Interior view: Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Grandeur

Regent’s Andrea DeMarco and Studio DADO’s Greg Walton discuss the cruise line’s latest luxury ship  

Interior view: Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Grandeur
Studio DADO has created a graceful, elegant design for Seven Seas Grandeur by reimagining spaces such as the atrium

By Alex Smith |

When Seven Seas Grandeur debuts in November 2023, the expectations of its first guests are sure to be high. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ fleet of luxurious ships, marked out by their high-quality designs and unique experiences, ensure that passengers will expect to be greeted by the same level of comfort when they first board the new ship. 

To meet these demanding expectations, the cruise line has developed a wide range of new interior designs for Seven Seas Grandeur that are intended to create a sense of unmatched luxury. 

“Regent is renowned for its commitment to perfection and Seven Seas Grandeur will be no different when it joins the world’s most luxurious fleet,” says Andrea DeMarco, the brand’s president. “In order to exceed the expectations of our discerning guests, we have considered and perfected every single design detail onboard. Each element, whether it’s a gourmet meal in our reimagined signature restaurants or the plush mattress in a guest’s suite, has been specifically chosen to work in perfect harmony to deliver the unrivalled Regent experience.” 

Regent worked with Studio DADO on the designs for many of the interior spaces onboard Seven Seas Grandeur, including guest suites, restaurants, lounges, shops and the pool deck. Greg Walton, one of the design firm’s four founding partners, emphasises Studio DADO’s desire to create an intimate but memorable experience for the ship’s guests. 

“Seven Seas Grandeur is one of the smaller ships in our portfolio so, while we infused elegance and a cosmopolitan sense of style into every room, we also thought about creating intimate, personal spaces that would feel right in a luxury home,” says Walton. “The ship’s itineraries are also on the longer side, so we spent a great deal of time thinking about comfort while also making sure that guests will never get bored. This meant that we tried to create as many visual and visceral experiences as possible in each and every space. Each one was customised and crafted to appeal to a modern sense of luxury, utilising natural light, space, layout, texture, art and rich materiality to give guests a one-of-a-kind experience.” 

The restaurants are some of the many areas that have been redesigned for Seven Seas Grandeur. According to DeMarco, the redesigns are intended to reflect the quality of the cuisine they offer. 

“Seven Seas Grandeur is set to be the culmination of a 30-year heritage of perfection, so each of our captivating new restaurant designs have been carefully crafted with details that come together to create an incredible backdrop to match the equally incredible cuisine that is served,” she says. 

Regent’s signature speciality restaurant, Compass Rose, has been fully reimagined by Studio DADO for Seven Seas Grandeur, with an interior intended to provoke an immediate sense of spectacle that both DeMarco and Walton are confident will make a lasting impression on guests. 

“The captivating new design will pique guests’ sense of wonder before they have even set foot in the restaurant,” says DeMarco. “The exterior will be decorated with a delicate cascading waterfall sculpture fashioned with laser-cut metal and hand-blown glass. Once inside, luxury travellers will go on to be delighted by a sumptuous meal having been greeted by a canopy of interwoven crystal and wood-edge illuminated trees arching overhead, giving the impression of dining in a beautiful and enchanted forest.” 

Walton adds: “Seven Seas Grandeur’s Compass Rose is unlike anything we’ve ever done or seen on a ship. We created an intriguing, sculptural space that offers a sense of transformation and maybe a bit of fantasy. In an engineering first, the glass panels with embedded fibre optics extend throughout the room, giving the effect of dining under the stars. This is sure to be Seven Seas Grandeur’s signature space.” 

Changes have also been introduced to the 15 suite categories onboard the ship, which will feature a wide variety of designs. These range from the entry-level suites to the unique, 4,443-square-foot Regent Suite. 

“The entry-level Deluxe Veranda and Veranda suites will be amongst the most spacious in their class, their luxurious interiors revitalised with soft pink hues and muted tones,” says DeMarco. “Meanwhile, every element of our one-of-a-kind Regent Suite has been treated as a piece of art. We wanted to create the ultimate luxury environment with the highest quality textiles to the hand-selected furnishings.  

“The suite contains a reimagined retreat named ‘The Parlor.’ The glass-enclosed space is adorned with two chaise longues allowing for night-time stargazing through the interior skylight. In addition to the The Parlor, guests will find pure luxury in the form of two spacious bedrooms, a living room with personalised bar set-up, and a private en-suite spa – creating a truly indulgent hideaway.” 

This article was first published in the 2023 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed. Subscribe to Cruise & Ferry Interiors for FREE here to get the next issue delivered directly to your inbox or your door.

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