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Regent Seven Seas Grandeur

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

The third ship in Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Explorer Class is just as elegant and polished as her older sisters, 2016’s Seven Seas Explorer and 2020’s Seven Seas Splendor. If you love the impeccable design and luxurious amenities of those ships, 746-guest Seven Seas Grandeur, which debuted in November 2023, offers an equally curated cruise experience. If you’re new to the Regent brand, you’ll find yourself vacationing on one of the most beautiful luxury vessels at sea. Every space has been expertly conceived to create a refined on-board ambiance that blends traditional craftsmanship with strikingly contemporary flourishes and artwork. Add in gourmet cuisine, upscale boutiques, indulgent beauty and wellness treatments, and classy bars and lounges and the result is a ship that surrounds its guests in an aura of sophistication. Plus, Seven Seas Grandeur has the distinction of being the first cruise ship in the world to house a one-of-a-kind Fabergé Egg objet. Called “Journey in Jewels” it was created especially for Regent by the famed London-based jeweler to royalty.

What We Love

The Exquisite Interior Design: There’s so much sparkle and shine on this ship — from glittering chandeliers (the ship has 503) to eye-catching marble mosaics (there’s over 308,000 pounds of stone) — that there isn’t a bad spot to have someone take your photo. The ship’s interiors were designed by Miami-based Studio DADO, and the main public spaces on decks 4 and 5 are show-stoppers. These include the Reception atrium, the Meridien Lounge, the Grandeur Lounge, and the Compass Rose main restaurant, where crystal-covered white pillars arc upwards across the ceiling, creating an enchanted forest-like feel. The décor in the three main specialty restaurants — Pacific Rim, Chartreuse, and Prime 7 — is superb down to the finest detail, especially the stunning tableware. Both Chartreuse and Prime 7 feature a refreshed interior décor that’s lighter and more modern than on Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Explorer — although both dining venues still evoke a vintage Paris and New York vibe, respectively. The jewel-inspired light fixtures in Chartreuse are especially eye-catching.

The Spacious Suites: Every guest on board Seven Seas Grandeur enjoys the suite life in spacious accommodations decorated in a timeless neutral palette and featuring a private veranda. The ship’s 10 suite categories range from 219-square-foot Veranda Suites with an 88-square-foot balcony to the unparalleled Regent Suite, which at 3,026 square feet plus a 1,417-square-foot wrap-around balcony with a Tresse Minipool, features two bedrooms, a private in-suite spa, two original Picasso lithographs, and a handmade $200,000 Hastens Vividus mattress. Superior and Concierge Suites, at 332 square feet plus an 83-to-132-square-foot balcony, are spacious and light-filled with a walk-in closet and a large marble bathroom with a tub, double vanity, and roomy glass-enclosed shower. Five other suite categories — Penthouse Suites, Seven Seas Suites, Grandeur Suites, Grand Suites, and Master Suites — offer 450 square feet to 1,114 square feet of indoor space and all feature a massive outdoor veranda.

The Art Collection: Valued at more than $6 million, the 1,600 pieces of art on board Seven Seas Grandeur are on display in both the ship’s public and private spaces. A highlight is the exquisite “Journey in Jewels” Fabergé Egg featured in the main reception area on deck 5. Adorned with diamonds, opals, and an “ocean spray” of white pearls, and painstakingly enameled in ocean-inspired shades of blue and lustrous pink, it represents the natural wonders of the sea. Guests can also admire large works by Robert Rauschenberg, Roberto Matta, and Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, as well as a soaring, 40-foot-long hand-woven tapestry by Brazilian artist Walter Goldfarb called “The Enchanted Tree.” At the entrance to the ship’s Asian-fusion restaurant Pacific Rim, guests are greeted by a custom bronze and glass Bonsai Cherry Tree sculpture by Savoy Studios. In addition to these public works, The Study, the private dining room for Regent Suite guests, features an original work by Joan Miró.

Best Known For

Superb Specialty Dining: Seven Seas Grandeur offers eight dining experiences, and Regent has introduced 130 new dishes — many inspired by its culinary team’s tours in the South of France and Italy’s Puglia region — and enhanced guest favorites across seven venues. Chartreuse serves some of the most satisfying French cuisine at sea, including steak tartare and caviar and seared Barbary duck breast with glazed turnips, while Sette Mari at La Veranda offers a menu centered on authentic Italian flavors. The choices at Pacific Rim, which range from crispy softshell crab tempura to Korean-style barbecue lamb chops, will have you wanting to sample it all, while the newly redesigned Prime 7 delivers one of the chicest steakhouse experiences on a cruise ship. A plus: Both Chartreuse and Prime 7 are open for lunch on certain days, offering an elevated mid-day option.

All-Inclusive Ease: While luxury cruise lines are generally more inclusive than premium and mainstream lines, Regent is known for being the most inclusive. Its cruise fares, while undeniably lofty, offer excellent value in that they cover not only all specialty dining and beverages, but also airfare, a pre-cruise hotel stay (for guests in Concierge Suites and above), transfers, crew gratuities, Wi-Fi, valet laundry service, and unlimited shore excursions.

Culinary Arts Kitchen: The Culinary Arts Kitchen on board Seven Seas Grandeur offers a state-of-the-art spot to explore global cuisines and practice a variety of techniques at individual cooking stations during onboard classes, which are complemented by special culinary-themed shore excursions. 

Innovative Pampering: Regent’s Serene Spa & Wellness has expanded its offerings on Seven Seas Grandeur with the addition of two new treatments that utilize a unique amber and quartz crystal bed. The spa also offers an innovative Zero Gravity Wellness Massage using a table that suspends the body for a zero-gravity effect. All guests can access the Hydrothermal Suite’s infrared sauna, multisensory aromatherapy steam room, chill room, and experiential showers, as well as the three whirlpools on the adjacent aft spa deck.

Who It's Best For

Affluent World Travelers: Given its luxury pricing, Regent attracts guests who are generally successful professionals or retirees with a passion for fine food and wine, an appreciation for art, and a curiosity about global cultures. They are mostly couples, sometimes groups of like-minded friends, and occasionally multi-generational families (mostly during the summer and holiday periods).

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Nightlife is Understated: Most Regent guests don’t party until the wee hours and the evening entertainment in the three lounges tends to be understated (piano music, a pop duo, classic big band tunes); there’s also a small casino. While the cruise line has created four new musical productions for Seven Seas Grandeur, don’t expect these shows in the Constellation Theatre to be as innovative as those on larger mainstream ships. “Marauder’s Ball,” the pirate-themed show on our inaugural sailing, was a let-down — although the dance-inspired “Pasión” and “Ignite the Night” and the VIP concert experience-inspired ICONS that will rotate during Seven Seas Grandeur sailings do sound more exciting. Depending on the itinerary, Regent is also known for having guest entertainers onboard for one-night shows.

Whirlpools Have Replaced the Aft Infinity Pool: The infinity-edge pool that’s featured on the aft spa terrace of both Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor has been replaced by a trio of whirlpools. While this may be a better fit for guests, the unique experience of floating as the glass-walled infinity edge blends with the ship’s frothy wake and the blue horizon has been lost.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger
Cruise Expert