8 Reasons Why Regent Seven Seas Cruises Are Worth Every Dollar

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When you’re shopping for a cruise, the first price you see isn’t usually what you pay. If you are constantly worried about extra fees adding up while you’re onboard, it’s not much of a vacation.

No matter which of the more than 450 destinations you’re en route to aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises, it’s not a low-cost ticket. Their voyages start at $2999 per person. But it’s still one of the best values out there. Here’s why.

1. Everything is included for one price. Really.

An industry insider described the added costs of cruising this way: “This is how much you pay to get on the ship, but how much will it cost to get off?”

But the Regent Seven Seas Cruises price covers everything from excursions to airfare and gourmet meals. Try experiencing all that with other luxury cruise lines, and your final bill could easily be higher.


2. You get flights to and from your cruise.

You have to find and book your flights separately for many cruise vacations.

For international travel, Regent Seven Seas Cruises include business class tickets with all the perks — airport lounges, attentive service, food and wine. On domestic itineraries like Alaska, coach airfare is included. Once you land, transfers to your hotel or directly to the ship are also part of the package.


3. You can take unlimited shore excursions.

There are hundreds of included experiences available, from active adventures to excursions that cater to those with limited mobility.

Explore museums, historical towns, art, culture and nature with guidance from local experts. Take a guided pub crawl in Antwerp, Belgium, for example; drive an ATV or birdwatch through Icy Strait Point in Alaska; explore the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, India; see the hilltop villages in Saint-Tropez, France; view ancient oracle centers in Lima, Peru; or visit the orchard region and Cu Chi tunnels in Saigon, Vietnam. And if an excursion books up early, they’ll try to add more sessions so that you don’t “miss the boat.”


4. Smaller ships mean a richer journey.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ vessels are the opposite of mega-cruise ships, allowing for a more personalized, intimate experience with a staff-to-guest ratio of, at most, 1 to 1.5. On Alaska voyages, these 700-passenger ships can get closer to the North Sawyer Glacier and natural waterfalls than large ships can. In the Mediterranean, they can visit less-traveled ports that larger liners can’t access — like Zakynthos, Greece, known as the “Florence of Greece;” secluded Kotor, Montenegro, an UNESCO World Heritage site; or Rijeka, Croatia, home to the Trsat Castle, where guests can catch stunning views of the old city. This aspect appeals to a lot of cruise travelers who have visited a destination before, but want a more in-depth experience this time around.

 


5. Everyone gets a suite.

Smaller ships, bigger accommodations — even the “base” suites are the size of regular hotel rooms, and 98 percent of them come with private balconies — crucial when sailing among Alaska’s glaciers. All suites include a marble bathroom, sitting area, in-suite mini-bar replenished daily, a walk-in closet, L’Occitane or Guerlain bath products, plus a welcome bottle of champagne and fresh fruit. Twenty-four-hour room service is included if you prefer to dine on your balcony and breathe in the sea air between bites.


6. Sophisticated? Yes. Pretentious? No.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises onboard programming features lecturers who provide passionate firsthand accounts and scholarly insights, but thanks to the “elegant casual” dress code, you don’t have to wear a tux to attend. Speakers include television personalities, noted architects and former diplomats. The line’s Alaska cruises often include programs led by a woman who has written guidebooks on the region, for example; Europe voyages might spotlight archaeologists and art or even culinary historians who can bring illuminating detail to each port of call.

The featured scholars stay for the whole voyage, so if you’re lounging by the pool three days after the talk when a question strikes you, chances are you will still have time to ask it.


7. All meals are gourmet.

Offering “some of the best food on the seas” (Travel + Leisure), three onboard restaurants serve a variety of world cuisine (French, Pan-Asian and fine steakhouse fare, for example.) Yes, the whole Maine lobster is included, along with choices like jumbo lump crab cakes, Korean barbecue lamb chops, poached Chilean sea bass and escargot in burgundy-dijon sauce. Every menu has vegetarian options, and vegan, diabetic-friendly, gluten-free and Kosher meals are all available upon request.

Aboard the line’s newest ship Seven Seas Explorer (which the cruise line deems “The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship Ever Built”), guests can also head into town with the Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen at various Mediterranean ports to shop for fresh local ingredients, and then prepare gourmet destination-specific cuisine during a hands-on cooking class.


8. Top shelf drinks are on the house.

That means fine wine and premium spirits, from Montaudon Brut Champagne to Grey Goose. So yes, you can have your Tanqueray and tonic. The mini-bars in suites are stocked with wine, beer and spirits as well. Don’t drink alcohol? The Observation Lounge hosts daily themed tea times (often with live music) so guests can enjoy diverse teas and coffees.


Bottom line: You get what you pay for (and more).

You want an all-inclusive vacation that offers a complete luxury cruise experience? This is the way to go.


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  • arsailman1

    And, the single supplement is how much???

    • BadBoyBruce

      Same as the double price.

  • http://www.travelzoo.com/blog/ Travelzoo Blog

    Here are some special offers on single supplements for select cruises from Regent Seven Seas.

    https://www.rssc.com/specials/details.aspx?Id=84d68a45-b71b-4ccf-9a6d-1195f499bd58

  • Jo Se

    Unless they throw you off like the couple in past week’s news reports who thrown out in Italy because elderly wife had a panic attack.

  • awwoodward

    These fares say they do NOT include airfare on the Barcelona to Miami trip.

  • Jane Manville DeRosia

    Been on every one of their ships and can tell you it is so worth it to us. My husband and I love this line. Next cruise is in 2019 for 85 days on the Mariner in Australia and Asia. Can’t wait!!!

  • Dennis Demereckis

    Please help! When you say starting at $3,000… what destinations were these? All I was able to find were fares ranging from $7,000 and up per person.

    • Kathy M

      I couldn’t either! 🙁

  • http://www.kosherrivercruise.com/ Kate Ostrom

    This sounds great! Maybe I can try going on these cruises once in a while. I think I can really get out of what I paid for based on this article. If you want quality tours just like this one, you can also try out kosher cruises. It’s quite different from this one, but there are also lots of shore stops, and you will learn about Jewish culture and heroism. Trying out new things is always fun!

  • Debbi Martin Fuller

    We had booked a trip to Alaska leaving on June 6th on Mariner, a 7 Seas ship. About 2 weeks ago, I got an EMAIL telling me MY cruise was cancelled! (Evidently, they chartered out the ship for a week and are probably going to make more money on it than the cruise). I called them and was really annoyed that someone hadn’t called me personally to tell me of the change and to help me rebook. I did rebook for a week earlier, but since I had already booked my flights (I wanted to go first class since I had the points and first class is not provided on domestic cruises) I had to call the airlines, wait on hold for over an hour and then had to pay a hefty change fee. It worked out financially because Seven Seas offered a discount for our “inconvenience”. I sure hope the cruise lives up to the hype! I did not know that cruise lines did this. I was told that it is “common practice” – news to me.