The sumptuous life and times of Regent Seven Seas Explorer, officially ‘the world’s most luxurious cruise ship’: Wine, dine, live in luxury: See the new Channel 5 documentary starting August 23: And as a Member of CountryClubuk you can save up to 53% on your cruise

If ever a luxury cruise ship started life at the top of the ‘rich list’, the £350 million Seven Seas Explorer is the one. Built in Genoa, Italy, christened by a Princess in Monaco in 2016, she is ‘the most luxurious ship ever built’—an accolade based on the millions of pounds she cost per suite, exceptional space-to-passenger ratio and crew-to-passenger ratio. So celebrated was her launch that the Explorer was even the subject of a Channel 5 TV documentary—with a new series about her life and times just beginning.


With artwork and sculptures everywhere, lined with Carrera marble, glittering with chandeliers and Murano and Lalique glass, and displaying masterpieces plentiful enough to stock an art gallery, the Explorer is a palace. But this isn’t the glitz and bling of some ships. Everything looks valuable, impressive and sophisticated rather than showy. Then there is that space ratio, which sounds boring but on a ship is essential to make you feel relaxed and less crowded. Space to breathe, and wind down, is a vital element on a truly relaxing cruise . . .

For starters, all the cabins are suites, and what sets Explorer apart is that every suite also includes a balcony. Many of even the lowest-class balconies are 10ft deep—large when compared with other luxury ships. The average balcony size is 138 sq ft. All suites include indulgent touches—marble and granite bathrooms with rainfall showers, walk-in wardrobe, European Sleep Slumber beds, high-end linens and French toiletries by Guerlain or L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral.

You might not require the showcase £8,000-per-night Regent Suite’s 4,443 sq ft of space. But the fact is that all of the 375 suites on Explorer are much more spacious than many competitors—and this living space makes the entire cruise feel more tranquil: Explorer is not a place for queuing.

As for the food, this is gourmet cuisine throughout the ship. Guests can choose to lunch or dine in no fewer than six restaurants—all serving excellent and distinctive dishes. As well as pan-Asian cuisine in Pacific Rim, guests enjoy Parisian dining in Chartreuse, steaks in the surroundings of a private London club in Prime 7, the contemporary look of Compass Rose (only plates by Versace are good enough for this restaurant!) and the feel of the 1960s Italian Riviera in La Veranda. For hands-on cooking there is the Culinary Arts Kitchen, lessons included!

The spa is the celebrated Canyon Ranch Spa Club, suitably ritzy in style and decorated with silk fabrics, Swarovski crystal and twinkling lights. At 750 sq ft, the spa is the fleet’s largest, spanning two levels, and has its own infinity pool, eight treatment rooms; a large thermal suite with heated ceramic loungers and a private outdoor deck. It also includes infrared saunas, aroma steam rooms and cold rooms. The treatment menu is vast and impressive.

Numerous stylish lounges include The Observation Lounge, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows for incredible ocean views. This lounge also features a classic Art Deco theme with dark wood furniture and deep leather sofas.

As well as excellent expert lectures, entertainment ranks high on Explorer: the two-tier 694-seat Constellation Theatre has the vibe of an upmarket jazz club and the nightly shows—more elaborate than on other vessels—range from American jazz to London dance, a Parisian-style burlesque that blends dance, song and spectacular costumes, and Tony Award-winning music and comedy from Hollywood’s golden age.

If you think it all sounds just a little expensive, you might think again. Because Regent’s fares include flights, multiple shore excursions, excellent wines, spirits and other drinks, speciality restaurants, free Wifi and gratuities, the cost per person per day can actually work out less than taking a smaller suite on a premium cruise line ship twice the size—and this is even more obvious when you factor-in your exclusive savings of up to 53% as a Member of CountryClubuk.

So if you would like to cruise aboard Explorer—and who wouldn’t?—you can be sure of the ultimate cruise aboard ‘the world’s most luxurious cruise ship’, on all or any of her voyages. This season she is in Europe and the Baltic: soon she will be in the Caribbean and the USA: and in 2020 she will be sailing the South Pacific and South-East Asia.

You have special Club rates on Regent Explorer—and on all Regent Seven Seas Cruises worldwide—just call us on 020 7399 2960 for more details.

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