"Regent is not for those who aspire; it's for those who have arrived," says Frank Del Rio, the line's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Certainly, as far as luxury cruising goes, Regent is one of an elite handful of cruise lines that lay claim to six-star billing. Of course, such pampering doesn't come cheap, but, once onboard, the only things you have to put your hand in your pocket for are spa treatments if you want to pamper yourself, splurges in the onboard shops and pitting your wits against Lady Luck in the casino. Everything else, including shore excursions and gratuities, is included in the price, so there are no unexpected hidden extras that might give you palpitations at the end of the trip.
The fact that it is all-inclusive enhances the onboard social scene, too, because it means there is no debate about whose round it is or awkward moments at dinner about who pays for the wine. Drinks just keep on being poured, without anyone even having to ask. There is no class system onboard; everyone is treated the same, everyone has access to the same facilities and the same restaurants, whichever suite you choose.
Built in 2003, 700-passeger Seven Seas Voyager emerged from its scheduled dry dock in October 2013 with dramatic new interior decor and refreshed exterior decks. Now the ship's public spaces are resplendent with elegant furnishings, rich upholstery, custom-milled carpeting and hand-selected accents. Horizons, the ship's nightclub and bar, and the Observation Lounge each underwent a complete, radical transformation. The venues now sport distinctive new bars, chic furnishings and carpeting, lustrous wall coverings and new lighting throughout. The Constellation Theatre, the ship's two-deck theater, had a complete makeover with fresh carpeting, upholstery, wall coverings, cocktail tables, wall sconces, banquettes and chairs.
The exterior decks didn't miss out, either. New teak was installed on the balconies of all 350 suites, while decks in common areas were resurfaced. The Pool Deck and the ship's outdoor relaxation areas on Decks 5, 11 and 12 now feature upgraded resort furniture. The Pool Grill and La Veranda were spruced up with new mosaic tiling, wall coverings and awnings.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager is a relaxing ship with a cultured but informal ambience. Crewmembers are polite and pleasant; minimal announcements and a lack of queues enhance the feeling of refinement. Voyager has a small-ship feel with big-ship amenities, and if you have a penchant for luxury and understated elegance, this is the vessel for you.