Keel Laid For Regent’s Uber-Luxe SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

The MV SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER begins construction with a deluxe keel laying, utilizing a Rolls Royce Phantom, a butler with a red velvet pillow and three commemorative coins at Fincantieri.

Keel Laying

The first keel section is lowered into the graving dock.

All Photos Courtesy of Regent Cruises

Yesterday, the first building block for one of the world’s most luxurious ships, Regent Cruises MV SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER, was lowered in a special ceremony at the Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, Italy.  The 56,000-gt, 750 passenger ship will boast one of the highest space ratios in the cruise industry as well as one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios and will be the product of architectural interior design firms Tillberg Design AB, RTKL Associates and ICRAVE. She is scheduled to debut in the summer of 2016.

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Arrival of the coins via Rolls Royce Phantom.

A black Rolls Royce Phantom transported three coins [a 1921 U.S. “Peace” dollar (signifying safe passage of the ship); a 1959 Italian Lire (the year Fincantieri was formed) and a special coin minted for the event], which were delivered by a butler atop a red velvet pillow to key Regent executives to place into a box that was welded into the keel.

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The butler presents the three commemorative coins to top Regent executives (left to right: Jason Montague, Robin Lindsay and Franco Semararo).

Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruise, Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations and Franco Semeraro, senior vice president of hotel operations welded the coins into the ship’s keel before the building block was lowered into place in the dry dock.


Artist’s rendering of MV SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER.

“With construction beginning in earnest today, we took a major step closer to realizing our vision, to provide our guests with a vessel that will be hailed as the most luxurious ship ever built,” said Montague. “Every inch of the SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER will exude elegance and grandeur, and that extends to all aspects of the ship from the lavish suites to the gourmet restaurants and stylish public spaces. We even ensured that the keel coins convey a sense of luxury.”


Peter Knego

Peter Knego

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 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."
Peter Knego

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