As the popularity in cruises continues to rise so do the number of new ships coming into service. One of those belongs to Regent Seven Seas (RSSC) cruise line with their new and luxurious ship the $450 million Explorer built by Fincantieri at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Italy. Regent is well known for their all-inclusive and excellent onboard service for their customers many who return for to the companies highly regarded itineraries worldwide. My previous experience with RSSC has been mostly on their ship The Voyager and always with good results.
Once onboard the ship you realise this is not just another cruise liner but more like a floating country club. The ship began service in July 2016 in Monte Carlo and has routinely been sold out for its voyages. One of the best parts of RSSC cruises is the fact that it is indeed all inclusive. From the bars to restaurants all are part of the inclusive package. On occasion some tours may require an extra fee but the majority are covered in the cost of the cruise.
The Explorer is capable of carrying 750 passengers and the cabins feature very nicely designed suites featuring large closets, marble bathrooms with dual sinks, bath and shower, all suites also have balconies.
The most expensive is the Regent suite on deck 14 and features a private in-room spa, Picasso paintings, a $150,000 bed and a $250,000 Dakota Jackson Steinway piano. Additional perks for this $10,000 per night cabin suite include sauna, steam room, heated lounge chairs and Jacuzzi tub.
On board there are a number of lounges, including poolside, along with my favourite the Observation lounge. This particular lounge on deck 11 is in the very front of the ship and features large angled glass windows for excellent views of the ocean or port. During the day its a quiet and relaxing place but becomes active in the evenings. All of the bar areas are good and the bartenders can mix and serve any particular favourite drink you may want as well as offering a wide range of wines and beers all hours of the day and night.
The food is one of the best features and the Explorer has all the restaurants needed as well as room service to keep its passengers from ever going without. Breakfast and lunch can be found at the La Veranda on deck 11 and outdoor eating is available by the pool. My favourite restaurant is the Italian located at the Sette Mari on deck 11. If a steak dinner is what you want then Prime Seven on deck 10 will serve you well. Other restaurants include the Chartreuse and Pacific Rim both which have great menus. These dining options require a reservation which can be arranged before departure. The main restaurant, the Compass Rose on deck four, does not require a reservation for dining. If you want to improve your culinary skills, a state of the art culinary kitchen facility and classes are available.
Now that Regent has introduced their newest vessel what can the cruise industry expect from a business perspective this new year?
By Kevin Murphy: www.kevinmurphy.london