The start of the 2018 Alaska cruise season is just a few months away and ultra-luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises is planning to return for another season sailing from Vancouver with a completely revitalized ship.
Seven Seas Mariner became the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship when she debuted in 2001, and Regent plans to put the 700-guest vessel through its largest and most dramatic transformation to date during a 20-day drydock scheduled for this April at the Chantier Naval de Marseille shipyard in Marseille, France. Once completed, she’ll set sail across the Atlantic, bound for the Pacific Ocean and Alaska.
“We are delighted to relaunch the refurbished Seven Seas Mariner for what will be an unforgettable 2018 Alaska season,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Seven Seas Mariner will have been elevated to the highest standards of elegance, and guests will enjoy the highly personalized service delivered by every member of Seven Seas Mariner’s exceptional staff and crew. Once Seven Seas Mariner completes her refurbishment, Regent’s fleet will definitively be the most luxurious at sea.”
Seven Seas Mariner is one of the most comfortable ships I’ve ever set foot on. During a day visit in Vancouver a few years ago, I was impressed at the ship’s vibrant decor, soaring atrium, and wide-open deck spaces — all of which are about to be made better by this refit.
The ship’s pool deck is the recipient of the most dramatic transformation, owing to a completely new layout and brand new teak decking throughout. A new mosaic-tiled pool with a ledge for shallow-water-lounging will be installed, and guests will be able to enjoy expanded selections at the nearby Pool Grill thanks to the addition of new infrared barbecue grills.
Throughout the ship, all public rooms and guest corridors will receive new artwork, furniture and décor. The ship’s superb Coffee Connection Bar, boutiques, and casino will all be completely redone. The ship’s Library — a cosy enclave if there ever was one — is also getting a redo, with new dark-wood bookshelves situated against cream furnishings and illuminated by a copper chandelier. Even the outdoor promenade on Deck 6 will be replaced with new teak wood.
The ship’s elegant suites are getting a makeover as well, along with the ship’s numerous dining venues. You might not expect a smaller luxury ship to offer as many options as Seven Seas Mariner does, …read more