Bernhard Klotz, VP Food & Beverage, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, announces several signature cocktails, served in memorable modern-look glasses. Virgo, for example, is a Fizz Rock glass of William Grant’s Monkey Shoulder Scotch blend, chili and pineapple reduction, cinnamon bitters, orange zest, vanilla and spices.
Expect all the onboard mixologists to be well prepared to serve Virgos, or whatever, on the inaugural cruise, Barcelona to Miami, 6-20 February 2020.
Seven Seas Splendor, registered in the Marshall Islands, has a gross tonnage of 55,254. It is 221m long, 31m wide, with draft of 7.6m. Wellness includes a 12th deck outdoor jogging circuit, next to bocce, paddle tennis, putting and shuffleboard – plus a significant new concept, Serene Spa & Wellness. There is a glass-walled cooking school, for guests. Restaurants include the company’s favourites, Compass Rose casual-fine dining with Versace china, Prime 7 steaks, Chartreuse modern-French, Sette Mari Italian, La Veranda buffet, and pool-side outdoor casual. The onboard art collection, worth some $5 million, has been personally chosen by connoisseur Frank Del Rio. President and CEO of RSSC’s parent, Norwegian Cruise Line.
Seven Seas Splendor, whose godmother is supermodel-businesswoman Christie Brinkley, carries 750 guests and a crew of 542. Smallest of the 375 suites, all of which have balconies with tables and at least two chairs, is 28.5 sq m.
Best accommodation, on the top, 14th, deck, is the 413 sq m two-bedroom Regent Suite, which comes with a US$200,000 Hästens Vividus bed. With it, you have complimentary First Class air tickets for two from the USA (Business Class from elsewhere) and, throughout your voyage, a personal butler, plus a car and driver in all ports. For a mid-tier Concierge Suite, LTE would suggest 1212 or 1215, handiest for elevators and stairs, the outdoor area, and only one flight down to what is invariably a world-class buffet breakfast at La Veranda – thoughtfully, there are 18 terrace tables, underneath permanent awnings but allowing mesmerising watching the ship’s wake.
Seven Seas Splendor has been built in Ancona and her launch captain is, suitably, an Italian, Serena Melani, a charming professional who loves hiking when she is not on the ship.