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Seven Seas Explorer Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
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Seven Seas Explorer
5.0 / 5.0
216 reviews

Gorgeously decorated ship; emphasis on fine dining and intuitive service
Ship action slows at night, and entertainment needs refining
Bottom Line
The ship offers an inclusive and completely luxurious experience




Passenger to Crew


Shore Excursions
Sails To
South Pacific, Alaska, Asia, Africa
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Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

Seven Seas Explorer Overview

Well before Seven Seas Explorer launched in July 2016, Regent Seven Seas was calling it the "Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built." That is a bold statement when it comes to ultra-luxury cruising. In many ways, the ship lives up to the billing, with extraordinary features and tiny details that will make even the most discerning passenger exceptionally happy.

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To begin with, the cabins -- they're all suites -- are beautifully designed and feature some of the largest balconies in the industry. (Balcony sizes range from 55 to 994 square feet.) At the very top is the Regent Suite, a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom cabin that is so indulgent and well-appointed, passengers staying there might never want to leave.

Then, there's the dining, with two restaurants that make their debut for the line on Explorer: Chartreuse and Pacific Rim. Food onboard is outstanding no matter where you dine, but the addition of the new specialty restaurants -- included in the price -- gives passengers more variety. The line's signature steakhouse, Prime 7, remains one of the best at sea, and its main dining restaurant options, Compass Rose and La Veranda/Sette Mari, set the bar high for "standard" cruise ship dining.

The ship features more than an acre of granite and an acre of marble, almost 500 chandeliers and some 2,500 pieces of art, including works by masters such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. And that's not just in the public spaces, which are impressive. Suites feature incredible marble and stone detailing in their bathrooms and on surfaces like desks and bars.

Those looking to poke holes in the "most luxurious" claim might point to the ship's entertainment, which is OK but not extravagant as one might expect. Likewise, the spa feels like it missed an opportunity to create a more expansive thermal suite complex, with features such as a therapy pool. But complaints in general are minor.

With its over-the-top features and world-class dining, Seven Seas Explorer delivers a luxurious experience that feels like something special. Whether the ship is the world's most luxurious is a judgment call, but Seven Seas Explorer makes a good case.

Top Seven Seas Explorer Itineraries

Seven Seas Explorer
8 night southeast asia cruise

Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Fellow Passengers

Passengers on Seven Seas Explorer are generally 60 and above, with a heavy percentage (around 80) hailing from North America. Australians and passengers from the U.K. are common as well. Passengers are well off, with a net worth of around $2 million, and most have cruised before, many with Regent Seven Seas. Families are in the minority, though children can be found sailing with their parents and grandparents during the summer or over holidays. 

Seven Seas Explorer Dress Code

During the day, passengers wear comfortable clothing appropriate to the sailing climate. Poolside, bathing suits and cover-ups (for women) are common, though swimwear is not allowed indoors. Women wear shorts and T-shirts or blouses, capris, jeans, dresses or skirts indoors, while men go with jeans or shorts and T-shirts or polo shirts.

At night, elegant casual is the name of the game. That means skirts or slacks with blouses or sweaters, pant suits or dresses for ladies; slacks and collared shirts for men. Jackets are optional, but they're fairly common. Jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps, shorts and sneakers aren't appropriate in any public space after 6 p.m. Cruises of 16 nights or more will include two optional formal nights, where women might wear evening or cocktail gowns or formal pants suits; men might wear tuxes or suits. Elegant casual dress still is appropriate even on formal nights. Cruises of 15 nights or less don't feature formal nights.

The final night of the cruise allows passengers to dress more casually, but most stick with elegant casual.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Inclusions

Regent Seven Seas is one of only a few truly all-inclusive cruise lines, and as such, a cruise on Seven Seas Explorer will be virtually hassle-free when it comes to figuring out what costs extra. Cruises on this ship include wine, spirits, beer, soda, water, coffee, tea and sports drinks, all gratuities, entertainment, dining (including at least one dinner at every specialty restaurant onboard), unlimited Wi-Fi, unlimited shore excursions and airfare. Cruises also include economy-class airfare for domestic flights and business-class airfare for intercontinental flights for U.S. passengers.

The cruise also includes use of the ship's thermal suite, regardless of whether you have booked a spa treatment. A concierge staff is also available to anyone, 24 hours a day.

Depending on cabin category booked, items such as flight upgrades, hotel stays and transfers to the port might be included.

The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar.

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Seven Seas Explorer Ratings

Public Rooms5.04.6
Fitness Recreation4.04.1
Value For Money3.53.7

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Where does Seven Seas Explorer sail to?

Seven Seas Explorer cruises to Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Visby, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brugge (Bruges), Southampton, Sydney (Australia), Brisbane, Cairns, Alotau, Port Moresby, Darwin, Komodo Island, Bali, Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Seward, Singapore, Koh Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mumbai (Bombay), Mormugao (Goa), Mangalore, Kochi (Cochin), Colombo, Yangon (Rangoon), Phuket, Penang, Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Eden (Australia), Melbourne, Burnie, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Auckland, Icy Strait, Victoria, Tauranga, Geelong, Tokyo (Yokohama), Osaka, Hiroshima, Seoul (Incheon), Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Barcelona, Malta (Valletta), Rhodes, Limassol, Haifa (Tel Aviv), Sharm-el-Sheikh, Safaga, Aqaba (Petra), Salalah, Muscat, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, Bilbao, La Coruna, Porto (Leixoes), Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar, Almeria, Valencia, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Palermo (Sicily), Florence (Livorno), Monaco (Monte Carlo), Marseille, Palma de Mallorca (Majorca), Oslo, Aalborg, Berlin, Gdansk (Warsaw), Klaipeda, Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Taormina (Messina), Sorrento, Portofino, Hakodate, Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Hanoi, Da Nang, Taipei (Keelung), Shanghai, Beijing, Kobe, Thursday Island, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Mooloolaba, Gladstone, Cooktown, Jakarta, Port Arthur, Hobart, Sete, Argostoli (Kefalonia), Wrangell, Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Kirkwall, Greenock (Glasgow), Belfast, Holyhead, Liverpool, Cobh (Cork), Portland (Maine) and St. Croix

How much does it cost to go on Seven Seas Explorer?

Cruises on Seven Seas Explorer start from £3,724 per person.

Is Seven Seas Explorer a good ship to cruise on?

Seven Seas Explorer won 31 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Value
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Seven Seas Explorer Member Reviews

Seven Seas Explorer
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We chose Seven Seas Explorer as it is described as 'The most luxurious ship ever built" As we stepped onboard we could clearly see this ship is very luxurious and smart.... Read More
Seven Seas Explorer
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Been on Crystal and Seven Seas .Nothing is perfect but did not have the above issues. Oh the free tours .More bull. One tour was a trolly around town.... Read More
Seven Seas Explorer
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We chose the Explorer based on the size and reviews we had read. We were absolutely impressed by many features of this ship.... Read More
Seven Seas Explorer
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We had a great 20 days with the Explorer and it's wonderful crew. The only hiccup being the Miami port staff on day one and while in-transit.... Read More

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Editor Rating

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