Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Seven Seas Explorer

Year built2016  /  Age : 2
Flag state Marshall Islands
BuilderFincantieri (Trieste, Italy)
Building costUSD 450 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(RSSC) Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)224 m / 735 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage56000 gt
Passengers754 - 829
Crew542
Passengers-to-space ratio68
Decks13
Cabins377
Decks with cabins7
Sister-shipsSeven Seas Splendor
Christened byHRH Princess Charlene of Monaco

Current itinerary of Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer current cruise is 24 days, one-way from Lisbon to Cape Town. Prices start from USD 17699 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 28 Nov, 2018 and ends on 22 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
28 Nov 18:00      Departing from Lisbon, Portugal   
30 Nov 08:00 - 18:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
01 Dec 10:00 - 20:00     Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands   
02 Dec 08:00 - 23:00     Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
05 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde   
07 Dec 08:00 - 22:00     Dakar, Senegal   
08 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Banjul, Gambia   
11 Dec 10:00 - 19:00     Abidjan, Ivory Coast   
12 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Takoradi, Ghana   
13 Dec 09:00 - 18:00     Lome, Togo   
15 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Santo Antonio, Principe Island   
19 Dec 09:00 - 18:00     Walvis Bay, Namibia   
22 Dec      Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa   

Review of Seven Seas Explorer

Launched in 2016, Seven Seas Explorer is currently the newest RSSC / Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship, with fleetmates Voyager, Navigator and Mariner. The vessel's building cost of USD 450 million ranks it the most expensive luxury cruise ship ever built. The sister-ship Splendor is scheduled launch in 2020.

History - construction and ownership

Regent Cruises (officially Regent Seven Seas Cruises / RSSC) is an all-inclusive, top-luxury cruise brand fka "Radisson Seven Seas". Until 2014, the company (as part of "Prestige Cruise Holdings") was owned by Apollo Management LP - one of the world's largest private investment equity funds. Since September 2014, RSSC and the sister company Oceania Cruises are owned by NCL Norwegian (shipowner), acquired at the total cost of USD 3 billion. Regent cruise ships are medium-sized, with capacity up to 800 passengers. The fleet consists of 6-star rated all-suite and all-balcony vessels with space-to-guest ratio around 70 and staff-to-guest ratio 1-to-1,6 (some of industry's best). As building cost per berth, RSSC liners are among the world's most expensive ships.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship

The 56,000-ton, 750-passenger ship Seven Seas Explorer debuted in the summer of 2016. The vessel was launched on October 30, 2015, at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard (Trieste Italy). The launching ceremony was attended by Robin Lindsay (RSSC's executive vice president) and Raffaele Davassi (shipyard's director). The launch godmother was Antonia Ronchi (Fincantieri employee).

Regent Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship construction

Seven Seas Explorer was delivered on June 30 by Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard. It is the first newbuild for Regent Seven Seas in 14 years and what the company touts as the most luxurious vessel ever built. Seven Seas Explorer's features include the opulent 3,875-sq.foot Regent Suite, several gourmet restaurants and extravagant lounges.

Cruise itinerary program

Seven Seas Explorer itinerary program is based on luxury Mediterranean cruises around Italy (Adriatic Sea), to French Riviera, and Holy Land (visiting Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt). The itineraries are one-way, with departures from ports in Italy, Spain, Monaco, Portugal, Greece, Turkey.

In 2019 (January through March) was scheduled ship's maiden season in South America. Following 2-year service in Mediterranean, Caribbean, Africa and Northern Europe, the liner will call at 10 South American cruise ports during 5 voyages with the following departures.

  • January 20 - 12-day from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, visiting Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina. 28-day from Rio to Santiago, visiting Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Falkland Islands.
  • February 1 - 16-day from Buenos Aires to Santiago, visiting Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Falkland Islands.
  • February 1 - 36-day from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, visiting Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Falkland Islands, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala.
  • February 17 - 20-day from Santiago to Los Angeles, visiting Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico.

Cabins

Like all Regent cruise ships, Seven Seas Explorer is an all-suite ship. The number of suite categories is 16. Seven Seas Explorer has a total of 375 suites, of which 100% have private balconies. The largest ones are the Regent Suites (2915 ft2).

The cost of the Regent Suite on the new Explorer ship signifies the ultimate Regent cruise luxury package experience. For an amazing 3,875 sq-ft suite accommodation (1181 m2, with the balcony), guest can enjoy the superior pampering vacation travel that the Regent Cruises are world wide famous with. This accommodation is not only the largest, but also the most expensive one at sea – yours for just £4,800 per person, per day.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Follows the complete list of Seven Seas Explorer restaurants and food bars.

  • Compass Rose (main dining room restaurant, open-seating breakfast, lunch and dinner; features European Continental dishes and alternative choices - vegetarian, specialties from the Spa menu, select dishes from Regent's Chartreuse menu with gourmet French cuisine)
  • Chartreuse (Regent’s new specialty restaurant with French cuisine, also serving specialty cocktails with Chartreuse liqueur; offers one of the most exquisite gourmet experiences at sea)
  • Prime 7 (reservations-only dinner restaurant with American Steakhouse menu)
  • La Veranda / Sette Mari (casual dining venue; operates as ship’s self-service buffet restaurant; in the evenings, the buffet transforms into “Sette Mari” Italian dinner restaurant, complimentary)
  • Culinary Arts Kitchen (cooking school with 18 cooking stations in 3 rows; each is equipped with quartz countertop and stainless steel sink; the cooking school has floor-ceiling windows, and boasts 12 different classes themed as fish and shellfish, food and wine, mini-desserts, healthy cooking, etc. As part of the program, Regent Seven Seas also offers “Gourmet Explorer Tours” ashore)
  • Pool Grill (fast food).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

While the design of Seven Seas Explorer is decidedly more contemporary luxe than that of ship's fleetmates, the line strikes a balance between its much-loved traditional features and a more modern ambiance.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Seven Seas Explorer lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Constellation Theater (2-deck high main show lounge for grand music and show productions; also features “Cirque Rock ‘n Roll” aerial acrobatics spectacle)
  • Atrium (2-deck high open-floor area)
  • Club.com (Internet computers room); Library
  • Connoisseur Club (smoking lounge with comfortable leather armchairs; offers hand-rolled Cuban cigars)
  • Card Rooms (hosts bridge tournaments and lectures)
  • Explorer Lounge and Bar (disco nightclub; operates as piano bar during the day with resident pianist performances)
  • Meridian Lounge (serves as an entertainment lounge with leather furniture, blue carpeting, dark-wood paneling, antique flooring; has its own bar; serves specialty cocktails)
  • Coffee Connection (patisserie, specialty coffees)
  • Horizon Lounge (with a large dance floor; hosts daily trivia shows and offers Afternoon Tea)
  • Observation Lounge (grand piano bar with live music performances in the evenings)
  • The Boutique (duty-free shopping arcade: luxury jewelry, precious stones, brand perfumes, watches, designer clothes, accessories, gifts, souvenirs, Regent-logo wear)
  • Casino (with 2 sections: for the slot machines, and for the gaming tables)
  • Lido Pool area (with a large swimming pool, 2 Whirlpools, sunbathing area with loungers, tennis tables, seating area; served by the Pool Bar)
  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub and Wellness Center consists of 8 Treatment Rooms, Saunas (incl infrared sauna), Steam Rooms (incl aromatic steam room), Cold Room (temperature 54 F / 12 C), Thermal Suite, Shower Room (varying degrees of water pressure, therapeutic audio effects / waterfalls, thunderstorms), Relaxation Room, infinity pool (resistance swimming pool / aft), also Beauty Salon, Gym and Aerobics Studio. Some of the Spa's features include the cocoon-inspired design, central-location Swarovski crystal sculpture, chrysalis (made of silk wrappings), marble flooring, light-grained wood, exquisite treatments.
  • Fitness Center (deck 6) has floor-ceiling windows and modern equipment (cardio and weight machines, free weights), separate studio for classes (cycling, yoga, Pilates).
  • The Top Deck (Power Walking/Jogging Track; sports court: mini-golf putting green; Golf Net; Shuffleboard; Paddle Tennis court).

Regent's Seven Seas Explorer is the world's ever first cruise ship with a Pickleball Court. “The installation was done by Adventure Golf Services (company specializing in custom designed mini golf courses).

  • This is a combo court serving 2 sports - Pickleball and Paddle Tennis.
  • Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, court tennis and table tennis. The game is played by 2, 3 or 4 players using solid paddles (made of wood or composites) to hit a perforated polymer ball over a net.
  • The company also installed other products - paddle tennis court, shuffleboard, 18-hole putting green course, GolfCourt Hitting Bay (golf driving range), Bocce court. All these products use patented interlocking panels fabricated in Traverse City (Michigan USA).
  • Adventure Golf Services is the leading manufacturer and installer for the cruise ship industry, with signature products like miniature golf courses, putting greens, shuffleboard, bocce ball, croquet courts, golf driving cages.

Seven Seas Explorer wiki

Regent Explorer ship was built in Trieste Italy as the line's fourth all-suite, all-balcony, top luxury vessel, joining the RSSC ships Mariner, Navigator and Voyager. She is also the line's largest ever built. The building price of almost US$450 million makes the ship the most expensive luxury passenger ship in the world, ever. The vessel features Carrara marble, huge quantities of gold leaf (used by the shipbuilder for onboard decorations), also Czech crystal chandeliers and hundreds of art pieces.

Fun fact is, that ship's largest suite (accommodating two guests only) is the biggest sized cruise accommodation at sea (at the whopping 3,875 ft2 / 1,180 m2) /equaling a townhouse's size). This suite is also the most expensive cruise room ever offered. Regent Suite's bed alone cost around USD 90,000. Per person prices are over GBP 3000, and these rates are per night. Among the suite's amenities are a custom-built Steinway grand piano and an in-suite spa room with unlimited complimentary spa treatments.

On September 2, 2014, NCL Norwegian purchased "Prestige Cruise Holdings" (owner of Oceania Cruises and RSSC) for USD 3,025 billion, thus becoming the official shipowner in both fleets.

In mid April 2016, RSSC announced upgraded fares adding free international flights to all 2017-2018 cruise Itineraries. These are round-trip air travel deals (business class) added to the company's signature (standard) all-inclusive package - wines, spirits, soda, water, unlimited internet, free shore excursions, prepaid gratuities, pre-post cruise hotel stays and transfers. The air-inclusive cruise deals involve international flights leaving from 26 cities (USA and Canada), regardless of the suite category booked.

On May 26, 2016, was announced the name of ship's godmother - HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco. On June 30, 2016, the vessel was officially delivered at Sestri Ponente shipyard. On July 13, 2016, was vessel's christening ceremony held in Monte Carlo (Monaco). The naming ceremony featured a 45-min live performance by Andrea Bocelli. The royal godmother was accompanied by her husband - Monaco's reigning monarch Prince Albert II. The christening ceremony was also attended by around 700 special guests, including all the RSSC company's top executives.

The company Apollo Group provides all RSSC ships with the entire onboard hotel product and services. This includes administration, food staff (preparation and serving), housekeeping staff, also the vessel's provisioning and crewing. Other cruise lines served by Apollo are Thomson UK (Marella) and Oceania.

Inaugural cruise itineraries

On July 20, 2016, was the inaugural cruise - 13-days Mediterranean itinerary from Monaco to Venice. Explorer is Regent Cruises' first new ship since 2003, when Seven Seas Voyager was launched. Explorer is followed by a fifth ship (Seven Seas Splendor) that enters service in 2020.

Seven Seas Explorer's inaugural cruise season was in Europe (Mediterranean Sea). Followed a Transatlantic crossing to PortMiami for the winter season in the Caribbean Sea. The inaugural Caribbean cruise was a 14-night roundtrip Miami to Serene Islands (December 4) followed by a 10-night Caribbean cruise (December 14) roundtrip from Miami. The New Year's Eve itinerary was a 16-night Panama Canal transition from Miami to Los Angeles CA. The ship returned to Florida on February 4 (2017) and was home-ported in Miami Florida for a total of 5 back-to-back cruises (10-night roundtrips) to Caribbean islands, Mexico, and Belize. Among the visited ports of call was the NCL private island in Belize Harvest Caye - an island destination developed by the parent company NCLH.

The Mediterranean Inaugural season was complemented by 22 "Gourmet Explorer Tours" (offered on all Mediterranean itineraries) designed to enhance the onboard dining experiences in the ship's Culinary Arts Kitchen.

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Seven Seas Explorer Itineraries

The below listed Seven Seas Explorer cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Regent Seven Seas fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 08 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona
2018 Nov 18 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon Civitavecchia$8499
2018 Nov 28 24 days, one-way from Lisbon to Cape Town Lisbon$17699
2018 Dec 22 15 days, round-trip Cape Town To Cape Town - South African Cheer Cape Town$17399
2019 Jan 06 14 days, one-way from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Cape Town$10699
2019 Jan 20 28 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to San Antonio Rio de Janeiro$20699
2019 Jan 20 12 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro$11299
2019 Feb 01 36 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles Buenos Aires$24199
2019 Feb 01 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires$14299
2019 Feb 17 20 days, one-way from San Antonio to Los Angeles San Antonio$13899
2019 Mar 09 16 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Miami Los Angeles$9099
2019 Mar 25 14 days, one-way from Miami to Lisbon Miami$7799
2019 Apr 08 22 days, one-way from Lisbon to Venice Lisbon$17199
2019 Apr 08 10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon$9299
2019 Apr 18 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$11299
2019 Apr 30 20 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$16499
2019 Apr 30 10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$9899
2019 May 10 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$9999
2019 May 20 24 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona$22199
2019 May 20 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona$12799
2019 Jun 01 12 days, round-trip London (Southampton) To London (Southampton) - The Regal Isles Southampton$13199
2019 Jun 13 12 days, one-way from Southampton to Stockholm Southampton$12799
2019 Jun 25 7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$8799
2019 Jul 02 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$11799
2019 Jul 12 10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$11799
2019 Jul 22 7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$8999
2019 Jul 29 10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$11799
2019 Aug 08 12 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Oslo Copenhagen$13799
2019 Aug 20 10 days, one-way from Oslo to Stockholm Oslo$10399
2019 Aug 30 12 days, one-way from Stockholm to Southampton Stockholm$12799
2019 Sep 11 12 days, round-trip London (Southampton) To London (Southampton) - British Isles & Beatlemania Southampton$13099
2019 Sep 23 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Barcelona Southampton$13599
2019 Oct 07 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$11799
2019 Oct 19 10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$10099
2019 Nov 12 25 days, one-way from Barcelona to Miami Barcelona$14199
2019 Nov 12 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$9799
2019 Nov 23 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Miami Lisbon$7299
2019 Dec 07 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Island Living Miami$4799
2019 Dec 17 22 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Caribbean Rendezvous Miami$12599
2019 Dec 17 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Pristine Shores Miami$5799
2019 Dec 27 12 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Champagne Toasts & Caribbean Dreams Miami$7799
2020 Jan 08 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Exotic Islands & Luxe Seascapes Miami$5699
2020 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Bohemian Paradise Miami$5699
2020 Jan 28 14 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Grand Antilles Journey Miami$7599
2020 Feb 11 20 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Island Escapades Miami$10299
2020 Feb 11 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - From Rivera To Hemingway Miami$5599
2020 Feb 21 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Heavenly Beaches Miami$5599
2020 Mar 02 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Yucatan Adventures Miami$5399
2020 Mar 12 12 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Gems Of The Southern Caribbean Miami$6599
2020 Mar 24 10 days, round-trip Miami To Miami - Mayan Marvels Miami$5399
2020 Apr 03 14 days, one-way from Miami to Barcelona Miami$7599
2020 Apr 17 10 days, round-trip Barcelona To Barcelona - Colorful Spain & The Canary Islands Barcelona$8799
2020 Apr 27 21 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona$17199
2020 Apr 27 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona$6999
2020 May 04 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Southampton Lisbon$13699
2020 May 18 24 days, round-trip London (Southampton) To London (Southampton) - The Culture & Castles Of Scotland Southampton$21799
2020 May 18 12 days, round-trip London (Southampton) To London (Southampton) - Royals, Castles & Crowns Southampton$12499
2020 May 30 12 days, round-trip London (Southampton) To London (Southampton) - Lovely Ireland & The Isles Southampton$12999
2020 Jun 11 12 days, one-way from Southampton to Stockholm Southampton$12499
2020 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$8699
2020 Jun 30 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$11799
2020 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$8699
2020 Jul 17 18 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Reykjavik Copenhagen$18299
2020 Aug 04 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Oslo Reykjavik$12799
2020 Aug 16 12 days, one-way from Oslo to Stockholm Oslo$12699
2020 Aug 28 12 days, one-way from Stockholm to Southampton Stockholm$12799
2020 Sep 09 12 days, round-trip London (Southampton) To London (Southampton) - Green Pastures & Majestic Castles Southampton$12799
2020 Sep 21 26 days, one-way from Southampton to Venice Southampton$20799
2020 Sep 21 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Barcelona Southampton$12999
2020 Oct 05 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$11499
2020 Oct 17 10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$9499
2020 Oct 27 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$8499
2020 Nov 06 76 days, one-way from Barcelona to Auckland Barcelona$45999
2020 Nov 06 22 days, one-way from Barcelona to Dubai Barcelona$13299
2020 Nov 28 22 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai$18499
2020 Dec 20 17 days, one-way from Singapore to Sydney Singapore$16799
2021 Jan 06 15 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$18499
2021 Jan 21 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$17499
2021 Feb 04 18 days, one-way from Sydney to Benoa Sydney$18999
2021 Feb 22 15 days, one-way from Benoa to Hong Kong Benoa$14999
2021 Mar 09 61 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Vancouver Hong Kong$36499
2021 Mar 09 28 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong$21699
2021 Mar 09 12 days, round-trip Hong Kong To Hong Kong - Peaceful Pagodas & Soaring Spires Hong Kong$13299
2021 Mar 21 16 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong$15799
2021 Apr 06 33 days, one-way from Tokyo to Vancouver Tokyo$21799
2021 Apr 06 14 days, round-trip Tokyo To Tokyo - Temples, Towers & Castles Tokyo$14999
2021 Apr 20 19 days, one-way from Tokyo to Vancouver Tokyo$12999
2021 May 09 10 days, round-trip Vancouver To Vancouver - Luxury On The Frontier Vancouver$5999
2021 May 19 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$5699