I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Seven Seas Voyager last Wednesday, during her call to Port of Tyne. It was my first time aboard any Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship and my first impressions were definitely good ones.
I haven’t covered Regent much on my blog, so for those of you that don’t know, Regent Seven Seas offers a five-star all-inclusive luxury cruise experience on three ships – Voyager, Mariner and Navigator – although there will be four in 2016 with the introduction of Seven Seas Explorer. EVERYTHING is included in the fare price and by everything, I mean everything: the cruise; shore excursions; gratuities; flights; soft drinks, premium spirits and wines; 24-hour room service; all dining options including specialty restaurants; and transfers. Basically, unless you want a fine bottle of Cristal then your cruise card need never leave your pocket unless you are leaving or re-boarding the ship.
So, as I said, I boarded Voyager last Wednesday for a tour and lunch, and I enjoyed every moment of it. We explored the casino, Observation lounge, Prime 7, Signatures, Compass Rose, CanyonRanch Spa Club, Pool Deck, Constellation Theatre, Library, Connoisseur Club, Voyager Lounge and one of the suites.
There were a few places onboard that I REALLY liked, one of them being Prime7. This is Regent’s signature steakhouse dining option and not only was the restaurant itself quite intimate, the menu was to die for. Prime7 is free of charge, like all the dining options with Regent, but they do recommend that you make a reservation as it is a firm favourite among guests. The menu, as steakhouse would suggest, was packed with meat and seafood: crab cake, whole Maine lobster, Alaskan King Crab, U.S.D.A. New York strip, U.S.D.A. prime bone-in steak, veal chop, lamb chop, and more. If I cruised with Regent then you would probably find me here several times throughout the voyage!
I also really liked the Pool Deck, but of course I would, it’s my favourite spot on any ship!! There were sunbeds placed in various spots around the deck, but it definitely wasn’t overcrowded, as you can see in the picture! There were also tables and chairs along the port and starboard side, a bar at one end of the deck and the Pool Grill at the other, where you could grab burgers, salads, ice cream and so on.
I also liked the Constellation Theatre, given the size of Voyager, I hadn’t expected to see a two-level theatre – it was quite a nice surprise. I always think there’s something dominating about a space like this, it grabs your attention the moment you walk through the door.
We managed to have a look inside one of the Category G Deluxe Suites – the ship was sailing at max capacity so we were lucky to see any suite – but I’ll get to the really important bit first, L’Occitane bath products! Before anyone asks, no I didn’t “borrow” any of them, I left the tray of goodies exactly as I found it (but it was tempting! ;) ). The suite was rather nice although I did leave thinking it needed more, I don’t know what more is, I haven’t quite worked out what is missing, when I do, I’ll let you know. The suite featured a nice marble bathroom that offered a separate bath and shower, a walk-in wardrobe, large bed, seating area with vanity space and TV etc. and then you had the balcony.
We were also fed during the tour, yes, we had a five-star lunch! The venue was the Compass Rose restaurant on Deck 4, this would also mark the end of our tour, but first the food. We were offered Maine Lobster medallions, coconut and butternut squash soup, grilled sea bass, black Angus beef tenderloin and chocolate cheesecake. I really enjoyed it all, even the lobster starter with melon (which I didn’t think I would like), but my favourite was definitely the beef!
Overall it was a great visit and I can certainly see why Regent has such a loyal passenger following and why people pay what they do in order to sail with the line. Because all of the shore excursions on offer are complimentary the ship was virtually empty when we boarded. I don’t think I have ever seen a ship so quiet, it was so nice and meant we could explore without getting in the way.
Go on then, get off my blog and go and book your Regent Seven Seas cruise – I’m packed, so just tell me when I need to leave! ;)