Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced that they have signed a contract with Italy's Fincantieri shipyard to build the most luxurious cruise ship in the era of modern cruising. The new all-suite, all-balcony ship will be named Seven Seas Explorer with delivery scheduled for summer 2016.
"This new ship order represents an exciting time of growth for our company as we build the next generation of cruise ships for the world's most inclusive luxury cruise line," Frank Del Rio, the chairman and CEO of Regent's parent company, says in a statement accompanying the announcement. "Seven Seas Explorer will be the most luxurious cruise ship ever built."
The price tag for this all-suite, all-balcony luxury cruise ship has been reported to be $450m USD making it the most expensive luxury vessel afloat according to the line.
|Name: Seven Seas Explorer||Registry: Bahamas|
|Builder: Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard||Country Built In: Italy|
|Ship Completion Date: Summer 2016||Number of Restaurants: 6|
|Number Balcony Suites: 369||Capacity: 738|
|Gross Tonnage: 54,000||Beam: 102 feet|
|Length: 732 feet||Draft: 23 feet|
|Power: diesel-electric engines||Speed: 20 knots|
World-renowned architectural and interior design firms Tillberg Design AB, RTKL Associates and ICrave are designing the vessel, which will have the features the line is known for with the following highlights:
- 369 suites ranging from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet
- six open-seating gourmet restaurants
- signature nine-deck atrium
- two-story Explorer Theater
- three boutiques
- an expansive Canyon Ranch SpaClub®
"This new ship order is part of our disciplined growth strategy to expand our footprint in the luxury market," said Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. "Since we purchased the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand in 2008, the ships have sailed full with industry-leading yields. We strongly believe that now is the right time to expand our fleet as our loyal guests have asked for a greater array of itineraries and our travel partners have proven that there is pent-up demand for a new Regent ship."
Additional information about the new ship will be released in the coming months and we will provide updates as the information is provided to us. We look forward to welcoming this new ship to Regent's fleet. Click the following link for more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises.