What do you do when you get the chance to visit Regent Seven Seas Cruises´ all-suites, all balcony ultra-luxury cruise ship Seven Seas Voyager during a ship visit in Monaco? Decline. No, just kidding! Of course you would say yes! What a fabulous opportunity to experience one of the most exclusive vessels sailing the seven seas, literally. So step aboard and indulge in a casual luxury that has no need to show off.
With a gross tonnage of around 42,363, Seven Seas Voyager´s pure dimensions (206 meter length, 29 meters width) are quite impressive.
Yet she is laid out for a maximum of only 700 guests when sailing at full capacity cared for by a 447 strong European/International crew.
That promises one of the world´s best space ratio per passenger in an all balcony suites environment with a highly personalized service.
Seven Seas Voyager entered service in 2003 for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and is normally dispatched to the Mediterranean during the summers while offering round-trips through the Caribbean from Miami in Winter time.
After the line´s inauguration of the 2016 ultra-deluxe Seven Seas Explorer, all existing ships were due for an extensive refurbishment program to enhance the passenger experience further from which Voyager had just recently come back from.
Boarding time for guests is generally around noon. At most ports, the check-in is conducted inside the ship´s Constellation Theatre and passengers are welcomed with perfectly tempered champagne served by the crew in the classy Regent uniform.
Voyager´s heart is the Atrium which reaches over the entire nine passenger decks. With its open and airy design, it is a great example of how spacious the interiors are designed.
It is a big ship feel for a small ship environment. Natural daylight from above creates a bright and friendly atmosphere.
The Constellation Theatre is designed to accommodate all guests onboard and spreads over two decks. It has received five new show productions after the refit and covers everything from full-scale musical productions to cabaret or dance shows.
Even though I am a non-smoker since a few years already, the newly designed smoking/cigar lounge Connoisseur Club in its turquoise avant-garde design would definitely be a tempting place to resume this bad habit again. Comfortable leather arm chairs and a club-like atmosphere invite for a glass of fine cognac. A wide selection of exquisite cigars are on offer as well.
There is also a spacious casino available for those looking to try out their luck on the open seas. Blackjack, roulette, poker, craps or slot machines, you will decide.
A cozy hideaway on Deck 4 is the Voyager Lounge. This nightclub is a favorite spot to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails or to dance the night away. It is also the venue for karaoke competitions or live music.
Voyager´s main dining room is the lavishly decorated Compass Rose located amidships on Deck 4. It is one of five restaurants aboard and the perfect location for a gourmet breakfast, lunch or dinner. Guests are free to dine whenever and with whoever they please and the sophisticated menu offers a wide ranged culinary journey with unlimited possible combinations served to your individual taste.
Not a real restaurant, but definitely one of my favorite hang-outs: Coffee Connection on Deck 5. It serves coffee specialities and teas in any style and guests may help themselves from a wide selection of sweet and savory snacks from a small buffet. Craving for a cappuccino outside the opening hours? No problem, a full coffee maker is at your convenience.
One of the public toilets onboard Seven Seas Voyager. Divine.
Guest Services is located around the atrium on Deck 5. It consists of the reception, Destination Services (Shore Excursions) and the Concierge service. At Regent, everything is all-inclusive. Even the excursions!
Expecting narrow hallways on a ship for just 700 passengers? Not onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The Rodeo Drive of Seven Seas Voyager: the Boutiques. Elegant shopping with a wide range of products for the up-market traveler. From hand creme to fine jewelry, here you will find it all.
Even though most travelers carry their own portable electronic device these days, all Regent ships are still equipped with an internet café called Club.com. The company had always included internet in the cruise fare already and guests can enjoy unlimited WiFi for the entire cruise on one gadget per suite at a time. I wonder how long it is going to take all the other cruise lines to follow?
Prime 7 is the line´s American steak house and serving prime beef dishes such as Filet Mignon or Porterhouse steak. Seafood lovers may indulge in a whole Maine lobster or Alaskan king crab legs. Reservations required, no cover charge.
Even though each suite has its own veranda, this teak wood covered promenade on Deck 5 would absolutely be one of my beloved spots onboard when looking for a quiet place other than the own balcony. A book, a view and the ocean breeze. It could not get any better… Ok, maybe with a martini or a glass of champagne.
French inspired Chartreuse is the other of the two speciality restaurants. Of course, no cover charge applies. It is open for dinner only and reservations are recommended.
Just as the name implies, Horizon Lounge is located at the stern of Deck 5 and the ideal retreat after dinner for drinks in a most elegant and cozy atmosphere inside or on one of the comfortable lounge sofas on the outside terrace with impeccable views over the wash. It also hosts the daily afternoon tea as well as trivia or other activities during the day. Don´t you just love the decor?
I would have loved to show you a more detailed view of the onboard Thermal Suite of the Canyon Ranch Spa Club but it was in use by guests. But here is a quick look inside the Beauty Salon, the Aerobic studio and the fitness center.
The onboard Library on Deck 6 is a little bit reminiscent of that one aboard Cunard´s Queen Mary 2. Of course, in a small-scale. It has a wide array of literature, picture books and travel guides on offer.
There are a total of 350 suites available onboard Seven Seas Voyager. The standard accommodation is the Deluxe Suite offering 28 square meters of living space plus a five square meters balcony. Each suite offers a marble-appointed bathroom with L´Occitane care products, a walk-in closet, Jacquart welcome champagne, the famous Regent Slumber bed with fine European linens, Video-on-Demand from an extensive media library, a daily replenished free mini bar plus a full-liquor bar set-up on the first day, and, and, and. Room service is available at any time of day/night and is served course by course at dinner time.
The even more luxurious Penthouse Suites spread over 30 square meters and have a separate sitting area. Additional exclusive services of this category include free Business Class flights to Europe, Butler service, a free pre-cruise night in a luxury hotel with free transfers to/from the port, a personal iPad to use onboard or an in-suite illy espresso maker. Just to name a few.
It was interesting to learn that particularly during the summer months, Regent welcomes a larger number of families traveling with children on particular routes. On the sailing that departed Monte Carlo that weekend, over 40 youngsters were expected to board the ship with their parents. This cute little fella was waiting for them in each suite.
Concierge Suites are the second highest category at Regent. In addition to all the amenities that the Deluxe Suites offer, these cabins feature additionally a free pre-cruise hotel arrangement, 15 free minutes for international calling from the in-suite telephone, discounts on the most premium beverages available and special shore excursions as well as binoculars, an illy espresso machine or a cashmere blanket.
Altogether 10 Seven Seas Suites are distributed over decks six to ten. These offer at least generous 46 square meters of living space including a dedicated sitting and dining area. The suites have the same amenities as the Penthouse Suites and are a true retreat in terms of comfort and style.
Here is another view of a Penthouse Suite Category A.
On top of the bridge, the alluring Observation Lounge is the ship´s multi-purpose panorama lounge with unobstructed views over the horizon which guests can enjoy from the comfortable arm chairs. It also features a dance floor and is a popular meeting point during the day or after dinner. As the name implies: the views are impeccable!
By far the most luxurious accommodation onboard the Seven Seas Voyager are the four Master Suites. Two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, two balconies and a separate living room promise a royal vacation at sea. They measure over 113 square meters plus a 17 square meters terrace and offer the most exclusive amenities. In addition to all the other suite categories, Master Suites offer daily canapés and an upgraded personalized mini bar, just to name a few. These suites can accommodate up to six people and pre-destined for families or a group of friends traveling together.
My absolute favorite suite though is the Grand Suite. Its highlight is the daylight-flooded bathroom with direct sea views from the large whirlpool bathtub. You think that enjoying a relaxing bubble bath with an ice-cold glass of champagne while watching the sun set over the ocean is fun? Than this is your perfect stateroom. It is not as large as the Master Suite (around 70 square meters) but it is in my eyes the coziest and most intimate suite available with all the extraordinary amenities you can aboard a Regent cruise.
The Pool Bar on Deck 11 is a great place to catch a refreshment for a perfect day in the sun.
Comfortably padded sun loungers await on the spacious pool deck for tanning sessions or maybe you would like to unwind on one of the sun beds in the shadow?
The Pool Grill is an open air casual dining venue with à la carte service. Guests can enjoy freshly prepared hamburgers or seafood from the grill, ready-to-order sandwiches and salads or try the handmade gelato or milkshakes.
Right adjacent lies Seven Seas Voyager´s buffet restaurant La Veranda. Probably one of the most elegant “self-service” restaurants afloat. It also features a small outside terrace for those guests who prefer to dine in the open air (like me). It is open for breakfast and lunch in buffet style and features candle light dinner serving delicious Italian specialities à la carte called Sette Mari a La Veranda.
The upper deck features a jogging track circling the pool, a paddle tennis court as well as putting green and shuffle board.
To be honest, it was hard to leave the ship after the tour and a sumptuous lunch that was served in Compass Rose restaurant. Thinking that Seven Seas Voyager would set sail that evening without me enjoying all the luxury that I had encountered during the day gave me an aching heart, yet the impressions that I had collected during the visit sparked my wanderlust to one day get carried away in the Regent style.
I hope you had fun walking the ship with me and that I was able to give you a detailed insight into the latest interior design adjustments that have been made. A great thank you to Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Cruisegroup who made this visit possible. For any further information about the Seven Seas Voyager or Regent Seven Seas Cruises, visit www.rssc.com.