Regent Seven Seas Cruises is setting booking records, thanks to a wildly enthusiastic response to its new Seven Seas Explorer, which is due out in summer 2016 and is billed as "the most luxurious ship ever built."
Regent Seven Seas reported both single-day and first week record bookings when the new ship - the line's first since 2003 - went on sale to the line's loyalty program, the Seven Seas Society, on Jan. 19. Reservations made that day surpassed the line's previous single-day revenue record by nearly three times. The line also set a new weekly sales record more than double the previous high.
Steven E. Shulem, a luxury cruise specialist and president of Strictly Vacations in Santa Barbara, Calif., said he's sold just under a half a million dollars on the Seven Seas Explorer.
"There has not been a new five-star ship in a few years," Shulem wrote in an email. "The Regent passengers are SUPER loyal, and Regent has not had a new ship in years."
One single sale was for $150,000 for 45 days in one of the largest suites. "It was a back-to-back-to-back," Shulem wrote.
Reservations will open to the general public on Feb. 4.
"The maiden voyage is nearly sold out, and demand for the inaugural season is extremely strong," said Regent President and COO Jason Montague.
Seven Seas Explorer's 14-night maiden voyage will depart July 20, 2016, from Monte Carlo to Venice. The 56,000-ton ship, 750-guest ship will have all suites with balconies. It also will boast the lavish 3,975-square-foot Regent Suite, which will include in-room spa retreat with personal sauna, steam room and treatment area, as well as an outdoor, glass-enclosed sitting area.
Regent Seven Seas offers an inclusive experience. Cruise fares include round-trip air, fine wines and spirits, sightseeing excursions in every port, all gratuities, a pre-cruise luxury hotel package, and complimentary Wi-Fi for guests in concierge and higher suites.
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