Regent Seven Seas Cruises operates three, soon to be four, of the most luxurious ships afloat, Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner, all of which were extensively refurbished in 2013 and 2014. The long-awaited Seven Seas Explorer debuts in 2016, promising to eclipse even its sisters with its extravagant beauty.
The line serves a global audience, although is most popular with discerning American travellers in the over-55 age bracket, and takes its mid-sized ships all over the world, from the Mediterranean to South America, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. Regent is known for including more than any of its rivals; bar drinks and fine wines; speciality dining in a choice of restaurants; gratuities; business class flights for many cabin grades; and even shore excursions in every port. Service is personal and refined, as you would expect from a five-star-plus product, and Regent offers one of the highest staff-to-guests ratios at sea.
On board, in addition to a lavish spa by Canyon Ranch and tranquil library, there's a busy enrichment programme of talks by guest lecturers, as well as themed events like cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and ballroom dance workshops. In addition to the excursions offered in every port, individual tours or enhanced group tours are also offered (for a fee); nothing is too much trouble.
With every stateroom classified as a suite, you can expect uncompromising luxury with Regent Seven Seas, from the exceptional quality of the bed linen right through to a perfectly prepared Martini or a Filet Mignon at dinner prepared to perfection. This really is cruising at its highest level.