By Nancy Kivlen, Director of Leisure, Carefree Vacations
In all my years in the travel industry, I have never experienced the kind of elegance, grace and panache that embodied the spirit of Regent’s brand new Explorer ship. No detail was left unattended – the ship is beyond impressive.
I was one of the fortunate travel industry attendees to experience The Explorer before its inaugural sailing out of Monte Carlo in early July.
The ship departed Barcelona on a hot, humid day and set sail for the Cote d’Azur in France.
My stateroom was in one of the lower categories, yet it was bigger and more luxurious than other top-rated ships I’ve sailed on staying in a Penthouse Suite. That’s right – this verandah suite was large, well appointed, had a marble, double-sink bathroom with both a bathtub and shower. It had a walk in closet, separate sitting area, bar and vanity. Not to mention a large balcony.
As I wined and dined in Regent’s specialty restaurants, each meal was Epicurean and provided a visual feast. Even the plates were designed by Versace. Prime 7 was my favorite: having the single best filet of my life coupled with a lobster tail. The popcorn ice cream was a hit as well.
And did I mention the staff on board? Each person, from the dining to the stateroom staff took great pride in what Regent created and looked forward to serving the guests. They went above and beyond, exceeding expectations and creating an experience for each guest.
On the day we explored Regent’s beautiful suites, I was blown-away by the luxury and magnificence of each suite. One cannot envision such luxury until you see it for yourself. The largest Regent Suite, was 4400 square feet! This suite had a spa and Jacuzzi along with several bedrooms and a grand piano.
But if $10,000 per night is above your price range, don’t worry – there were plenty of other, lower priced luxury suites
I had the opportunity to explore the South of France and Sardinia on Regent’s complimentary shore excursions. These were enjoyable and provided an opportunity to see the sights hassle-free. Again, every detail was taken care of and the guides were friendly and informative. The fact that Regent’s itineraries often visit smaller ports, avoiding busy and crowded places adds to the ambience of the journey.
My immersion at sea on the Explorer was a reminder that all our senses can be stimulated beyond the imagination. For any cruiser wishing to experience a new level of luxury, I can enthusiastically recommend the Explorer. It is the newest evolution in luxury and the only viable option for anyone who wants to have it all.
Regent’s Explorer Ship takes luxury to a whole new level. Book an all-inclusive Regent Cruise with one of our Regent Travel Experts and receive $400 in shipboard Credit. Prices on the new Explorer start as low as $5500 per person for 10 days.
Tags: All-inclusive, Cruise, Cuisine, Culture, Europe, Food, Food and wine, Luxury, Regent Seven Seas, Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Spa, Tour
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