Imagine stepping on a six-star luxury ship, and opening your room to find a bed so grand, it cost almost $300,000.
The Regent Suite will have a Vividus, the world’s most luxurious bed, that costs almost as much as a Ferrari. But wait, there is much, much more.
It all sounds sumptuous, but what’s it really like inside a luxury cruise? I recently travelled on one of Regent’s other luxury ships, the Mariner, from Hawaii to French Polynesia and here’s what to expect:
The ship is small, just 700 passengers, so never feels crowded.
There are bars scattered throughout the ship – and almost all drinks are included – even fine Champagne. In fact, the food and beverage manager told us the ship had a cellar the size of a small swimming pool, full to the brim, for our 14-day cruise.
When you get to a port, the activities are overpriced and crowded.
5. Fine dining at sea
Our ship had seven dining options, a lot when you consider there were only 700 passengers.
Then there are the two ‘speciality restaurants’ – the French fine dining ‘Chartreuse’ and ‘Prime 7’ – a steakhouse where all the meat is dry-aged for at least 28 days to ensure it’s tenderness.
6. Almost everything onboard is free
We didn’t spend a cent.
Yes, if you want an extremely rare bourbon or if you buy a Rolex from the boutique – you will spend money. But between seven restaurants, unlimited room service, nightly entertainment and free excursions – there’s no need to spend any extra.
Let’s talk about afternoon tea
Every day at sea – the ship has a themed afternoon tea. ‘Cheesecake day’, for example, consisted of 13 cheesecakes of the most delicious flavours – things like caramel, cookies and cream, double chocolate and red velvet.
I tasted each one, and since then have been sentenced to a lifetime of gym for crimes against sugar.
Verdict: This cruise is designed for those 50+ who enjoy a more refined, quieter style.
Expect lots of quizzes, card games, and socialising at large tables – rather than hydro slides and nightclubs you’ll find on other ships.
Regent Seven Seas operate four ships to more than 450 destinations.
Each cruise is all-inclusive. Prices start from $570 – $700 per person, per day.
We travelled on a two-week voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti, including stopovers at the remote Marquesas Islands, Bora Bora and Moorea. A very similar cruise departs 15 January 2021 and prices start from $10,450 per person for the trip.