Staterooms: 350, all suite and all with private balconies.
Where she cruises: World cruise, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and India.
Spacious and elegant, Seven Seas Voyager brought new meaning to the phrase “luxury at sea”. With every accommodation a suite with ocean views and a balcony, this is a mid-sized ship with all the intimacy of a yacht, yet the bells and whistles of a much larger cruise ship. Although similar to her sibling, the Seven Seas Mariner, Voyager has more spacious accommodations, and is ideal for long range cruising. It’s also one of the truly all-inclusive ships afloat, with a bevy of inclusions such as gratuities, shore excursions, alternative restaurants and alcoholic beverages.
Who Should Go?
Things You Might Not Know
Voyager is the world’s second all-suite, all balcony cruise ship, the first being her sibling, the Seven Seas Mariner. One of its alternative dining venues, Signatures Restaurant, is operated under the auspices of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu and exclusive to Regent. Recently the line has included free shore excursions in cruise fares (up to a value of $200 per excision) and also has adopted opt-in formal nights.
All of Voyager’s ocean view balcony suites are spacious and packed with amenities. There are five different categories of suites, measuring 33 square metres in size and located across several decks. They are all pretty much identical in layout and colour scheme, which is mostly honey coloured wood, cream walls, accents of biscuit and white.
There are also three categories of penthouse suites, ranging from 35-41 square metres, with colour schemes varying from the warm honey and cream colours, to the same with accents of soft green. The larger suites come in five different varieties from the Seven Seas Suite Aft at 63 square metres, to the impressive Master Suite which has two bedrooms and us 124 square metres.
All suites have double or twin beds, a comfortable sitting area, and they come with 24-hour room service, walk in closets, full size bathrooms, flat screen televisions with an extensive on demand programming system, and wireless internet access. They also have luxurious bathrobes and toiletries, the latter of which are replenished daily. In Penthouse category suites and above, there is an indulgent butler service, an in-suite bar setup, afternoon canapes, and Bose docking stations for an iPod.
Facilities and Entertainment
Voyager was designed for comfortable, long range cruising and it shows. The ship has a social centre surrounding the popular Coffee Corner and an internet cafe, and a two-tier theatre for big product shows and entertainment, which can range from solo musicians to a comedian. Bars include the Horizon Lounge which is always a hive of activity, the more intimate Observation Lounge which boasts fabulous views, and the Connoisseur Club is the place to enjoy a cigar.
By day there is plenty to keep you busy or not as you choose, with a bustling activities program which can include anything from enrichment lectures from high profile individual, to trivia and initiation parties for events such as crossing the dateline or equator. For the physically active there’s a fitness centre, and for lovers of pampering a new addition is a swish Canyon Ranch SpaClub. On deck there’s a decent sized pool with two whirlpools, paddle tennis and golf cages.
Although Voyager isn’t the most kid-friendly ship, Club Mariner is Regent’s youth program, but it only operates during selected voyages during the summer months (northern hemisphere) and the holiday season. It caters to kids ages five to 17.
There are plenty of options to keep food lovers happy during a long voyage. Compass Rose is the ship’s main dining room which operates on an open seating basis, and serves continental cuisine which changes daily. La Veranda is the casual option, which operates in a buffet style for breakfast and lunch, and part buffet and a la carte for dinner. It also offers the option of al fresco dining.
The two alternatives are Prime 7, an intimate classical American steakhouse which was added in a recent major refurbishment and is by reservation only. The other is Signatures, another venue serving classic cuisine but in this case authentic French, inspired by the legendary Le Cordon Bleu of Paris. This venue is also by reservation only.
The Low Down
If you enjoy luxury, spacious accommodations, a small ship feel yet with big ship amenities, and being spoiled rotten, the Seven Seas Voyager is the ship for you. For a comprehensive all-inclusive experience, it is the one to beat.