Travvy Awards Winners Spotlight: Seven Seas Mariner
When the Seven Seas Mariner was unveiled in 2001, it was the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship. Today, it remains beloved among luxury cruise aficionados and travel agents, who voted it the Best Luxury Cruise Ship in the inaugural Travvy Awards.
That’s a testament to the elegant, stylish interiors, and the impeccable service on this ship, which carries no more than 700 guests, and boasts a staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6.
And to make sure the Seven Seas Mariner continues to operate at the top of its game, last year, Regent Seven Seas Cruises spent millions refurbishing and upgrading the ship.
“Last year we completed a multi-million-dollar refurbishment to Seven Seas Mariner, which included luxurious updates to all of the ship’s named suites and lounges,” said Jason Montague, president and COO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “We also renovated the Constellation Theater, adding new LED walls and other enhancements to help us mount our largest and most ambitious production show to date, 'Cirque Rock ’n Roll.'”
Here’s a summary of the improvements made.
• The ship’s Grand, Master, Mariner, Seven Seas, Horizons, and Penthouse Suites received new furniture, upholstery, lighting, and wall coverings “to exude Park Avenue elegance,” the company said.
• The two-deck-high show theater was renovated and features “Cirque Rock ’n Roll,” a stunning spectacle filled with aerial theatrics choreographed to music from Michael Jackson, Pink, Queen, and more.
• The Stars Lounge got dramatic new décor and ambiance, with a new stone-topped bar and a color scheme of plum, smoky-grey, gold, black, and cream for “a subdued yet elegant atmosphere.”
• The Horizon Lounge received a new stone-fronted bar, new furnishings, carpeting, wall coverings, and lighting, while the Mariner Lounge was reconfigured with an open floor plan, and now has a new bar, stone flooring, lamps, and tables.
• The Observation Lounge, decorated in ivory, ebony and wine tones, has a dramatic new back-lit bar.
• The Canyon Ranch Spa received new steam rooms, stone flooring in the reception area, and refurbished changing rooms. The Fitness Center got state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
• The Pool Deck and outdoor relaxation areas were furnished with resort-style sofas, chairs, and loungers. The Pool Grill and La Veranda also received new mosaic tiling, wall coverings draperies, lighting, and awnings.
Seven Seas Mariner’s fleetmates also underwent similar refurbishments, Seven Seas Voyager in 2013 and Seven Seas Navigator in 2012.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises promotes itself as “the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise line” because fares include round-trip air, a pre-cruise hotel stay, all wine and spirits onboard, unlimited shore excursions in every port, specialty dining, free Wi-Fi for top suites, ground transfers, and gratuities.
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