Pick a Cabin: Regent Seven Seas Explorer Deck Plan Decoderby Kristen Boatright | July 26, 2016
The 750-passenger all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Explorer, Regent’s first new build in 13 years, is the fleet’s largest ship, with 10 different cabin categories — more choices than the line’s other three vessels. Fortunately, they range from luxe to over-the-top, with the top-tier Regent suite being billed as the most luxurious suite at sea, a moniker we think it deserves.
Luxurious amenities, plush bedding, and thoughtful furnishings are in every stateroom, including L’Occitane or Guerlain bath products and a stocked and replenished minibar. The line, best known for the most all-inclusive fares in the industry, includes business-class airfare, pre-cruise hotel stays, shore excursions, specialty restaurant dining, onboard Wi-Fi, alcohol, and gratuities for every cruiser, and the top-level suites also include private airport transfers.
Of course, decadence and all-inclusive rates come at a price: Seven-night itineraries start at $700 per person, per night, for the lowest tier accommodation, the 307-square-foot Veranda Suite. And, of course, perks increase with the price point.
Large walk-in closets are a welcome addition to the Deluxe Veranda Suite staterooms and above. Every suite has a marble bathroom (nearly an acre of marble was used on the ship), and Superior Suites and above, excluding Penthouse Suites, have a tub.
Concierge Suites are where the balcony space starts to get enviable. The king-sized bed faces outward toward the sitting area, and the veranda — an oversized balcony with room for a table, two chairs, and a lounger — spans the width of the room. The rooms themselves feel spacious and well-appointed with abundant storage, and the soothing color scheme of blue, brown, and white adds to the relaxed feel of the room.
The top-tier suites — the Penthouse Suite category and above — include expansive balconies, personal butler service, Guerlain amenities, and a pre-cruise hotel package, as well as a custom in-room bar setup.
At 450 square feet, the Penthouse Suite is the first suite with two separate rooms. Pocket doors separate the bedroom from the living space and both empty out onto the balcony, which has space for sitting and dining.
Regent tapped three different designers to compose the ship’s accommodations, with each putting their stamp on the cabin decor. Designed by furniture maker Dakota Jackson, the Seven Seas Suite, with up to 925 square feet of space, has a bedroom, living room, dining room, and one and a half bedrooms. It’s also a striking design departure, with gold accents throughout.
The Explorer and Grand suites have a similar look and feel with mirrored walls, Art Deco touches, and pops of emerald green. Each has a large bathroom, two full bathrooms (one with a tub), and living and dining areas. If outdoor space is what you want, choose a Grand Suite. Situated on decks 7 and 12 at the aft and the bow of the ship, Grand Suites have balconies that are nearly the same size as the stateroom itself.
Traveling with five of your closest friends? Each of the four Master Suites, on decks 8 and 9, has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms and can sleep up to six guests. They are made for entertaining with lots of space, chic lighting, a nearly 1,000-square-foot wraparound balcony, and a grand piano for sing-alongs.
For $10,000 a night ($5,000 per person), you can call deck 14’s Regent Suite home. Deemed the most luxurious at sea, the 2,917-square-foot cabin is designed for two to four guests, with two bedrooms with king-sized beds (including the $150,000 master bed), a large living room with a sitting area, a dining area, a full top-shelf bar, and a grand piano. The room’s entrance has two Picasso lithographs at either side of the door. It also has two and a half bathrooms, and the master is an in-suite Canyon Ranch spa, complete with a treatment area, sauna, heated ceramic lounge chairs, a multi-jet shower, and a balcony hot tub. Unlimited spa treatments are included with a stay in the suite, and so are a private car with a driver and a guide in every port. The suite’s 958-square-foot wraparound balcony has 270-degree views over the ship’s bow, as well as a whirlpool tub and a large dining area.
Following its maiden voyage on July 20th, 2016, the Seven Seas Explorer sails the Mediterranean until November when it heads to the Caribbean. Ready to set sail? To make it easier for you to choose the right suite for you, we’ve decoded the deck plans and walked you through the different choices. Check out our video, above, for a guide to the ship’s accommodations.
Kristen Boatright is the New York City-based senior video editor of ShermansCruise.com.