4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, owned by Prestige Cruise Holdings (which also operates sister line Oceania Cruises), is a luxury line that balances traditional onboard ambience with contemporary features and amenities. One of the most value-oriented cruise lines in the business, RSSC is uniquely inclusive: fares cover cruise prices, pre- and post-cruise tours and hotel stays, gratuities, shore excursions and beverages, from liquor to sodas.
This inclusivity has an interesting impact on the onboard ambience of the three-ship fleet of Mariner, Voyager and Navigator. (Explorer joins the fleet in July 2016.) Because passengers travel together, whether on pre-cruise land portions or on the vast menu of free shore excursions, there's a lot of bonding on the typical Regent Seven Seas cruise. That results in a wonderfully social ambience onboard, and people get friendlier as the trip proceeds.
While some facets of the RSSC experience are quite traditional (passengers typically dress elegantly for dinner, whatever the dress code, and entertainment tends toward karaoke, trivia and Broadway-esque performances), the ships themselves offer relaxed luxury experiences.
Each ship has four open-seating restaurants: The main restaurant venue, Prime 7 steakhouse, haute French spot Signatures and the Italian-influenced Sette Mari at La Veranda. Chartreuse, another French restaurant, will replace Signatures on Voyager and Navigator in 2016. It also will be included on Explorer, along with Pan-Asian restaurant Pacific Rim. Food and service are superb, and choice is plentiful. House wines, of a higher quality than we've seen on other luxury lines that offer free drinks, are poured at lunch and dinner, and other liquor-based drinks, with premium spirits, are poured on a complimentary basis throughout the ship.
Regent Seven Seas offers all-suite accommodations and are among the most spacious in the luxury sector. On Mariner and Voyager, all suites have private balconies.
Investments in the fleet include a partnership with Canyon Ranch Spa Club, which operates the fleet's small spas and gyms, a concierge-level accommodation category with additional perks and a combination of "free" and extra-fee shore excursions. Regent is investing $125 million to upgrade and refurbish Navigator, Voyager and Mariner in 2016 and 2017 with new furnishings and decor in suites and public spaces.
While the age range encompasses couples from the mid-30s to 80s, Regent Seven Seas Cruises primarily attracts professional and retired couples, aged 60-plus, who are affluent and seasoned travelers. The line, which traditionally has marketed to North Americans, has begun to court travelers from other parts of the world, including the U.K., Spain, Japan, France, Portugal and Brazil, among other places.
The itinerary of the ship tends to drive the age and activity levels of individual sailings, so seven-night Mediterranean voyages attract a slightly younger, more active demographic than do lengthier cruises, which are more appealing to its core audience. More than 50 percent of passengers are Regent repeaters on 14-plus night cruises.