Regent Seven Seas:
- Voyager #1 luxury ship (built in 2003, twin of Mariner holds 700)
- Mariner (twin of Voyager - first all balcony, all suite ship - holds 700)
- Navigator (great ship, built in 1999, holds only 490)
- Paul Gauguin (hold 300 - sails Tahiti year round)
Silver Sea Cruises (small luxury ships)
- Silver Wind, Silver Cloud (built in 1994/1995 holds 296)
- Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper (built in 2000/2001 holds 382)
- Serenity - (built in 2003, holds 1080)
- Symphony (holds 940)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers our top rated small (mid-sized) luxury ship the Navigator and with the debut of the all suite, all balcony Mariner in 2001 and Voyager in 2003 we have new leaders in the large luxury ship category. Navigator offers the best service available on any ship we've ever sailed on. Mariner and Voyager are also exceptional. The Mariner & Voyager are about the same size as Crystal Symphony but they hold about 300 fewer guests. Regent also has the 300 guest Paul Gauguin which is our top choice to Tahiti. Each ship is different in size and design, but they all share industry leading service.
The Navigator has this beautiful atrium on board. It is an
indication of the roomy atmosphere on the entire ship. The Navigator, Mariner
& Voyager have the highest amount of public space per passenger of any ships
in the business. These ships are as nice as anything afloat and roomier than
any of them.
Every cabin of the new Mariner & Voyager have a a private
balcony - the ultimate place to relax in the privacy of your own cabin. I can't
put into words how incredible these balconies are. They melt away the pressures
of our lives like nothing else. Enjoy the fresh air, day or night, and the relaxing
sounds of your oceanfront suite. Once you have one you never want to cruise
again on anything less. (90% of the Navigator's cabins have a balcony)
The Compass Rose Dining Room is as elegant a restaurant as
any at sea. The service is simply the best afloat and the seating is open. You
dine when you want and with whom you want. Crystal still has two set seatings
and this is one huge difference between these two wonderful products. The food
is simply wonderful!
I love the al fresco dining available. This shaded area just
outside the buffet area is a great place for breakfast or lunch. There are also
wonderful alternative restaurants. The Navigator has the outstanding Italian
Portofino, and Mariner/Voyager have three choices: Signatures (the only Le Cordon
Bleu restaurant at sea), Lattitudes for a unique blend of Asian flavors, and
Le Veranda a casual Mediterranean bistro.
. The lobby sets the tone for the luxury surroundings throughout
the ship. The observation lounges are great places to get a drink and enjoy
Even the bathrooms are top of the line in luxury with lots
of marble and full sized bathtubs and separate shower on Navigator and Voyager.
Mariner has a combo tub/Shower. Ultra soft bathrobes and slippers are provided
as is a large walk in closet for your clothes.
Regent's "cabins" are all called "suites" because of their luxury and large size. All suites on the new Mariner & Voyager have private verandahs. On the Navigator most suites have a private balcony. There are no inside cabins. You may notice that the cabins on the Navigator/Mariner look just like the cabins on Silversea. This is no coincidence they are identical. The ships were designed and built by the same firm. Both versions are outstanding.
The Crystal Symphony and the newer Crystal Serenity
are great large luxury cruise ships that hold 960 and 1080 passengers respectifely
but each ship is about 50,000 tons. Standard cruise lines this size typically
carry 1300 to 1700 passengers. Crystal offers all the popular destinations and
several more exotic locations.
Crystal is the number one rated cruise line in some ratings, but we rate Regent Mariner and Voyager as our top ships. Crystal has smaller cabins than Regent and still has two seatings for dining. We find that given a choice most luxury market clients like the freedom of open-seating so they can dine when they want and with whom they want. They can dine with friends or family, or ask to join another table that wishes to meet new people. Crystal has some of the best entertainment and lecture programs at sea. The ships are gorgeous and hold only about 1000 passengers. The service is excellent but the food is definitely below Silversea or Regent Seven Seas. Since Crystal typically costs more than Regent, we just think the Regent product is better overall and a better value by far.
The elegant Crystal lobby sets the tone of sophistication to be found throughout the ship.
The verandah cabins are large and luxurious with your own private balcony. More than half the cabins have private verandahs. This is truly the way to savor life at sea.
The Penthouse Suite with verandah is 491 square feet (403 on Serenity) and includes: living room, large bedroom, queen sized bed or twins, master bath with Jacuzzi & ocean view, stocked service bar, CD player, TV & VCR, guest bathroom, separate shower, bidet & walk-in closet
The Crystal Penthouse with verandah is 982 square feet and includes: living room, dining room, large bedroom, king sized bed or twins, master bath with Jacuzzi & ocean view, stocked service bar, CD player, TV & VCR, guest bathroom, separate shower, bidet & walk-in closet . The layout of the Crystal Penthouse on Symphony is shown below. On the Serenity it is even larger at 1345 sq. ft. with more luxurious amenities.
The Penthouse Deck includes butler service.
For the ultimate in small ships, the Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow & Silver Whisper of Silversea Cruises are top choices. They are only 16,800 tons to 25,000 tons and hold only 296 or 384 passengers. An all inclusive cruise line, Silversea fares include gratuities, port charges, transfers, complimentary wines and spirits, and pre-cruise hotel. Choose from many exotic cruise destinations like South America, Africa and the Far East, as well as Europe. For a more intimate cruise experience, this is the line to choose. All accommodations are oceanview suites; 75% with verandahs.
The Grand Suite is a luxurious 1314 square feet and features 3 teak verandahs, two living rooms, dining area with ocean view, queen sized beds, entertainment center, two closets, two marble bathrooms and either one or two bedrooms.
At 295 square feet, Silversea's standard oceanview vista suite is outstanding. It welcomes you with fresh flowers, a spacious living room, even a satellite TV. While other lines in the luxury category also have the smaller, intimate ships, their cabins have no private verandahs and life is just too short to settle for less in this category of cruising. The Veranda suites also have a 48 square foot balcony (shown).
The European room stewardesses on both Silversea and Crystal make sure that everything in your suite is to your satisfaction.
The pool area is large for a small ship. Notice the two whirlpool spas.