For the first time since 2008, we stepped aboard a Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship this afternoon. We have been invited on a two-day sailing with a group of other journalists to see the brand new Seven Seas Explorer for ourselves. As many of our followers know, we do not typically do these 2- or 3-day "press trips" because they simply don't fit with our editorial mission: to deliver to our followers an accurate, in-depth review of a ship and brand experience. Even though that cannot be accomplished on this trip, we can give you some initial impressions of the ship and, hopefully, take a longer voyage in the future allowing us to do a full review.
Seven Seas Explorer
We arrived at the Port of Miami at around 2:30pm and boarding had already begun. The check-in process could not have gone more smoothly, an advantage of sailing aboard a smaller vessel with 750 guests instead of 3,750. As soon as we stepped aboard Seven Seas Explorer, we were greeted with a chilled glass of champagne and invited to enjoy lunch on Deck 11 since our suite would be not be ready until 3:00pm. First impression: this is a very elegant ship.
Extravagant lobby of Seven Seas Explorer
The chandelier and grand staircase in the lobby is the first tip off that the ship's designers spared no expense in the decor of Seven Seas Explorer. We headed to Deck 11 where we found the Pool Grill, an elaborate outdoor buffet and open kitchen with a lot of outdoor seating. We were careful not to eat too much since we had an early dinner reservation at Pacific Rim. I had a slice of pizza and Rickee and I shared some of the excellent boiled cocktail shrimp.
Soon after we finished our light meal, we made our way down to Deck 6 and our Concierge Suite (664). To say that we are impressed with the Concierge Suite would be an understatement. There is a beautiful marble bathroom with separate tub and shower, a large walk-in closet, a very comfortable queen-sized bed and a separate living room which can be closed off with a curtain.
A very comfortable bed with top-quality linens
No matter where you look throughout the suite, there are drawers and cubbies. In fact, it is safe to say that there is more storage space in this suite than any other of this size we have ever seen.
Elegant marble bathroom
The balcony is huge and outfitted with top-quality furniture consisting of two chairs, a sun lounger (both with cushions) and a table large enough to enjoy breakfast al fresco in the morning.
Huge, well-furnished balcony
We will talk more about the Concierge Suite in tomorrow's blog. We had very little time to explore our suite before it was time to attend the mandatory muster drill, immediately after which we headed to Deck 11 for the sail-away party. Waitresses were circulating the pool deck with trays of colorful cocktails, but since all cocktails on Regent are complimentary, you could also order your favorite beverage at the Pool Bar.
Pool Deck at sail-away
The pool deck is filled with top-quality, sturdy sun loungers, each fitted with a terry cloth slip cover. You never need to worry about your towel blowing away in the Caribbean wind. Some loungers are designed for two people to share, while others are for individuals. Loungers under the shade of the deck above have sheer curtains providing separation from neighboring loungers adding a bit of privacy.
After sail-away, we headed down to Deck 5 for our 6:30 dinner reservation at Pacific Rim, Explorer's Pan-Asian restaurant.
The entrance to Pacific Rim restaurant
After we were seated at a table for four, a waitress delivered a specialty drink made with ginger, vodka and grapefruit juice. It was delicious. For an appetizer, I had the Sushi platter with Salmon, Crab and Spicy Tuna Roll. It was very nice.
For my main course, I ordered the Beef Bulgogi, a popular Korean dish. Even though my dish did not represent what I have come to know as "Bulgogi", the beef was perfectly cooked and tender.
Rickee ordered the Miso Black Cod and said it was delicous. I was unable to get a good photo of it, but it looked amazing. After dinner, we headed to The Constellation Theater for the production show, "My Revolution," performed by the Seven Seas Explorer Singers and Dancers. The show was well choreographed with excellent vocals and real music played by real musicians, not taped music. You would normally have to sail on a much larger vessel to see a show of this caliber.
Tomorrow, Seven Seas Explorer will be docked in Nassau, Bahamas.