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Seven Seas Splendor Review

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Andrea M. Rotondo
Cruise Critic Contributor

Seven Seas Splendor Overview

Seven Seas Splendor is the second ship to launch in Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Explorer Class. The first ship, Seven Seas Explorer, was proclaimed the "most luxurious ship ever built" by the cruise line. Like Explorer -- and other ships in Regent's fleet -- Seven Seas Splendor will offer an inclusive cruise fare that covers round-trip air (with some caveats); transfers to and from the airport; unlimited shore excursions; nonalcoholic beverages plus wine, beer and spirits; in-cabin mini-bar; prepaid gratuities; Wi-Fi; and meals at all specialty restaurants.

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Cabins

Aboard this all-suite ship, every accommodation will include a spacious balcony, from entry-level Veranda Suites at 219 square feet plus an 88-square-foot balcony all the way up to the ship's most extravagant digs, the 3,026-square-foot, two-bedroom Regent Suite with two private balconies spanning 1,417 square feet.

While every suite will offer free Wi-Fi, a welcome bottle of Champagne, 24-hour room service and an ensuite mini-bar, you'll receive additional perks for booking higher category accommodations. For example, Concierge Suite passengers receive a free one-night pre-cruise hotel package with ground transfers, porterage and breakfast; priority online shore excursion reservations; discounts on premium alcohol and for-fee excursions; plus in-cabin binoculars, cashmere blankets and an Illy espresso maker. Penthouse Suite passengers will be pampered by a butler and upgraded bath amenities from Guerlain (lower level accommodations are stocked with items from L'Occitane's Mer & Mistral collection). The top-end suites get upgraded bath amenities, Champagne and priority boarding on embarkation day and free and unlimited laundry. Book the Regent Suite and you'll even be treated to free unlimited Canyon Ranch SpaClub treatments right in your cabin (there's an ensuite private spa room with sauna, stream room and Jacuzzi).

Dining

While details about Seven Seas Splendor's dining venues have yet to be announced, passengers can expect the outlets to be similar to those aboard Regent Explorer. Look for two main restaurants (Compass Rose and La Veranda/Sette Mari). Passengers can enjoy dinner at those restaurants whenever they wish. Onboard gastronomic options will be rounded out by several specialty restaurants -- likely a steakhouse option as well as French and Asian eateries -- at which passengers can dine at each at least once per cruise.

All dining rooms will be elegantly appointed and tables set with top-notch crystal, silverware and china from designers like Versace and Bernardaud. Expect multicourse a la carte options as well as special tasting menus. There will be no surcharges at any of the specialty restaurants.

Entertainment and Activities

Regent is known for its inclusive fares that cover shore excursions. Passengers can enjoy at least one free tour -- usually lasting four or five hours -- in every port. There are additional for-fee excursions available as well.

Onboard Seven Seas Splendor during the day, expect low-key activities like trivia sessions, dance classes, cooking demonstrations, shuffleboard tournaments and wine tastings led by knowledgeable sommeliers. The ship's enrichment program brings aboard guest lecturers, many with a Smithsonian affiliation, to discuss topics ranging from history and geography to technology and space exploration.

In the evening, cruisers will enjoy a variety of cabaret-style shows in the two-deck Constellation Theater or try their hand at a game of chance in the casino.

Regent will debut a total of five brand-new productions aboard Seven Seas Splendor, which run the gamut from dueling rock and country musicals to stories of adventure, romance and intrigue. On-tap for the debut are:

• Bohemian Soul: a Bohemian musical set in Paris that follows a group of travellers collecting a rich array of music and dance on their journeys. Lured by a mysterious girl and the call of the open road, Bohemian Soul highlights world music and dance for guests aboard Seven Seas Splendor.

• Diamond Run: A James Bond-ian thriller featuring the music of songs by Madonna, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Shirley Bassey and others.

• Crossroads: a show about die-hard fans of country and rock-and-roll who battle it out at the “Crossroads Warehouse” set somewhere between Nashville and Los Angeles.

• Boogie Wonderland: A New York DJ announces an extravagant disco party for one night only at the city’s hottest nightclub – and Regent’s guests are invited.

• Divos & Divas: This last number pays tribute to the best male and female vocalists of the last seven decades, as showcased by the talented members of the Regent Production Cast and Regent Signature Orchestra.

In addition to the shows held in the Constellation Theatre, Regent is also rolling out four distinctive entertainment venues aboard Seven Seas Splendor:

The Splendor Lounge is a dark and clubby affair, lined with plush chairs and elegant wall treatments. A contemporary duo performs here, making the room ideal for pre-and-post-dinner drinks.

In the Observation Lounge on Deck 11, passengers will find a thoroughly-modern space that serves as the ship’s primary lookout lounge. Designed to resemble an English winter garden by day, at night this space is home to a soothing pianist tinkling the ivories.

The Meridian Lounge focuses on bespoke cocktails and continues the clubby theme found in the Splendor Lounge. Designed to be the ideal watering hole for passengers coming to and from the evening performances in the Constellation Theatre, resident musicians offer up a selection of live music nightly to keep the entertainment flowing.

Finally, the Casino offers games of chance in an upscale space designed with Art Deco motifs that recall the most elegant gaming halls of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo.


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