We received a brochure from a Regent Seven Seas Cruises about a week or so ago. This contained the initial itineraries for their new ship, Seven Seas Explorer, which debuts in 2016. She will be a bit larger than the current RSSC ships Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager; about 54000 tons instead of between 42000 and 47000 tons. Passengers numbers, however, are about the same – just under 750, standard capacity – which means more space per passenger.
This is reflected in the price, of course. The minimum price per passenger for a 10-night cruise seems to be about £5,000. Yes, that does include airfares (these were all Mediterranean fly cruises); I was looking at high-ish season dates – June/ early July and September, not March or November; and it is all-inclusive – but even so, that’s a lot of money. £10,000 for a ten-night cruise…..
We have wondered about luxury cruise lines and we would be prepared to pay more for a cruise if we thought it was likely to be a significantly higher quality experience than the mass-market lines. (And I do recognise that I haven’t even attempted to define “higher quality”.) But we do have to feel that we’re getting value for money; and £10,000 for 10 day’s holiday in the Med, visiting places that in general we’ve visited before, doesn’t sound like it. To me, at least.