By Staff Writer
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) has announced that Seven Seas Explorer, trademarked as The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built, will sail around Australia and New Zealand as part of her 2020/21 season for the first time since debuting in 2016.
Seven Seas Explorer will enter Australian waters for the first time on the 28th December 2020, visiting Darwin before she sails down to Sydney on the 6th January 2021. All up, nine entirely all-inclusive itineraries exploring regional waters throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and The South Pacific from November 2020 until April 2021 will be on offer, with several of the voyages departing from or disembarking in Sydney during her inaugural local season.
These include the 17-night Singapore to Sydney ‘Balinese Celebration’ sailing; the 15-night Sydney to Auckland ‘Majesty of Milford’ cruise; the 14-night Auckland to Sydney ‘Grandeur of New Zealand’ sailing; the 18-night Sydney to Bali ‘Koalas to Komodos’ cruise; and a 15-night sailing from Bali to Hong Kong on the ‘Radiance Of Thailand’ cruise. Select sailings also offer a free three-night pre- or post-cruise land program to deliver guests an even more immersive experience.
With over USD $450 million spent on building the exclusive, 375 suite ship, the Vice President of Sales, Australia & New Zealand at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Lisa Pile, said Seven Seas Explorer was built “for the 1-percenters. With no expense spared, every detail was meant to create an everlasting impression on her guests.”
To that end, the ship features over an acre of marble, an almost unfathomable US$7 million art collection, and one of the biggest suites at sea.
“We are incredibly excited to be able to share her unrivalled elegance with local Australian and New Zealand travellers as part of her inaugural season, and to give them a taste of what a truly all-inclusive, luxury cruise ship offers.”
Pile added that among the things that set Seven Seas Explorer apart from the droves of other cruise liners at sea is her spacious, all-balcony and all-suite accommodation, free gourmet dining across all her restaurants, free fine wines and premium spirits, free unlimited shore excursions in every port of call – and a near one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio so guests can expect unrivalled personalised service – all of which are included in Regent’s all-inclusive fare.
Seven Seas Explorer’s suites feature top of the line European beds, marble bathrooms, luxury amenities from L’Occitane, Bvlgari, Guerlain and Hermes, some of the biggest verandas at sea and a mini-bar that is replenished daily, free-of-charge.
And as the absolute pinnacle is the Regent Suite, which features two bedrooms, a living room and a dining room, 2 rare Picasso lithographs, a USD $250,000 custom Steinway piano designed by Dakota Jackson, an in-suite spa retreat – including heated tile loungers, sauna, and a hot tub on the veranda – unlimited in-suite treatments from the ship’s Canyon Ranch spa and a private car with driver in every port.
Guests are free to choose from one of the ship’s seven on-board speciality restaurants on a whim, each and every day, with no additional cover charges. From laidback al fresco lunches at the Pool Grill and succulent steaks in the sophisticated Prime 7, to the zen-like surrounds of Pan-Asian newcomer Pacific Rim and more.
Those looking to sharpen their skills in the kitchen also have the chance to learn from top chefs in Seven Seas Explorer’s exclusive Culinary Arts Kitchen – a new onboard offering for RSSC – or savour the authentic local flavours onshore during one of the bespoke Gourmet Explorer Tours. RSSC is also the only cruise line offering unlimited shore excursions in every port.
For more information on Seven Seas Explorer’s Australasian itineraries, visit: www.rssc.com/explorer2020-21