(5 p.m. EST) — Regent Seven Seas Cruises, — which is unveiling Explorer this summer, its most luxurious newbuild ever — is not forgetting existing members of its fleet. The luxury line announced today that it will be investing $125 million to upgrade and refurbish Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner.
The 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator, built in 1999, will be the first of the three current ships to see this benefit. Its dry-dock will be completed in mid-April.
In a tour of the ship in Miami, where passengers were embarking Navigator for a Caribbean cruise, Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Montague spoke with Cruise Critic about the comprehensive nature of the refurbishment project.
“Every single suite and public space will be touched,” he said. He described the overall ambience and mood of the new décor as being “refreshing…a luxurious hotel that’s fresh and comfortable.”
Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner will undergo a similar refurbishment in late 2016 and spring 2017 respectively.
The biggest news? The ship’s Connoisseurs Lounge, the only space where passengers can smoke cigarettes and cigars indoors, will be replaced in a dynamic re-do of the deck 6 public room corridor (after the refurbishment, the only spot to smoke onboard will be a designated area of the pool deck). In its place, Navigator will get the Coffee Connection coffee bar, which its siblings Mariner and Voyager already have. The plush and cozy library will be completely redesigned, with a fireplace-like effect, and moved down the hall. And the Navigator Lounge, across the corridor from the new coffee bar, and a gathering spot for passengers’ morning to night, will get swanky new furnishings.
The Compass Rose, the ship’s main restaurant, will be completely overhauled with a blue and silver scheme throughout, fine china and crystal, and extravagant chandeliers.
All accommodations on the all-suite ship will be transformed with new furnishings, artwork, and even headboards that reflect a more contemporary vibe. Also new: Regent Seven Seas is introducing a new mattress and bedding combo which it calls the Elite Collection, onto Navigator.
In La Veranda, the ship’s top-deck buffet venue, a top-to-bottom transformation will replace stainless steel counters and cramped food areas with more spacious and modern food stations. Tables, chairs and carpets will be replaced.
The ship’s sundeck will have an extensive refurbishment, with new, plush sun loungers replacing the existing metal contraptions. The bar area and ice cream annex will also be refreshed, and the grill section, serving casual meals and salads, will be torn out and replaced a with state-of-the-art new grill.
Other parts of the ship to get an update include the casino, the top-of-the-ship Galileo Lounge, and the passenger services area. In some cases, spots like the Star Bar and the ship’s show lounge have already been given a significant refurbishment, though Regent plans to add small newer touches to those venues as well.
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