Regent Seven Seas Voyager - Overview of Luxury Mid-Sized Cruise Ship
The 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager has a 59 to 1 space per guest ratio, one of the highest of any cruise ship. The crew of 445 provide excellent service, meeting the needs and demands of the passengers 24 hours a day.
The management team of the luxury ship has captured both the intimacy of a small ship and some of the variety of facilities and dining options of a much larger ship. Regent was the first luxury ocean cruise line to feature a completely all-inclusive fare--all-suite accommodations, round-trip air, highly personalized service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, ground transfers and a pre-cruise luxury hotel package for guests staying in concierge-level suites and higher.
The Seven Seas Voyager does not have any rock climbing, ice skating, or bowling alleys, but she does have a pool and plenty of deck space to sit in the sun and enjoy cruising. The Seven Seas Voyager also has a private balcony for every cabin; several interesting, diverse dining venues; fascinating lecturers; fun onboard activities; and an excellent fitness center and spa.
The Seven Seas Voyager and her sister ships in the Regent fleet sail worldwide itineraries. I sailed on a pre-inaugural cruise on the Seven Seas Voyager in March 2003 and again on the 20-day Sydney to Shanghai segment of the 2008 world cruise, covering 5,640 miles and 10 glorious days at sea. The ship featured many onboard activities to keep us entertained and/or informed, and the time flew by.
Seven Seas Voyager Enhancements
Although the Seven Seas Voyager was launched in 2003, she was significantly refurbished in October 2016. Suites were upgraded, a new dining venue (Chartreuse) was added, and other dining venues were enhanced. In addition, most of the other common areas and the spa were updated.
Seven Seas Voyager Suites and Accommodations
All of the cabins on the Seven Seas Voyager are suites, and each has a private balcony, much like the staterooms on her sister ship the Seven Seas Mariner. Once you have sailed with a balcony cabin, you are spoiled forever! The seven different types of suites range in size from the 356 square foot deluxe veranda suite seen in the photo above to the 1,403 square foot master suites. Passengers in category C penthouse suites and above get extra pampering from a butler.
All suites on the Seven Seas Voyager have free unlimited WiFi, a sitting area with a sofa, two chairs, and a small table. The table has a table top that converts it to a dining table for in-suite dining. In addition, each suite has a huge walk-in closet with a safe, a marble bath with a full-size tub and separate shower, a small refrigerator with soft drinks and beer, and a king-sized bed (or 2 twin beds). Those seeking in-suite entertainment have a flat-screen TV with access to several channels and a large library of complimentary movies.
The balcony has two cushioned chairs and a small table, perfect for relaxing with your coffee in the morning and a drink at night. Robes are provided to use while on board, so there's no need to pack one. The suite also has a lighted vanity table and a hairdryer.
Seven Seas Voyager Dining and Cuisine
The Seven Seas Voyager has four primary dining venue options available each day, none with an additional fee. All meals include a complimentary selection of wines and drinks. The Seven Seas Voyager also has a good selection of premium wines for those with more expensive palates.
Anyone sailing on the Seven Seas Voyager should try each of the four restaurants for dinner during their cruise. Since the ship is designed for long voyages and many loyal Regent Seven Seas cruisers sail on the ship for several weeks each year, it is important to have a varied menu and diverse dining venues. I don't believe anyone would ever get bored with these choices.
In addition to the four dinner options, early risers can enjoy coffee and a light breakfast at the Coffee Connection or the Pool Grill. I loved having a fresh fruit smoothie after my morning walks around the deck! The Coffee Connection or the Pool Grill also serve some sort of snacks throughout the day, and the Pool Grill serves sandwiches, burgers, and grilled seafood for lunch.
Dinner on a ship is supposed to be one of the cruise highlights, and the restaurants on the Seven Seas Voyager certainly were. We had time to enjoy the cuisine, relax with wine, get to know new friends, re-live our day, and make plans.
Let's now take a look at each of the main dining venues--the Compass Rose, La Veranda, Prime 7, and Chartreuse--on the Seven Seas Voyager and what makes them special.
Compass Rose Restaurant on the Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Ship
The elegant 422-seat Compass Rose, which is aft on deck 4, is the main dining room on the Seven Seas Voyager. The Compass Rose is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving international cuisine. No reservations are required.
The Compass Rose offers single, open seating dining, allowing passengers to determine when and with whom they wish to dine. The Compass Rose does not take reservations, but with numerous tables for 2, 4, 6, or 8 passengers, it has plenty of flexibility for different sized parties. The evening dress code applies each day at Compass Rose. Dinner is usually served between 6:30 and 9:00 pm, with most passengers arriving between 7 and 8 pm, just in time to dine and catch the evening show.
Although the Compass Rose is very popular for dinner, most passengers on our cruise chose to eat breakfast and lunch at one of the more casual dining restaurants on the Seven Seas Voyager. Dinner at the Compass Rose is always a leisurely, delightful dining experience. The a la carte menu usually includes a choice of three appetizers, two soups (one hot and one cold), two salads, a pasta dish, three main courses (meat, poultry, and seafood), and several desserts. Provisions can also be made for special requests and dietary requirements. In addition to the interesting international cuisine, the menu always includes a vegetarian selection, a "lite" menu, beef fillet, salmon fillet, and chicken breast. Passengers can mix or match items from throughout the menus.
La Veranda Restaurant on the Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Ship
Let's look next at La Veranda, the Seven Seas Voyager casual breakfast and lunch buffet and evening casual restaurant.
La Veranda is found on deck 11 aft and has open seating buffet breakfast and lunch, which can be eaten inside or outside on the deck. Most passengers seemed to choose La Veranda for breakfast and lunch since you could eat quickly or at leisure, depending on your plans.
For dinner, the port side of La Veranda is transformed into Sette Mari, an intimate bistro with Italian specialties and antipasti, all paired with complimentary Italian wines.
Reservations are not taken or required at La Veranda, and the dress code is always casual.
Prime 7 Steakhouse
The Prime 7 steakhouse is a great example of one of America's favorite cuisines--steak and other grilled foods. The venue is very classic, with refined leather chairs and earth tones. Dry aged steaks, chops, lobster, and Alaskan king crab legs are guest favorites. Prime 7 is only open for dinner and reservations are required.
Those who have sailed on Regent Seven Seas' newest ship, the Seven Seas Explorer, will be familiar with Chartreuse, a French venue introduced on the Seven Seas Voyager in November 2016. This new restaurant is in the same space on deck 5 previously occupied by Signatures restaurant. The menu is identical to the one on the Seven Seas Explorer, with specialties such as roasted rack of lamb and poached lobster and scallop ballotine.
Now that we have toured the cabins and dining venues, let's look at some of the common areas on the Seven Seas Voyager and how passengers can spend their days on the luxury cruise ship.
Seven Seas Voyager Common Areas and Activities
The Seven Seas Voyager is a beautiful ship, with many spacious common areas, so everyone can find a place to enjoy their time at sea. Since the ship has such a high space to passenger ratio, it always seems quiet and exactly the way a relaxing ocean cruise should be.
The interior common areas are elegant, comfortable, and grand without being ostentatious. The classic, contemporary look should appeal to most travelers.
As seen in the photo above, the pool is a nice size, and there are always plenty of deck chairs for everyone.
Things to Do Onboard the Seven Seas Voyager
How fast 20 days onboard a luxury ship like the Seven Seas Voyager can pass! The world cruise segment between Sydney, Australia, and Shanghai covered almost 6,000 miles, so we had plenty of time on the ship to explore, relax, and make new friends.
A typical day at sea might start with a walk on the track (7 laps to the mile) followed by a leisurely breakfast outside on the deck. Often we had a morning lecture on maritime history, our ports of call and the Pacific Rim region of the world, or politics. Terry Waite, who was held as a hostage in Lebanon for 1763 days, provided first-hand insight on world politics, and his lectures were usually packed.
Those who wanted to escape the problems of the world while on vacation played board games or bridge. There was also a social dance class in the morning, activities outside on the deck, or classes in the fitness or computer center.
Of course, many passengers used the time at sea to read, write emails and letters back home, have a spa treatment, or sit in the sun by the pool. When sailing on a gorgeous, luxurious ship like the Seven Seas Voyager, it doesn't matter how you decide to pass the time. Every activity (or no activity) is either educational, memorable, or relaxing.
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