Those looking for a luxurious, don’t-have-to-think-about-a-thing, travel-the-world vacation find it all with Regent Seven Seas, an all-inclusive cruise line that offers an unrivaled experience to luxury cruisers.
Here, pampering and relaxation meld with the opportunity to see some of the world’s most popular destinations.
With Regent, you’re taken care of from the moment your trip begins—round-trip, business-class air on intercontinental flights from the U.S. and Canada is included, and the comforts only continue from there.
Think floating five-star hotel complete with marble bathrooms, exquisitely prepared food, unlimited wine and spirits, and beds so comfortable you may never want to get up. Oh, and Regent’s fleet includes only all-suite ships with balconies, and every trip includes unlimited shore excursions, unlimited Wi-Fi and gratuities included.
As I stepped aboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager in Barcelona, Spain, for a 10-day Aegean Adventures cruise (this itinerary included stops in Marseille, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Valetta, Malta; Santorini, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Athens, Greece), I was greeted with a glass of champagne and directed to my room, which included a vase of fresh orchids and a stocked mini-bar (let your cruise concierge know your beverage preferences ahead of time, and you’ll arrive to see it stocked with your favorites). The room itself included a walk-in closet, sitting area and bathroom with a tub.
“We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and the high quality of everything, from the chinaware to the bed and mattresses in the suites, orchids in the suites—we get those fresh for every cruise. They come from Holland, and we replace all the orchids in all the suites and common areas,” says Anatoli Makaev, general manager.
The Voyager features a theater with live nightly entertainment, a library, a Serene Spa and Wellness spa, a fitness center, several restaurants, a dining room, a small casino, lounges, boutique shops, a card room, a pool and two whirlpools.
Regent also presents guests lecturers on the cruise that tie into the ship’s itinerary. On my trip, Dr. Bruce Chadwick, who is known as “the world’s greatest professor,” gave history presentations.
With just 700 guests and 447 crew members, there was an intimate feel, and the crew quickly learned my preferences, from knowing my preferred drink order when I lounged by the pool to greeting me by name around the ship.
On Regent cruises, forget everything you’ve ever heard about cruise ship food. Here, it’s like dining at a five-star restaurant each meal. There is an attention to detail and quality to the food that is unrivaled by other lines. There are plenty of options for food from breakfast in bed to a breakfast buffet, coffee and food at the Coffee Connection, lunch at the pool deck restaurant or in a dining room, afternoon tea and snacks, and dinner at either the dining room or the specialty restaurants—Prime 7 (a steakhouse), Sette Mari at La Veranda (Italian fare) or Chartreuse (a French restaurant).
The dining room menu changes nightly, though it includes several options that are always on the menu including scallops, lobster, shrimp and various cuts of meat, including filet mignon.
“Regent is famous not only for its food but the high quality of ingredients that are used,” Anatoli says.
It’s easy to want to never leave.
Regent goes out of its way to celebrate its guests and to make sure they are comfortable. Forgot your reading glasses and can’t see the dining menu? A crew member will arrive with selection of glasses for you to choose from. Relaxing by the pool? Crew members will pass by to clean your sunglasses or reading glasses—as well as to bring by cold towels or snacks such as fruit skewers or smoothies.
When there are long days away from the ship—such as the day we spent 10 hours in Rome—we arrived back to musicians on the pier welcoming us with music, the crew lined up on a red carpet to welcome us back, and cold towels and champagne.
Of course, many choose a cruise as a way to see many ports in one trip. I spent most of my days on land exploring different ports, and with Regent, all except the voluntary VIP tours are free. You can choose from the selection of offered tours or choose to explore a destination on your own. I chose Regent’s tours, which included taking an express train from the port of Civitavecchia into Rome, Italy, and a tour of Ephesus that included luxury coach transportation and guided tours through various ruins and historic sites—as well as a buffet lunch at a hotel.
There were tours available for all interests, from a bike tour in Lucca, Italy, to cheese and wine tastings in Aix-en-Provence in France, and a cruise of the Valetta Harbor in Malta.
It was wonderful to be able to see so many destinations during one trip and to relax when back on board. With the gentle breezes, the blue sea and the luxury of everything at my fingertips, Regent Seven Seas made it a perfect vacation.