In the realm of luxury cruise ships, one name stands out — Seven Seas Explorer hailed as ‘The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built.’ As this opulent vessel arrives in Australia this December, it brings with it a wave of excitement and promises an unparalleled journey across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
Regent Seven Seas has spared no expense in crafting this masterpiece, investing a staggering AUD $ 569 million in its creation. The ship boasts lavish interiors adorned with hundreds of crystal chandeliers, custom-made Versace place settings, and a curated collection of 2,500 artworks, including pieces by renowned artists such as Chagall and Picasso. The attention to detail and commitment to extravagance set the tone for an unforgettable cruising experience.
Upon embarkation, guests are greeted by a seamless process that leads to the grand atrium, where the sheer grandeur of the ship becomes apparent. The open, curved staircases, the largest crystal chandelier ever seen, and the gleaming Italian marble underfoot create an ambience reminiscent of a luxurious hotel lobby rather than a cruise ship. This spacious and bright setting immediately dispels any concerns about feeling confined, setting the stage for a voyage that transcends traditional expectations.
The ship’s 366 spacious suites contribute to one of the highest space-to-passenger ratios in the industry, ensuring a peaceful and comfortable retreat for every guest. Suites feature sumptuous linens, oversized marble bathrooms, and high-tech amenities, providing the epitome of luxury at sea. The Superior Suite on Deck 8, where the author and their daughter resided, exemplifies the ship’s commitment to elegance, boasting a large space adorned with dark-wood panelling and furnishings in cream and soft blue.
The true masterpiece of the Seven Seas Explorer is the 412-square-meter Regent Suite, a two-bedroom haven of indulgence. Complete with an in-room spa offering unlimited complimentary treatments, a $390,000 AUD Steinway piano, and a glass-enclosed sitting area providing panoramic views, this suite sets a new standard for opulence. The custom-made bed, rumoured to match the one enjoyed by the Queen of England, ensures a night of unparalleled comfort.
With a passenger capacity of 750 and a near 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, the Explorer provides a level of service that exceeds expectations. Guests can enjoy all-inclusive offerings, from premium wine and alcohol to dining in specialty restaurants, most excursions, WiFi, and gratuities — ensuring a seamless and worry-free experience.
The culinary delights on board are a testament to the ship’s commitment to excellence. From the flagship restaurant Compass Rose, the largest at sea, to the diverse dining options including French cuisine at Chartreuse, inventive Asian at Pacific Rim, classic steakhouse meals at Prime 7, and intimate Italian dining at Sette Mari, Seven Seas Explorer takes guests on a culinary journey around the world.
Entertainment options abound, with elegant lounges for evening cocktails and the Constellation Theatre hosting nightly musical revues. The ship’s amenities, from the relaxing Pool Deck and Sports Deck to the Serene Spa and Wellness Centre and Culinary Arts Kitchen, ensure there’s something for every taste.
Even on days at sea, the ship provides an abundance of activities. State-of-the-art fitness rooms and the Canyon Ranch spa offer opportunities for rejuvenation, and the author’s health retreat day, filled with fitness classes, spa treatments, and relaxation by the private infinity pool, showcases the ship’s commitment to holistic well-being.
In conclusion, the Seven Seas Explorer redefines the luxury cruise experience. From its lavish interiors and world-class amenities to the unmatched level of service, this ship is a floating palace that promises an indulgent escape. As it sets sail through the waters of Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, it continues to live up to its title as ‘The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built,’ inviting discerning travellers to embark on a journey like no other.