Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Casual Elegance in Alaska
Regent Seven Seas Cruises will have one ship sailing Alaska's waters in 2011.
The fleet/ship - Seven Seas Navigator - a 490 passenger vessel.
This cruise line offers two. A 7-day Inside Passage-Gulf route sailing between Vancouver, B.C. and Seward. The departure date you select will determine your direction of travel either northbound or southbound. The other itinerary is a 12-day cruise available at the beginning and end of the season (re-positioning) sailing between Vancouver, B.C. and San Francisco.
- Best in class – Regent Seven Seas has a no-tipping policy, superb cuisine, open-seating dining with complimentary wines, service is about the best we’ve found, creative onboard programs and a casually elegant atmosphere.
- Regent frequently runs wonderful promotions – two-for-one fares and free-air deals.
- There are very few connecting cabins.
- Most passengers look forward to dressing up for dinner.
- Quiet nightlife.
Your Shipmates: Regent Seven Seas cruise line appeals primarily to affluent, well-traveled couples in their 50s and 60s with younger passengers and honeymooners rounding out the mix. Many passengers are repeat Regent customers or frequent cruisers taking a step up from one of the mainstream lines. They expect a high level of amenities and service, appreciate the destination-rich itineraries (you won’t find non-stop onboard activities) and enjoy the ship’s chic but casual ambience. A youth program reserved for select summer and holiday sailings attracts some families but the limited availability tends to keep those numbers down. Longer cruises attract retirees in the over 60 age group. If you consider yourself an independent person, favor destination-oriented itineraries and a quiet onboard atmosphere with no tipping expected you’ll enjoy Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Accommodations/cabins: One of the highlights of sailing with Regent Seven Seas Cruises are the staterooms. The cabins are all-suites offering some of the most spacious accommodations afloat. Onboard the Navigator nearly 90% of them have private verandas that range from 47 to 200 square feet. A large majority of the cabins, called balcony suites, are a roomy 301 square feet with an additional 55 square feet on the balcony. Navigator, Grand and Master cabin categories range from 448 to 1,067 square feet. One might speculate that the reason the ship never feels crowded is because many passengers find their accommodations to pleasant to leave!
If you are so inclined, Penthouse Suites, same size as a balcony suite, offer the added indulgence of butler service. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a member of the Guild of Professional English Butlers. A company created to promote professionalism and standards in the industry and provide training to individuals around the world for careers in 5 star hotels, private households, castles and palaces. The ship’s butlers (categories B and higher) provide everything from initial in-suite bar setup to afternoon canapés, packing and unpacking, laundry pressing (for a fee) and any special requests you may ask of them. Guests booking Navigator, Grand or Master Suites also enjoy the services of a butler.
Each elegant suite provides a touch of coziness with attractive textured fabrics in warm shades and caramel-toned furniture. The marble-appointed bathrooms are huge when compared with industry standards. Full size bathtubs, separate shower stalls, lots of counter space and wonderful Aveda toiletries make them some of the best bathrooms at sea.
Every suite features: a sitting area with a sofa, two armchairs and table (perfect for in-cabin dining); European king-size beds dressed with fine linens and duvets with twin-bed configuration capability; vanity unit; large walk-in closet with plenty of storage space; TV/DVD entertainment center with a large selection of movies available from an onboard library; refrigerator stocked with complimentary soft drinks and water; an in-suite bar set-up; complimentary bottle of champagne; terry cloth bathrobes; hairdryer; personal safe; telephone and individual temperature control. The top three categories of suites also offer Bose Wave music systems.
Regent Seven Seas window suites (same square footage as balcony suites) are located on the two lowest passenger decks and offer a bay window instead of a balcony. Suites with obstructed views are on the port side of Deck 6 overlooking the promenade. Very few suites are able to accommodate three people and there are only 10 far-forward cabins that connect to an adjacent suite. Four suites are wheelchair accessible.
Dining: Regent Seven Seas cuisine is some of the most outstanding at sea. In the main restaurants the décor is tasteful and inviting with warm muted colors. The understated atmosphere highlights the main attraction – the food and wine. Meals are served in open-seatings by a maitre d’ and staff who are totally committed to offering only the best. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available here. Complimentary red or white wines chosen to complement your dinner menu are poured at your table.
Specialty restaurants are by reservation only at no extra charge and vary within the fleet. Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager feature the sophisticated Signatures offering the cuisine of Le Cordon Bleu of Paris and Latitudes which serves a “tasting” menu of Indochinese cooking. Seven Seas Navigator’s La Veranda (formerly Portofino Grill) serves “casually elegant” breakfast and lunch and regionally inspired specialty dinners in an indoor/outdoor setting. The NEW Prime 7 Steakhouse serves up prime-aged steaks/chops, fresh seafood and poultry.
All three vessels have casual buffet restaurants, plus a poolside sandwich grill staffed by waiters.
Room service is available 24 hours a day and the menus are fairly extensive. You can order directly from the restaurant menus for all three meals during regular dining hours and a select menu at other times. Plus, you can always get virtually anything by request. This makes “en suite” dining quite popular.
Complimentary specialty coffees, soft drinks and mineral water are available throughout the ship any time of the day and high tea is served each afternoon.
Arrangements for special dietary requirements should always be made prior to sailing but vegetarian, low-salt or low-cholesterol food requests can be accommodated on board by speaking with ship dining room staff.
Entertainment/Spa/Fitness: The entertainment and activities onboard Regent Seven Seas are not as structured as those found on main stream lines. Even though there are plenty of activities to select from, the atmosphere onboard is tranquil and modest. Most passengers prefer to entertain themselves.
All three ships offer varied cabaret and musical revues in their show lounges. Individual musicians are featured for those guests exploring the cocktail circuit in the bars. Casinos, libraries and internet lounges round out your options.
On each cruise, guest lecturers who are experts in their field, speak on topics relevant to the region you’re sailing. Other enrichment activities include Le Cordon Bleu cooking workshops and themed “Spotlight” cruises built around topics like photography; art, design and culture; performing arts; food and wine and discovery and exploration of the world around you.
In December of 2009 the famed Canyon Ranch will take over operations of the spa, salon and fitness facilities onboard all three Regent ships. The facility will offer an extensive range of treatments, including some created exclusively for Regent guests, Canyon Ranch’s incomparable Spa Cuisine, certified fitness instructors, luxurious salon services for women and men and on select voyages presentations by healthy living experts. Each ship has an outdoor pool with a hot tub nearby and a jogging track.
Junior Sailors: If you would like to bring the kids along on your luxury cruise adventure, Alaska would be a good choice. During summer sailings and select holiday cruises Regent Seven Seas offers the complimentary Club Mariner youth program. Although there are no dedicated children’s facilities onboard this program ensures every member of the family will have a memorable experience.
Supervised by experienced counselors, activities are designed for three age groups, 5 to 9, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17. Children have the opportunity to participate in games, craft projects, movies and a variety of other interactive activities focusing on Alaska.
In addition to the Club Mariner program some Alaska sailings offer the excellent, “Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program,” run by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. Adventure activities focus on nature and Alaska’s cultural heritage. Kids learn about glaciers, marine mammals and totem poles. There is an additional fee to participate in this program which features one organized shore excursion on each sailing.
Unfortunately, there is no structured group babysitting available. Private in-cabin baby-sitting can be arranged if a female crewmember is willing to perform the service outside of her regular duty hours. The minimum age for children to sail aboard is 1 year and the line reserves the right to limit the number of children under age 3 on any one sailing.
Cruise tour programs: Regent Seven Seas’ offers a couple of land options that allow you to extend your stay in Alaska. A 4-day package that concentrates in the Denali corridor and a 2-day wild-bear viewing adventure based in Anchorage. Both pre- and post- cruise hotel packages are also available.
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