Regent Seven Seas Cruises® announces return to sailing with Seven Seas Splendor
Originally planned European sailings anticipated to go ahead with first voyage around the UK
Multi-layered SailSAFE™ health & safety programme implemented to guide restart
SOUTHAMPTON, April 28, 2021 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises® today announced its return to sailing with Seven Seas Splendor cruising from the UK beginning September 2021. The voyage will mark the cruise line’s return to service, as well as Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season, with the ship having only completed two cruises with guests after being christened in February 2020. With a phased return to sailing for the rest of the fleet, luxury travellers will soon be able to once again enjoy the unrivalled Regent experience with the peace of mind that comes with the multi-layered SailSAFE™ health and safety programme.
“Come September we will have the double celebration of our return to the seas as we also recommence the inaugural season of the ship that perfects luxury, Seven Seas Splendor,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “With immaculate design, luxurious suites, exquisite cuisine, dynamic entertainment and outstanding personalised service, Seven Seas Splendor was one of the most highly-anticipated ships to launch in the history of cruising, and my promise to our loyal and eager guests is that without a doubt she will be worth the wait.”
The cruise line intends to preserve originally planned itineraries, as much as the global health environment at the time allows, presenting guests with the exceptional cruise and destination experience which they have come to expect from Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The first cruise in her inaugural season has Seven Seas Splendor scheduled to set sail September 11, 2021, for an 11-night voyage, round-trip from Southampton, England visiting Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. After her initial voyage, the ship will transition to explore the beautiful 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.
To ensure a smooth and safe resumption of operations, the remainder of the Regent fleet’s return to sailing will be announced at future dates, with voyage suspensions now extended through September 30, 2021 for Seven Seas Explorer®, Seven Seas Mariner®, Seven Seas Navigator®, and Seven Seas Voyager®. In conjunction with today’s announcement, Seven Seas Splendor’s voyages are suspended up until her September 11, 2021 voyage from Southampton.
Multi-Layered SailSAFE Health & Safety Programme
During its voluntary suspension of sailings, Regent Seven Seas Cruises built upon its existing comprehensive health and safety protocols by establishing the SailSAFE health and safety programme, a robust and science-backed strategy that creates multiple layers of protection against COVID-19. The Programme was developed with guidance from a team of public health and scientific experts including the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council.
“The well-being of our guests, crew and communities we visit has always been of paramount importance, and our SailSAFE health and safety programme ensures it continues to be without diminishing the guest experience,” continued Montague. “Offering unrivalled space at sea, our ships perfectly balance safety with comfort and freedom through spacious suites, multiple gourmet dining options and expansive, social areas.”
By visiting RSSC.com/HealthSafetyProtocols, guests and Travel Partners can see an overview of current requirements to sail – such as all guests and crew being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure and having universal testing – all which the cruise line believes will provide a uniquely safe and healthy holiday experience. The cruise line has confirmed that these and other requirements will be in place until a time when the protocols can be confidently adjusted, and that Regent will constantly monitor the global health environment to protect the safety and security of guests, crew and communities visited. Specific requirements to sail will be communicated directly to guests closer to the time of sailing.
About the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council
The SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council (“Council”) was established by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. to provide expert advice on the implementation, compliance with and continuous improvement of the Company’s SailSAFE health and safety programme. The Council will complement the work of the Healthy Sail Panel and continuously evaluate and identify ways to improve health and safety standards after cruise voyages resume, utilising the best technologies and information available. The Council is cross-functional, diverse and extensively experienced, comprised of six experts at the forefront of their fields and led by Chairman of the Council, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the leading luxury cruise line, delivering An Unrivalled Experience® for over 25 years. Carrying no more than 750 guests, the line’s spacious and stylish ships – Seven Seas Explorer®, Seven Seas Mariner®, Seven Seas Navigator®, Seven Seas Splendor® and Seven Seas Voyager® – form The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™ and explore more than 450 immersive destinations globally. Guests enjoy sumptuous all-suite accommodations, nearly all with private balconies, which are among the largest at sea, as well as highly personalised service throughout lavish public areas and expansive outdoor spaces. Unique to Regent Seven Seas Cruises, unlimited complimentary shore excursions are available in every port, making it the only truly all-inclusive cruise line. Voyage fares also include flights, gourmet cuisine in a range of speciality restaurants and al fresco dining venues, fine wines and spirits, entertainment, unlimited internet access, free valet laundry service, gratuities, ground transfers and one-night, pre-cruise hotel packages for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher.