Launched in February 2020, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Splendor is known as ‘luxury perfected’, possessing incredible Italian marble interiors, a redesigned atrium, outstanding amenities, and extremely attentive service. This ship provides everything you would expect from an ultra-luxury sailing with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and more. Effectively, Seven Seas Splendor is a new ship in its maiden season due to only completing two sailings before the pandemic halted global cruise operations, therefore we thought it fitting to get on-board.
SixStarCruises Managing Director, Alison Earnshaw alongside fellow colleague Josephine Evans, Senior Product Executive for SixStarCruises, embarked on Seven Seas Splendor during its 7th September 4-night Southampton round-trip sailing, and gave us an insight into life on-board this magnificent luxury ship.
Due to there being a number of health and safety regulations in place to keep passengers on-board safe during their sailing, we asked our colleagues about their embarkation process.
“This sailing on-board Seven Seas Splendor consisted of a UK itinerary, therefore the requirements for the onboarding process was very straightforward. We had to complete a passenger locator form and ensure we had COVID travel insurance as well as proof of vaccination status. We did not require a COVID test to travel or pre-book a test for our return to the UK due to it being a UK sailing.
COVID testing in port was well organised and explained, well socially distanced and felt safe and un-intrusive, this added a maximum of 15 minutes to the whole embarkation process. There was no organised muster drill, all we needed to do was go to our muster station once on-board, where they scanned our card to show we had been and offered the chance to watch the safety brief again (we had already done this when we checked-in online).
We were greeted with a warm welcome from all staff who were visibly happy to be back on-board and to welcome guests once more. As you would expect, the service was attentive and efficient from the moment we embarked, with the crew welcoming us aboard with a glass of perfectly chilled champagne and offering assistance to book our dining.”
On-board Regent Seven Seas Splendor there are a range of luxurious suites from Veranda to Regent Suites. We asked our Managing Director Alison what her suite consisted of and what amenities stood out for her during her stay.
“Everything was perfectly finished throughout the ship, the attention to detail was incredible whilst the décor was light and bright. The Master Suite consisted of 2 bedrooms and 1 ½ bathrooms and dressing rooms, a spectacular balcony curving around the suite giving views from the back of the ship, spacious living area including sofa, dining table, bar/serving area and mini grand piano with auto-play demo function to create fabulous in-suite ambiance. There was an outstanding array of amenities including new to Regent Cruises, toiletries from Acqua di Parma whilst the butler service was very attentive, proactive, and personal. This suite was perfect and of ample size and space for two couples to enjoy a luxurious cruise experience!”
There are many dining options to chose from on-board Seven Seas Splendor from the newly renovated Compass Rose, an extremely sophisticated restaurant with an array of dishes on offer and served upon bold Versace dinnerware, to The Pool Grill, offering al fresco dining with panoramic views. We consulted with our cruise concierge and asked them about their dining experiences.
“Dining onboard was amazing! There are various options for dinner including dining at Compass Rose, this restaurant had a large varied menu to choose from. They have dishes that are constantly available and then an extra page of options that changes daily. Pacific Rim is Pan-Asian Cuisine (reservation needed) and was my stand out favourite. It has so many amazing options to try covering fish, meat and vegetables with amazing flavours.
Prime 7 is another restaurant needing a reservation. This was amazing with lots of choice for starters and options for mains. Cooked amazingly. The crab cakes for starters were beautiful and the Filet Mignon (6oz or 10oz available) was cooked to perfection whilst sides such as the creamed spinach and truffle fries were delicious!
Sette Mari at le Veranda requires no reservation. Presents options from a served buffet if you wish, however most would be ordered from a menu.
Chartreuse is a French cuisine restaurant requiring reservations.
La Veranda is a buffet for breakfast and lunch. This provided many options and lots cooked fresh such as pasta and steak at lunch and eggs at breakfast.
We tried Room Service also at different times throughout the day. There is a menu, however Room Service will bring you pretty much whatever you want (we ordered cookies and warm milk before bed which were not on the menu). However, this should be ordered in advance due to this particular service not being very quick.
In terms of beverages, all of our drinks throughout the sailing were included apart from the highest top shelf drinks.”
This incredible ship has many dining and entertainment options for passengers while on-board, therefore, we asked our colleagues what their highlights were during their sailing.
“The champagne ‘sailaway’ from the top deck had been sorely missed by many as a result of the pandemic and so this was greatly appreciated by passengers and staff members!
Wine pairing lunch with Head Sommelier Georgiana Stan as seen on Channel 5’s ‘Secrets of the World’s Most Expensive Cruise Ship’
Culinary Arts cooking class – This class was fun, educational, and personable as consisted of small groups of about nine people in the class. Chef Kelly and the team were interactive and provided a relaxed environment, whilst teaching us skills to make some lovely dishes!”
Health and Safety
Regent Seven Seas Cruises continue to take health and safety precautions to keep their passengers and staff safe whilst on-board each sailing.
“Throughout the sailing the wearing of masks in public spaces whilst moving around ship was enforced however, it quickly became the norm and did not detract from the cruise experience.
In-suite sanitiser kit (hand sanitiser and branded facemasks) heightened the emphasis on washing and sanitising hands serving to make you feel safe and confident on-board.”
We asked our SixStarCruises Senior Product Executive Josephine Evans, how her overall experience was on-board Regent’s Seven Seas Splendor and she responded by saying:
“The overall experience on-board was absolutely amazing, I had the best time. The ship is stunning, the service is wonderful, the food and drinks were amazing. The value for money is incredible, you do not have to spend a penny whilst on board (unless you go to the spa or do the cooking class etc). Everything is there and every detail is thought of. If there is anything you need the crew are happy to help, nothing is too much trouble. I feel there was plenty to do throughout my sailing and it would be really hard to fault to any of it.”
Our SixStarCruises specialist concierges have had a wonderful time being back on-board Regent Seven Seas Cruises especially being fortunate enough to sail on-board the beautiful Seven Seas Splendor.
If you would like to discover Seven Seas Splendor’s itineraries, or are intrigued to find out about the range of Regent Seven Seas Cruises itineraries, you can contact our specialist cruise concierge to organise a consultation or sign up for one of our exclusive events with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Introducing Seven Seas Grandeur
Sister ship to Regent Seven Seas Splendor and Explorer is the launch of Seven Seas Grandeur, the newest ship for Regent Cruises, joining the fleet in 2023. On sale from 22nd September this brand-new ship has breath-taking new features such as the reimagined Compass Rose restaurant and new décor for all restaurants, design changes for Penthouses and Grand Suites, softer palate throughout ship creating relaxing, and ample light and elegant spaces.