Cruising - A New Age of Splendor
March 02, 2020 at 11:26 AM
At every turn, Seven Seas Splendor™ exudes excellence, comfort, and grace; the perfect way to arrive at the places you’ve always dreamed of exploring.
Steve Odell of Regent reports back on the fleet's newest ship, Splendor
Welcoming a new ship into the fleet is always special but I must say sailing on Seven Seas Splendor for the first time was incredible. She takes luxury to the next level, which I didn’t think was possible after Seven Seas Explorer
– she really is a game-changer in the world of luxury cruising.
I was also fortunate enough to attend Seven Seas Splendor’s spectacular Christening Ceremony in Miami, where her Godmother, Christie Brinkley, officially christened the ship and welcomed her to the world’s most luxurious fleet.
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Like all our ships, Splendor offers unrivalled service, dining, entertainment and destination experiences but all that, plus her outstanding architectural design, makes her very special indeed.
Many people have asked how different Splendor is to Explorer. All ships evolve and while both ships share many amazing features, Splendor introduces some lovely new touches.
There are lots of intimate spaces, furnished with a high degree of individuality and comfort; the Meridian Bar, for example, is the go-to venue for cocktails and live music in the evenings as well as the perfect spot for traditional afternoon tea. Nearby, the Coffee Connection now has more alfresco seating – Splendor is two metres wider than Explorer so you’ll find more outdoor space on the sun deck as well.
Explorer’s signature sweeping staircase has been turned around to create a glamorous entry to Splendor’s Compass Rose restaurant; it also offers a wonderful vantage point for viewing the atrium’s spectacular chandelier and marble floor. A magnificent art collection – 300 pieces worth some US$5 million – adorns walls and corridors throughout the ship and a spectacular dragon statue, created by the Brisbane-based company that made the prayer wheel on Explorer, stands outside the Asian-fusion restaurant Pacific Rim.
Oh, the places she'll go!
Splendor will be in Edinburgh at the height of the world-renowned Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo; a few days later the stunning Titanic Belfast centre is a major drawcard in the revitalised Northern Irish city.
Liverpool is another city that has a rich maritime history; it also has more galleries and museums than any other UK city outside London. Don’t miss ‘The Beatles Story’, a permanent exhibition, or a ride on the famous ferry across the Mersey.