The fleet of Regent Seven Seas Cruises is currently undergoing a US$125 million refurbishment program. Seven Seas Navigator's upgrade was completed in April, Seven Seas Voyager is expected to emerge from her Marseille drydock on November 9, and Seven Seas Mariner will undergo her refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard in April 2017.
Regent's refurbishment program includes ship enhancements in public spaces and reimagined menus in the Compass Rose restaurants.
"We don't want any disparity between [new ship] Explorer, the most luxurious ship ever built, and the rest of the fleet," Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said of the investment at an event onboard Seven Seas Mariner while docked at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
"Upon completion [of the refurbishment program] in spring 2017, we will not only have the most luxurious ship, but the most luxurious fleet in the entire cruise industry."
Updates have or will be made to suites and spaces such as La Veranda and the pool deck, with new stone floors and possibly a new pool design - similar to that of the infinity pool on Explorer – as well as shades over the hot tubs and an infrared outdoor grill. The internet cafe and library will also receive an update.
Compass Rose, Regent's fleetwide main dining room, is getting upgraded dinner and lunch menus that will offer more choice. The right hand side of the dinner menu will still feature the executive chef's nightly specials as well as a multicourse "menu degustation" and a healthier Canyon Ranch Spa option, but the left hand side will now allow passengers to fully customize their dinner. Passengers can start by selecting an appetizer and then an entree from more than a dozen meat, fish and seafood options like lobster, salmon, Dover sole, New York strip steak, filet mignon, lamb chops or veal medallions. Then, diners can choose how they would like their dish prepared - grilled, baked, broiled, poached or roasted - and what sauces they would like included such as madeira-truffle, creamy herb, hollandaise, green peppercorn or hickory barbeque. Side dish options might include Lyonnaise potatoes, sweet potato fries, sauteed spinach or Brussel sprouts. For those sticking to right hand dining, the chef's dinner specials will change nightly with entrees that might include braised turbot filet, Cornish hen, Beijing-style roasted duck or seared mahi mahi.
Following dinner, a separate dessert menu offers standards like international cheeses with a glass of port wine, assorted crackers and French bread; and a variety of handmade ice creams and sorbets. New options are also available each evening, and pastry chef specials could include a Tanzanian chocolate cake, bananas Foster or Viennese apple strudel.
In addition to the revamped dinner menu, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is also reinventing its Compass Rose lunch menu for Navigator, Voyager and Mariner. Following the lunch menu model on Explorer, which launched in July 2016, Compass Rose will now feature selections from Explorer's three specialty restaurants - Prime 7, Chartreuse and Pacific Rim - in all its dining rooms fleetwide. Lunch options will be refreshed daily, with entrees like a croque monsieur or croque madam from Chartreuse, aromatic duck from Pacific Rim or yellowfin tuna salad from Prime 7.
According to Bernhard Klotz, senior director of culinary for Regent Seven Seas Cruises:
"The new Compass Rose menu is so encompassing and customizable that guests with special dining requests no longer need to make them in advance, our chefs can prepare whatever their heart's desire a la minute."
"We're now revolutionizing the dining experience by introducing the largest specialty restaurant at sea," said Montague. "Our culinary team has created a truly extraordinary dining experience for Compass Rose with a degree of customization and variety typically reserved for more intimate specialty restaurants."
The test ran for multiple weeks onboard Seven Seas Explorer and Navigator and will remain as the standard menu for those two ships. The new Compass Rose menus will launch on Voyager and Mariner following their respective dry docks.