On Thursday, July 7, I board Regent’s new Seven Seas Explorer in Barcelona. I’ll only be on board for four days, which is not nearly enough time to explore what Regent is billing as the “world’s most luxurious ship.”
In case you’re curious why my voyage is so short, it’s because I head to Vienna on Sunday July 10 to preview Crystal Mozart for two nights. The heavily refurbished vessel represents Crystal Cruises’ foray into river cruising, and I can’t wait to see how Crystal had transformed a ship I sailed on several years ago under the Peter Deilmann River Cruises banner.
I’m equally as excited to see Seven Seas Explorer. If you’d like to follow my four-day preview voyage on Regent Seven Seas Explorer July 7 through July 10 be sure to click on Avid Cruiser, @avidcruiser, Facebook and Instagram. Unfortunately, I will miss Seven Seas Explorer’s christening event on July 13. By the way, if you want to see how Crystal Mozart is shaping up, check out this link on July 10, 11 and 12.
Seven Seas Explorer
An all-balcony, all-suite ship like Seven Seas Mariner, Regent’s new Seven Seas Explorer, built at a price tag of US$450-million, begins sailing in July 2016. The line is pulling out all the stops for what will be the first newbuild constructed for the luxury brand in more than a decade. On July 20, 2016, Seven Seas Explorer will officially set sail on her maiden voyage. Regent calls her, “the most luxurious ship ever built,” and she very well might be.
In the works since 2008, the 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer will offer some of the largest and most luxurious suites at sea. If early renderings are any indication, her interiors will be nearly unparalleled in the industry; an impressive fact considering the kind of competition Regent is up against from competing lines like Crystal Cruises, Seabourn and Silversea.
She’s not the biggest ship to set sail this year, but she could very well be one of the most important; her massive Regent Suite will see that her arrival does not go unnoticed.
Here are just a few points of differentiation found aboard the upcoming Seven Seas Explorer: