Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer
Seven Seas Explorer. Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer gets ready for summer 2016 launch

NEW YORK — Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer will set sail in 2016 with a luxurious new 3,875-square foot suite.

Called the Regent Suite, the plush two-bedroom suite will come complete with an industry-first in-room spa retreat with personal sauna, steam room and treatment area.

The Regent Suite will also feature an outdoor, glass-enclosed sitting area, Vista Garden, where guests can enjoy unobstructed 270-degree views over the ship’s bow and toward the horizon.

Regent suite living room.

Regent suite living room.

Regent suite spa suite

Regent suite spa suite.

“We set a high benchmark for Seven Seas Explorer, not only to build a ship that far surpasses the current standard in luxury cruising, but to design a ship that will be recognized industry-wide as the most luxurious ship ever,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

“This ship will offer our guests a new level of grandeur throughout, from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants.  We cannot wait to share this ship with the world when she joins our fleet in the summer of 2016.”

The all-suite, all-balcony ship will boast the highest space ratio in the cruise industry, and is designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built. It will come in at 56,000 gross-registered tons and carry 750 guests.

The maiden voyage for Seven Seas Explorer will be a 14-night sailing from Monte Carlo to Venice on July 20, 2016.  The ship will remain in Europe for its inaugural season, sailing 11 voyages that crisscross the Mediterranean and visit sought-after destinations such as Barcelona, Ibiza, St. Tropez, Venice, Istanbul, Alexandria (Egypt) and Jerusalem.

For dining, the ship will offer three distinct specialty restaurants, including Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ fleet-wide signature steakhouse Prime 7.

The main dining room, Compass Rose, will receive a new contemporary look with the debut of Seven Seas Explorer.  Guests can also enjoy casual indoor and al fresco dining in the Italian Riviera-inspired La Veranda on deck 11 for breakfast and lunch buffets. At night the space transforms into Sette Mari at La Veranda for dinner.

Sette Mari at La Veranda.

Sette Mari at La Veranda.

The ship’s primary showplace, the two-tiered Constellation Theater, will pay homage to the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age with an ornate 694-seat theatre.

Constellation Theater

Constellation Theater.