Elegance at Sea
Imagine waking up every morning in an ultra- comfortable Hästens bed, throwing open the balcony doors and inhaling deep breaths of restorative sea air. Next, you head outside to enjoy a leisurely coffee and indulgent breakfast al fresco, or start your day right with an invigorating workout at the fitness centre. After that, you revel in the freedom of knowing that an exciting day of discovery — wherever your interests may lie — await at the next port of call.
If that sounds like your idea of a perfect vacation, then set sail with Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Splendor, which takes to the high seas in February 2020. The all-suite, all- balcony ship is a beauty from bow to stern, but for the ultimate luxury cruise experience, opt for a stay in the Regent Suite. At 4,443sqft, it is 20 times larger than the average cruise ship stateroom, can accommodate up to six guests, and comes well- appointed with a whole host of amenities. These include its own in-suite spa retreat featuring a personal steam room and treatment area with unlimited spa treatments; a comprehensive bar setup with your own butler to mix you your favourite tipple; and a glass-enclosed solarium where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean.
In the master bedroom, you’ll find a custom-made, king-sized Hästens Vividus bed, which has taken four master artisans about 300 hours of labour over 18 months to build in the Hästens workshop in Köping, Sweden. With a pinewood frame, steel springs and layers of flax, horsetail hair, as well as cotton and wool batting, it promises a wonderful night of rest after you’ve spent a day out exploring.
It might be tempting to spend most of your time in a suite as grand as this, but don’t forget that about all the other little luxuries Seven Seas Splendor has included on-board: You can enjoy Mediterranean flavours at Sette Mari restaurant in a stunning, over-water alcove setting; drink your fill of champagne; or watch one of five lavishly staged musical productions in the ship’s four entertainment lounges, produced by Regent’s talented team of choreographers, writers and directors.
There’ll be opportunities aplenty to explore a new destination, too. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the only cruise line that offers the largest collection of unlimited shore excursions in every port, carefully curated to indulge every passion — whether that’s food and wine, or art and architecture.
Exclusive to the inaugural season of Seven Seas Splendor are the Gourmet Explorer Tours, which might take you to a local market to hunt down exotic spices, a breathtaking
estate to sample delicious wines or to a few restaurants to savour gourmet meals expertly prepared by renowned chefs.
Seven Seas Splendor will sail around Europe during her inaugural season next year. Departing May 28, for instance, is a 7-night itinerary that allows guests to view Antoni Gaudi’s stunning one-of-a-kind architecture; take in the rocky valleys and sleepy villages of Mallorca; explore the maze of open-air markets and fountains in Toulon’s Old Town; experience the energetic nightlife of Monte Carlo and much more.
Nature lovers can consider the 10-night Istanbul to Venice cruise, departing October 14, which would allow you to get up close and personal with the undulating hills and olive trees in Lesbos; take in breathtaking views of whitewashed houses perching perilously on the side of the caldera in Santorini; and check out the marvel-paved squares and cobblestone streets in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik.
In the evening, rest easy knowing that you will be returning to the creature comforts of Seven Seas Splendor, before waking up to another exciting day of exploration.