What To Do On The World's Most Luxurious Cruise
The Seven Seas Explorer calls itself the most luxurious ship ever built, and they're not kidding. The US$450 million vessel features just 375 suites to house a maximum of 750 guests, offering a more exclusive boutique experience than the larger cruise liners.
With six-stars, the eight fine-dining restaurants and infinity plunge pool may sound like par for the course. But what really sets this ship apart is the indulgent attention to detail: Italian Carrera marble in every suite, custom-designed Versace place settings in their fine-dining bistro, 158 crystal chandeliers, and Hermès and L'Occitane toiletries for every guest, to name a few.
If you think a ship that has personal butlers, in-suite caviar service, and goes through 2,000 pounds of lobster in the average two-week trip is the kind of extravagance you could get used to, check out our essential guide to enjoying the best of the world's most luxurious cruise.
Take time to enjoy the suite
Every room on the Seven Seas Explorer is a spacious suite, complete with balcony, cashmere blankets and binoculars for guests to stargaze across a silent ocean. Take advantage of the 24-hour room service and complimentary minibar, and enjoy a peaceful breakfast on the balcony.
For those seeking a superiour luxurious experience, choose the Regent Suite: at over 4,000 square feet, it contains a 300-square-foot private balcony complete Treese heated minipool and ceramic heated lounge chairs, private spa facilities and a bar for hosting your very own cocktail parties.
For extra comfort and relaxation, the Seven Seas Explorer doesn’t have a mandatory black-tie dress code for its fine dining—because who wants to dress up to the nines while on a vacation?
Instead, guests can embrace simple elegance: a cocktail dress or a smart suit will be fine for the evening festivities, leaving you more time to sip champagne on the balcony.
Get a massage
The spa is managed by the renowned Canyon Ranch brand and includes an infrared sauna, aromatic steam room, experiential shower and cold room, as well as a private outdoor deck with a plunge pool. Sure there is the swimming pool and surrounding deck, but nothing beats lounging in a quiet nook with views of the ocean before a massage.
Take a cooking class
The Culinary Arts Kitchen features a workstation for each guest complete with an induction stove top and sink—all that you need for a fun cooking class where you get to try out recipes that can be easily replicated at home, pick up some tools of the trade from the executive chef and feast on your own dishes, paired with a glass of wine… or two.
Grab a sunset cocktail
The Observation Lounge is located on the front of the ship on deck 11, the same floor as the swimming pool. Grab a cocktail—Regent Seven Seas Cruises has an eponymous cocktail that is a refreshing mix of Absolut Kurant mixed with apricot brandy and crushed grapes—and watch the ship sail into the sunset before you head to dinner.
Dine at Compass Rose
There are eight restaurants onboard the Seven Seas Explorer and Compass Rose is their signature restaurant. It offers the requisite fine dining experience in an elegant blue and white dining room, from the Versace dinnerware to the sparkling chandeliers and attentive service.
Start with a glass of champagne while you peruse the menu, where there are classics such as lobster bisque and special offerings such as Siberian caviar profiteroles with vodka and lemon cream. Those wanting a hearty first course can choose from a range of seafood (such as Maine lobster tail) or meat (Black Angus fillet mignon are one of the options) and then select a sauce to go with it.
Savour the miso black cod at Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim is another fine dining restaurant on deck 5 that serves modern Asian cuisine, such as Hamachi sashimi dressed with a piquant blend of soy sauce, mirin, ginger and jalapeno peppers, or a cooked to tender miso black cod served with picked daikon.
If there is just the two of you, steer away from the tables near the middle of the ship and ask for one near the decorative windows so you can watch ocean sail by.
Catch a show in the evening
It’s tempting to wine and dine the night away, but make sure you carve out some time to catch a show at the Constellation Theatre. The cabaret-style venue comes complete with plush seating and tables—get there early to get a good seat and make sure to order a drink before the show starts.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises created three new shows, one of which is My Revolution—a musical that charts the rise of Beatlemania and British pop in the US with a series of catchy song and dance numbers.
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