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All Aboard the Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built
This past summer I went on what is quite honestly a cruise of a lifetime. In fact, when I told fellow passengers that this was “only” my second time cruising, they all told me that I will officially be spoiled for life…because there’s no going up from here. Seeing as the Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as “the most luxurious ship ever built,” it would appear that they are right.

The ship is quite a feat, from the interior design to the plush furnishings seen throughout. Every room comes with an on-suite balcony, which is the ultimate remedy for “cabin fever” and quite a rarely on other cruise ships. Then there’s the all-inclusive aspect. Food, drinks and even port excursions are included in your rate. The only thing that does cost extra is the spa.

Speaking of the Canyon Ranch Spa, it’s worth the extra splurge. In addition to several signature treatments (I opted for a body scrub), you also have access to the back of the boat, complete with its own pool and deck chairs. Before or after your treatment, guests can also take advantage of the Aromatic Steam Room and the Finnish Sauna. Basically, if you wanted to spend your whole day getting pampered, you could.

In my opinion, the service was top-notch and that’s partly due to the crew-to-passenger ratio. The Regent Seven Seas hosts 750 guests at one time, and with 552 crew members, you get immediate, personalized attention pretty much any time you ask for it.

Since I was on the preview tour from Barcelona to Monte Carlo, (the inaugural sailing took place the day our cruise ended) there are some fun facts that I learned while on board. For example, 2,148 bottles of champagne was ordered before the vessel’s maiden voyage and 2,000 pounds of lobster. At one of the ships restaurants, Compass Rose, there are 400 specially designed Versace place settings.
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