The 2003-built SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER, shown at Civitavecchia, was Regent Seven Seas’ last prior newbuild. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2007.
Miami-based Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced today that it has ordered a 738-passenger, 54,000 gross ton, 20-knot newbuild fromm Italy’s Sestri-Ponente (near Genoa) Fincantieri shipyard. To be delivered in the summer of 2016, the 732-by-102-foot ship (with a 23 foot draft) will be called SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER and will feature all balcony suite accommodation like the smaller SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER and SEVEN SEAS MARINER. Financing for the USD $450 million project is being arranged by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank with support from SACE, Italy’s export credit facility.
Parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings’ Chairman and CEO, Frank Del Rio stated, “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. SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER will be the most luxurious cruise ship ever built, boasting one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios ever seen in the modern era of cruising, enabling us to deliver the highly personalized service and extraordinary experience that is the hallmark of the Regent brand.The moment you step aboard, you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special. The ship’s upscale yet timeless design, extreme use of exotic stones and polished woods, designer furniture, rich fabrics and sophisticated lighting combined with what promises to be a museum-quality, eclectic art collection will clearly position SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER as the new standard in luxury cruising. At Regent, we believe more is best.”
Architectural and interior design firms Tillberg Design AB, RTKL Associates and ICrave are designing the SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER, which will feature 369 suites ranging from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet, six open-seating gourmet restaurants, Regent’s signature nine-deck atrium, the two-story Explorer Theater, three boutiques and an expansive Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.
Commenting on the announcement, Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said: “I am extremely pleased with this new order, which is all the more important because it establishes our global leadership in this sector and strengthens our presence in the luxury segment with the addition of another prestigious brand to our client list, also thanks to the fundamental synergy created by the country through agencies designated to promote Fincantieri exports.”
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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