Review: The Seven Seas Explorer


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Seven Seas Explorer set sail on her maiden voyage back in July 2016 from Monte Carlo. I have managed to spot her in Monte Carlo since her launch, and she is immensely impressive, even without seeing how the amazing infinity Spa pool manages to work without overflowing into the sea when the ship inevitably starts to sway!

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ all-suite, all-balcony 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer, is designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built, with every inch of the vessel evoking elegance and grace. While it claims to be the most. luxurious cruise ship, I think lovers of luxury should also consider trying the Ritz Carlton Yacht, which is equally luxurious but in a different way.

That said, for extravagance and glitz, The Seven Seas Explorer may well win. With a one-of-a-kind, opulent 3,875 ft² suite, extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces, and lavish gourmet restaurants, the Seven Seas Explorer is setting a new standard.

Some of our favorite features and amenities are outlined below:

The Regent Suite

A new category of a luxury suite, the Park Avenue-style apartment is 3,875 ft² and comes complete with an in-room spa retreat and custom Steinway Arabesque piano, both firsts at sea. It features an outdoor, glass-enclosed sitting area aptly named the Vista Garden that will provide magnificent, unobstructed 270-degree views over the ship’s bow. The privileges of booking the Regent Suite extend beyond its doors. Inclusive amenities to those booking this suite include a private car with a driver and guide in every port, free unlimited laundry and pressing, business and first-class air, as well as limousine transfer to and from the airport.

Specialty Restaurants

Three distinct specialty restaurants are open exclusively for dinner. Prime 7 is one of three distinct specialty restaurants on Seven Seas Explorer available for guests’ epicurean pleasures imposing no surcharge to dine at any of the specialty restaurants, including the Chartreuse and Pacific Rim detailed below.


A tantalizing gourmet French specialty restaurant features a classic French menu with dishes expertly prepared using both classic and modern techniques for a multiple-course celebration of French gastronomy. Evoking memories of a chic Parisian fine dining restaurant, this is the perfect respite for guests to enjoy an apéritif, including specialty cocktails infused with the French liqueur Chartreuse. The design team at ICRAVE responsible for this sophisticated French restaurant left no detail unattended, including a silver-leafed ceiling that is interspersed with dramatic gold-bordered black lacquered lines to complete the elegant Parisian motif and a decorative iron sculpting throughout the bar pays graceful and subtle homage to Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower. The back portion of the restaurant seamlessly transitions from a regal dining room to a whimsical Parisian courtyard, creating the illusion of al fresco dining.

Pacific Rim

Celebrating the culinary traditions of Asia, Pacific Rim is yet another historical first for guests to experience, featuring a diverse array of delightfully prepared pan-Asian dishes to be savored in an elegant dining room whose design takes inspirational cues from a variety of Asian cultures, such as a Tibetan prayer wheel, contemporary lotus inspired windows, traditional Japanese rain chains, and custom Chinese screens all melded harmoniously together for a truly remarkable culinary experience.

Culinary Arts Kitchen

Regent’s first culinary instruction center provides guests with all the ingredients to expand their culinary skills in a welcoming environment reminiscent of France’s most prestigious cooking schools in both layout and design. The culinary workstations are fully equipped with top-of-the-line induction cooktops, stainless steel sinks, and a comprehensive collection of additional cooking essentials and offer more than a dozen unique classes covering a wide array of topics, including healthy cooking, fish and shellfish preparation, perfect food and wine pairings for entertaining, delectable mini-desserts, high-heat grilling, and classes inspired by the destinations visited by the ship.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub

The lavishly appointed, state-of-the-art spa features an infrared sauna, aromatic steam room, and cold room will with a selection of exclusive ultra-luxurious treatments developed by Canyon Ranch in partnership with lifestyle and beauty experts Red Flower®. On a private outdoor deck, guests will find an inviting teak-deck terrace filled with plush lounge chairs that surround a beautiful infinity-edged plunge pool contouring the stern of the ship for magnificent views across the horizon.

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