Welcome Aboard The Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Dock In Willemstad

Follow me aboard the beautiful Regent Seven Seas Splendor for one of its inaugural season voyages. My husband and I booked this 14 day Caribbean cruise over a year ago, and after Covid restrictions eased, we finally sailed on this small luxury ship. The fabulous crew, food and weather couldn’t have been better.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Docked In Willemstad

What made this two week cruise appealing to us was the fact that we would be sailing on both our 42 anniversary as well as Valentine’s Day with two other couples. Leaving from the port of Miami, just a 3 hour drive from our home meant that we didn’t have to fly. It was nice to finally have travel plans to look forward to and before we knew it the year had passed and it was time for our cruise.

sail away from the port of Miami
Sail Away From The Port Of Miami

The Splendor is the sister ship to the Explorer, called “the most luxurious cruise ship ever built” which we sailed on in the fall of 2018 from England to Spain. Regent’s newest small luxury cruise ship is very similar but has a little lighter and brighter contemporary design compared to the more traditional dark wood interior of the Explorer.

A week before we left, we all received an offer to upgrade our Concierge suites to Splendor suites for a price we just couldn’t refuse. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity as the ship normally carries 732 passengers but was sailing with only 432 passengers because of cancellations over Covid concerns.

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The small yet very spacious ship truly is splendid. Our newly chosen suite was amazing and perfect for entertaining our friends. It had a living and dining space with a fully stocked bar and a separate bedroom with a kingsize bed. There was a walk-in closet, a marble and stone master bath with dual sinks, a walk in rain shower, a jacuzzi bathtub and a private toilet. There was also an additional half bath off the foyer.

As if that wasn’t enough, we had a personal butler. Saurabh was so kind and couldn’t do enough for us. He stopped by everyday restocking the bar and fresh fruit, offered daily canapés whenever we wanted, delivered a caviar tasting that we enjoyed on our balcony and made dinner reservations in the specialty restaurants for us. On our anniversary, Saurabh decorated the suite with a ceiling full of balloons and personally arranged a wonderful cocktail hour with canapés and champagne on our balcony with our friends. He had also ordered a special cake for the six of us to enjoy after our anniversary dinner. When we returned to our suite, he had created towel swans and adorned our bed with rose petals. Life was sweet.

The cruise did me a world of good and each day’s hardest decision was where to go for dinner as the ship has eight different restaurants to choose from. There are three specialty restaurants, Chartreuse (French), Prime 7 (American Steakhouse) and Pacific Rim (Asian), where a large dragon guards the entrance and is probably the most photographed spot on the ship. There’s also the main dining room, Compass Rose, La Veranda which converts to Setti Mari (Italian) in the evening, with indoor and outdoor seating at the ship’s stern, the Pool Grill for al fresco casual dining, as well as The Coffee Connection cafe for specialty coffees and pastries. We could dine in each of the specialty restaurants at least once and in the other restaurants as often as we liked. Since the ship wasn’t full, our butler was able to get us reservations in the specialty restaurants several times.

We had a table for 6 each evening and all agreed that our favourite was Chartreuse, which is the French fine dining restaurant. My husband and I felt the food was exquisite, beautifully presented and was equal to some of the Michelin starred restaurants we have been to in Europe. No matter where we ate, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Every detail was designed specifically for each restaurant with luxury dinnerware, such as the Bernardaud and Versace plates, at the tables.

The Splendor has several bars and lounges where you can relax with a cocktail before or after dinner. There’s the Observation Lounge at the front of the ship, offering beautiful sunset views, the Meridian Lounge with its signature craft cocktails, the Splendor Lounge, the Connoisseur Club Lounge for smokers and the outdoor Pool Bar.

Cruising with our friends was never boring, especially on our four sea days. During the day, you could relax by the pool and enjoy the sun, read a book from the well stocked library or take a nap on one of the day beds. If you wanted to be more active, there was a mini golf course, pickle ball and bocci courts, a full service spa with an infinity pool and a sauna, shops and cooking demonstrations in the culinary arts kitchen. There was a full program of organized activities available each day including bridge, poker and blackjack competitions, craft activities, caviar and wine tastings. After dinner, there was entertainment in the Constellation Theater, live music in the lounges or you could try your luck in the casino. After a tour at each of the 10 islands we visited, we would return to the ship for lunch and spend a relaxing, breezy afternoon out on the pool deck.

We love sailing on Regent Seven Seas because it is all inclusive. Our fare included all meals and shipboard entertainment, all drinks including wines and spirits, shore excursions, unlimited internet, gratuities for the crew, a pre-cruise hotel stay in Miami and transfers to the port. The only money sent onboard was for a purchase in the boutique.

After the pandemic halted cruising for 18 months, we weren’t sure what to expect on how the strict Covid protocols would affect our overall experience on the Splendor but we shouldn’t have worried. Everyone boarding the ship had to be fully vaccinated and pass a Covid test at the port of Miami. Masks were required in all public areas of the ship, except for the pool deck or when sitting at a table eating or drinking, where we spent most of our time. We all felt totally safe and are so glad we made the cruise. From the sail away party on the pool deck to our last evening, we had a wonderful time cruising with our friends.

I hope one day that you get to splurge and enjoy the spectacular experience Regent’s Splendor offers. Regent will spoil you with their lovely balconied suites, the friendly crew who can’t do enough for you and delicious food served throughout the ship. After our memorable two week anniversary cruise, I would say that the Splendor is one of the loveliest cruise ships imaginable.

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92 thoughts on “Welcome Aboard The Seven Seas Splendor

    1. Thank you Bernadette, the ship truly is amazing. After two year of not traveling, the cruise on this beautiful ship was just what we all needed.

  1. Karen, I can’t think of anything more indulgent than fourteen days in that suite. I doubt I’d ever get off the ship! We have a Celebrity 8-night Caribbean cruise coming up in May. Can’t wait to get back out there.

    1. I totally agree with you Suzanne, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that came our way to be able to book the Splendor suite. I don’t know if my photos did it justice, I hope so. I know you are looking forward to you cruise in May, that is a lovely time of the year.

  2. What a gorgeous ship! So glad you had such a wonderful experience! Your suite looks fabulous, especially that huge balcony! We had a suite on our recent cruise and now we are spoiled! After reading your post I am even more anxious to go on another cruise!

    1. Hi Beth, the ship really is beautiful. Our suite was wonderful and that balcony was so large, perfect for entertain our friends on our anniversary. Like you, the Splendor has spoiled us and we would love to cruise on her or her sister ship again. I’ve enjoyed your posts on your Caribbean cruise but have not been able to comment. BTW, congratulations on 9 years of blogging.

  3. How lovely! The decor is reminiscent of the 1920s and i love that Versace dinner service! It looks like you had some excellent food too. I bet it was good having a half empty ship – I’ve enjoyed a few flights with 10 or 15 people, instead of 100. It’s not good for business, but it does make travel nicer in spite of the masks.

    1. Isn’t the decor gorgeous Mad Dog. All of the details that are put into Regent’s ships make them very special. Each restaurant has the most wonderful dinnerware, one more beautiful than the next. When we last cruised on the Explorer, which is the same size, and was at capacity, it never felt crowded and we never had to wait in lines. But what was nice about this time was the ability to upgrade to that wonderful suite, always finding seating on the pool deck or in the specialty restaurants. As you say, not good for business but we felt like we were cruising on a private yacht.

  4. It sounds beyond amazing Karen, what a luxury experience! Your own butler, wow, and the ship is gorgeous! Plus sharing it with good friends, what a fabulous time was had by all!
    Jenna

    1. Hi Jenna, This truly was an amazing cruise for us and our friends. Within minutes of arriving in our suite our butler, Saurabh, came to welcome us. We had no idea at the time how special he would make our cruise but he said whatever he could do to make the cruise special “would make him a happy man.” He personally planned our anniversary celebration and made it couldn’t have been nicer. I don’t know if I will ever have the opportunity to have the services of a butler again but this once in a lifetime experience was memorable. 😊

  5. What a wonderful trip! By coincidence, we’ve been married for 42 years, too! Should have celebrated onboard a ship. 🙂 Haven’t sailed on the Splendor yet, although we’ve been the Explorer (and have a trip booked on her for later this year). I think the Splendor looks a bit nicer than the Explorer — mainly the color scheme, I guess. But I’ll happily sail on any Regent ship! Agree Chartreuse is probably the best restaurant, although we usually end up eating in Compass Rose — nice varied menu, and if there’s anything in particular that you want that’s not on the menu, if you let them know a day ahead of time they’ll make it for you (assuming they have the ingredients, and they always do). Sounds like a great trip — thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. Hi John, congratulations on your 42 years of marriage as well, I think we have real keepers. 😊 I agree with you about Regent, the cruise line really does spoil you. We loved the Explore and had another cruise on it in May but cancelled because of the world problems. I think you are right about the color scheme and from what I’ve seen the new Grandeur should be gorgeous as well. We like the Compass Rose too, that is where we had our anniversary dinner. And yes, we did ask ahead of time if the kitchen could prepare an Indian dinner for the six of us one evening and it was delicious. They made big servings of course after course, all superb.

    1. Hi Dorothy, it really was an amazing cruise. Your comment about the closet made me smile, it was huge. 😁 If you look closely, we didn’t begin to fill the hanging racks and we brought clothes for 14 days of cruising.

  6. It sounds like a wonderful time. I can imagine how much you enjoyed it after the last couple of years.

  7. What a gorgeous ship! The food sounds absolutely divine with so many choices, I’m sure you enjoyed it immensely. So glad you had the opportunity to travel again and celebrate your anniversary. Happy 42nd!

    1. The Splendor is indeed a gorgeous ship…they named her perfectly. You can’t believe the choices of not only where to eat but what is offered as well. For example, the main dining room menu listed appetizers, pastas, main entrees, a wellness selection, the Executive Chef’s daily menu degustation and desserts. If you asked ahead of time, the kitchen would prepare something special. The prepared a multi course Indian dinner for the 6 of us one evening that was outstanding.

  8. Looks like the perfect way to celebrate your anniversary, Karen. What a treat to be upgraded and to have so few passengers on your voyage. The food presentation is exquisite. Congratulations on 42 years of marriage. 🍾🎊

    1. Thank you Sylvia, we couldn’t have had a better anniversary celebration. If the ship had been fully booked we would never have had the opportunity to get the upgrade to the beautiful Splendor suite. You are right about the food presentations, they reminded us of the Michelin restaurants we enjoyed in Europe.

    1. You are right David, there is no other way to describe the ship, she was a real beauty. It was definitely nice to be back out traveling again, two years of being home bodies was way to long. 😊

  9. Once in a lifetime, indeed. What a glamorous trip! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Did it just seem more spacious or did it seem deserted?

    1. Hi Debra, Good question concerning the number of passengers and how it felt. We have sailed on the Explorer, the Splendor’s sister ship when it was full and it never felt crowded although sailing with only 432 didn’t fell deserted.The biggest difference was the offer to upgrade our suite the week before sailing and the availability to make dinner reservations more than once in each of the three specialty restaurants. As John mentioned, it wasn’t good business wise for the cruise line but wonderful for us.

    1. Hi Angie, We were thrilled with our cruise on the Splendor. Getting to spend two weeks sailing on such a beautiful ship was wonderful and was a much needed vacation. Thank you for letting me know you received my note.

  10. I hadn’t thought about it like that Judy but I totally agree with you. Our anniversary cruise was like a Hollywood movie…one of those “they live happily ever after” sweet ones. 🥰

  11. So glad you had a good trip and enjoyed it so much. We have only ever done one cruise and I was so ill because of the continuous air con we said never again. We still have not had a holiday since COVID!!!
    I hope that you are feeling better and that all is well, Diane

    1. Hi Diane, I remember the cruise that you went on and how ill you were. Our beautiful ship had individual thermostats in each room that we could control ourselves. Thank you for you nice comment, we did have a wonderful time finally getting away. I’m still not able to leave comments on your blog. Hopefully by now you were able to have your heat restored.

  12. It seems they had thought of everything Karen. And having your own thoughtful butler was the icing on the cake. So glad you enjoyed the experience. 😃

    1. Hi Cathy, When I learned that we were to have a butler I didn’t know what I would possibly need to ask him for. Little did I know that I didn’t need to ask, he seemed to know exactly what we needed. With all the things he did to make our anniversary special, as you say, that was the icing on the cake. 😊

  13. Karen, what a gorgeous ship with every amenity you can imagine. It appears you all were treated like royalty. If we decide to cruise again, I would love to go with Regent. The food looks amazing and impeccable service. We have cruised with Oceania several times and love their smaller ships. I am so glad you had this chance to get away. Thanks so much sharing!

    1. Hi Pam, Knowing about your past vacations, the two of you should definitely plan a trip on one of Regent’s beautiful ships. They will be adding another to their fleet at the end of next year that looks like it is also going to be fabulous. The smaller ships are the way to travel and if you like Oceania, then you will love its sister line, Regent.

      1. Yes, thank you Karen. I am going to look into their itineraries. I like the smaller ships and their restaurants.
        Do you have any more trips planned for this year?

      2. We had a cruise booked for the first week in May, from Barcelona to Istanbul but with what is happening right now with the war in Ukraine we decided to cancel. We were so looking forward to spending extra time in Istanbul but that will have to wait. I’m looking for another idea but nothing planned as yet.

  14. wow this looks very luxurious indeed. glad you could get away. we haven’t been anywhere for over 2 years… seems longer 🙂 Must get away — 🙂

  15. What an absolutely beautiful experience, Karen! Wow! So fortunate for you to get to enjoy all of that, especially the low capacity. Delighted you, your husband, and friends all had such a good time!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Dana. It really was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary, especially having our friends there with us. I doubt we will ever be able to do another cruise like this one with its lower than normal passenger count.

  16. Boy, looks like the line has gone all out to make this ship as luxurious as possible. You must have loved being so spoiled to say nothing about traveling again!

    1. Hi Linda, The Splendor really is a luxury cruise ship and we were definitely spoil taking this cruise, I can’t imagine a nicer way to start traveling again, we had a great time celebrating with our friends.

    1. Hi Rosemary, This was only our 3rd time cruising in 42 years. The first time many years ago was in a tiny inside cabin for a 2 night cruise to the Bahamas. Needless to say, cruising has changed and we love it. I do hope you get to take a vacation on a cruise ship sometime, you will really enjoy it.

    1. Hi Mimi, For years my husband and I traveled to Europe always rented a car for our entire trip. It wasn’t until 2018 when we cruised with Regent that we discovered how nice it is to unpack once, tour during the day then sleep and end up in an interesting port each day. It is a lovely way to travel.

  17. Wow, this looks like a few steps up from the cruises we’ve done! So elegant. What a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary!!

    1. Hi Liz, The Splendor really is an elegant cruise ship with a crew that totally spoils you with their service. We couldn’t have chosen a better way to celebrate our anniversary if we tried.

  18. I have never been on a cruise. Your cruise ship looks elegant and sharing it with friends must be so much fun. Happy 42 anniversary Karen. I am happy that you had such a wonderful time.

    1. Thank you for your wish Gerlinde, we did have a great time celebrating our anniversary on the beautiful Splendor. I hope the two of you get a chance to go on a cruise, I think you would have a delightful time.

  19. Wow, Karen, the first word that comes to mind is opulence. What a magnificent experience for you and your husband. One to definitely remember. The thought of all those restaurants has me drooling.

    1. Thank you Gary, Regent certainly did choose wisely when they decided to name this ship Splendor. I truly is splendid and as you say, we did have a wonderful experience on our cruise. You would definitely enjoy the food on the ship, every meal we had was delicious.

  20. What a wonderful trip, Karen. After being restricted from travel for so long this must have felt amazing. And it’s clearly a luxury experience. And a belated very happy anniversary!

    1. Thank you for your wish Debra, we had a wonderful anniversary celebration on our cruise. It was so good to finally be able to travel again after two years of staying home. 😊

    1. Hi Bobbi, thank you for your wish…we had a wonderful anniversary cruise. I’m sure that most of the time I was sailing that I had a big grin on my face because it was fabulous being able to finally get away.

  21. Thanks so much for sharing your experience 🙂 SWEET Suite and the Customer Service seems top notch and then some. I need to keep this one in my back pocket for our 20th or 25th Anniversary coming up. We both enjoy a smaller ship with under a 1000 passengers – much more enjoyable. Happy Exploring – Enjoy!

    1. Hi Renee, The Service on the two Regent ships we have cruised on spoils you…every little detail is thought of and it seems nothing is impossible. I agree with you about the small ships, I could never see us on the ones with 5000 to 6000 passengers.

    1. Hi Carolyn, Yes the cruise was very pampering and you might say “it is just what the doctor ordered”. 😊 Thank you for your sweet comment, it is much appreciated.

    1. Hi Raymund, It was definitely a nice experience and I had never had the service of a butler before either. Saurabh certainly was a wonderful person and made the trip special. I’m glad that I got a photo of us together without our masks as we were saying our goodbyes the morning we left so that we could actually see other’s face. Not being able to see people’s smiles is one thing we missed on this cruise.

  22. WOW! Can’t get more luxurious than this! Looks like y’all had a marvelous time and so glad we are all able to get out and do some traveling.

    1. Hi MJ, You just can’t imagine how nice it was being able to travel again safely. Add in a beautiful new ship and it was truly a memorable trip.

  23. I have never been on a cruise. This is definitely a dream cruise!! How wonderful you and your husband were able to have experienced it!

    1. Thank you Thao, it was certainly a memorable trip. We really enjoyed the experience and I hope some day you will have the opportunity to take a cruise somewhere too.

  24. What a wonderful dreamy vacation! The ship is beautiful—everything about your trip sounded wonderful! Thanks for sharing about it! 🙂

  25. First, Happy Anniversary!! Wow! what a beautiful cruise ship and trip and definitely worth the wait. Thank you for sharing your amazing experience and beautiful photos! PS, the cruise line should offer you something, maybe a future discount for showcasing their ship with informative details offered, etc. ( lol!)
    So glad you’re feeling better! 🙂
    xo anna

    1. You gave me a smile Anna, I doubt anyone from the cruise line will ever read this post but if they do, I think they would be happy to know that we all had a wonderful time on their beautiful ship. Thank you for your wish, it was a lovely way to celebrate our anniversary.

  26. Wow, that truly is an amazing ship! I’m sure the time spent away was a wonderful break from the day-to-day routine. 🙂 We’ve taken several luxury river cruises in Europe, and we loved them. Those were pre-covid, though, and I’m looking forward to the day when we can get back to traveling again! It seems like it’s coming soon! (But first for us – a move down the Eastern seaboard.)

    1. David, all six of us really enjoyed being able to take this wonderful cruise. Thankfully health wise, I think it is getting safer to travel to more destinations now. Your plans for a trip down the Eastern seaboard should be fun, we did it when we were trying to decide where to make our move to from New Hampshire.

  27. Happy, happy anniversary! That suite looks incredible, although we are not cruisers, your cruise looks beautiful. We did a cruise on our honeymoon some 35 years ago and I know it’s changed, I can’t seem to convince my husband of that.

    1. Thank you for your wish Eva, we had a wonderful anniversary celebration on the Splendor. Cruise ships have definitely changed since you’ve been on one of them. On our ship, there were no interior cabins, every one had a balcony and they are all a nice size with lots of storage.

  28. What a wonderful trip and incredible service! Hopefully Covid stays manageable enough for travel to keep getting easier. And a belated happy anniversary!

    1. Hi Inger, it was so nice to finally be able to travel again and there couldn’t have been anything more lovely than our cruise. Thank you.

  29. How did I miss this post? I’ve been busy so it got past me.
    What an amazing ship let alone what an amazing room! Wow!
    We are about to go on a cruise sooooooon! Can’t wait!
    Thanks for all the fabulous pictures!

    1. Hi Nancy, I’m late in replying to your comment as well. 😊 Wasn’t our suite wonderful, we couldn’t get over how nice our whole experience on the Splendor. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, thank you. I hope you have as much fun as we did.

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