THE tag line for Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newest ship, Seven Seas Splendor, is “Luxury Perfected” which is spot on for this sparkling new vessel. The word splendour means magnificent and splendid appearance, and this ship definitely meets that criteria with it’s sumptuous decor, gourmet cuisine and elegant ambience. Fresh from the shipyard, travelBulletin recently had the chance to experience a preview cruise and take in all the ship has to offer.
There are 10 categories of suites, all with balconies, ranging from the entry level Veranda Suite to the magnificent Regent Suite. All are elegantly appointed with luxurious linens, plush bathrooms, interactive flat screen TVs and mini-bar replenished daily.
With more than eight dining options there is something for everyone’s taste. Compass Rose is the main dining room offering a changing menu daily along with favourites always available. There are three specialty restaurants, which require reservations but have no extra charge. Chartreuse offers classic French fare, head to Prime 7 for good steak and sides, and indulge at Pacific Rim with its pan-Asian theme and great dishes such as lobster tempura. The Pool Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a great casual option with burgers, pizza and more. La Veranda, with its great views, features a buffet for breakfast and lunch and at dinner time turns into Italian-themed Sette Mari. Plus 24 hour In suite dining is available after a long day out on excursion.
There is a plethora of choice of where to have that sundowner, from Splendor Lounge with its plush chairs and musicians performing on an intimate stage, Meridian Lounge with an expansive cocktail menu, and the Observation Lounge located on deck 11 where you can sit and watch the world go by.
For luxurious and comfortable places to relax or to meet with friends there are a multitude of options. The Coffee connection has barista-made coffee and light snacks available all day. The reception area and atrium offer elegant and comfortable seating areas to sit and read a book, The Library is cozy and welcoming with a massive selection of reading materials. On the Pool deck you can lie by the pool in the sun or find a shady nook to while away the hours.
For those who like a bit of activity and entertainment on board there’s plenty available. There are puzzle tables set up near the caf, the fitness centre with exercise classes such as pilates and yoga, the Card Room for board games and social card games, and the Sports Deck with its netted games court, bocce and golf practice nets. Take time to be pampered at Serene Spa & Wellness with its salon services as well as treatments and massages. Spa facilities also include saunas, steam rooms and more which can be used by guests anytime. As for entertainment the Constellation Theatre is the venue for shows and dancing, or try a cooking class at the Culinary Arts Kitchen with an array of classes available (however there is a charge per class). For the art lover, spend time wandering the ship to take in the US$5 million dollar curated art collection.
The all-inclusive option is attractive — shore excursions, unlimited beverages including fine wines (no problem getting a glass of that Californian red Zinfandel), gratuities, wi-fi and more are all covered. The ambience is relaxed and not stuffy and would suit any passenger who enjoys the finer things in life without the pretence.
travelBulletin has created a series of videos of Seven Seas Splendor to give you a real look inside this luxury masterpiece — these can be found at www.travelandcruiseweekly.com.au.