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$125m upgrade aims to lift Regent fleet to Seven Seas Explorer's level

Seven Seas Navigator's Compass Rose - even grander with silver leaf, pewter and antique bronze elements
A $125m fleetwide refurbishment aims to elevate all the suites and public areas on Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships to be more like the new Seven Seas Explorer.

Beginning with Seven Seas Navigator this spring, the refurbishments will emulate Seven Seas Explorer's style and attention to detail, providing a consistent look and feel across the fleet.

The two-year investment, unveiled Wednesday aboard Seven Seas Navigator by Regent president and chief operating officer Jason Montague, includes significant renovations of most public spaces along with a complete redesign of all categories of suites. Seven Seas Navigator—the line’s smallest ship, with capacity for 490 passengers—will be the first to get the upgrade, followed by Seven Seas Voyager in late 2016 and Seven Seas Mariner in spring 2017.

Montague said the renovations will bring a new level of elegance.

Seven Seas Navigator is expected to emerge from the drydock essentially a new ship, with all suite categories, lounges, the library, casino, boutiques, reception area and signature restaurants Compass Rose and La Veranda completely renovated. The work will begin in Marseille on March 31, to be completed by April 13 when Seven Seas Navigator embarks on a 10-night cruise from Barcelona to Rome, with calls across Spain, France, Monaco and Italy.

Highlights include updating the spacious Navigator Suite with a crisp, elegant look. The new custom-made Elite Slumber Bed will be dressed in 100% cotton sateen bedding and an ebony wooden vanity with white marble top stretches the length of the bedroom and living room. Furniture, draperies and carpet will have green and yellow accents.   

The largest collection of suites—Penthouse, Concierge and Deluxe—will receive a luxurious new look. A padded leather headboard supports the Elite Slumber Bed, and the sitting area has a plush sofa with stylish accent table and new artwork.

The ship's reception area will be completely redesigned with marble inlay flooring, polished stone walls with metal inlays and a dark wooden reception desk. A gypsum diamond-cut lighting fixture embedded in the oval alabaster ceiling illuminates the area.

The Compass Rose restaurant will be made grander. This 384-seat room will have subtle geometric patterns underscored by silver leaf, pewter and antique bronze elements. An ornate silver-leaf feature wall highlights one end of the room, while oversized windows run along both sides. Crystal chandeliers are enhanced by recessed ceiling lights. Intimate tables are ringed by leather chairs adorned with swirls of blue fabric.

La Veranda will feature a fresh and airy design accentuated by natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows that encircle the restaurant. The venue offers casual indoor and alfresco dining with a buffet for breakfast and lunch and transforms into an elegant fine dining restaurant, Sette Mari La Veranda, for dinner.

The Galileo Lounge on Deck 11 conveys a celestial feel, beginning with its tempered glass double-door entrance trimmed with an abstract design reminiscent of the solar system. The theme extends inside the 132-seat cocktail lounge, where a night-black, oval-shaped ceiling twinkling with fiber-optic 'stars' overlooks the inlaid wooden dance floor. Travelers can be immersed in the action or retreat to high-backed wing chairs that line the windows.

On Deck 6 the Navigator Lounge and Coffee Connection are connected by a central walkway and bathed in natural light from a bank of windows. The new design and furnishings enhance that airy look, with cream-colored fabrics on chairs and draperies, and white marble-topped tables with hammered copper accents. By night, the Navigator Lounge transforms into a small nightclub with a Steinway piano as the centerpiece. Adding to the elegance are leather-wrapped columns with a copper-topped capital and dark wooden base. 

The Library, with its faux fireplace and cream-colored sofas atop a marble floor, is reminiscent of a library in a residential estate home. Ringing the room are dark wood book shelves encased in glass. A copper-adorned chandelier serves as the room’s centerpiece.

Following the drydock, Seven Seas Navigator will spend the summer traversing the Mediterranean before spending late fall in South Africa. In 2017, the ship will operate Regent's first world cruise in six years. Beginning and ending at Miami, the 128-night circumnavigation includes 62 ports in 31 countries.