Regent Seven Seas Cruises Orders a New Luxury Ship
Rendering courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Proving once again that things only continue to expand in the luxury cruise segment, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced today that it will build a new ship, a sister to the forthcoming Seven Seas Explorer, scheduled for delivery in 2020.
“When we began conceptualizing Seven Seas Explorer a little over four years ago, we knew from the onset that she would be something special and make an immediate and lasting impression in the marketplace,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “We expect that the positive impact on earnings and impressive return on investment from Seven Seas Explorer will be significant and that her sister vessel will make a similar contribution.”
In response to demand, the corporation has contracted with the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy to duplicate what Regent Seven Seas Cruises is calling the “world’s most luxurious cruise ship.” The first Seven Seas Explorer is currently under construction and is set for launch in July 2016, and the second has been ordered at a cost of 422 million euros.
“We knew immediately from the overwhelmingly positive response we received from travel partners and past guests that Seven Seas Explorer was going to resonate with guests searching for the ultimate in luxury travel," said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The extraordinary demand generated by Seven Seas Explorer, including record-breaking booking volumes, reinforced our decision to expand our fleet with an additional ship that mirrors the same incredibly high standards of luxury."
The second Explorer-class ship is to “retain many of [Seven Seas Explorer’s] high-end features and amenities,” according to the line, leaving room, it would seem, for new innovations. Carried over will be the first ship’s luxury dining and accommodations, including a “rendition” of the Regent Suite, and further details including the second’s name will be announced in the future.
The announcement comes at a time of unprecedented growth in luxury cruising as a whole. Each of Regent’s competitors – Crystal Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises – have newbuilds of their own scheduled: one ship for Silversea, two ships for Seabourn and three ships, four riverboats and one mega-yacht for Crystal.
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