virtuoso global May 2020 How to Spend a Day on the Seven Seas Splendor

How to Spend a Day on the Seven Seas Splendor

Who needs a day at port?
Who needs a day at port?
With some of the industry’s largest suites and a wealth of onboard enrichment, Regent’s newest ship elevates the at-sea experience.

Cruising may be on pause at the moment, but Virtuoso travel advisors are already seeing a strong demand for 2021 sailings. One of the industry’s most buzzed-about ships: Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor, which sailed its maiden voyage in February. The ship is set to sail some 40 Caribbean, Mediterranean, and northern Europe voyages next year, but beyond access to far-away ports, the Splendor takes standard at-sea days and makes them all-inclusive vacations in their own right. Chefs and health experts rove the globe for inspiration to create culinary classes and spa treatments. Guest speakers share their expertise, lending context and color to destinations. Palatial suites and lots of outdoor space let cruisers circulate at ease. Below, our plan for soaking up the Splendor when you’re ready to set sail. 

8 AM: Wake up (slowly) in your dream suite.

Space is the biggest luxury on the Splendor, starting with its 375 suites, each with at least one private balcony. Quarters include the 4,400-square-foot Regent Suite – nearly 20 times the size of an average cruise-ship stateroom, with its own 1,300-square-foot veranda that wraps around the ship’s bow – plus residential Penthouses and light-flooded Veranda Suites. 

Welcome to the Regent Suite private balcony. 
Welcome to the Regent Suite private balcony. 

9 AM: Start with made-to-order eggs benedict at La Veranda.

As you stroll to breakfast, play a game of “I Spy the Picasso” (there are two among the ship’s 300-piece art collection). One of eight dining venues on board, La Veranda is a relaxed, indoor-outdoor restaurant with dining alcoves that overhang the sea below. In addition to rotating daily specials – think Belgian waffles and custom-order egg dishes – it serves a spread that includes smoked salmon, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, and viennoiserie such as Danish pastries and pain au chocolat.

10 AM: Chat with a master storyteller.

Tale-spinning lecturers accompany several Splendor voyages. Topic meets destination in most programs – a voyage out of Dubai might present a former ambassador to Bahrain and Yemen, for example, while a Mediterranean sailing might feature musicians or a historian of the Middle Ages. That said (and we’re not complaining), sometimes the presentation is simply a fascinating person matched with a beautiful destination, such as the producer of Broadway’s Hamilton discussing his award-winning musical on a Caribbean cruise.

11 AM: Get outside for bocce.

Or paddle tennis. Or golf. On Deck 12, passengers will find a jogging track encircling a collection of athletic courts: There’s a golf net for practicing your fairway drive, a putting green for honing your short game, and bocce and tennis courts for engaging in a little friendly competition. Afterward, there’s no reason to head indoors just yet; the infinity-edge pool at the ship’s stern is the perfect spot for a post-match dip.

2 PM: Sip a mojito (or three) as you cook a Cuban feast.

Skip the chef demo and don your own toque in the Splendor’s to-drool-for Culinary Arts Kitchen, equipped with 18 spacious stations – each with cooktops, stainless steel sinks, and quartzite counters – for hands-on cooking classes. Courses cater to everyone from the curious dabbler to the serious home chef, mining menus from the Aegean to the Caribbean. Pro tip: A mojito makes for a transportive pairing to simmering ropa vieja during the Familia Cubana course.

4 PM: Relax completely during a destination-inspired massage.

Sea buckthorn from the Mediterranean. Frangipani from the South Pacific. Roses from Morocco. Wherever the Splendor sails, it picks up wellness inspo for the therapeutic excursions in its Serene Spa & Wellness center. Treatments range from a detoxifying body mask that sources seaweed from the Baltic coast to an around-the-world massage that incorporates basalt rocks from China, coconut poultice from the Caribbean, and bamboo stalks from Asia. For total body balance, arrive early for a spin class and stay late to soak in the hydrothermal suite, moving from aromatherapy steam to infrared sauna. Namaste.

Come for the facials, massages, mani-pedis, salon services, personal training ... the list goes on. 
Come for the facials, massages, mani-pedis, salon services, personal training ... the list goes on. 

6 PM: Toast the sunset from the pool deck.

Nothing helps you spot the green flash like a drink by the pool. Flanked by chaise lounges, the Splendor’s spacious pool takes up most of the 11th deck, leaving room for two whirlpools and a happy-hour Pool Bar that specializes in slurp-worthy frozen cocktails.

7 PM: Dine à la Louis XIV at Chartreuse.

Take a trip to France via soufflé au fromage and filet de canard at Chartreuse, the ship’s Paris-channeling, fine-dining restaurant. Named for the herbal liqueur and decorated in its signature hue, the elegant venue specializes in four-course meals that deliver everything from steak tartare with a quenelle of caviar to seared sea scallops with foie gras, culminating in classic desserts such as crème brûlée. From Champagne to Chambord, the entire wine and spirits list is fittingly French (thus the raison a reservation is required). Chartreuse is one of five upscale restaurants open in the evenings, all of which are included in cruise fare prices. Room service is always available, too. 
Another venue, Compass Rose, uses Versace dinnerware to serve dishes such as chateaubriand with red-wine whole-grain mustard sauce. 
Another venue, Compass Rose, uses Versace dinnerware to serve dishes such as chateaubriand with red-wine whole-grain mustard sauce. 

9 PM: Upgrade your Saturday night.

Onboard late-night options are deliberately FOMO-inducing. At the two-story Constellation Theater, cruisers will debate between a Broadway-caliber diva show and a rock musical. Highrollers gravitate to the roulette and craps tables in the Monte-Carlo-esque Casino, lit by a chandelier that mimics a starry sky. Mixologists in three lounges whip up craft cocktails, from whiskey-and-pineapple-bitters Virgos to gin-and-lemon-basil Unlucky Irishes. The favorable diversion-to-guest ratio means passengers can always find a seat at a show and never wait in line for a drink, and all entertainment, cocktails, and fine wines are included in cruise fare prices. It feels good to cruise like a VIP, doesn’t it? 

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