By Gilly Pickup, Cruise Critic contributor
Seven Seas Voyager Overview
"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.
Seven Seas Voyager Fellow Passengers
Expect a smorgasbord of nationalities, mainly well-educated, upscale folks. Fifty percent are repeat passengers. On a recent 10-night Mediterranean cruise, the first sailing after the refurbishment, 20 different nationalities were onboard, including 443 U.S. and 105 U.K. passengers with a sprinkling of Europeans -- mainly German, Italian and French. As Regent originates from and is based in North America, passengers from this part of the world are usually in the majority. To some extent, of course, the variance of nationalities onboard also depends on which part of the world the ship is sailing. However, Regent says the average age is 55 to 65; we found a mixed age group dominated by retirees.
Seven Seas Voyager Dress Code
Until 6 p.m. each evening, a daytime dress code applies, and shorts, jeans, deck shoes and track suits are all acceptable. Bare feet are only acceptable on the Pool Deck, and bathing suits are not allowed in any indoor venue, though they can be worn at the Pool Grill and Bar. From 6 p.m. onward, evening dress codes apply. "Elegant Casual" wear, which applies most evenings, means ladies should wear skirts, smart trousers or trouser suits with blouses or sweaters. Definitely no jeans allowed. For men, collared shirts with optional sports jackets are appropriate. No T-shirts, athletic shoes, shorts or bathrobes are allowed in any public rooms in the evening. On cruises of 16 nights or longer, a few evenings are "Formal Optional." On these nights, you can, if you so desire, go the whole hog and dress to impress. On the final evening of the cruise, when everyone is busy packing to go home, the dress code sensibly is "Relaxed Casual."
Seven Seas Voyager Gratuity
Gratuities are included in the cruise fares, and there is a no-tipping policy, including on spa treatments.
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