Regent’s new Seven Seas Explorer, built at a price tag of US$450-million, begins sailing in July 2016. This is the first of our Seven Seas Explorer Reviews.
This summer, Regent Seven Seas will take delivery of its newest cruise ship to-date – and the line is pulling out all the stops for what will be the first newbuild constructed for the luxury brand in more than a decade. On July 20, 2016, Seven Seas Explorer will officially set sail on her maiden voyage. Regent calls her, “the most luxurious ship ever built,” and she very well might be.
In the works since 2008, the 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer will offer some of the largest and most luxurious suites at sea. If early renderings are any indication, her interiors will be nearly unparalleled in the industry; an impressive fact considering the kind of competition Regent is up against from competing lines like Crystal Cruises, Seabourn Cruises and Silversea.
She’s not the biggest ship to set sail this year, but she could very well be one of the most important; her massive Regent Suite will see that her arrival does not go unnoticed.
Aboard Seven Seas Explorer, guests will stay in one of 375 spacious suites. Each room aboard the ship will feature its own private balcony, and 93 percent of those will have verandas larger than 83 square feet. That’s as large as some early interior cruise ship cabins were 20 years ago. Regent calls this a “spacious outdoor oasis for guests to enjoy the scenic vistas and ocean breezes in total comfort.”
Master Suites offer chic Park Avenue styling, replete with rosewood polished furniture and crystal chandeliers. These two-bedroom suite features a modern sophisticated and elegant design. Located at the bow of the ship on decks seven and eight, the four Master Suites measure between 1,900 square feet and 2,100 square feet and boast spacious living areas with bars for entertaining and balconies up to 1,000 square-feet. Adjacent to each bedroom, guests will find ornate marble and stone bathrooms with shower and tub.
Grand Suites and Explorer Suites share a common design element with striking high-contrast emerald accents blended perfectly with the rich grey, brown and cream décor elements. Both suites feature two full baths, and living areas with rich marble mosaics, exotic woods and unique furniture pieces based on haute couture fashion.
The Grand Suites range up to 1,800 square feet and offer expansive private balconies, while the Explorer Suites stretches to 1,350 square feet and feature slightly larger living spaces.
The Seven Seas Suite was created by famed interior designer Dakota Jackson, who was an inspirational driving force behind the suites aboard Oceania’s Marina and Riviera. At Regent, Jackson created the glamorous look for the Seven Seas Suite.
The Seven Seas Suites offer between 825 square feet and 925 square feet of luxurious space, and exudes a cosmopolitan apartment feel with vibrant golden colored ceiling accents that reflect on the plush and tony furnishings. The rooms flow effortlessly from living rooms to dining areas to bedrooms, with sliding glass doorways leading to the spacious private balconies throughout. A magnificent white marble bathroom sits adjacent to the oversized bedroom.
Penthouse Suites are sumptuous and alluring, inspired in part by sapphire jewels. These can be up to 625 square feet with stylish entertainment centers that separate the living rooms and bedrooms. A marble-topped bar and intimate dining area welcomes guests upon entering the suite, as the sumptuous living room beckons them to move further into the suite. Sliding glass doorways in both the bedroom and living room lead to an oversized balcony with chic outdoor furnishings.
At the top of the pack is the Regent Suite. Coming in at a jaw-dropping 3,875 square feet, the suite handily steals the moniker of “largest shipboard suite” away from Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, which features the 2,249-square-foot Grand Duplexes that are spread out over two levels.
Nearly double in size, the Regent Suite aboard Seven Seas Explorer features absolutely everything designers could possibly think of, all complemented by a 958-square-foot balcony that’s bigger than six average mainstream cruise ship staterooms put together.
If that wasn’t enough, the suite also features its own in-suite Spa with heated thermal loungers, a private garden, two-and-a-half marble and stone-detailed bathrooms, separate living and sleeping rooms, and bank after bank of striking floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll never look at shipboard accommodations the same way again.
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