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Seven Seas Explorer Review

5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
219 reviews
31 Awards
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Editor Rating
5.0
Excellent
Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

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.

Pros

Gorgeously decorated ship; emphasis on fine dining and intuitive service

Cons

Ship action slows at night, and entertainment needs refining

Bottom Line

The ship offers an inclusive and completely luxurious experience

About

Passengers : 750
Crew : 542
Passenger to Crew : 1.38:1
Launched : 2016
Shore Excursions : 1398

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. But complaints in general are minor.

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With its over-the-top features 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.

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 in the minority, though children 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 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 wine, spirits, beer, soda, water, coffee, tea 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. Cruises also include economy-class airfare for domestic flights and business-class airfare for intercontinental flights for U.S. passengers.

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 flight upgrades, hotel stays and transfers to the port might be included.

The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar.

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Where does Seven Seas Explorer sail from?

Seven Seas Explorer departs from Vancouver, Dubai, Tokyo, Bali, Tanah Ampo, Klong Tuey, Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Klong Tuey, Laem Chabang, Singapore, Istanbul, Piraeus, Piraeus, Laviron, Haifa, Venice, Rome, Civitavecchia, Malta (Valletta), Sydney, Miami, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Auckland, Seward, and Yokohama

Where does Seven Seas Explorer sail to?

Seven Seas Explorer cruises to Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait, Seward, Dubai, Salalah, Safaga, Aqaba (Petra), Haifa (Tel Aviv), Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Tokyo (Yokohama), Osaka, Taipei (Keelung), Hong Kong, Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Singapore, Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Phuket, Colombo, Kochi (Cochin), Mangalore, Mormugao (Goa), Mumbai (Bombay), Muscat, Bali, Jakarta, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Kobe, Nagasaki, Nha Trang, Kagoshima, Odessa, Bodrum, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens (Piraeus), Patmos, Jerusalem (Ashdod), Dubrovnik, Venice, Split, Kotor, Corfu, Gythion, Bari, Taormina (Messina), Rome (Civitavecchia), Sorrento, Malta (Valletta), Corsica (Ajaccio), Saint-Tropez, Monaco (Monte Carlo), Marseille, Palamos, Barcelona, Crete (Heraklion), Antalya, Katakolon (Olympia), Zadar, Ravenna (Bologna), Argostoli (Kefalonia), Cairo (Port Said), Doha, Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Khasab, Darwin, Thursday Island, Cairns, Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island), Brisbane, Sydney (Australia), Melbourne, Geelong, Burnie, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, Koh Samui, Hakodate, Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Sitka, Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan, Cozumel, Great Stirrup Cay, San Juan, St. Kitts (Port Zante), Dominica, Antigua, St. Maarten, Barbados, St. Lucia, King's Wharf, Ponta Delgada, Malaga, Cartagena (Colombia), Palma de Mallorca (Majorca), Positano (Amalfi), Toulon, Portofino, Alotau, Port Moresby, Komodo Island, Shanghai, Seoul (Incheon), Boracay, Manila, Townsville, Sihanoukville, Hiroshima, Victoria, Valencia, Ibiza, Villefranche, Olbia, Belize City, and Santo Tomas de Castilla

How much does it cost to go on Seven Seas Explorer?

Cruises on Seven Seas Explorer start from $3,499 per person.

Is Seven Seas Explorer a good ship to cruise on?

Seven Seas Explorer won 31 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins, and Best for Dining in 2019.
Seven Seas Explorer Cruiser Reviews

Wonderful

The explorer is absolutely beautiful and our cruise was just magic. Everything is perfect : the crew, the boat, the ambiance and the food.Read More
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Faupettes

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

As good as it gets

We were on the Explorer for 24 days and at the Biltmore for another. ( They don't count this day as a cruise day). The included pre-cruise stay at the Biltmore was fine.Read More
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4748

10+ Cruises

Age 2020s

24-Day Circle of the Caribbean on Explorer

The executive summary: We had a great time on the Explorer and found the crew and ship to be exceptional.Read More
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popovova

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

So disappointed in this cruise!

We chose Seven Seas Explorer as it is described as 'The most luxurious ship ever built" As we stepped onboard we could clearly see this ship is very luxurious and smart.Read More
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BandLJ

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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