Regent Seven Seas Cruises
OnboardRegent Seven Seas Cruises, owned by Prestige Cruise Holdings (which also operates sister line Oceania Cruises), is a luxury line that balances traditional onboard ambience with contemporary features and amenities. One of the most value-oriented cruise lines in the business, RSSC is uniquely inclusive: fares cover cruise prices, pre- and post-cruise tours and hotel stays, gratuities, shore excursions and beverages, from liquor to sodas.
This inclusivity has an interesting impact on the onboard ambience of the three-ship fleet of Mariner, Voyager and Navigator. Because passengers travel together, whether on pre-cruise land portions or on the vast menu of free shore excursions, there's a lot of bonding on the typical Regent Seven Seas cruise. That results in a wonderfully social ambience onboard, and people get friendlier as the trip proceeds.
While some facets of the RSSC experience are quite traditional (passengers typically dress elegantly for dinner, whatever the dress code, and entertainment tends toward karaoke, trivia and Broadway-esque performances), the ship itself offers a relaxed luxury experience.
Each ship's four restaurants are open seating: The main restaurant venue, Prime 7 steakhouse, haute French spot Signature and the Italian-influenced Sette Mare. Food and service are superb, and choice, on any menu, is plentiful. House wines, of a higher quality than we've seen on other luxury lines that offer free drinks, are poured at lunch and dinner, and other liquor-based drinks are poured on a complimentary basis throughout the ship.
Regent Seven Seas offers all-suite accommodations and are among the most spacious in the luxury sector. On Mariner and Voyager, all suites have private balconies.
Regent's parent company has invested in the cruise line, notably adding a Canyon Ranch Spa Club to operate its small spas and gyms, a new concierge-level accommodation category with additional perks and a combination of “free” and extra-fee shore excursions.
About Regent Seven Seas CruisesRegent Seven Seas Cruises, which is based in Miami, was formed in 1992 as a result of the merger between two one-ship lines -- Radisson Cruises and Seven Seas Cruises. The former contributed the Radisson Diamond, the industry's only twin-hulled ship, and the latter operated Song of Flower. Both have since been retired from the fleet.
Since the late 1990s, the line has grown steadily, adding Paul Gauguin in 1997, Seven Seas Navigator in 1999 and Seven Seas Mariner, the world's first all-suite, all-balcony ship, in 2001. Seven Seas Voyager, the line's second all-suite, all-balcony ship, entered service in April 2003. Paul Gauguin's Tahiti-based cruises are operated by Paul Gauguin Cruises.
In 2006, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises underwent another name change to become Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
During this time, the cruise line was owned by Minneapolis-based Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, one of the travel industry's largest hospitality companies. But in late fall 2007, New York-based Apollo Management, L.P., signed an agreement to acquire Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The deal closed in winter 2008.
Changes in Regent Seven Seas Cruises' ownership haven't affected passengers much, but over the past few years, more significant evolutionary features have taken place. For one, the fleet has received significant upgrades that have included the addition of wireless capabilities (and improved computer connections though it's still slower than it should be), and new bedding featuring down comforters and Egyptian cotton linens. Staterooms also got flat-screen TVs, DVD players and new clocks. Higher-end suites received iPod music systems (with Bose speakers) and free-to-borrow iPads. Cell phone access is available, even at sea.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises FleetHistorically, Regent Seven Seas Cruises had the distinction of having ships with vastly differing architecture and style while still maintaining a consistency in programs and services. The fleet is much more homogenized now that Radisson Diamond and Paul Gauguin have left. Under its Prestige management, there's been a great effort to provide more consistency across the three-ship fleet.
The three current ships in the fleet, Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager, offer slightly different interpretations of a floating luxury resort, but the emphasis is on "slightly."
Fellow PassengersWhile the age range encompasses couples from the mid-30s to 80s, Regent Seven Seas Cruises primarily attracts professional and retired couples, aged 60-plus, who are affluent and seasoned travelers. The line, which traditionally has marketed to North Americans, has begun to court travelers from other parts of the world, including the U.K., Spain, Japan, France, Portugal and Brazil, among other places.
The itinerary of the ship tends to drive the age and activity levels of individual sailings, so seven-night Mediterranean voyages attract a slightly younger, more active demographic than do lengthier cruises, which are more appealing to its core audience. More than 50 percent of passengers are Regent repeaters on 14-plus night cruises.
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