Seven Seas Explorer Review

Editor Rating:  5.0
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Seven Seas Explorer Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.4
    5.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.5
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.4
    5.0
  • Entertainment
    3.3
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.1
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.5
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.7
    4.5
  • Service
    4.2
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.6
    3.5
Editor Rating
5.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Seven Seas Explorer?
  • Pro: Gorgeously decorated ship; emphasis on fine dining and intuitive service
  • Con: Ship action slows at night, and entertainment needs refining
  • Bottom Line: The ship offers an inclusive and completely luxurious experience

Seven Seas Explorer Overview

By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor

Well before Seven Seas Explorer launched in July 2016, Regent Seven Seas was calling it the "Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built." That is a bold statement when it comes to ultra-luxury cruising. In many ways, the ship lives up to the billing, with extraordinary features and tiny details that will make even the most discerning passenger exceptionally happy.

To begin with, the cabins -- they're all suites -- are beautifully designed and feature some of the largest balconies in the industry. (Balcony sizes range from 55 to 994 square feet.) At the very top is the Regent Suite, a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom cabin that is so indulgent and well-appointed, passengers staying there might never want to leave.

Then, there's the dining, with two restaurants that make their debut for the line on Explorer: Chartreuse and Pacific Rim. Food onboard is outstanding no matter where you dine, but the addition of the new specialty restaurants -- included in the price -- gives passengers more variety. The line's signature steakhouse, Prime 7, remains one of the best at sea, and its main dining restaurant options, Compass Rose and La Veranda/Sette Mari, set the bar high for "standard" cruise ship dining.

The ship features more than an acre of granite and an acre of marble, almost 500 chandeliers and some 2,500 pieces of art, including works by masters such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. And that's not just in the public spaces, which are impressive. Suites feature incredible marble and stone detailing in their bathrooms and on surfaces like desks and bars.

Those looking to poke holes in the "most luxurious" claim might point to the ship's entertainment, which is OK but not extravagant as one might expect. Likewise, the spa feels like it missed an opportunity to create a more expansive thermal suite complex, with features such as a therapy pool, fairly common on higher-end cruise ships. But complaints in general are minor.

With its over-the-top features, impeccable service and world-class dining, Seven Seas Explorer delivers a luxurious experience that feels like something special. Whether the ship is the world's most luxurious is a judgment call, but Seven Seas Explorer makes a good case.

Seven Seas Explorer Fellow Passengers

Passengers on Seven Seas Explorer are generally 60 and above, with a heavy percentage (around 80) hailing from North America. Australians and passengers from the U.K. are common as well. Passengers are well off, with a net worth of around $2 million, and most have cruised before, many with Regent Seven Seas. Families are uncommon, though children occasionally can be found sailing with their parents and grandparents during the summer or over holidays. 

Seven Seas Explorer Dress Code

During the day, passengers wear comfortable clothing appropriate to the sailing climate. Poolside, bathing suits and cover-ups (for women) are common, though swimwear is not allowed indoors. Women wear shorts and T-shirts or blouses, capris, jeans, dresses or skirts indoors, while men go with jeans or shorts and T-shirts or polo shirts.

At night, elegant casual is the name of the game. That means skirts or slacks with blouses or sweaters, pant suits or dresses for ladies; slacks and collared shirts for men. Jackets are optional, but they're fairly common. Jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps, shorts and sneakers aren't appropriate in any public space after 6 p.m. Cruises of 16 nights or more will include two optional formal nights, where women might wear evening or cocktail gowns or formal pants suits; men might wear tuxes or suits. Elegant casual dress still is appropriate even on formal nights. Cruises of 15 nights or less don't feature formal nights.

The final night of the cruise allows passengers to dress more casually, but most stick with elegant casual.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Inclusions

Regent Seven Seas is one of only a few truly all-inclusive cruise lines, and as such, a cruise on Seven Seas Explorer will be virtually hassle-free when it comes to figuring out what costs extra. Cruises on this ship include premium alcohol, wine, spirits, beer, soda, water and sports drinks, all gratuities, entertainment, dining (including at least one dinner at every specialty restaurant onboard), unlimited Wi-Fi, unlimited shore excursions and airfare. Beginning in 2017, cruises will include business-class airfare for U.S. passengers; before 2017, business-class-airfare is included for Penthouse Suite passengers and above.

The cruise also includes use of the ship's thermal suite, regardless of whether you have booked a spa treatment. A concierge staff is also available to anyone, 24 hours a day.

Depending on cabin category booked, items such as hotel stays and transfers to the port might be included.

The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar.

Next:  Seven Seas Explorer Cabins

By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor

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yampalin
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
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Sailed March 2017
I am writing this review because of the many I have read relating negative experiences on the Explorer since its launching mid 2016. My wife and I have been cruising several times per year for over 15 years on both Regent ships and ships ... Read more
GOARMY
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
92 forum posts
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We have been on all Regent ships, but not the new Explorer. When offered a deal too good to pass up by our TA, accepted for this BTB, Miami-Barcelona-Venice. Added bonus was opportunity to join Regent management in Miami for several ... Read more
Bonzy49
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
139 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My cruise on Regent Seven Seas Explorer March 2017 I flew over on Virgin in Premium Economy and it was fantastic. I arrived at Miami airport and had to go through immigration which was fine as I got a very pleasant officer who was ... Read more

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