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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Voyager by Jeff Helicher Baltic Sea August 12, 2003

Radisson has refined and updated its outstanding Seven Seas Mariner into the near perfect Seven Seas Voyager. There is great attention to detail that is noticed in your Suite, Public Rooms and Dining Rooms, and even among the attitude of the Staff and Crew, for you, the passenger, are about to be treated as the center of all attention during your cruise. The fact that no tipping is expected on Radisson does nothing to diminish the quality of service and in fact seems only to enhance the atmosphere aboard ship.

All cabins are now outside balcony suites. The starting Deluxe Suites are 306 sq.ft. plus a 50 sq.ft. balcony. Although very similar in floor plan to many cruise lines' mini suites, the extra square footage is noted in extra cabin width and length resulting in a very comfortable space. Two people can use the bathroom which has a separate tub and stall shower. The walk-in closet has more than adequate hanging areas and wall bureau. The seating area can comfortably seat 5 people around a cocktail table and still have aisle access to the balcony. The details in the cabin include a continual supply of fresh flowers and fruit, built in night lights, pool towels, deckchair blankets, umbrella, the latest in interactive TV's with DVD players and game boards (upgraded Suites have their own Computer terminal station). There is also a complimentary Bar Setup with your choice of 2 bottles of liquor with all mixers, sodas, and bottled water replenished as needed.

In fact throughout the cruise there are no additional charges for soda or bottled water. Also at Dinner a selection of wine is offered at no additional charge. What a nice change from other cruise lines where one's charge card is presented like a reflex whenever one wants something to drink. Also there is no circus like atmosphere marketing the drink of the day or to purchase your wine for dinner.

There are two open seating dining venues and two reserved dining venues at no additional charge. I actually enjoyed the main dining room Compass Rose the most, however the reserved Signatures Restaurant operated by Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs and the more contemporary Latitudes Restaurant should not be missed. Latitudes features the kitchen and your chef, preparing center stage, regional cuisine specialties. My experience was Sonoma Valley serving recipes from highly recognized chefs and establishments of that area on a new Villeroy and Boch pattern.

An item of interest that is missing when one goes to the buffets is the tray. There are none. For as one fills their plate a wait staff member will be nearby to take your plate, seat you, and bring you anything else you may have overlooked. These buffets in general do not offer the overwhelming selection as found on huge ships feeding 2000-3000 passengers, but all selections are of very high quality and well prepared with an outstanding staff to obtain and serve any particular request.

Another highlight of the cruise was the showroom entertainment in the Constellation Lounge. There was a different show every evening consisting of excellent cabaret type performers in addition to production numbers. The young singers in these productions were outstanding exhibiting a range of performance from Opera Arias to Broadway to 60-80"s Hits. Also while in St. Petersburg a local classical pianist and Russian Folkloric Singers and Musicians performed with ice cold vodka served to all after the performance.

This 7 night Baltic Cruise is very port intensive with excellent sightseeing opportunities both independently and through the ship's organized tours. I was surprised with the general youthfulness of the passengers. Expecting more octogenarians I would not be surprised that the average age was in the 48-60 year age range. There were a number of families with teenage children. Radisson does have youth programs and counselors aboard. I look forward to returning to the ship perhaps with a less active itinerary where one could really appreciate all the amenities and service that the Seven Seas Voyager provides.

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