Regent Seven Seas has been forthright and honest about it: The company fully intends to make its upcoming ship the most luxurious cruise ship afloat. The long-standing luxury line isn’t just going gunning for one particular ship; Regent wants to leapfrog Silversea, Seabourn and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, whose Europa and Europa 2 have held top-honours in Douglas Ward’s acclaimed Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships for more than a decade now.
Besides having luxurious amenities and public rooms, Seven Seas Explorer’s main claim to fame will surely be her sumptuous all-suite accommodations – including one of the largest oceangoing suites ever devised.
The cornerstone of Seven Seas Explorer will be her massive, 3,875 square foot Regent Suite. More of a private retreat than a suite, this amazing room will include the first in-room spa at sea, an outdoor, glass-enclosed sitting area overlooking the bow, sitting rooms, a dining room, and a bedroom.
“The opulence and elegance of the Regent Suite will be unmatched in the luxury vacation segment, and it truly epitomizes the vision we have for the entire vessel,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “With Seven Seas Explorer, we set out to build a ship that will far surpass the current standard for luxury and bear the distinction of being the most luxurious ship ever to set sail.”
Enter The Regent Suite
Situated all the way forward on Deck 14, the Regent Suite overlooks the bow. It was designed to mimic a lavish Park Avenue apartment, and there’s every indication it will succeed in that goal. Guests will enter by way of a spectacular entryway that opens up to reveal an oversized dining room, with a circular entertaining table situated beneath a golden chandelier.
Walking through the dining room, guests come to the glass-enclosed Vista Garden; an indoor solarium that overlooks the bow with 270-degree windows and a massive veranda.
In the living room, guests can amble up to the black marble bar and have a seat on one of the designer black lacquered stools while listening to music played on the Steinway Arabesque piano from famed designer Dakota Jackson.
If television is your thing, a 4K flat-panel ultra-high-definition television anchors the media center that is bookended by limited-edition art books and hand-blown Murano glass bowls.
In the master bedroom, glass, polished metals, exotic woods and natural stone elements are used throughout. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that the ocean is never out of sight, and a sitting area is provided separately from the master bedroom and features a second flat-panel 4K high definition television.
The real thrill with this suite, though, can be found in the sumptuous master bathroom that delivers all the comforts of the ship’s Canyon Ranch Spa Club – all without ever having to leave your own accommodations. An in-room spa treatment area, full sauna, heated ceramic thermal loungers, and a multi-jet shower can be enjoyed around the clock. Guests booking the Regent Suite are also entitled to complimentary unlimited in-suite spa treatments. The bathroom also features an oversized hot tub enclosed in glass that provides expansive views of the ocean beyond.
Regent also wants to ensure the Regent Suite experience extends beyond the physical dimensions of the suite. Inclusive amenities to those booking this suite include a private car with driver and guide in every port, free unlimited laundry and pressing, business and first class air as well as private sedan transfer to and from the airport.
Large Suites For Everyone
Not that other guests onboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer are hard-done by; far from it. The ship will offer a total of 375 luxuriously-appointed suites, all of which will feature their own private balconies. Additionally, Regent says that 93 percent of all suites will feature a balcony larger than 81 square feet.
Each suite onboard will feature a European king-sized Suite Slumber Bed with luxurious linens, complemented by oversized bathrooms accented with rich marble and decorative tile work. Entry-level suites start at a generous 306 square feet and only increase in size from there.
Suites offered aboard the Seven Seas Explorer, which will make her debut in the summer of 2016, include Veranda Suites; a total of 140 Concierge Suites that make up the bulk of her accommodations and which include a one-night, pre-cruise luxury hotel stay as part of the cruise fare; and Regent’s so-called “Top Tier” suites that include the 624 square foot Penthouse Suites; Seven Seas Suites designed by Dakota Jackson; Grand and Explorer Suites that can reach up to 1,800 square feet and include full baths, separate sitting rooms and expansive private balconies; and the Master Suites – second only to the Regent Suite.
No matter which suite you occupy aboard Seven Seas Explorer, one thing is clear: This isn’t going to be your average cruise ship. If Regent succeeds, the company will have given cruising’s luxury brands a real run for their money, setting the gold standard in design and amenities that some may find difficult to replicate.