Regent Seven Seas Cruises has released details of the planned bow-to-stern refurbishment of Seven Seas Mariner, the world's first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship. After a 20-day drydock in April at a shipyard in Marseille, France, Seven Seas Mariner will emerge with a slate of new features including culinary experiences, elegant suite designs, and completely refreshed passenger spaces.
The ship will reposition to the Pacific Northwest and offer fully immersive Alaska itineraries. I am excited to see the enhancements when we cruise in early May to find out what it's like to explore Alaska's adventures while also enjoying an all-inclusive luxury cruise experience.
"We are delighted to relaunch the refurbished Seven Seas Mariner for what will be an unforgettable 2018 Alaska season," said Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. "Seven Seas Mariner will have been elevated to the highest standards of elegance, and guests will enjoy the highly personalized service delivered by every member of Seven Seas Mariner's exceptional staff and crew."
The spiffed-up Regent Seven Seas Mariner will sail 15 seven-, 10- and 11-night itineraries in Alaska. These voyages will alternate departures from Vancouver and Seward. The line says it will have an average of 44 free and unlimited shore excursions included as part of the cruise fare for the Alaska sailings, making these the most-inclusive, luxury Alaska experiences you'll find anywhere.
Here is a summary of what the ship is getting during its extensive drydock in Marseille.
Renewed Modern Spaces
Seven Seas Mariner's pool deck will receive a new open layout and teak flooring throughout. The centerpiece is a mosaic-tiled pool, featuring a wide surrounding lounging area of shallow water. The Pool Grill will feature expanded lunch selections, including steaks, chops, salmon, chicken and sausage, offered a la minute from new infrared barbecue grills and new buffet bars.
The ship's atrium, corridors and public spaces get new carpeting, art, furniture and decor. The reception area, Coffee Connection, Card Room, boutiques and Casino will have new modern styling after being revamped from the steel up. A handsome, remodeled Library is getting dark-wood bookshelves contrasted against cream furnishings, crowned by a copper-adorned chandelier. A vibrant cobalt-and-silver color scheme will complete the country club ambiance in the Connoisseur Club cigar lounge. Additionally, the flooring on the Deck 6 Promenade will be replaced with new teak.
The ship's Canyon Ranch SpaClub will receive a soothing new design, featuring pebble-stone tiles and light-wood accents in the spa treatment rooms. The adjoining fitness and aerobics center also will be equipped with new state-of-the-art machines.
Regent Seven Seas Mariner passengers will make their homes in redesigned suites, featuring a slumber bed with plush, padded leather headboards and views of the sea and passing landscape from their private balconies or sitting areas. The cabins will have a stylish sofa, accent table and new artwork. All suites feature walk-in closets and oversized, marble-accented bathrooms with LâOccitane amenities.
New Regent Dining Experiences
New gourmet culinary experiences also will delight Regent Seven Seas Mariner cruisers. The flagship restaurant Compass Rose will offer a new sophisticated ambiance, with added dramatic flair created by grand crystal chandeliers, recessed ceiling lights, sleek, leather chairs ringing intimate tables, and plush blue drapes accenting the restaurant's oversized windows. Compass Rose diners will be offered a recently introduced menu, which provides customizable cuisine combinations, making it the largest specialty restaurant at sea.
Regent's new Chartreuse specialty restaurant also will be installed on Seven Seas Mariner and debut a delectable modern French menu. Chartreuse's menu of innovative French fare will be complemented with new furnishings, china, flooring and decor elements designed to evoke the atmosphere of a Parisian restaurant. Additionally, longtime favorite Prime 7 classic steakhouse will be reimagined with a new ultra-stylish design, featuring a vibrant blue and tan color scheme.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a mostly inclusive, top-notch luxury experience with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations. Seven Seas Mariner's 2018 drydock refurbishment will conclude Regent Seven Seas Cruises' $125 million refurbishment program for the whole fleet. The line's fifth ship, Regent Seven Seas Splendor, is scheduled to launch in 2020.