Seven Seas Mariner Refurb Completes US$125 Million Fleet Update
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced details of the bow-to-stern refurbishment of Seven Seas Mariner. After a 20-day drydock in April at Chantier Naval de Marseille, the ship will re-emerge with new culinary experiences, new suite designs, and renewed modern guest spaces.
After her drydock refurbishment, Seven Seas Mariner will immediately reposition to the Pacific Northwest for the Alaska season.
“We are delighted to relaunch the refurbished Seven Seas Mariner for what will be an unforgettable 2018 Alaska season,” said Jason Montague, RSSC president and CEO. “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.”
The refurbished Seven Seas Mariner will sail Alaska on 15 seven, 10- and 11-night itineraries, with alternate departures from Vancouver and Seward. An average of 44 free and unlimited shore excursions are included in the cruise fare.
Some highlights of the refurbishment:
The pool deck will receive the most comprehensive redesign, with a new open layout and teak flooring throughout. The centerpiece is a new mosaic-tiled pool, featuring a broad ledge for lounging in shallow water.
The ship’s atrium, corridors and guest spaces will all receive new carpeting, art, furniture and décor. The shipboard Canyon Ranch SpaClub will receive a new design, featuring pebble-stone tiles and light-wood accents. The adjoining fitness and aerobics centre will be updated with new state-of-the-art machines and equipment.
Redesigned suites will feature décor such as the Regent Elite Slumber bed with plush, padded leather headboard, and a private balcony or sitting area, furnished with a sofa, accent table and new artwork. All suites feature walk-in closets and oversized, marble-accented bathrooms with L’Occitane amenities.
Flagship restaurant Compass Rose will deliver a sophisticated new ambiance, with added drama created by grand crystal chandeliers, recessed ceiling lights, sleek leather chairs ringing intimate tables, and plush cobalt blue drapes accenting the restaurant’s oversized windows.
Regent’s new Chartreuse specialty restaurant will be installed during the ship’s refurbishment. First introduced aboard Seven Seas Explorer, Chartreuse’s menu of modern French fare will be complemented with new furnishings, china, flooring and décor elements designed to evoke memories of a Parisian restaurant. As well, the Prime 7 classic steakhouse will be reimagined with a new design.
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