Seven Seas Mariner will return to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest in April 2018 following a 20-day drydock that will mark the final phase of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ $125 million fleet refurbishment program. The drydock, which will take place at Chantier Naval de Marseille, will add new culinary experiences, new suite designs, and refreshed modern guest spaces.
To celebrate the refurbishment, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a three-category upgrade aboard the ship’s 10- and 11-night, 2018 Alaska itineraries for any new bookings made before March 31, 2018. Guests booking a Deluxe Veranda Suite will be upgraded to a Concierge Suite, and receive Concierge-level amenities, such as a free one-night, pre-cruise hotel package. Travel agents also receive a $250 gift card for every new booking on eligible voyages, departing May 6, June 20 and 30, August 22, September 2 and 12, 2018, or a $100 gift card for any new seven-night 2018 Alaska voyage booking.
As part of the project Seven Seas Mariner’s pool deck will receive the most comprehensive redesign, with a new open layout and teak flooring throughout. The centerpiece is a new mosaic-tiled pool, featuring a broad ledge for lounging in shallow water. Guests can enjoy expanded lunch selections, including steaks, chops, salmon, chicken and sausage, offered a la minute from new infrared barbeque grills and new buffet bars at the Pool Grill.
The ship’s atrium, corridors and guest spaces will all receive new carpeting, art, furniture and décor. Additionally, the Coffee Connection, Card Room, boutiques, and the Casino will all be completely revamped from the steel up. A remodeled Library will have dark-wood bookshelves contrasted against cream furnishings, crowned by a copper-adorned chandelier, while the Connoisseur Club cigar lounge will be redone in a cobalt-and-silver color scheme. Additionally, the flooring on the Deck 6 Promenade will be replaced with new teak.
The shipboard Canyon Ranch SpaClub will also receive a soothing new design, with pebble-stone tiles and light wood accents in the treatment rooms. The adjoining fitness and aerobics center also will see new machines and equipment.
In terms of accommodations, the ship’s suites will receive décor like the Regent Elite Slumber bed with plush, padded leather headboard. Suites’ private balconies or sitting areas will be furnished with a sofa, accent table and new artwork. All suites have walk-in closets and oversized, marble-accented bathrooms with L’Occitane amenities.
The renovation project will also add a number of new culinary experiences, including a redesigned Compass Rose flagship restaurant with grand crystal chandeliers, recessed ceiling lights, leather chairs, and cobalt blue drapes accenting the restaurant’s oversized windows. Compass Rose will also serve a recently introduced menu.
Regent’s new Chartreuse specialty restaurant also will be installed during the ship’s refurbishment and debut a modern French menu. First introduced aboard Seven Seas Explorer, Chartreuse’s menu of French fare will be complemented with new furnishings, china, flooring and décor elements that aim to evoke memories of a fine Parisian restaurant. Additionally, the Prime 7 classic steakhouse will be reimagined with a new design in a blue and tan color scheme.
The refurbished Seven Seas Mariner will sail in Alaska on 15 seven, 10- and 11-night itineraries, which alternate departures from Vancouver and Seward. The itineraries will include an average of 44 free and unlimited shore excursions.
Seven Seas Mariner’s 2018 drydock refurbishment will conclude Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ $125 million refurbishment program, which is aimed at bringing the luxury cruise line’s fleet to the standard set by its newest ship, the Seven Seas Explorer. In early 2020, Regent will launch another new luxury cruise ship, the Seven Seas Splendor.