There was an eye-opener in this morning’s email, an announcement that Regent Seven Seas began construction of what the upscale cruise operator is calling the “most luxurious ship ever built.” Already known for luxury at sea reflected by seamless service and some of the best cuisine afloat, the new build, which began yesterday, July 14,at Fancantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, was heralded in with the opening pop from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum which initiated a laser that would cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the 54,000-gross-registered tons, 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer.
This ceremonial first piece of steel cut this morning served as the foundation for an opulent, one-of-a-kind owner’s suite unlike any other at sea. The suite, resplendent with exquisite stonework and luscious fabrics, will serve as a hallmark for the superior level of elegance found throughout the ship. During the ceremony, Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Gabriele Cocco, senior executive vice president of merchant ships for Fincantieri, began a countdown that culminated with Maison Krug Italy’s master sommelier, Michela Cimatoribus, releasing the cork from a magnum of Krug Grande Cuvée. As the cork soared and the champagne flowed, confetti cascaded down and the laser cut the first piece of steel for the 750-passenger ship.
“We’re one step closer to fulfilling our dream of building the most luxurious ship in the world and giving our guests another exciting option to explore inspired global destinations with our special brand of all-inclusive luxury,” noted Kamlani. “Seven Seas Explorer will surpass the current standard in luxury cruising, offering a new level of grandeur throughout the ship from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome a new partner in Regent Seven Seas Cruises and to start construction of this brilliant new ship,” commented Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “As a global leader in cruise ship construction, we’ve built some of the finest ships at sea. Building the most luxurious ship ever built is quite a challenge, but with our craftsmanship and experience building luxury ships we feel that Seven Seas Explorer will become the definition of excellence.”
Seven Seas Explorer will offer the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry and further strengthen Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ widely recognized position as the most inclusive luxury cruise line. She is expected to join the rest of RSSC fleet in the summer of 2016. Reservations will be open for the maiden voyage beginning in early 2015. For additional information go to www.RSSC.com or call 1-844-473-4368.