CRUISE LINE PROFILE:
The Seven Seas Mariner is an all-suite ship that exudes pampering services and style, and all guests enjoy their own private balcony.*
By Marcia Levin
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) delivers a cruise enveloped in "affordable luxury," a monicker that helps it stand out in a sea of luxury competitors. Formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, the cruise company operates luxury ships that call at more than 300 ports worldwide.
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, near Port Everglades, the company offers country club elegance on contemporary one-of-a-kind vessels. It positions itself within the marketplace as as "Luxury Goes Exploring," an emphasis on its onboard pampering and international itineraries.
RSSC has the highest percentage of balconies at sea. In 1999, Seven Seas Navigator entered service as the world’s first all-suite vessel; 90 percent of its accommodations feature private balconies).
In 2001, Seven Seas Mariner became the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship.
A second all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship, Seven Seas Voyager, launched in 2003. The line also operates a smaller vessel, the Paul Gauguin in Tahiti.
The luxury line's cruise fares are inclusive. Fares cover gratuities, meals, and select wine and spirits at all onboard dining facilities
The atrium of Seven Seas Mariner is shown at right.*
Ambience/Style of Cruising
Regent Seven Seas offers a pampering onboard atmosphere. Its style of cruising might best be described as casually elegant.
One always feels attended to on Regent Seven Seas. Yet, the product creates a bit more relaxed onboard ambience for guests than that fielded by many other luxury lines.
Measuring a minimum of 356 sq. ft., the spacious Seven Seas Voyager suites include a private balcony, European king-size bed convertible to twins, Anichini linens and feather-down duvets, Anichini robes and cotton slippers, a separate sitting area and ultra-spacious marble bath with separate shower and full bathtub.
Guests enjoy a walk-in closet with safe, luxurious bath products, hair dryer, interactive TV, DVD/CD player, and refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water. In-suite bar setup is provided upon embarkation to Butler suites; there is a fee for restocking the bar. Wheelchair-accessible and triple suites are available.
All Seven Seas Mariner suites feature private balconies, European king-size beds convertible to twins, Anichini linens and feather-down duvets, a separate sitting area and marble-appointed bathroom with full bathtub and shower.
In addition, guests enjoy a walk-in closet with safe; Anichini robes and cotton slippers, hair dryer; interactive TV, CD/DVD player, and refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water.
Guests also receive a complimentary in-suite bar setup upon embarkation (restocking is at an extra charge) and Butler service available in Penthouse B suites and above. Wheelchair-accessible and triple suites are available. A limited number of suites feature a shower stall with no tub.
A deluxe suite on Seven Seas Mariner is shown above right.*
All Seven Seas Navigator suites are oceanview and nearly 90% have private balconies. The smallest is a generous 301 sq. ft. while the largest measures 1,173 sq. ft. (including balcony). All feature European king-size beds convertible to twins, Anichini linens and feather-down duvets, Anichini robes and cotton slippers, separate sitting areas and spacious marble baths with tub and separate shower.
Guests also access a walk-in closet with safe, luxurious bath products, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, and refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water. In-suite bar setup upon embarkation and Butler service is offered for guets in Penthouse Suites B and above.
Ten suites are interconnecting, which, when two are combined, offer up to 1,529 square feet of living space. Wheelchair-accessible and triple suites are also available.
A Master Suite on Seven Seas Navigator boasts soothing, neutral colors, many amenities and plenty of space.*
Dining on Regent Seven Seas is a gourmet experience, thanks to Regent's affiliation with Le Cordon Bleu. The Compass Rose restaurant is shown above, the Lattitudes venue on Seven Seas Mariner at left.*
Regent Seven Seas has an exclusive culinary partnership with Le Cordon Bleu. On certain cruises a Cordon Bleu workshop is offered.
The luxury lines' guests dine at four open-seating eateries on Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager and two on Seven Seas Navigator along with a reservations-only restaurant.
On sea days guests have many diversions including the Internet, an extensive library, onboard boutiques, a casino, whirlpools, and pool activities.
But don’t expect a frenetic “everyone into the pool” aura; instead, you'll find laid-back elegance across the board.
The ships have extensive fitness facilities including golf cages, paddle tennis and a full-circle jogging track. A golf cage on Seven Seas Mariner is shown below right.*
All ships have fitness centers with Lifecycles, free weights, striders, stairmasters, treadmills, weight benches, a Nautilus machine, workout mats and step benches. A fitness instructor is on hand to offer advice and to demonstrate the use of the equipment.
RSSC offers enrichment lectures on each cruise. Spotlight-themed enrichment cruises focus on one theme for both lectures and entertainment; these appeal to the luxury guest's appetite for learning and edu-tainment. Programs are free to guests.
Taking enrichment one step further, Circles of Interest" program topics feature more depth.
Topics include antiques, art, food and wine, history, wellness, and romance.
The line also has a well-developed partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. As a result, guests might enjoy a lecture on a cruise or a more extensive Circles of Interest program.
The Seven Seas Mariner's extensive library is shown above left.*
Regent has beefed up its entertainment this year. See our article on our That's Entertainment page for the details of new entertainment offerings.
Regent has adopted a focus on smaller, more intimate shore trips whenever possible. In addition, Concierge a la Carte can custom design virtually any shore request - a vintage sports car and private villa in Provence, or a personal shopper with back-door access to Milan's most exclusive shops.
Concierge a la Carte offers the ultimate in personalized service. The service charge is $100 per port, plus the tour cost. Call 888-Tour-321.
The cruise line's Carita of Paris spa is an enclave of pampering.*
The cruise line's spa, Carita of Paris, is a wonderful get-away-from-it-all sanctuary. Expect very luxurious treatments including Pro-Lift skin care therapies, Renvateur exfoliating process, massage, thalassotherapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials and beauty treatments.
Organized Kids’ Programs
Yes (see our Family Fun page for details).
Gratuities are included in cost of the cruise fare.
Total Ships in Worldwide Fleet: four plus an expedition ship
Total Ships Embarking from Southern U.S. Ports: three
Seven Seas Mariner
Embarkation Port: Port Everglades
Year Launched: 2001
Passenger Count: 700
Itineraries: Seven to 15 nights, including Princess Cays in the Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Bart’s; St. Maarten; Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; Cayo Levantado, Domican Republic: Turks and Caicos; Key West, FL; Cozumel, Mexico; and the Panama Canal.
Cascading aft suites provide terrific ocean views from Seven Seas Mariner.*
Seven Seas Navigator
Embarkation Port: Port Everglades
Year Launched: 1999
Passenger Count: 700
Itineraries: Three to 11 night itineraries visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Bart’s; St. Maarten; St. Thomas. U.S. Virgin Islands; Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands: Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic; Turks and Caicos; Key West, FL; Cozumel, Mexico; and the Panama Canal.
Seven Seas Voyager
Embarkation Port: Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades
Year Launched: 2003
Passenger Count: 700
Itineraries: Three to 11-night voyages visit such ports as San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Bart’s; St. Maarten; Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic; Turks and Caicos; Key West, FL; Cozumel, Mexico; and the Panama Canal.
Seven Seas Voyager sails near the Bahamas.*
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33334.
Main Office phone: 866-284-4079
Reservations phone: 800-285-1835