Top luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises says it’s investing $125 million to renovate three of its ships, starting this spring with the 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator.
“Seven Seas Navigator will emerge essentially a brand new ship following the upcoming dry dock, with all suite categories, all lounges, the library, casino, boutiques, reception area, and signature restaurants Compass Rose and La Veranda having recently been completely renovated,” says the line. The Seven Seas Voyager will be refit in late 2016 and Seven Seas Mariner in the spring of 2017.
“Seven Seas Navigator is one of our most beloved ships, so it’s fitting that she is the first to undergo this extraordinary refurbishment,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “These renovations will bring a new level of elegance to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, strengthening our position as the undisputed leader in luxury cruising, operating the most luxurious ships at sea.”
The refurbishments on Seven Seas Navigator comprise the first phase of the $125 million renovation project. The ship’s renovations will begin when it enters dry dock in Marseille, France, on March 31. The project will be completed by April 13, when the ship embarks on the 10-night Flawless French Riviera voyage from Barcelona to Rome, with calls across Spain, France, Monaco and Italy.
Some highlights of the refurbishment:
* New designs, furniture, draperies and carpeting will be installed in suites, along with Elite Slumber beds.
* Compass Rose, the ship’s flagship restaurant will be redesigned with “subtle geometric patterns underscored by silver leaf, pewter and antique bronze elements.” Oversized windows run along both sides of the restaurant to provide ocean vistas.
* Galileo Lounge will feature a tempered glass double-door entrance trimmed with an abstract design reminiscent of the solar system and featuring a decorative sun-shaped handle. That theme extends inside the 132-seat cocktail lounge, where a night-black oval-shaped ceiling twinkling with fiber-optic “stars” overlooks the inlaid wooden dance floor.
Following the dry dock, Seven Seas Navigator will spend the summer traversing the Mediterranean and late fall in South Africa. An eight-night cruise from Monte Carlo to Barcelona starts at $6,599 per person, double. Regent’s fares are all-inclusive, covering air fare, shore excursions, all beverages, transfers, gratuities, Wi-Fi and more.
In 2017, Seven Seas Navigator will offer Navigate the World, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ first world cruise in six years. Beginning and ending in Miami, the cruise will circumnavigate the globe in 128 nights, calling on six continents, 31 countries, 62 distinct ports and exploring 29 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Next summer Regent will launch its newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer.