It is over ten years since Regent launched a new ship, so they are naturally very excited! News about Seven Seas Explorer is being drip-fed to the market, and we have lots to tell you. But before that, just a few words about the existing product.

In the years since Seven Seas Voyager was launched, in 2003, the company has not stood still. Following the 2009 market crash, they introduced free shore excursions as an exciting new booking incentive, and contrary to the expectations of many, made it into a roaring success. Their extensive choice of excursions to suit all tastes and levels of agility, including some very attractively subsidised paid-for options, have been enthusiastically embraced by inquisitive travellers, and slick organisation on board, including effective communication between the tours department and the hotel department, means that large numbers of guests are despatched smoothly without queues or hassle. Likewise the on board product has been improved, with upgraded alternative dining options including the casual Italian Sette Mari in the evenings. Regular refurbishment programmes have kept the public rooms fresh and contemporary, whilst the spacious suites continue to delight.

Dining has always been a key feature of the Regent ships, with many options available, so we are looking forward to seeing the new French restaurant, Chartreuse, on board the Explorer, which will feature a classic French menu with a modern twist, and Parisian style. The artnouveau décor includes sculpted Chartreuse glass surrounded by metallic and crystalline frames on one side and floor-to-ceiling windows separated by metal filigree screens on the other, and a silver-leafed ceiling interspersed with dramatic gold-bordered black lacquered lines. A stylish garden area at the back gives a courtyard feel. The new-style Chartreuse menu will be rolled out to the rest of the fleet in summer 2016, replacing Signatures.

Because dining has always been such an important feature of Regent's offering, the introduction of the Culinary Arts Kitchen is no surprise. Eighteen individual cooking stations are available for guests to join a range of individual classes with hands-on training using state of the art equipment. The instruction will range from healthy cooking to fish and shellfish preparation, from perfect food and wine pairings for entertaining to delectable mini-desserts. Meanwhile elsewhere on board, there is focus on an enticing new pool deck with rich teak, natural stone and marble, to create an area which is both modern and embracing, with inviting deck furniture, an expansive pool, two hot tubs and an adjacent Pool Grill. We also welcome plans to keep the deck area alive into the evenings, for al fresco relaxation after the sun sets.

The latest news about the new Canyon Ranch spa includes some amazing artist's impressions of what promises to be a particularly enticing area, including infinity pool. Furthermore, some great new treatments have been developed so a visit to the spa will be a must. The inviting Meridian Lounge on deck 5 features a rosewood parquet dance floor and tinystage that will host live musical performances, so this is a perfect location to enjoy a cocktail, take in the views, or enjoy an intimate show.

The countdown continues with just a year to go, so watch this space for more news about Seven Seas Explorer in the months to come.


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Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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