A Fabergé Egg and a Crystal Forest: Exploring the Opulence of Regent’s Extravagant New Cruise Ship

Compass Rose restaurant is designed like a jewelled enchanted rainforest

A royal palace, a grand museum, a billionaire’s home… these are all places you might expect to see a Fabergé ‘egg’. A cruise ship is not one. But this is just one example of the sheer luxury that’s awaiting guests onboard the aptly-named Seven Seas Grandeur, the new luxury liner from Regent Seven Seas Cruise.

When building the ship, developers spared no expensive in the pursuit of decadence, installing over 308,647 lbs of marble, 503 crystal chandeliers and an art collection that cost an eye-watering costing $6 million. Onboard, art enthusiasts can discover 1,600 pieces of fine art including three Picassos – “Toros y Toreros”, “Antes de picar al toro” and “Picador picando al toro, con matador al quite” – displayed at specialty restaurant steakhouse Prime 7.

Another highlight is a nearly 40-foot-tall hand-woven tapestry by Walter Goldfarb titled “The Enchanted Tree” which extends through the center of the ship – take the glass elevator from level four to 12 to view the piece in all its magnificence. Myriad sculptures can also be found throughout, such as Zheng Lu’s “Water in Dripping – Waterfall”, positioned at the bottom of the staircase in the spa and wellness center.

The bespoke hand-crafted Fabergé x Regent Seven Seas Cruises ‘Egg Objet’ is named ‘Journey in … [+] Jewels’

The jewel in the art collection’s crown is the Fabergé ‘Egg Objet’, named “Journey in Jewels”, on display in the atrium. The bespoke piece was created to depict the Regent Seven Seas sailing experience and features a ‘sea spray’ of pearls, a cascading ‘waterfall’ of ocean hues, and a seven-blade ‘shell’ that represents the world’s seven seas.

Other special commissions include a delicate, life-size cherry blossom tree artwork exclusively created by Savoy Studios for the entrance of pan-Asian restaurant Pacific Rim. Look closely at the blossoms which were all hand cast from Murano glass in Venice, Italy. With so much to discover, guests can take a guided, digital art tour via the Regent App.

A tree artwork at the entrance of Pacific Rim restaurant is decorated in ‘blossoms’ made from Murano … [+] glass

The opulence continues in the ship’s kitchens. For a 10-night voyage, Seven Seas Grandeur carries some 1,200 lbs of lobster, 1,000 lbs of filet mignon, 500 lbs of smoked salmon, 500 lbs of chocolate and 20 lbs of caviar. For the same period of time, the wine cellar stores 1,500 bottles of champagne and 5,000 bottles of wine, made up of 65 white varieties of wine, 130 red, five rose, six dessert and 18 varieties of champagne and sparkling wine. The most expensive bottle is a $2,500 Promontory Napa Valley wine.

Regent’s much-loved restaurant concepts have been brought over from the fleet’s other ships but guests onboard Grandeur can sample 130 new dishes and enhanced recipes, as well as reimagined spaces that give the venues an even more luxurious edge. At Compass Rose, for instance, guests enter via a cascading waterfall into an ‘enchanted forest’ featuring bejewelled, illuminated ‘trees’. In the windows, lights are positioned to emulate the night’s sky, while tables are finished with custom Versace plates.

French restaurant Chartreuse is designed in the style of 1920s Paris – look out for the elegant carvings depicting La Camellia, Coco Chanel’s favourite flower, in the entrance. There’s also a few secrets onboard Grandeur – hidden inside Prime 7, for instance, there’s a secret private dining room that’s only accessible to guests of the ship’s top suite, the Regent Suite (costing around $11,000 per night).

The interior of Pacific Rim is equally elegant

Other fresh features include an enhanced spa and wellness center with a new outdoor spa area on the aft. The infinity pool seen on Splendor has been replaced by a closed heated pool, two hot tubs, and additional loungers accommodating more guests. A glass window shields this area from the wind, meaning it can be used while underway, and seems safer and more private when in port. The spa menu also offers a few Grandeur-exclusive treatments including a zero-gravity massage.

The ship’s 375 suites are similar to those seen on previous vessels – all come with comfortable bedrooms, living spaces, walk-in-wardrobes, en-suite bathrooms, and balconies – although some layouts have been tweaked and the decor throughout has been updated into a more classic style of elegance.

Likewise, the all-inclusive guest experience that Regent is famous for remains as expected, with enthusiastic crew putting on a full calendar of onboard entertainment and off-shore excursions. In fact, when coupled with the ship’s elevated amenities and refined design, I’m told by numerous long-term Regent guests that this is the company’s “best ship ever”.

The Grandeur Suite features large living spaces

Seven Seas Grandeur has been dubbed the ‘most luxurious ship ever built.’ The whole construction cost over US$450 million, which is easy to understand when you look at the finer details. But as with most things in life, it needs to be seen to be believed.

Seven Seas Grandeur is said to be Regent’s most luxurious ship yet.

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