Regent Seven Seas fleet
Review of Regent Seven Seas
Regent Cruises (officially Regent Seven Seas Cruises / RSSC) is a top-luxury cruise line and trademarked travel brand (fka "Radisson Seven Seas"). Company's current owner is NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings) - also owner of the subsidiaries / sister-brands NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) and Oceania Cruises, RSSC's headquarters address is "1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33334 USA".
The RSSC ships are medium-size top luxury passenger ships, with a capacity of up to 700 guests each, all 6-star rated all-suite all-balcony vessels. The Regent Seven Seas Line offers the generous space-to-guest ratio of over 70, and a staff-to-guest ratio of 1/1,6 - some of the best ratios in the industry. Regent cruise ships offer some of the world's best, all-inclusive luxury cruise deals. These are also between the most expensive cruise vessels in the world.
The Regent cruise ships names have the prefix "Seven Seas", connotating all the world's oceans. The name is a most proper one, especially for the Voyager - an ex-USSR's Navy ice-class ship-to-be. Bought as a hull, she is now one of the most recognizable top luxury passenger ships, sailing all the Seven Seas of the World.
The Regent Line serves a clientele of predominantly affluent, middle-age and older travelers, who expect a quiet and relaxing atmosphere and sophistication on board. The line is an epitome for impeccable service of the highest standards. The RSSC's all-inclusive vacation packages offer care-free world cruising in an ambiance of luxury, quality, and value.
RSSC is well-appreciated also as one of the best lines for families celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. The Regent luxury ships enjoy some of the highest passenger loyalty rates.
In January 2016, an USD 125 million drydock refurbishment plan was revealed for 3 ships in the RSSC fleet. The aim was to bring the vessels in line with the new Seven Seas Explorer (launched in 2016). The 2-year fleet upgrade plan started with the smallest 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator (April 2016). Seven Seas Voyager was next (2016), followed by Seven Seas Mariner (2017).
The list of numerous onboard renovations included refurbishing of most public spaces, a complete redesign of all staterooms, ship technology, and equipment upgrades. After the fleet renovation program was completed, RSSC started offering free unlimited Internet and Wi-Fi to all cruise passengers (regardless cabin categories).
As a top-luxury, all-inclusive cruise line, RSSC provides deals inclusive of beverages (including fine wines and premium spirits) and all-inclusive cruise fares (with roundtrip airfare, shore excursions, gratuities included). The line's newly expanded shore excursions program offers complimentary 3-night land tours in new locations (Cape Town South Africa, Hong Kong, and Beijing China, Angkor Wat Cambodia). The experience features African safaris, China's Great Wall, an elephant camp in Thailand.
On February 11, 2019, RSSC announced its partnership with Vero Water (eco-friendly bottled water supplier) to eliminate all single-use plastic bottles fleetwide. In the period April-June 2019, all Regent cruise liners will be outfitted with Vero Water (onboard purification) systems eliminating ~2 million plastic bottles annually. Project's implementation schedule for 2019 included the ships Voyager (April 5), Explorer (April 8), Mariner (June 5) and Navigator (June 18). All RSSC cruise customers are provided complimentary with re-useable Vero Water bottles (Regent-branded, 1 per person) to be used ashore and after the voyage to take home as a souvenir.
Regent cruise ships
Follows a list of common features regarding the RSSC line's vessels:
- Owner/operator (Regent Seven Seas)
- Hallmark ("The Regent Experience")
- Registry/ Flag (Bahamas), ship class (Single)
- Private Island (Princess Cays)
- Dining options: Compass Rose main restaurant (open seating), 2-3 alternative restaurants, 24hr room service.
- Dress-Code: day Casual, Formal evenings - men (dark suit/dinner jacket), ladies (cocktail dress), tipping free.
- SPA services by "Canyon Ranch", sauna-steam-fitness, casino, 1 outdoor pool (2-3 Jacuzzis)
- All-Suite ships. Regent cruise suites sizes range from 23 to 112m2, with a large living area, walk-in closet, safe, refrigerator, minibar, marble bathroom (full-size bathtub, separate shower), King-size beds (lowest categories with twin-beds converting to Queen), Butler-service for Penthouse and higher.
Among RSSC ships' best features are:
- All-suite, all-balcony spacious luxurious accommodations (higher categories are butler-served). Highly personalized and attentive service, tipping-free environment.
- Single open-seating dining in "Compass Rose" and "La Veranda", gourmet cuisine. Alternative dining venues (including "Signatures", operated by Le Cordon Bleu of Paris, and "Prime 7")
- Spa and fitness by "Canyon Ranch SpaClub", complimentary steam room and sauna. Tennis courts, outdoor pools, walking/ jogging tracks. Complimentary 24-hour room service, 24-hour complimentary Coffee Corner.
- European-style casino, library, nightclubs, and themed lounges, spacious public areas. Cabaret-style revues, special shows. Enrichment programs (with guest lecturers)
- "Club Mariner" youth program (ages 5 to 17), available during the summer months, and on the holiday trips to Alaska, Bermuda, the Baltic and the Caribbean.
- "Regent Travel Concierge" (exotic shore excursions). Port-intensive itineraries. Includes a travel agent finder.
In 2019, RSSC introduced fleetwide an innovative plant-based menu items. Beginning October 1 (2019), over 200 plant-based gourmet cuisine specialties are available for ordering at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Naturally, the upgraded shipboard menus target mainly vegetarian and vegan passengers. The new dishes include:
- Wild Mushroom Tart with Brittle Pie Crust, Red Pepper Coulis and Mushroom Duxelles
- Falafel Fritters with Harissa Mayo, Mint, Capers, and Cucumber
- Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly
- Spiced Potato and Green Pea Samosas with Tamarind Chutney
- The upgrade also included adding themed cuisines (Greek, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Asian / Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai), light salads and soups, Power Bowls, Poke Bowls, home-made pasta and noodles, decadent desserts (like Peach and Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal-Almond Topping).
According to statistics, 9 of 10 plant-based meals are eaten by no-vegans, and the luxury travelers are increasingly interested in plant-based fare. RSSC's 200 plant-based food selections are integrated into ship's daily menus, instead of listed on separate menus. The offerings were developed by company's VP of Food and Beverage - Bernhard Klotz, in cooperation with celebrity chef Christophe Berg.
- Built (1999), Builder (T. Mariotti, Italy)
- Capacity (490+340 passengers+crew)
- Cabins (252, balconied 216, all-suite, all-oceanview)
- Accommodation types and sizes (balcony-included, 6 suite categories, ranging from 28 to 49 m2) - 36 Window Suites (decks 5-6, 301ft2), 158 Balcony Suites (decks 6-7-8-9, 301 ft2), 40 Penthouse Suites (decks 10-11, 301 ft2), 10 Navigator Suites (deck 9, 448 ft2), 4 Grand Suites (decks 7-8, 539 ft2), 4 Master Suites (decks 9-10, 920 ft2)
- Technics: tonnage 28,550 GRT, length 172m, width 25m, draft 7m, 13 decks, speed 36km/h
- The vessel has no sisters, its hull being constructed in the former USSR (Russia) as an ice-class naval vessel. It was purchased by RSSC and finished in Genoa Italy.
- Built (2001)
- passenger capacity (700), staff and crew (445)
- cabins - 354 balconied suites, 8 suite categories, ranging from 23 to 112 m2)
- cabin types and sizes (balcony-included, 8 suite categories, ranging from 23 to
112 m2) - 262 Deluxe Suites (decks 7-8-9-10, 252 ft2), 60 Penthouse Suites (decks 8-910-11, 376 ft2), 12 Horizon Suites (deck 7-8-9-10, 359 ft2), 2 fwd Seven Seas Suites (deck 10, 505 ft2), 8 aft Seven Seas Suites (decks 7-8-9-10, 561 ft2), 2 Grand Suites (deck 11, 623 ft2), 6 Mariner Suites (decks 8-9-10, 650 ft2), 2 Master Suites (deck 9, 1204 ft2)
- ship specifications tonnage 48,075 GRT, length 216m, width 28m, draft 6m, 8 decks, 5 elevators, speed 37km/h
- The world's first with all-suite, all-balcony cabins, and the world's first to feature a "Le Cordon Bleu of Paris" restaurant at sea.
- Built (2003)
- Capacity (700+447 passengers+crew)
- Cabins (Cabins (354 balconied suites, accommodation types, and sizes equal with those of the Mariner ship)
- Technics: tonnage 42,363 GRT, length 204m, width 29m, draft 7m, 9 decks, 5 lifts, speed 37 km/h
- The world's 2nd all-suite, all-balcony ship. and the world's 2nd to feature a "Le Cordon Bleu of Paris" restaurant (after her sister-ship Mariner).
- Built (Explorer 2016, Splendor 2020), Builder (Fincantieri, Italy)
- Capacity (738+542 passengers+crew)
- Cabins (369 balconied suites, 16 suite categories)
- Technics: tonnage 56,000 GRT, length 224m, width 31m, draft 7m, 10 decks, 8 lifts, speed 37 km/h
- Regent's largest ship ever built. The most expensive luxury passenger ship in the world, with the largest suite on board.
Itinerary of Regent Seven Seas
The RSSC vessels call on over 300 ports worldwide (including Antarctica). They sail to the most exotic sea ship travel destinations, with almost unlimited shore excursions. The class of these vessels allows visiting more intimate ports, not accessible to larger ones, though they sail on relatively longer itineraries - from 1 week to almost 3-month cruises.
Regent Seven Seas destinations include:
- Regent World cruise deals for Around the World voyages since 2002
- All Europe, Alaska, Canada/New England, Bermuda and Caribbean
- Mexico, Panama Canal, South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand, Asia Pacific
- South America, Africa, India, Antarctica.
RSSC cruises to Cuba
Regent Seven Seas, the only North American luxury line granted permission to offer cruises to Cuba, added more calls at the Caribbean island in 2020. Havana is added into the April 25, 2020 voyage onboard Seven Seas Navigator.
The current list of passenger shipping lines offering cruises to Cuba includes:
- Carnival Paradise leaving from Tampa Florida - cheapest prices (from USD 480 pp)
- Royal Caribbean (ship Empress of the Seas, leaving from Miami Florida)
- Holland America (ship Veendam) leaving from Fort Lauderdale since December 2017
- MSC Cruises (ship MSC Opera, leaving from Havana)
- NCL (ship Norwegian Sky, 4-day itineraries with Havana overnights - starting May 2017
- Compagnie du Ponant (yacht ship Le Ponant, leaving from Miami Florida)
- Pearl Seas Cruises (ship Pearl Mist, leaving from Fort Lauderdale Florida)
- Lindblad Expeditions (chartered sailing ship MS Panorama II, leaving from Havana)
- Celestyal Cruises (ship Celestyal Crystal, leaving from Havana and Montego Bay Jamaica)
- Grand Circle Cruise Line (ship MV Clio / ex Tere Moana) one-way from Miami to Havana, or the reverse from Havana to Miami (embarkation/disembarkation in port Cienfuegos).
- International Expeditions (leaving from Havana, charter flights out of Miami)
- Victory Cruise Lines - MS Victory I (former MS Saint Laurent) - fly-cruises from Miami to Havana (home-port Cienfuegos /departures)
- Note: According to the current Cuban law, US citizens of Cuban origin (born in Cuba) are not allowed to visit the island country (including on cruise ships). Regardless of their US citizenship status, Cuban-born Americans were denied booking on cruise itineraries visiting ports in Cuba. However, the situation changed in April 2016, after Carnival Corporation negotiated with the Cuban government for allowing ships with Cuban-born passengers, as such US citizens are allowed to visit the country on USA-Cuba charter flights. The Carnival-fathom line started Miami to Cuba cruises in May 2016.
- Alaska Airlines offers regular nonstop flights to Havana from Los Angeles (California USA). An 80-min ling JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to Havana costs less than USD 100. Previously, air travel from the USA to Cuba was thought charter flights only.
Regent Seven Seas Splendor Inaugural Season 2020
The first voyage onboard Seven Seas Splendor begins on February 7, 2020, and takes guests on a 14-night transatlantic sailing from Barcelona to Miami FL. The inaugural season of Seven Seas Splendor reveals a lineup of destination-rich itineraries visiting iconic locations throughout North America, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Following her first transatlantic cruise on February 7, Seven Seas Splendor transits Panama Canal on her way to Los Angeles on February 25, 2020, visits Cartagena and anchors along the coastline of Cabo San Lucas. Then, she offers the chance to traverse the canal west to east, as she sails out of Los Angeles to Miami FL on March 14, 2020.
Back on Atlantic coast, the ship embarks on a spring sojourn between Florida and New York City on April 1, 2020. Highlights include overnights in Oranjestad and Charleston, before arriving in the Big Apple. Then, from NYC, she sets her course to Barcelona, departing on April 16, 2020, for 2 weeks.
Beginning April 30, Splendor kicks off her inaugural Mediterranean season with the advantage of being the best size to reach the most intimate ports in the region, such as Palamos, Toulon, Kotor. The first of the Mediterranean cruises is a 12-night on May 28, 2020, from Barcelona which culminates with an overnight stay in Venice. Seven Seas Splendor rings in the summer via a 12-night trip to the ancient world June 4, 2020, including visits to Jerusalem and Rhodes. Then, two more 10-night cruises from Ibiza to Rome set sail on June 16 and 26, 2020.
Seven Seas Splendor sails across Europe during its inaugural 15 destination-rich summer voyages. Splendor brings passengers during summer 2020 to hidden gems of Zadar in Croatia and Koper in Slovenia, as well as to the culinary capitals of Barcelona and Bordeaux. The vessel takes guests to the iconic Isles, both Greek and British, and arrives at the shores of Italian and French Riviera. Passengers can witness the beauty of the Iberian landscape and cross the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to the 6 previously announced winter 2020 voyages, Seven Seas Splendor’s Inaugural Europe Collection for summer 2020 includes the following 15 itineraries:
- May 12 - Enchanting Mediterranean: from Venice to Rome (including a call in Cannes on May 18 during the Film Festival)
- May 21 - Exquisite Riviera: from Rome to Barcelona (including a call in Monte Carlo on May 24 during Monaco Grand Prix)
- July 6 - Secret Isles: from Rome to Venice
- July 13 - Spirit of Greece: from Venice to Venice
- July 23 - Festa in Italia: from Venice to Barcelona
- August 4 - Iberian Peaks & Coasts: from Barcelona to Southampton
- August 18 - British Immersion: from Southampton to Southampton
- August 30 - Europe Beyond Measure: from Southampton to Monte Carlo
- September 14 - Spanish Embrace: from Monte Carlo to Rome
- September 24 - Aegean Treasures: from Rome to Athens
- October 4 - Grecian Wonders: from Rome to Istanbul
- October 14 - Ancient Ruins & Picturesque Shores: from Istanbul to Venice
- October 24 - An Italian Romance: from Venice to Rome
- November 3 - Lovely Mediterranean: from Rome to Barcelona
- November 13 - The Perfect Sojourn: from Barcelona to Miami.
RSSC 2020-2021 deployment
Regent Seven Seas unveiled its 2020-2021 itineraries, showcasing 167 cruises including maiden calls to a total of 11 new ports across Asia, Europe and the Americas, 4 newly-released Grand Voyages, as well as new pre-and post-cruise land tours.
New ports of call include Stornoway (Hebrides), La Rochelle, Aalborg, Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Lecce (Otranto), Crotone (Calabria), Siracusa (Sicily), Porto Empedocle (Sicily), Porto Torres (Sardinia), and Cabo Frio.
4 new Grand Voyages include a 61-night Grand Asia Exploration, 68-night Grand Cape Horn Adventure, 76-night Grand Spice Route Quest, 91-night Grand Arctic Discovery.
In total, Regent Seven Seas 2020-2021 season features most overnight stays ever, a total of 114, and 352 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Itinerary Highlights include:
- Seven Seas Splendor’s Inaugural Europe Collection visits French Riviera, Greek Isles, Iberian Peninsula, UK and more. Passengers can discover up to 95 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the City of Rhodes and Painted Churches in the Troodos Region of Cyprus. Splendor then crosses to the Caribbean for winter season 2020-2021. Nine of ship's Caribbean cruises visit Havana, Cuba, 3 of which are overnights.
- Seven Seas Explorer sails in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe during summer 2020. The season features 2 roundtrip Southampton UK cruises: a traditional circumnavigation of the United Kingdom and a calling on France and Spain, including an overnight in Bordeaux. Ship's first-ever Asia itineraries include a roundtrip Tokyo cruise on April 6, 2021, while the full collection includes overnights in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Osaka. Explorer then sails Alaska for the first time during 2021 summer. New call ports include La Rochelle, Stornoway (Hebrides), Aalborg, and Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City).
- Seven Seas Voyager spends summer 2020 in the Mediterranean. On its November 14, 2020, cruise, Voyager returns to Africa calling at Dakar, Banjul, Abidjan, Sekondi-Takoradi, Lome, Sao Tome, Walvis Bay, and Cape Town. In early 2021, the ship sails back to South America for the first time in nearly a decade, visiting Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, and the coastal cities of Brazil.
- Seven Seas Mariner sails Alaska during summer 2020. A couple of voyages are ten or more nights and include visits to ports including Victoria BC and Wrangell, not visited during 7-night voyages. South American cruises feature overnights in Lima (Callao), Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Manaus (Amazon River). Before sailing into Amazon, Mariner calls on a new port, Esmeraldas, in Ecuador. The vessel then sails north to the Mexican Riviera and Caribbean. The 117-night World Cruise aboard Seven Seas Mariner sails from Miami FL to Barcelona departing January 5, 2021.
- Seven Seas Navigator cruises on May 22, June 5, June 15, 2020 offer late spring/early summer visits to Canadian and New England ports. Navigator then spends the summer cruising through Northern Europe including the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Norway. Following a transatlantic crossing, the ship calls on Bermuda, the Caribbean, and South Pacific in 2021.
For the Alaskan 2020 season, RSSC offered as promo deals free first-class air (complimentary flights) for a total of 16 Seven Seas Mariner cruise itineraries in Alaska. The promotion (advertised as "First Class In Every Way") was Regent's first for this destination.
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