Marina is a comfortable mid-size ship, offering a country club casual ambiance with a high level of personalised service.
As soon as you step on board, the Lalique grand staircase awaits, with access to the reception and excursions desks, you get a real sense of premium luxury. One of the great things all around the ship is the stunning works of art, some of them worth $4 million each.
There are multiple dining options, six are open seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. The Grand Dining Room is decorated in rich words, tapestry fabrics and exudes classic splendour.
For the ultimate dining experience, visit Jacques, inspired from artist Jacques Pepin’s the dishes are freshly prepared with a French flare. You can also eat in your stateroom or suite 24 hours a day!
If you want to learn something new, the La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening seminars, tastings and gourmet food pairings. The Culinary Center is the only hands-on cooking school at sea, in some ports of call, you can even go shopping with the chef and prepare local dishes. You can learn crafts and arts in the Artist Loft enrichment centre.
There are also shops on board to pick up souvenirs and a great show lounge with broadway style shows. The accommodation is lavish, spacious and comfortable.
I think that if you’ve not tried a premium luxury cruise holiday, now is the time to step up and try it, you won’t look back.
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Horizon is a mid-sized ship in the fleet, refurbished in 2012; she is a popular choice for past passenger, as well as great for first time cruises alike or those wanting to take the family. Holding 1800 passengers when full, you’re guaranteed a typical Mediterranean welcome when you step on board.
On deck 7 you'll find the main restaurant, Splendide, which is waiter service. Deck 8 has the nightclub, bars, casino, cafe & shops. The main show lounge also spans over decks 7 & 8 and is an impressive venue. Café Moka is a great venue to start the day with a morning coffee and fresh pastries.
With over 40 years’ experience, and Spain's largest cruise line, it's no wonder passengers come back time & time again. If you've traditionally taken Spanish resort holidays before, why not consider Pullmantur Horizon, with its all-inclusive offering you can head on board without penny in your pocket.
I recently went on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria to experience some traditional, elegant, British cruising. The interiors of the ship are luxurious marbles, woods and rich fabrics which exude elegance and luxury. As soon as you step on board, you arrive in the atrium which is the heart of the ship; from here you can visit reception, shore excursions, lounges and many bars, all accessible from the sweeping staircase.
If you are missing your home favourites, head to the Golden Lion pub for traditional pub food and drinks. Here you can find favourites like fish and chips or cottage pie whilst enjoying a great pint! After dinner head to the Commodore club for a nightcap before retiring to bed, or if you’re at sea, this venue offers great views across the ships bow. Hemisphere’s is the venue if you want to dance into the early hours, with its resident DJ. Other dining venues include the Verandah restaurant which French inspired dining, Bamboo offers Asian fusion, Coriander serves Indian cuisine and Prime is the spot for succulent steaks and seafood.
If you want to burn off some of the calories after over indulging, the well-equipped gym is open throughout the day. For pampering head to the Royal Spa, which offers massages, therapies and treatments. The hydro-therapy pool offers a place to de-stress and detoxify.
If you want to soak up the sun, head to the Lido deck with its swimming pool, Jacuzzis and pavilion bar to enjoy a cocktail on your sun lounger. The Winter Garden is a conservatory style venue, combines elements of indoors and outdoors, filled with plants, bathed in natural light and featuring a roof that opens in warmer climates.
If you want to experience the ultimate luxury, why not consider the Cunard Grills experience, rated amongst the finest afloat, you enjoy lavish suites and dining. There are private areas such as the Grills lounge with its open air deck space, exclusively for Grills passengers.
The Royal Court Theatre offers lavish broadway, West-end style shows every night of your cruise holiday. The venue is quite stunning and over three-tiers, if you fancy something extra, or are celebrating a special occasion on board, why not choose a private box?
There is a choice of staterooms, starting from interior, to ocean view, to balcony and to suites. All come with your own cabin steward to look afternoon, and all decorated with fine prints, soft colours of the sofas and the famous Cunard turndown service when it’s time to retire.
Wow – this is ultra-luxury all-inclusive cruising. Every suite on board Seven Seas Voyager is a balcony, this offers your everything you could want for your cruise holiday. Although only a small ship, she carries just 700 passengers, the facilities are still in abundance, with four main dining venues, where you can dine whenever, with whomever or wherever you want. Personal service is something that you notice with the 447 crew on board.
Head out on top deck, with a teak promenade that runs around the ship, here you will find the golf nets and games area. Below, the pool deck has a large heated swimming pool, two whirlpools and a table tennis table. Here you will also find a bar and the alfresco grill where you can eat a great selection of freshly cooked meats including burgers. One thing I did notice on board was that there are enough sun loungers for everyone – so there’s no need to get up at 5am to guarantee your lounger, you can stroll up at 11am or 2pm and there will be enough for everyone on board.
There is a gym and of course the jogging track on top deck, seven laps around is equal to one mile. Club.Com is the internet centre to keep in touch with friends and family back home and don’t miss out on the Boutiques where you can pick up souvenirs, clothing, jewellery or perfumes.
I really enjoyed the luxury experience on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, if you would normally get a balcony stateroom on other cruises, just price up what it normally costs you to get off the ship, after you have paid for on board excursions, speciality restaurants, drinks and tips… you will see then that Regent Seven Seas Cruises is excellent value for money for ultra-luxury all-inclusive cruising.