 11th deck at the aft of the ship and is was not crowded, the food was spectacular and there was a nice variety. The staff was ready to help and there were plenty of tables available – both inside and on the “veranda”. A refreshing and civilized way to begin a cruise.

The Suite

The first thing that struck me as I entered into my suite was the space. Nothing was cramped or tight, nothing was awkward because they had to figure out how to fit it in.

We were lucky enough to enjoy a one bedroom Seven Seas Suite onboard the Seven Seas Explorer. It has a foyer with a powder room (which was very useful when my wife was busy “getting ready”) and a living room area with a sofa and two chairs, a wet bar, a dining table and a desk (which overlooked the balcony – a very peaceful way to get a bit of work done).

The bedroom is perfect. It starts with the bed. Regent obviously believes every guest should get a perfect night’s sleep and their beds certainly achieved that for me. It is extremely comfortable and the linens are of the highest quality.

There is a vanity beside the bed with plenty of space and two bedside tables – each with storage in them. One of the best features of the suite is the bathroom. With a Jacuzzi tub, two sinks and a sizeable shower, the bathroom is as comfortable as my ensuite at home – maybe even more so.

The walk in closet provides plenty of space for outfits for 10 nights. Given that we were only on board for 5 nights, we actually had empty shelves and an empty drawer.

My experience in cruising is that a cabin is always well thought out from a storage perspective but not always convenient. Ship designers have a way to make every small space useful for good reason. The difference in our Regent suite was that every single piece of storage was convenient and it was plentiful. The impact this has on your everyday life on board the ship is remarkable. I never really felt like I was on a cruise ship – and I mean that in the most positive way.

I would be remiss not to mention the incredible butler that accompanies the Seven Seas Suite. Our butler was incredibly attentive without being overbearing and his attention to detail was impressive. I expected a high level of service on board the Regent Seven Seas Explorer but a butler took it to a new level.
The Restaurants and overall food experience

I have dined on many cruise ships and for the most part the food experience has been outstanding. I was curious as to how Regent could elevate my food experience to be that much better than the premium cruise lines.

They did not disappoint.

The food was outstanding. I was not able to dine in each venue but here was my experience:

Compass Rose

Compass Rose is the main dining room and it was amazing. The décor was magnificent and was highlighted by a central lighting feature that was stunning. I would try and describe it in words but it would not do it justice – you will just have to go find out for yourself.

The highlight for me is the new menu concept. You can essentially build your own meal from a plethora of options. The possibilities are endless and any compromises are completely removed. They still have the chef features, which are typically off the charts in appearance and taste. I ate the lamb with a perfect wine pairing chosen by the sommelier and it was spectacular.

La Veranda

A buffet that does not feel like a buffet. Well laid out with a nice variety of food for breakfast and lunch and never a challenge to find a table that suited my mood (inside, outside, quiet, etc). The service was really a highlight at La Veranda, always attentive to drinks and clearing away dishes and engaging in conversation when appropriate. The staff on board the Regent Seven Seas Explorer really made you feel like you are at home.

Sette Mari

La Veranda by day turns into Sette Mari at night, a fine Italian restaurant with the option of eating outside. We started with a delightful compilation of anti pasto followed by our appetizer, a tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad, pasta, dessert and coffee – a true Italian feast.

Chartreuse

A beautiful setting that made me feel like I was in the middle of Paris. Chartreuse is the French restaurant and it features a very traditional menu with Soufflé, rich foods and fantastic wines. While this is the least adventurous menu, the food was delicious.

Room Service

We ordered room service twice. Once for breakfast and once late at night. The breakfast came promptly at 7:30am and it was hot, fresh and our butler laid it out for us. This is when the extra space of a Regent Suite can be appreciated. We were able to sit and enjoy our breakfast before heading out on our 8:30am shore excursion. At night we ordered and simple sandwich and it came on time and was clearly made fresh upon ordering.

Pool Side Grill

I love a freshly made hamburger. The Pool Side Grill features a menu of 8 different burger options including basic, salmon, chicken, veggie and more. You find your table, order your burger at the grill and someone brings it to you. You can really order any variation of burger you want and they will make it. Fresh. Accompany it with an ice cold lager and you have yourself and fantastic lunch at sea!

The Café

The Café features all your typical coffees and teas but also a nice array of food, both fresh and sweet. The baristas are available throughout the day and you can use the self serve machine late at night

Public Spaces

One of the highlights of Regent Seven Seas Explorer is the public spaces and décor. I would describe it as a 1920’ s design with a modern twist. The public spaces are very open and welcoming. All of the lounges are spacious but intimate, the Casino is small but had a nice energy to it after dinner and into the night.

The theatre is outstanding – almost a cross between a 1920’s café and theatre. The seating is arranged is 2’s 4’s and 6’s with tables so that you can sit on your own or with a group of friends and have a drink and be comfortable as you enjoy the entertainment.

On the top deck they have a sports area with a sports court for tennis and basketball and a 9 hoe mini putt as well.  A great facility to spend an afternoon at sea.

One of the highlights was the puzzle table. It was in a very public space so that it drew attention and would not be missed but set back so that it was not in the way of those passing by. Very well done.

I found the ship very easy to navigate the first day as the layout is straight forward and logical. This may seem like a minor statement but I have been on many ships that take a few days to become familiar.

The Canyon Ranch Spa and The Gym

I could write a blog on the Canyon Ranch Spa alone. While I did not have a chance to experience one of their services, the spa and their water treatment rooms are open to all guests – you just need to book a time.

I had a tour of the spa and the treatment rooms are spacious and they even have a couples treatment room – a perfect way to start your cruise!

The water treatment rooms are spectacular. They have a sauna, a cold room, a steam room and a showering system with multiple stations – very cool. I personally enjoyed spending time in the steam room with aromatherapy followed by the cold room and back and forth.

After my hot and cold treatment, I laid down on the mosaic heat beds to read for a while before heading out to the infinity pool on the deck. A perfect way to spend the morning before my previously mentioned burger and lager at the Pool Side Grill.

The gym was enormous – I have never seen a gym like this on a cruise ship. The equipment was state of the art and view off the stern of the ship made you forget the workout you were putting yourself through. They have spinning classes and yoga classes all lead by professionals. They will also spend time curating a personal workout regime for you.

The thing that stands out the most about the spa and gym are the amount of space they have allocated – even the spa lobby is wide open and welcoming. Combined the two facilities take up almost a third of the ship on two decks.

Overall Atmosphere

When you think of a luxury ship you might think of it as being stuffy and lacking atmosphere. Quite the opposite is true of Regent Seven Seas Explorer. From Cruise Director Ray’s opera singing at tea time to the deck party on the last evening to live music in all of the lounges, there is always something to do or somewhere to go to be entertained or to unwind.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer absolutely lived up to “The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built” but it goes beyond the physical ship; the overall experience is one you will never forget and will be calling your travel advisor to plan your next cruise as soon as your return!