Newly refurbished Seven Seas Mariner returns to local waters
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ (RSSC) all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner,which underwent a bow-to-stern refurbishment earlier this year, commenced her 2018-19 season in local waters last week, visiting Auckland as her first regional ports-of-call.
Following a 20-day drydock in Chantier Naval de Marseille earlier this year, the newly refurbished Seven Seas Mariner now offers new culinary experiences in newly redesigned restaurants, a redesigned pool deck, a remodelled library, new suite designs and a dramatic, elegant new ambience for all guest spaces.
A highlight of her 2018-19 Australasian season is the 36-night Grand Voyage sailing, which circumnavigates the coast of Australia. Departing from Sydney, this all-inclusive journey will feature an Australian-orientated enrichment program, including an exclusive performance by Opera Australia in the intimate Constellation Theater and several other exclusive lectures provided by renowned experts from the likes of Australia Zoo and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
She will also complete a 20-night Sydney to Singapore sailing, visiting destinations ranging from Airlie Beach and Cairns to Papua New Guinea, Komodo and Bali, Broome, Tasmania, Kangaroo Island and more.
“Since launching our regional headquarters in Sydney three years ago, we pride ourselves on leading the luxury cruise sector in Australia and New Zealand with our all-inclusive approach, including free unlimited shore excursions in over 450 ports. Our dedicated local sales and marketing team are also working closer than ever with local travel agent partners to deliver uncompromising service and personalised experiences to the most discerning of travellers,” said Mr. Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
“2018 has been an exciting year for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, with the completion of our US$125 million-dollar refurbishment program ushering in a new era of opulence for luxury cruising. We are excited to have both Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator in our region this 18/19 season for some 75 days, and will also be a great taste of what’s to come with the arrival of The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™, Seven Seas Explorer, into local waters for the first time in 2020 – highlighting Regent Seven Seas Cruises commitment to growing its presence in Australia & New Zealand,” added Mr Odell.
In addition to Seven Seas Mariner’s stunning local itineraries, Seven Seas Navigator will also explore the region this season with a 36-night Sydney to Singapore Exotic Ancient Seas voyage visiting destinations including the Whitsundays, Philippines’ islands, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Ko Samui and more; as well as a 24-night Great Barrier Reef and Coral Seas adventure from Sydney to Hong Kong via the Whitsundays, Philippines and Indonesia.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests enjoy free unlimited shore excursions in every port, unlimited internet access, highly personalised service, a remarkable staff to guest ratio of 1:1.6, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and premium spirits and prepaid gratuities as part of their cruise fare. Guests staying in concierge-level suites and above also receive a one-night pre-cruise hotel package.
Background on Seven Seas Mariner Refurbishment
Another highlight of Seven Seas Mariner’s refurbishment includes a total redesign of all her restaurants, encompassing enhanced décor, furnishings and fine art. The spectacular steakhouse Prime 7 now shows off a sculptural ceiling light fixture, pillow-backed chairs and sapphire walls; and flagship favourite, Compass Rose, has been reimagined with a customisable menu and glamorous new look, thanks to bold blue furnishings and a glamorous crystal chandelier.
Seven Seas Mariner’s pool deck has also been restyled with a new open layout, teak flooring and a mosaic-tiled pool featuring a broad lounging ledge in shallow water, and numerous plush daybeds. In addition, The Pool Grill has expanded its lunch menu with plenty of options prepared from the new infrared barbeque grills and will also commence serving dinner to provide a more relaxed, casual-style dining option aboard for guests.
Inside, all public spaces have been given a fresh new look, including the reception area and atrium, while the library has been completely remodelled with cream furnishings, rich timber shelving and a copper chandelier. The Card Room, Boutiques and Casino have all been revamped, and additional sun loungers have been added to outdoor decks to take advantage of spectacular sunsets. In the iconic Canyon Ranch® Spa, treatment rooms now feature pebble-stone tiles and pale timber accents, while the fitness centre offers new state-of-the-art equipment.
For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises® or to receive a brochure, guests can call 0800 625 692 (NZ), visit www.rssc.com, or contact your preferred Travel Agent.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® is the world’s most inclusive luxury experience with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. Regent Seven Seas Cruises® underwent a US$125 million fleetwide refurbishment that elevated the level of elegance found throughout the fleet to the standard set by Seven Seas Explorer®, which entered service on July 20, 2016, and has since been recognised as the most luxurious ship ever built™. The cruise line’s next industry game-changing ship Seven Seas Splendor® will launch in 2020. A leader in luxury cruising, the line’s fares include all-suite accommodations, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, transfers and one-night, pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher.