Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet
Review of Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Cruises (officially RSSC-Regent Seven Seas Cruises, rssc.com) is a top-luxury cruise line and trademarked travel brand (fka "Radisson Seven Seas"). RSSC's current owner is NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings) - also the 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. Regent offers a 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 among the most expensive cruise vessels in the world.
All Regent ships are named with 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 brand serves a clientele of predominantly affluent, middle-aged and older travelers, who expect a quiet and relaxing atmosphere and sophistication on board. The brand line is the epitome for impeccable service of the highest standards. 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 cruise brands for families celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. The top-luxury RSSC ships enjoy some of the highest passenger loyalty rates.
On June 6, 2022, NCLH announced an expansion of its fleetwide sustainability program "Sail & Sustain". Extending its animal welfare policy, the shipowner is now fully committed to responsible animal food sourcing practices (regarding pork, chicken, eggs, and seafood) within the global fleet's supply chain. The goal is by the year 2025, fleetwide (NCL, Oceania, Regent) to be sourced only cage-free eggs, crate-free pork, certified sustainable seafood, and chicken purchased from American and Canadian suppliers who meet GAP (Global Animal Partnership) standards.
In late-June 2022 RSSC announced a new Italian menu to be introduced in November 2023 (on the newbuild ship Seven Seas Grandeur) and later rolled out fleetwide. The new menu (developed for the Italian restaurant chain Sette Mari) includes items like Bruschetta al pomodoro (tomato), Cavatelli ai frutti di mare (filled pasta), Zucchini alla poverella, Insalata di Panzanella (bread salad) alla Masseria Salamina (17th-century castle in Fasano), Cozze gratinate al forno (stuffed mussels), Branzino in agrodolce (spigola in sweet-and-sour sauce), Pasticcini alla mandorle (Sicilian baked sweets), Chef Nino's Cioppino (fish stew), focaccia con pomodorini (Italian flat bread made with olive oil and flavoured with herbs).
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 of 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.
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 boats' 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 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 the 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).
- Year-Built: 2016 (Explorer), 2020 (Splendor), 2023 (Grandeur)
- 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
These are RSSC's largest ships as well as the world's most expensive luxury passenger ships, also having the largest Suite at sea.
(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, NCLH's entire fleet (all vessels of the brands NCL-Norwegian, RSSC-Regent and Oceania) is with an expanded cancellation policy.
All bookings on pre-scheduled itineraries (departures March 14, 2020, through May 31, 2021) were given the option to cancel (up to 48 hours prior departure) without penalties. All affected bookings received a full refund (100%) in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to a booking made within 1 year (any itinerary, fleetwide) from the canceled departure date. RSSC's Regent Reassurance policy was expanded to offer penalty-free cancellations (for any reason) up to 15 days prior departure with full refunds (100%) in FCC.
Eventually, NCLH canceled all RSSC cruises leaving between March 14, 2020, and mid-September 2021.
Operations resumed in 2021-2022 with the ships SPLENDOR (Sept 11, 2021/Around Britain from Southampton UK, follows a Mediterranean mini-season), EXPLORER (Oct 16, 2021/Mediterranean from Venice), NAVIGATOR (March 9, 2022/Caribbean from Miami and Barbados), MARINER (Dec 18, 2021/Panama Canal from Miami to San Francisco), VOYAGER (March 26, 2022/Mediterranean from Civitavecchia-Rome).
Itinerary of Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The RSSC vessels call on 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.
RSSC's destinations include:
- World Cruises/Around the World voyages are operated since 2002.
- Europe, Alaska, New England USA and Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean
- Panama Canal transits, Mexico, South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Asia Pacific
- South America, Africa, India, both polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic)
RSSC 2024-2025 deployment
In August 2022 RSSC announced "2024-2025 Voyage Collection".
The schedule listed 160 itineraries (on all continents) ranging between 7-night and 150-night (Away in Wonder World Cruise 2025/4x Grand Voyages), 2x 14-night Alaskan sailings, and other popular regions like Western Europe and the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, New England USA and Canada.
Seven Seas Grandeur's inaugural season is in the Mediterranean (starting July 2024), follows a Transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to NYC New York.
In May-September 2024, Seven Seas Explorer has scheduled 15x 7-night and 2x 14-night Alaskan voyages (between Seward AK and Vancouver BC Canada). The season ends with the Transpacific relocation from Alaska to Asia (Vancouver to Tokyo) in September.
RSSC 2022-2023 deployment
In February 2020, Regent opened bookings for 7 new sailings added to the 2022's schedule. The 7-voyage collection (Marvels of the Pacific Rim) was for Seven Seas Mariner and included free unlimited shore excursions, access to UNESCO sites, multiple port overnights, free pre- or post-cruise land programs on select sailings.
- 18-night QUINTESSENTIAL SOUTH PACIFIC from San Francisco to Papeete (January 5, 2022) aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Passengers are able to admire the South Pacific, with cascading waterfalls in island mountain forests as well as feel the freedom of surf- riding around the shores of some of the most coveted coastlines in the world when embarking for over 2 weeks from Hawaii to Tahiti.
- 16-night HEAVENLY ISLANDS & THE CITY OF SAILS from Papeete to Auckland (January 23, 2022) aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Guests explore a selection of the most stunning locales in Polynesia. The shared lagoon between Taha’a and Raiatea is teeming with vibrant sea life. A post-cruise land program (free of charge) explores New Zealand’s Natural Wonders.
- 14-night NATURAL MARVELS & MAORI CULTURE from Auckland to Sydney (February 8, 2022) aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Passengers sail south from Auckland to explore New Zealand's eastern coast, from the cultural insights in Waitangi estuary and the geothermal region around Lake Rotorua to Milford Sound's majesty.
- 21-night A GOLDEN COAST & URBAN WONDERS from Sydney to Singapore (February 22, 2022) aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Passengers enjoy an overnight in Brisbane and sail along the Gold Coast, between the Great Barrier Reef and Bali for an overnight. They can experience the urban beauty of Sydney and explore Sydney Icons via a pre-cruise land program (free of charge), or opt to Discover Singapore on a free post-cruise land program with an overnight in Singapore.
- 16-night SWEET SPICES & SAVORY DELIGHTS from Singapore to Hong Kong (March 15, 2022) aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Southeast Asia offers enchanting scenery, fascinating cultures, and exceptional cuisine. Guests are able to overnight in 5 different cities including Bangkok, savour the flavors of Thailand’s street food, and delight in the beauty of Halong Bay. They can also choose to explore The Jewels of Hong Kong or Discover Singapore on a free pre-/post-cruise land program.
- 15-night WEST TO EAST IN ASIA from Hong Kong to Tokyo (March 31, 2022) aboard Seven Seas Mariner. The trip begins with a free pre-cruise land program to discover The Jewels of Hong Kong or concludes with a free post-cruise land program in Tokyo. Along the way, 4 overnights are available - in Xiamen, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Passengers can also witness the beauty of some of Japan’s smaller islands including Oshima and Okinawa.
- 20-night VOLCANIC SIGHTS & GLACIAL HEIGHTS from Tokyo to San Francisco (April 15, 2022) aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Guests are able to visit the ancient Kamchatka volcanic region around Petropavlovsk, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then sail east to Alaska before enjoying a post-cruise land program (free of charge) in San Francisco and Sausalito.
In October 2020, RSSC announced the largest booking day in the brand's 28-year history. Reservations for "2022-2023 Voyage Collection" (opened at 8:30 am EST on October 21st) surpassed by nearly 40% the company's previous booking day record (set in April 2018) due to Seven Seas Splendor's inauguration. The most popular destinations were Africa, Asia, Northern Europe, and the Mediterranean.
The launch of Voyage Collection 2022-2023 saw over 100% increase in bookings compared to "2021-2022 Voyage Collection" (opened for booking in August 2019).
The new program consisted of 148 voyages (April 2022 thru April 2023), 17 maiden ports, 105 overnights, access to 350+ UNESCO sites via thousands of complimentary excursions.
The record bookings day follows Regent Seven Seas' recent record-breaking launch day for the 2023 World Cruise.
Seven Seas Explorer in 2023 offers two Grand Voyages - 73-night Grand Spice Route Quest (from Istanbul to Auckland, with 228 complimentary excursions) and 61-night Grand Asia Exploration (from Sydney NSW to Tokyo, with 220 complimentary excursions).
Seven Seas Voyager is deployed in Europe (Mediterranean, the Canaries and Morocco, Greek Islands, Black Sea/the Balkans, Northern Europe - Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, British Isles, Africa, South Africa (two roundtrips from Cape Town). Crossing the Atlantic early 2023, Regent's Voyager has a South American season (homeporting in Rio De Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Valparaiso-Santiago), including a 19-night journey with scenic Antarctic cruising.
Seven Seas Mariner is deployed in Alaska, USA West Coast, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean. The 65-night Circle South America Grand Voyage has 170 complimentary excursions. World Cruise 2023 (143-night, from Miami to Barcelona) has 72 call ports.
Seven Seas Navigator is deployed in the Caribbean voyage (including the Amazon Odyssey roundtrip from Miami, Canada and New England USA, Transatlantic crossings (via Greenland and Iceland) to Northern Europe (British Isles, Baltic, Western European Coast. The 94-night Grand Arctic Adventure Grand Voyage (roundtrip from NYC) has 415 complimentary excursions.
RSSC cruises to Cuba
RSSC was the only North American luxury travel brand that was granted permission to offer cruises to Cuba. More visits to the unique Caribbean island country were added for season 2020, but the schedule was canceled due to the COVID crisis.
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.
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