Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is setting the bar high with what is previews as "the most luxurious ship ever built” – the new Seven Seas Explorer – which was just floated out from the building dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Now that the superstructure is complete, work will begin to outfit the luxury liner’s interior suites, lounges and restaurants ahead of its maiden voyage on July 20, 2016.
“In less than nine months, Seven Seas Explorer will make its grand debut and completely revolutionize the luxury vacation market,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Our vision of building the most luxurious ship ever is quickly becoming a reality, providing our guests and travel partners with a new and unrivaled luxury vacation experience that embodies the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand.”
The 750-guest, 56,000-gross-ton ship will showcase one of the greatest passenger space ratios in the industry paired with a high staff-to-guest ratio. Opulent suites will be spearheaded by a 3,875-square-foot Regent Suite complete with two bedrooms; living space; its very own spa, sauna, steam room, loungers and treatment area for complimentary services; and an expansive forward-facing balcony that stretches the ship’s entire width. All other spacious suites will follow the pattern set forth.
Also featured will be two gourmet restaurants in the French Chartreuse and the Asian Pacific Rim in addition to four other dining venues. There will even be a Culinary Arts Kitchen that instructs guests in the ways of fine cooking.
Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings was also in attendance at the float out ceremony which included the smashing of a champagne bottle against the bow for good luck. He adds:
“We have an incredible partner with Fincantieri and together we are building a ship unlike any other in the luxury market. Seven Seas Explorer will serve as the perfect complement to our award-winning fleet, which includes Seven Seas Voyager, Mariner and Navigator, while providing new benchmarks for luxury with an unparalleled collection of suites, restaurants and public spaces.”
In the meantime, enjoy the video here (hosted at my Popular Cruising YouTube channel) to see just what the ceremony looked like.