Joining renowned luxury cruise line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises in July 2016, Seven Seas Explorer enables passengers to experience elegance and glamour throughout their journey. With an emphasis on fine dining and an impeccable attention to detail, the decadence of this ship cannot be underestimated. Her staff are highly trained and intuitive, instructed to anticipate and cater to the every need of those travelling aboard.
Billed as the ‘Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built’, she certainly lives up to the title. Delightfully decorated and sumptuously presented throughout, everything has been taken care of, down to the finest details. For passengers who think they have experienced ultra-luxury cruising, Explorer offers a chance to reassess and be enchanted yet again.
The ship itself has been extravagantly designed with more than an acre of both granite and marble features, present throughout public spaces and in passenger suites. This highly lavish finish is complimented by just under 500 chandeliers, as well as works of art that range from celebrated Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso, to early modernist, Marc Chagall. Wonderfully intimate, yet decidedly spacious, the ships unofficial title certainly reflects how special this vessel truly is.
Equally luxurious are the ship’s 375 suites, all of which have balconies that open out onto the spectacular views you pass. These are some of the largest balconies at sea, providing additional private space in which passengers may relax. The suites themselves ooze luxury, thanks to the exquisite décor and intimate detail. Each suite is unique in terms of design, but the one thing they all share is exceptional attention to detail.
European Elite Slumber beds are fitted in each and every cabin for optimum comfort, as well as more practical features, such as refrigerated mini-bars, USB charging stations and flat-screen televisions with on-demand movies. Bathrooms are adorned with both marble and stone, creating a highly chic space that includes both a bathtub and shower in the majority of rooms.
Unlike some other ships who boast luxury accommodation, you are guaranteed the same elegance and sophistication regardless of your category. The expansive private balconies are just one of the many exceptional features that every suite presents, along with spacious walk-in wardrobes, plush bathrobes and slippers and 24-hour room service if required.
As you would expect from a ship that classes itself in the category of ‘Most Luxurious’, the food is an inspired combination of fine dining delivered in spectacular surroundings. Incredibly high-quality cuisine is served throughout the ship, matched by the unwaveringly attentive service of its crew. The ship boasts two main restaurants, offering exquisite fine dining options, as well as three additional speciality eateries and the Pool Grill for a casual dining experience during the sunset.
The main dining is the Compass Rose, a stunningly beautiful space that has been uniquely and expertly designed. It displays a tasteful ocean theme, with comforting and relaxing shades of blue and grey creating a highly inviting ambience. The centrepiece is undoubtedly the blue crystal chandelier that hangs above diners whilst they eat. The restaurant itself is open dining, giving passengers the flexibility to dine when it suits them, either intimately as a couple, or as a larger group if travelling with friends. Open for both breakfast and dinner, the restaurant begins with freshly cooked classics and continental delicacies, before moving on to a carefully prepared multicourse experience in the evening. Allergies and special requirements are expertly attended to, meaning that quality is assured for each and every passenger.
La Veranda is the ship’s buffet restaurant, which serves both breakfast and lunch. It is a space that is blessed with illuminating natural light, offering an al fresco dining experience within the large outside seating area located at the rear of the ship. The food options are equally delicious in the Compass Rose, but provided via serving stations for a more relaxed dining experience. At night, La Veranda becomes Sette Mari, an Italian restaurant that combines a similar buffet setup with freshly prepared pasta dishes available to order.
Explorer’s speciality eateries include Pacific Rim, a Pan-Asian restaurant that delivers dishes inspired by the East; from Japan, to China and even Vietnam. Fronted by a striking bronze-cast prayer wheel, the décor of this particular restaurant is decidedly oriental, giving an immersive experience to its diners. Next is Chartreuse, which serves modern, French cuisine in the style of a Parisian café. Be transported to the streets of Paris, thanks to authentic decoration and simply stunning, classically French dishes. Lastly there is Prime, a traditional signature steakhouse. With an emphasis on exceptional produce cooked to perfection, you are guaranteed to experience some of the best grilled food found at sea.
The Pool Grill is a come-as-you dine venue, allowing guests to pass by for a lite bite or to indulge in a casual gourmet dinner during the sunset. The Pool Grill is open-air but still offers an abundance of shade for a comfortable dining experience during the day. Here you can indulge in grilled-to-order burgers, seafood and fresh salads. The milkshakes and hand-dipped ice cream desserts are worthy of a visit in themselves, finished to perfection and are the most satisfy treat.
A crucial feature of any luxury cruise will be its excursions. On Seven Seas Explorer, you are guaranteed at least one exciting trip at every port. Due to the diversity of passengers aboard, excursions are categorised into difficulty level, which equates to how much walking you can expect. The ship prides itself on delivering excursions that are the optimum size, meaning places book up quickly for intimate trips.
All tours will be led by English speaking guides who have an exceptional knowledge of local history and culture. You will be transported by comfortable, well-kept coaches in keeping with the ship’s luxury tag wherever possible. Some of the most sought-after excursions are the Gourmet Explorer Tours. These exclusive trips combine foodie experiences with delightful fine dining. Again, numbers are kept intentionally small for these tours, as you follow locals through a culinary journey; from sourcing ingredients to creating sensational dishes for passengers to enjoy.
The ship’s main theatre is Constellation Theatre - this stunning Art Deco space plays host to an array of inviting and exciting shows and activities. From cruise classics, such as outstanding cabaret and production shows, to culinary demonstrations from esteemed, highly skilled chefs, there is a varied and enjoyable programme of events throughout your trip. Large screens flank the stage, making this spacious area accessible to all, as even the most intricate cooking techniques can be displayed. The ornate decoration also harks back to the golden age of Hollywood, transporting you through traditional architecture and classic showpieces.
A quiet, sophisticated setting, the Connoisseur Club enables those who enjoy fine cigars and exceptional liquor to sit back, relax and indulge. Comfortable and inviting, with leather couches and a gentle, relaxing ambience, this haven hidden on Deck 11 is the perfect spot in which to escape and grab a glass of something warming.
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub is the epitome of relaxation and luxury. From exclusive treatments that range from sensual massage to therapeutic aromatherapy, there is something for everyone. As well as physical relaxation, there are also beauty treatments on offer to help passengers feel pampered and rejuvenated. With manicures, pedicures and seaweed therapies, simply immerse yourself in this tranquil haven tucked away on Deck 5.
If your idea of relaxation is something a little more physical, the the on board Fitness Centre will be your ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of ship life. Located above the spa, this state-of-the-art space is home to Lifecycles, StairMasters and an array of free weights and step benches. With dedicated fitness professionals on hand to advise and motivate, you are guaranteed an invigorating workout. Pilates, yoga and aerobics classes are also available, meaning there is something for everyone.
What better way to soak up the sun and relax aboard a luxury cruise liner than to lounge beside the pool? Described by many as one of the most elegant pool decks at sea, this decadent oasis with lavish twin whirlpools offers the perfect place to both heat up and cool down according to taste. Attentive crew are on hand to deliver refreshing drinks and soft, dry towels - allowing you to focus on your optimal tanning position.
Aboard Seven Seas Explorer you will find a designated running track and sports area for more active recreation activities. The track gives you are wonderful opportunity to take in fresh sea air whilst keeping fit, with either a jog or walk around the deck. The sports area is home to cruise classics that include shuffleboard, putting greens and paddle tennis. There is always something to do, with cabin crew keen to include as many passengers as possible in sporting activities.
Culinary Arts Kitchen
Discover the art of fine dining, thanks to the ship’s dedicated cooking school. Set up in the style of some of the most luxurious and prestigious culinary schools on land, you will learn how to maximise flavour and enhance presentation through a series of exceptional classes. Take your understanding of cooking and appreciation of ingredients to a whole new level, as you get hands-on with both classic and modern techniques.
Library and Card Room
Designed as a space in which to sit back and relax with a good book, the library offers a simply stunning range of literature to appreciate. Whether you are looking to enhance your knowledge of a particular subject, or immerse yourself in adventure, you will find the perfect book to cater to your tastes. Equally, if you’re looking for quiet stimulation, the Card Room found across from the library provides a tranquil space in which to test yourself against opponents in a range of different board and card games.