Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Seven Seas Explorer

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Eva Morreale March 15, 2023

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Ship Overview

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Cruise StyleLuxury
Ship SizeMidsize
Prince Range$$$$
Sails To Santorini
Sails From Athens
Duration7-9 Days

Regent Seven Seas is known for its unparalleled luxury, bespoke details, and grandiose, VIP service. Incredible, plush rooms, elevated cuisine, and all-star service can be yours, though not for anything resembling a bargain. Beyond all the amazing luxuries on board, Regent’s greatest calling card might be its actual customers—over and over, you’ll hear a certain phrase be uttered from Regent customers on their 5th, 10th, and yes, 20th even, voyage.Read More

“Oh, you’re ruined forever.”

Regent Cruises proffer one of the most luxurious experiences at sea. The A-list experience feels more in line with what you’d expect from an intimate yacht, not a traditional cruise ship. With no more than 750 guests on board, you’re never left staking out for a pool chair or fighting for room in a jacuzzi. There’s never a stray child sans parent running down the Lido deck as Regent caters to a more mature crowd. And staff is always friendly, helpful, and great with remembering guests’ names. Your ticket even includes a personal concierge.

The Seven Seas Explorer is Regent’s newest ship, (the Grandeur will set sail in late 2023). Design-wise, the ship has an understated regality that dazzles without being in your face. Colorful art lines the halls, but rooms are peaceful and invoke almost Old Hollywood with touches of silver, black, and white. A breathtaking, giant chandelier and double-L staircase take center stage in the middle of the ship, and spaces both big and small, intimate and inviting can be found all over the ship.

If you’re looking for a truly relaxed, opulent experience, Seven Seas Explorer is the ship for you. Just don’t expect adventure travel or hyper-unique excursions here, as guests are mainly retirees looking to be pampered not necessarily experience an adrenaline rush. If you get antsy easily, or need a lot to do on-board, this isn’t the right sail for you either.


A more mature average customer = a very quiet, tranquil voyage. Most areas on the ship are library-like quiet at all times
Business class air for long-haul intercontinental flights is included for suites
All 373 suites include a balcony
Walking tours make up the bulk of the excursion offerings
On board entertainment skews a bit mature as well—think historical lectures and magic shows, which is cool if that’s your thing
The pool area, on the smaller side, is a bit underwhelming

What to expect on board

Staterooms & Cabins

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All 373 on the Explorer boast spacious closets, high-end finishes, plush furnishings, wildly comfortable bedding, and those aforementioned balconies. Even those in the ships smallest offering, the 307 ft. Veranda suite receive cushy digs, with marble details, plenty of counter space, and tiny but memorable touches like leather headboards, dramatic drapery to separate quarters, and sturdy (but still elegant!) patio furniture. Highlights include Regent’s very posh version of turn-down service (no detail is spared) and complimentary laundry service.

You’ll be greeted with a full-size welcome bottle of champagne and fruit, plus free access to Wi-Fi, L’Occitane minis, and a daily mini-bar reset (those beverages are included in your all-inclusive drink package!).

Overall, accessibility within suites gets an A. No features within the room felt overwhelming or required a user manual to understand, balcony doors have a built-in safety mechanism (to avoid getting locked out), and rooms are sleek and navigable. However, those with mobility issues and/or wheelchair users might find the smallest Explorer suite offering, the Veranda suite, a bit too small or cramped. Our advice? Go with the Deluxe Veranda or bigger.

Food and Drink

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Dining options on the Explorer hit that elusive sweet spot of having enough exciting, fresh, and high-end dining experiences, while still having your basic crowd-pleasing fare for nibbling by the pool.

With three main luxury dining experiences for dinner—the transportive Prime 7, an old-school steakhouse worthy of the Rat Pack, the elegant Pacific Rim, a Pan-Asian inspired eatery, and stylish (down to the Versace flatware) Chartreuse, a French-fusion brasserie–there’s a bit of something for everyone.

In total, there are 11 options on board for dining, with all options included in the all-inclusive experience.

One of the best is Coffee Connection, which not only included a modest but tasty continental-style breakfast spread daily, but made the necessary daily coffee run a fabulous errand—like visiting a warm and cozy Roman coffee bar every day.

Sample menus for all restaurants can be found online, but that won’t make it easy to decide where to have dinner. Reservations do have to be made in advance for Prime 7, Pacific Rim, and Chartreuse.

Daily, you’ll be impressed by the stately spin on “boring” cruise fare like pizza and burgers. But ironically, there’s room for improvement on Regent’s seafood dishes, particularly at Pan-Asian eatery Pacific Rim. A seemingly exciting tempura lobster dish was rubbery and overly oily, and a crudo dish tasted bland and not as fresh as expected. Where the Explorer really shines is the classics, all things meat and potatoes—gourmet style.

Bars on-board are expectedly refined and sleek with three main options for imbibing. Seek out the the most elegant and formal option, the Observation Lounge, where floor-to-ceiling windows make for incredible seascape views, and a piano player tickles the ivories with themed evenings (Billy Joel Standards and Classics is especially memorable) throughout the sailing. Consider yourself the karaoke king (or queen?) Duck into the more casual and intimate Explorer Lounge for sing-alongs and a jovial atmosphere. It’s also conveniently located directly across from the ship’s casino. Fancy a rousing round of Balderdash? The Meridian Lounge hosts fun and games and is a perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink. All bars offer their own unique menus and stock a variety of mid to top shelf spirits which are all included in your ticket price. If you’re a fan of ultra premium or rare whiskeys and cognacs you’ll likely find them on-board, but for an extra cost.


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If that aforementioned rousing game of Balderdash is your idea of a fun night out then this is the ship for you. Expect the kind of entertainment to be of a certain age.

Now, that doesn’t mean it’s boring. Take the standing ovation a 25+ Regent cruiser recieved after performing the Piano Man classic, “Always a Woman.” We wholeheartedly recommend the Explorer Lounge on board for karaoke and conversation, but if that isn’t your cup of tea, the casino on board will do the trick.

The Today Show-like daily segment the Cruise Director staff put on every day made it easy (and fun!) to know the daily ongoings on board, plus a handy newsletter left in your room every evening set you up for success with a list of options with descriptions. The stately Constellation Theater featured daily talks and History Channel-like deep dives on archeology and antiques. By night there’s a rotating round of recent popular film screenings, lectures, and surprisingly delightful magic shows.

The Observation Lounge became an elegant piano bar by sundown, with couples swaying to oldies and standards by moonlight.

Regent definitely knows its audience, and while none of the entertainment could be classified as high octane, it’s all a fun, old-school bonus.

Spa & Fitness

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Regent Seven Seas partners with Serene Spa and Wellness for its boutique spa services on board with the Explorer placing an emphasis on hydrothermal experiences. Free daily use of the spa is included, but services like massages and facials are an out-of-pocket expense.

Even if you only spent your time on board enjoying those complimentary services, it would still be an incredibly relaxing, unique, and yes, serene experience.

The hydrothermal suites are single sex and divided into two main areas—one for services, and one for spa use. Included are a steam room, dry sauna room, and an “experience shower”, which despite the confusing name was an experience. Toggle through varying temperatures, timed up to lighting cues and water pressure intensity and emerge feeling relaxed and refreshed. The spa offers dozens of luxe services with the standard Swedish massage being an absolute highlight. But it doesn’t stop there. Manicures, pedicures, waxing, and cuts and blowouts can be arranged as well.

Retire after your services to the deck (the spa is thoughtfully anchored at the rear of the ship) where you can watch the sunset from the spa’s private plunge pool, catching dolphins in the distance.

Key cruising tips

Health & Safety

According to Regent’s website, “Subject to local requirements, all guests are welcome with no tests required, regardless of vaccination status.” Regent updates guests within 30 days of sailing if specific vaccination requirements are enforced for their specific destination.

Overall cleanliness was a complete non-issue, with both public areas and rooms feeling clean and sanitized.

Check-in at the time (September 2022) included a temperature and vaccination status check, as well as a recent negative Antigen test. The ship also includes a robust health center for on-board emergencies and screenings.

Dress Code

The recommended dress code onboard is “Elegant Casual” (in other words, leave the sweats at home). Casual wear—jeans, tee shirts, shorts, tennis shoes are considered inappropriate after 6 p.m.

Stick to a wardrobe of blouses or dress shirts (and dresses), mix and match slacks that can be dressed up or down, a pair or two of formal footwear, and you’ll be good to go on board.

Junior Cruisers

Regent has a Club Mariner program on board select sailings for children ages 5-17. When booking, inquire first, don’t assume it’s on your specific sailing dates.

That being said, 9/10 children would feel uncomfortable and/or out of place on a Regent cruise.


Service is truly unparalleled, with staff eager to address passengers by name. recognizing guests by name throughout the sailing. Having a personal concierge does make any guest feel like a VIP though. Housekeeping keeps all rooms top notch and impeccable throughout the duration of the cruise, and the complimentary laundry service is a necessary and thoughtful touch.

Service in the Explorer’s restaurants is exceptional across the board, with friendly and knowledgeable wait staff eager to assist.



Gratuity is included in all services and amenities on Regent cruises, but cash tips are always greatly appreciated.

The only place where gratuity is not included is the spa.


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Passenger Capacity
Crew Members
Passengers to Crew Ratio
Gross Tons
102 feet
735 feet

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