The newest ship from Regent Seven Seas Cruises is being heralded as the world’s most luxurious. Cruise International Editor Liz Jarvis gives her verdict
It’s all in the detail on Seven Seas Explorer. Versace plates and a breathtaking hand-blown Murano glass chandelier in the sea-themed Compass Rose restaurant, intricate panelling in the ship’s ceilings, oversized marble bathrooms, and a palette of blue, grey, silver, white, brown, gold and cream décor throughout create a lavish, refined atmosphere. Mahogany, teak and an atrium with twin staircases and enormous crystal chandelier add to the relaxed, luxurious ambience.
Seven Seas Explorer has been designed with couples in mind. It is an all-suite ship, which means you’re guaranteed space and a good-sized balcony in whichever category you book (there are 10 to choose from), although the Concierge suites are particularly sublime.
All rooms feature European-king Elite Slumber beds, sumptuous soft furnishings, Italian illy coffee machines and mini-bars stocked with complimentary soft drinks, beer and wine.
The extraordinary Regent Suite comes with its own black marble bar, Steinway piano, sauna and steam room, but there is also the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, offering a range of treatments in partnership with luxury beauty brand Red Flower.
There are artworks by Picasso, Chagall and Miró on display around the ship, each piece thoughtfully curated and enhancing the feeling of exclusivity.
Perhaps the most impressive features on Seven Seas Explorer, however, are the incredibly spacious pool and upper decks; the decks are real teak, adding to the sense of opulent elegance. There are an abundance of contemporary-style loungers to choose from, creating a Miami beach vibe, and an 18-hole putting green and running track.
Restaurants include the excellent Parisian-style Chartreuse; the authentic Asian-inspired Pacific Rim; American steakhouse Prime 7; La Veranda, which has an open-air veranda for al fresco dining; and the Pool Grill, a popular venue for lunch. There is also a Culinary Arts School, ideal for honing your cookery skills.
Seven Seas Explorer cost a whopping $450m, making it the most expensive ship at sea. With capacity for just 750 guests, it’s designed for travellers who want complete indulgence in a timeless atmosphere with a cosmopolitan twist.
Is it the world’s most luxurious cruise ship? Possibly; it’s certainly up there with the best of them.
GETTING THERE A 10-night cruise on Regent Seven Seas Explorer, sailing round-trip from Barcelona, starts from £5,049pp (based on two sharing). Fares are fully all-inclusive. For more information call 02380 682280 or visit rssc.com.
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