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Would you like to sail the world’s most luxurious cruise ship around Northern Europe? Here’s how.

Would you like to sail the world’s most luxurious cruise ship around Northern Europe? Here’s how.

Making her maiden voyage in early 2020, Regent Seven Seas Splendor – dubbed ‘Luxury Perfected’ – is set to take cruising around Northern Europe up a notch in 2021.

It’s early evening, and you’ve just been seated in the Prime 7 dining room, having strolled past an eye-catching Picasso on your way here. The handsome space, all jewel tones and plush fabrics, is dedicated to upscale American fare – a New York strip done just so, perhaps, or scallops and salmon pulled from the Baltic waters on which you sail. Glance out the window, and you may spot the colourful houses of fishermen lining the shore, or grand turrets and towers reminding you that you are floating around Northern Europe. And you’re here on Regent’s newest, and arguably the world’s most opulent, cruise ship.

New frontiers

Having sailed her maiden voyage in early 2020, Seven Seas Splendor is making new waves into Northern Europe from July through November 2021. The ship’s portfolio of 15 itineraries takes in some of the continent’s most fabled destinations, from St. Petersburg to Stockholm, Barcelona to Belfast, with dozens of off-the-radar ports in between. And you don’t have to think twice about stepping off the ship, with all Regent shore excursions included in your voyage.

Regent Seven Seas Splendor deck
Pool deck © Stephen Beaudet

Suite life

You may, however, find it difficult to tear yourself away from your suite, particularly if you’re sleeping in the Regent Suite. Each of Splendor’s all-suite, all-balcony accommodations are thoughtfully designed, with luxe touches like L’Occitane amenities, walk-in wardrobes and lavish marbled bathrooms. But the top-tier suite is in a gilded world of its own.

‘Luxury perfected’ is a bit of an understatement for this jaw-dropping, 412-square-metre space above the bridge, replete with a pillow-like Hästens Vividus bed; private spa (all treatments included), sauna and steam room; butler on call around the clock; a mini-grand Steinway piano; and even another Picasso. You can order caviar service and the world’s best wines and whiskies, then perhaps take dinner in your private dining room, The Study. Your shore excursions are, of course, included, but an extra nicety awaits when you alight the ship: a private chauffeur and limousine ready to whisk you around your destination.

Every luxury is included on your Seven Seas Splendor cruise, from free unlimited shore excursions to premium drinks, pre-paid gratuities, speciality restaurants, Wi-Fi and valet laundry.

Regent Seven Seas Splendor living area
Regent Suite living area © Stephen Beaudet

Northern promises

Wild, wide and wonderful, Norway is at the top of many cruise passenger bucket lists. It’s a place where glaciers sparkle like jewelled fingers through fjord-carved countryside, and where whales are as common in the water as reindeer on shore. You’ll have a front-row seat on Splendor’s 18-night ‘Pristine Norway – Copenhagen to Stockholm’ (departing 7 July 2021, from AU$22,690 per person* twin share), which covers up to an astounding 71 free shore excursions to choose from, including a stop in Rønne, a new port of call for 2021.

Swap the country’s colourful fishing villages for the dramatic churches and cathedrals of Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg on the 12-night ‘Imperial Elegance – Stockholm to London’ voyage (departing 25 July 2021, from AU$16,640 per person* twin share). The journey’s 55 free shore excursions bring the region’s historic magnificence into vivid focus – the cuisine also stars a chocolate workshop in Liepaja, another new port of call for 2021.

St. Petersburg promises to be a scene stealer, with Steve Odell, Regent’s SVP & Managing Director Asia Pacific, commenting, “This city is one of my favourite places in the world. Regent’s impressive selection of free shore excursions allows you to see everything from palaces and cathedrals to St. Petersburg’s intricate network of rivers and canals by boat. For a really special insight into the city, I recommend taking a chauffeur-driven car with a private guide. You can tailor the tour to suit yourself – we visited all the landmark sites, including Peterhof Palace, the Fabergé Museum, St. Isaacs Cathedral, Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood – and we didn’t have to queue anywhere.”

Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
St.Petersburg, Russia
St.Petersburg, Russia

Itinerary highlights

Did you know Denmark is home to a moving sand dune? You’ll discover this remarkable sight, plus a whole host of Viking and UNESCO attractions, on the 14-night ‘Magnificent Fjords & Peaks – London to Copenhagen’ voyage (departing 6 August 2021, from AU$18,360 per person* twin share), where 59 free shore excursions take you into charming ports including Tallinn’s Old Town, as well as the historic centre of Riga.

You can find both these ports on your 10-night ‘Queens of Europe – Copenhagen to Stockholm’ itinerary (departing 20 August 2021, from AU$14,180 per person* twin share), as well as St Petersburg, Warnemünde (Berlin) and sunny new port Rønne. Meanwhile, the 11-night ‘Historic Isles – London to London’ (departing 11 September 2021, from AU$15,450 per person* twin share) is curated to help guests explore the rugged shores of the British countryside, from its manors to its cliff-hugging villages.

Food and wine is always a focus on Splendor, but the emphasis is even more pronounced on the 14-night ‘Autumnal Glories – London to Barcelona’ cruise (departing 22 September 2021, from AU$17,620 per person* twin), taking in the Brittany coast in Saint-Malo; with a wine tasting in the world’s most famed grape-growing region, Bordeaux – just one of the 102 free shore excursions available on this voyage. The journey ends on a high in Barcelona, with the city’s dazzling architecture framing fine food across the city.

Regent sailing in Kotor
Regent sailing in Kotor

Grand entry

Step back on board Splendor after a day of exploring Northern Europe and you’re welcomed into a cocoon of opulence – think sweeping staircases, 4,000 square metres of Czech marble, 500 chandeliers and a collection of more than 300 commissioned artworks throughout.

Your daily wanderings are no doubt thirsty work, so it’s a good thing the ship comes with eight restaurants and bars: Prime 7 aside, you can savour Tuscan specialities at Sette Mari, enjoy French fine dining at Chartreuse or discover Pan-Asian culinary traditions at Pacific Rim. If you’re feeling inspired by the food on your plate, visit the Culinary Arts Kitchen to partake in cooking classes, many of which are designed to give you a taste of the regions you’re exploring.

Suite upgrade

Elevate your Experience in 2021. Receive a FREE two category suite ppgrade on select cruises to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Alaska.

Relax and unwind in your embarkation city with a FREE 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay when you upgrade to a Concierge Suite. The pre-cruise experience includes a free transfer between the hotel and ship, plus breakfast and porterage. Adding to the lavishness, the Concierge Suite upgrade also enables you to experience priority online shore excursions and dining reservations, discounts on vintage wine, spirits and Regent Choice shore excursions, as well as access to unlimited Wi-Fi with four logins.

Or, upgrade to a luxuriously-appointed Penthouse Suite and enjoy additional perks and amenities including a personal butler, daily canapes, Guerlain® bath amenities, an in-suite tablet, a menu of bed pillow styles, and the luxury of a significant suite-size increase.

Book by 30 September 2020 to secure your suite upgrade.

Atrium on board the Seven Seas Splendor
Atrium on board the Seven Seas Splendor © Stephen Beaudet

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Lead image: Sceinc vistas from private balcony © Stephen Beaudet