Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ (RSSC) Seven Seas Navigator will again visit local waters – including Sydney this week – as part of her 19-night Auckland-to-Perth Australian Adventure cruise.
Having begun her voyage in Auckland on 6 February, Seven Seas Navigator will call on Rotorua, Napier, Picton, Christchurch, Dunedin and the spectacular Milford Sound in New Zealand, making her way across the Tasman Sea to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Lincoln and then across the Great Australian Bight to Esperance before reaching her final destination of Perth (Fremantle).
This is just one of several regional sailings RSSC is undertaking in 2018, increasing its days in local waters by over 30 per cent compared to last year.
Senior vice president and managing director Asia Pacific with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), Mr Steve Odell, said: “In 2016, RSSC ships spent just two days in local waters. Strong demand led to that increasing to 60 days during 2017 in Australia and New Zealand, while this year vessels in the RSSC fleet will be sailing in our region for some 90 days – highlighting NCLH’s commitment to growing both its presence in and the number of ship visits to the Asia Pacific.”
Commenting specifically on refurbishment, Mr Odell stated “The past few years has seen RSSC invest in a major $125 million refurbishment program to ensure its fleet remains at the absolute forefront of the luxury cruising segment – delivering a standout all-inclusive offering”.
Among the refurbishment, Seven Seas Navigator received a complete bow-to-stern makeover and Mr Odell stated she is a ship which has few equals, as all her 245 suites boast ocean views – most with private, furnished balconies – and her remarkable staff to guest ratio of 1:1.4 ensures every guest receives attentive, personalised service, at any time of the day or night.
Guests will be able to make the most of the all-inclusive offering on board the entire fleet, ranging from unlimited shore excursions, specialty restaurant dining, premium wines and beverages, pre-paid gratuities, unlimited WiFi and a pre-cruise hotel package for guests in Concierge Suites and above.
“Our flagship vessel, Seven Seas Explorer, is acclaimed as the most luxurious ship ever built™, and we’re moving towards becoming the most luxurious fleet at sea, which will include the brand new Seven Seas Splendor, set to undertake her maiden voyage in 2020.”
Seven Seas Mariner will be the final ship in the RSSC fleet to undergo a complete dry dock refurbishment and will show off in April 2018 her world-first all-suite, all-balcony facelift and enticing new culinary experiences. Following that, she will re-position to the Pacific Northwest to deliver Alaska’s most inclusive luxury itineraries.
Seven Seas Mariner will return to Sydney on 15 December 2018 and will return to Japan from March 2019.
Seven Seas Splendor itineraries are earmarked for release in April, with Regent Seven Seas Cruises expected to announce all its new 2020/21 itineraries this August.