Regent Seven Seas Cruises says it plans to resume operations from September 2021, preserving its previously planned voyages, beginning with the ultra-luxury cruise line’s newest ship, Seven Seas Splendor.
Seven Seas Splendor‘s inaugural season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic after her christening in February last year. Only two voyages were completed by the ship. This restart will effectively be a resumption of her debut season, now beginning in the UK on 11 September 2021 with an 11-night voyage, round-trip from Southampton, visiting Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Following her initial voyage in five-months time, the ship will transition to the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to sail in the Caribbean. While many of her sailings are already sold out, there are still opportunities to cruise later in Seven Seas Splendor’s European season, and in the Caribbean in early 2022.
Jason Montague, President and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, thanked guests for their “continued patience and understanding throughout this extremely challenging period.”
Speaking from Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ headquarters in Miami, Montague said it is fitting for Seven Seas Splendor to be the company’s first ship back, as it means “we can celebrate a true inaugural season”.
Montague said Regent aims to maintain its originally published itineraries “as the global health environment at the time allows.”
“For the rest of our fleet, there’ll be a phased controlled return to sailing, and we’ll make further announcements in due course.”
All other voyages on Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager have now been suspended until 30 September 2021. Other departures on Seven Seas Splendor prior to 11 September have also been cancelled.
While not confirmed, based on that information, Regent’s ships could potentially restart on the following itineraries;
- Seven Seas Voyager – Rome to Abu Dhabi, departing 3 October 2021
- Seven Seas Mariner – Rome to Venice, departing 4 October 2021
- Seven Seas Navigator – Montreal to New York, departing 4 October 2021
- Seven Seas Explorer – Tokyo roundtrip, departing 11 October 2021
Montague added that when it resumes, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ will be implementing multi-layered enhanced health and safety protocols, requiring guests and crew to be fully vaccinated, while ship capacities will be “appropriately controlled”.
“Measures will be in place until Regent is confident to adjust its protocols as the public health environment improves,” he said.
Lead image: La Verandah, Seven Seas Splendor