Southampton, May 11, 2023 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises has revealed the inspiration behind Prime 7, the signature steakhouse aboard Seven Seas Grandeur, due to set sail in November 2023. Designed by Studio DADO, the fully re-imagined venue takes inspiration from the classic New York steakhouse at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. Its designs combine this style with contemporary design touches. In addition to embracing its roots, Prime 7 is also a restaurant designed to cater directly to Regent’s sophisticated, worldly guests who expect only the finest culinary experiences.
“The culmination of a 30-year heritage of perfection, Seven Seas Grandeur’s Prime 7 is the latest evolution in luxury dining at sea,” said Andrea DeMarco, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Studio DADO’s re-imagined Prime 7 plays into a joyful sense of curiosity and nostalgia with the delicate craftsmanship that is woven throughout the space. Seven Seas Grandeur redefines the standard of luxury, and the ship’s dining venues are among the most elegant and sophisticated of any luxury cruise brand. We cannot wait to showcase her to our valued guests later this year.”
Transporting passengers to eras past
Prime 7’s captivating design alludes to a bygone era of New York City’s gentlemen industrialists. This unapologetically hearty clientele bestrode the planet in search of the finest aged beef and a bottle or two of bracing Bordeaux. As a nod to that intrepid spirit, a wall of antique travel cases and black-and-white photography greets guests at the entry. The fine-tooled leather of each bag serves as a badge of honour for the well-travelled diner.
“Regent’s guests are among the hospitality world’s most sophisticated travellers,” says Yohandel Ruiz, who reveals the thinking behind the design of Prime 7 in an exclusive video interview. Ruiz, one of the four Founders of Studio DADO, the Miami-based design practice responsible for the design of the fine dining venues and all the ship’s accommodations, continues: “Our challenge was to create something comfortable, traditional, even classic but in a way that feels fresh, new and unabashedly contemporary.”
Starting in the vestibule, walking through the various spaces of the restaurant feels like a journey home. The entrance space showcases details that recall a traditional streetcar. These range from wall detailing that looks like gentleman’s belting leather to a glass, lenticular screen above the bar that shows the city of New York growing from the 19th century to today.
A piece of art on the high seas
Ruiz believes Prime 7 is on par with the first-class steakhouses found in New York and Chicago. “Every element of Seven Seas Grandeur’s Prime 7 has been treated as a piece of art – from the stitched ceilings to the whiskey decanters to the fashion-inspired furniture, each detail was hand-selected to transport guests to a familiar time.”
Moving through the restaurant, the aesthetic changes to feel more residential, with Persian carpets underfoot, residential-style lighting, and memorabilia in vitrines that disguise server stations and back-of-house areas.
About Seven Seas Grandeur
Inspired by the past and stunningly reimagined for the future, Seven Seas Grandeur will exemplify Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Heritage of Perfection with unrivalled space, unparalleled service, exceptional cuisine, and transformative experiences for guests as soon as they step on board. With a gross tonnage of 55,500 and only 746 guests, Seven Seas Grandeur will provide among the highest space and staff to guest ratios in the industry. Designed by the award-winning Studio DADO, her refined style, matchless elegance, and breath-taking beauty will exceed the expectations of discerning travellers. On board, guests will find captivatingly reimagined designs for signature restaurants Compass Rose and Prime 7 among the exquisite dining choices.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a leading luxury cruise line, delivering An Unrivalled Experience for 30 years. Carrying no more than 746 guests, the line’s spacious and stylish ships – Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Splendor, Seven Seas Voyager and from 2023 Seven Seas Grandeur – form The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet and explore more than 500 immersive destinations globally. Offering Unrivalled Space at Sea, 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.
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