Seven Seas Voyager visited

This weekend my wife and I were invited to visit Regent Seven Seas Voyager during her scheduled call to Southampton; an invitation we gratefully accepted.

We have previously sailed with Regent Seven Seas on one of their smaller ships, Seven Seas Navigator…

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2013/03/21/regent-seven-seas-alaska-cruise/

Seven Seas Voyager was berthed at Southampton’s City Terminal and was in the process of a major passenger turn-around…

 

Once onboard we were treated to a glass of champagne while receiving an introductory talk prior to being taken on an escorted tour of the ship’s facilities and accommodation.

 

Voyager is a fully inclusive cruise ship which proudly boasts there is a sun-bed for each of its 700 passengers

 

Also situated on the Pool Deck is the Pool Grill

…while leading off the Pool Deck is the ‘La Veranda’ buffet restaurant…

one half of which transforms in the evening to ‘Sette Mari’, an Italian speciality restaurant where food is ‘paired’ with Italian wines.

La Veranda also offers a small terraced section at the stern of the ship for ‘Al Fresco’ dining…

The only entertainment venue on the pool deck level (Deck 12) is the Observation Lounge

 

There is a  spa and fitness centre on Deck 6 which includes  a Beauty Salon…

Six Spa Treatment Rooms

an exercise/spinning studio and a well equipped Gym

 

As with most cruise ships the Atrium is the central feature…

 

 

…with multiple entertainment and dining venues  leading off either directly or in close proximity…

The Library

…with its attractive ‘global’ imagery decor…

 

The twin floored Theatre, which could seat every guest and was most impressive…

The Horizon Lounge with yet another dance floor…

 

and Coffee Connections, a coffee and pastry cafe for small bites…

…with a smiley Barista...

And so to dining.

The main restaurant is named Compass Rose

and is Voyager’s flagship restaurant with single seating ‘freedom’ dining open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are two speciality restaurants besides the Compass Rose and Sette Mari. There are no supplement charges for these restaurants and on a seven day cruise every guest is offered the opportunity to make a reservation in each.

The first is Regent Seven Seas take on the classic American grill, Prime 7

Elegant and oozing quality – right down to the crystal glass on the tables…

The second speciality restaurant, Signatures,  offers both traditional and modern French cuisine, again in a particular stunning venue…

 

And so to the accommodation onboard Seven seas Voyager.

Budget cruisers look away now – there are no inside or picture window cabins. Indeed, all accommodation is classed as ‘suite’.

Entry level is the ‘Deluxe Veranda Suite‘ or, if one prefers,  a ‘Concierge’ grade. Both are the same size and come with the same basic facilities including a personalised mini-bar, walk in wardrobe, marble-appointed bathroom private balcony and separate seating/dining area…

Worth noting here that by opting for the ‘Concierge’ level additional benefits include a free 1-night pre cruise hotel, free internet access and a 15 minute ship to shore phone call.

One for the ladies is the inclusion of a cashmere pashmina.

Moving up a grade is the Penthouse Suite...

Penthouse suites include full butler service and business class flights.

Believe it or not, there are a further four  higher levels of suite above the penthouse suites…

Seven Seas Suite

Voyager Suite

…and finally for this visit, a Grand Suite: of which there are four on Seven Seas Voyager…

No day visit can actually equate to the real cruising experience but it certainly can offer an insight and  flavour of what is on offer.

Regent Seven Seas offer a really ‘all inclusive fare. What you see is what you get. Of course there are a few caveats but they are more than reasonable: one really should expect to pay for one’s spa/beauty treatments.

All drinks including fine wines, champagnes and premium branded spirits are inclusive. Unlimited shore excursions are also at no additional cost. All bars are free and open and, as mentioned previously, the in-suite mini bar is replenished daily. Gratuities are inclusive as is a graded internet access.

So that gives a reasonable picture of Seven Seas Voyager. There are so many cruise ships these days that are prefaced ‘luxury’ that confusion sometimes reigns.

True luxury is uniquely personal and for the most part essential values. Having already sailed with  Regent Seven Seas my wife and I had formed a very high regard for this cruise line. On the downside for us was the size of ship we had previously sailed on, the Seven Seas Navigator. Excellent for a one week cruise around Alaska or the more remote parts of the Mediterranean but for any reasonable length of time, just too small.

So we were more than grateful for this invitation to experience a  larger Regent Seven Seas product. We were so impressed that either Voyager or the brand new addition to the fleet, Explorer, are firmly on our radar.

 

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2 responses to “Seven Seas Voyager visited

  1. Thank you for your latest review. Briliant as ever.

    Sent from Windows Mail
    Maggie Thorpe.

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