Seven Seas Voyager Entertainment
Morning activities include instructor-led Pilates or a walk around the jogging track with the fitness director. Cards and board games are always available in the card room; sports enthusiasts can partake in shuffleboard, bocce, Ping-Pong and paddle tennis.
Afternoons include unhosted bridge, seminars covering anything from reflexology to detoxification, and the ever popular "teatime trivia" where teams of up to six take the daily challenge to try to win some Regent Rewards points, which can be exchanged for branded items like Regent caps, collared shirts and tote bags.
A must-mention here for Regent virgins is that the first evening of the cruise is famous for Regent's Block Party. This is where passengers bring a glass from their suite and join their neighbors in the corridors to enjoy drinks and canapes and say hello to one another. Senior staff dash around every deck to try and meet and greet all passengers. It's a nice touch, and one which most cruisers appreciate.
The Constellation Theatre on Decks 4 and 5 offers plush seating and unobstructed sightlines. Passengers can attend Las Vegas-style production shows, revues and Cirque-style productions backed by the nine-piece Regent Signature Orchestra. In the Observation Lounge on Deck 11, singers, guitarists and small musical units perform while passengers sip evening cocktails. The Night Club on Deck 4 is the place for Karaoke fiends to go. Evenings usually begin with some DJ dancing before the Karaoke takes over. Those who prefer to continue dancing can glide across the ballroom floor in the Horizon Lounge on Deck 5.
The elegant Connoisseur Club on Deck 4, with its leather armchairs and clubby atmosphere, is where passengers can order a vintage cognac or port and a Cuban cigar. Smoking is allowed in there.
Other evening options include the Casino on Deck 4, which offers blackjack, roulette, stud poker, mini-craps and slot machines. It's open every day at sea when not restricted by territorial border limits. Passengers can also boost those little grey cells with enrichment lectures on the art of pairing wine with food and the history of the region you're visiting.
There are free, unlimited shore excursions in every port of call. There is plenty of choice, and all tours are capacity-controlled to ensure maximum enjoyment. More adventurous souls who wish to delve deeper into what a region offers can choose the in-depth Regent Choice Shore Excursions. These require a discounted supplementary charge to partially offset their higher cost.
For instance, in Monaco, there are 10 tours to choose from -- the shortest is three hours in duration, the longest eight hours -- and eight of the ten tours are free. Venice offers six, four of which are free. Excursions are graded on activity level to make it easy for passengers to decide which suit them best.
Seven Seas Voyager Public Rooms
The atrium, the social center of the ship, is where you'll find the reception desk, travel
concierge and Club.com, the ship's Internet cafe. The cafe has plenty of computers for passengers to use, and it also holds regular classes in subjects like digital photography and various software programs. Club.com is open around the clock. For travelers with their own laptops, Voyager has Wi-Fi throughout.
Starting with winter 2014/2015 sailings, passengers in Concierge Level suites and higher will receive free Wi-Fi. Seven Seas Society members currently receive free Wi-Fi when they have already sailed 21 or more nights with Regent. Charges for those who have to pay are $0.99 per minute, plus a one-time $3.95 activation fee; $160 per 200 minute package, plus the activation fee; or $29.99 per day for unlimited minutes with no activation fee.
The library contains a sizeable selection of books and DVDs and is open 24/7. There is a small card room on Deck 4, as well as a couple of unremarkable shops on Deck 5. Self-service laundrettes on Decks 6 through 10 aft are free to use and open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Seven Seas Voyager Spa & Fitness
Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Canyon Ranch Spa Club offers a choice of treatments from detoxifying seaweed wraps and anti-aging facials to Reiki and Ayurveda massages. A separate space within the spa offers hairdressing and waxing treatments.
A compact fitness center, open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., holds a few treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical striders, a Nautilus machine, workout mats, step benches and free weights. Fitness experts lead exercise classes that include Pilates, yoga and aerobics. They're also on hand to offer advice and demonstrate the use of fitness equipment. There are a couple of small sauna and steam rooms in the same area. Golf cages, shuffleboard, paddle tennis and a full-circle jogging track (seven laps equal a mile) are up on Deck 12.
A large heated pool and two whirlpools are located on the teak pool deck (Deck 11), which can get very busy when the sun shines. White-covered lounge chairs are comfortable, and several circular white-topped tables with cushioned chairs are dotted round the area, ideal for enjoying a relaxing drink or chat in the sunshine.