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Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Great cruise, good ports of call but room for improvement

Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review by Howardmcn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Suite

We chose this cruise as we wanted to sample the most luxurious ship and like Regent and it went to some unusual attractive ports of call but started in Monaco and ended in Barcelona allowing for stays either end in places we love.

We stayed two nights in Nice prior and one night in Barcelona post cruise. Arrangements for boarding went smoothly at 12.30 and cases were in our room with us by 3pm. We took a concierge cabin as it has more room and it was a special occasion. The ship is spectacular with lots of chandeliers, luxurious carpets, artwork mostly modern though we never noticed the Picasso or Chagall supposed to be there.

The cabin was great and had all you might ever want, massive bed, a large walk in wardrobe with safe, and a bathroom with separate bath (with shower head) and shower cubicle. Free LOccitane soap, shower gel shampoo and cream. The TV had a good number of English language channels and you got one free WiFi access for the cabin.

The WiFi was awful initially, always slow, crashing or logging you out and a pain when two people wanted to use it at the same time. After advising about this the ship used a different satellite and the crashing stopped and speed improved.

There are plenty of places to dine and all offer a good range of choices, though we found breakfast could be improved by offering blueberries raspberries and more sausages (only one or two offered) and more choice of bacon, streaky bacon isn’t a great offer. On the positive side you can have champagne and caviar instead. The dining areas include several outside, with the pool area offering faster food and buffet lunch in La Veranda with champagne and other drinks.

In the evening We enjoyed Pacific Rim Asian food one evening and mostly Compass Rose. We prefer the layout on other ships as here there are many partitions closing of four or five tables. In the past we could talk to adjacent tables but not here.

The shows we attended were not to our taste with a concert pianist two nights and songs and dance for the others. There is a good range of activities with golf, putting, tennis, shuffle board and bowls on the top deck and a walking track above the outdoor pool. We didn’t see the infinity pool.

Service was courteous and friendly, though the captain and officers had a lower profile than on our other Regent Cruises, and a few officers were not so friendly, but the vast majority of staff were. There are only two shops aboard and the obligatory casino. The luxurious theatre has a few seats behind pillars?

We visited Livorno, Ajaccio, Cagliari, Mahon, Cartagena, Valencia and found an excellent choice of free excursions on offer, the weather was good and warm with some sun and good sail outs from several. We visited Pisa from Livorno and Cutadella from Mahon doing a tour of Ajaccio and visited Ancient Nora from Cagliari. We did our own thing taking the transfer bus in the other two. A couple of guides were hard to understand, but others were highly knowledgable. The venues were all good though it was a holiday on Mahon so much was closed.

The captain had a habit of leaving earlier than scheduled once all were aboard so we missed the Monaco sail out. Our cabin was at the rear and we had a couple of rough nights. Friends below us on deck 7 had to move cabins due to a loud banging noise keeping them awake

We would go again, if the price was right, but we preferred our cruise on Voyager. There is nowhere to buy things like razor blades, medicines, bandages, that may be needed, so we had to get them ashore.

I do wonder about the lifeboat situation with only four each side, if the ship were to list only one side might launch and with 1300 passengers and crew it could be a big squeeze

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Cabin Review

Concierge Suite
Cabin D 964

Excellent, had all we needed and some. Safe, binoculars, fridge, champagne bottle on arrival. A big balcony with two chairs, a full recliner and table. His and her sinks in the bathroom

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Pisa Walking Tour

We’re in Baptistry at 10.30 to hear the echo demonstration

Then the Cathedral and saw the tower from outside, then a walk to a square and fre time for coffee

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City Tour

Went outside the town to a beautiful headland past the cemetery of small houses and then into town to see Napoloean memorial and house.

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Archaeological Park of Nora

Nice drive to see some of the island and wildlife up to 6000 flamingos to a picturesque site of Nora ruins a tour round the park with a knowledgeable guide, a look at the church from the outside and a drive back with time to see round the town afterwards.

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Cartagena (Colombia)

The dockside Naval Museum is attractive and has lots of historic interest with an annex with the worlds first submarine on display 3 euros entry fee. Nice Promenade to walk along. A city tour bus costs 7 euros and takes 45 mins with English commentary.


Wonderful city with lots to see, all in walking distance from the drop off point.

There are modern buildings too but you need to take a taxi to them or use the cruise tour of the city

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Lovely. Port lots to see and watch. It’s a very hilly town so we just stayed aboard

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