Regent Seven Seas Cruises will add the Seven Seas Navigator to the refurbishment block, joining the Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner, as part of a $40 million investment in the luxury line's fleet.
Travel Weekly reported in August that the luxury line would put the Voyager and Mariner into drydock in December and January, respectively, at the Grand Bahama shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas. The Navigator will enter drydock in the first half of 2010, with the details and location of that work not yet determined.
As part of the refurbishment, the line’s current pan-Asian alternative restaurant, Latitudes, will be replaced with a new alternative dining venue, the Prime Seven steakhouse.
The ships will get a new lounge and dining area around the pool grill and new carpeting, wallpaper, upholstery, light fixtures and drapes in most public areas and staterooms. There will be more casual dining options with the addition of pizza ovens and ice cream bars, and a new coffee and snack bar area on the Voyager (similar to the Coffee Connection on the Mariner).
Almost every area of the ships will be refurbished, with public rooms being redesigned by the marine architectural firm of Yran and Storbraaten of Oslo, Norway, as well as Regent’s vessel operations team.
Regent said the investment is in addition to the $20 million that has been spent in the past two years on the Regent rebranding initiative.
Regent said that the refurbishment and product upgrades were based on extensive feedback from the line’s passengers. The line said it had received feedback from customers via comment cards, town hall-style meetings and online.