With a ceremonial good luck champagne bottle shattered against the freshly-painted Seven Seas SplendorTM hull, the highly anticipated new Regent Seven Seas Cruises® luxury ship celebrated a major construction milestone last weekend as she floated from the building dry dock to touch the sea for the first time.
Now buoyant at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, final-stage construction on Seven Seas Splendor will focus on her interior spaces including 375 lavish suites, elegant lounges and gourmet restaurants that will all represent luxury perfected. The fifth ship in Regent’s fleet sets sail in February 2020.
“One year from now, guests will begin immersing themselves in elegance and hospitality, while fully discovering the hundreds of destinations around the world Seven Seas Splendor travels, returning home at day’s end to the exquisite comfort and care on board with every luxury included,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “I’m excited for our guests to experience how Seven Seas Splendor will perfect luxury.”
The float out celebration followed maritime tradition, first by flooding the basin where Seven Seas Splendor has been under construction since summer 2018, followed by a ribbon-cutting by the launch ceremony’s madrina, and a prayer by the shipyard Chaplain. Francesca Giovagnoli served as madrina of the ceremony. A 17-year Fincantieri employee, Mrs. Giovagnoli is the daughter of Mario Giovagnoli, who has worked at the Ancona shipyard for more than 30 years.
At approximately 55,000 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750 guests, Seven Seas Splendor will boast one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry. She features the Regent Suite, which will be the largest suite constructed on a luxury cruise ship with more than 3,000 square-feet of interior accommodations and a 1,300 square-foot wraparound veranda, complete with an in-suite spa retreat showcasing a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area with unlimited spa treatments, unobstructed 270-degree views over the ship’s bow and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting area on top of the bridge for a Captain’s view.
Regent Suite guests enjoy a dedicated personal butler to manage all the details of the guests’ experience, a personal car with driver and guide in every port, and the exquisite comfort of a custom, hand-crafted $200,000 Vividus bed from the renowned Hästens brand. The comfort and style found in the Regent Suite sets the tone for all suite categories on board, where guests will enjoy the most indulging accommodations and the largest balconies in the cruise industry. The 14 other suite categories range from 300 square-feet to 2,100 square-feet – all elegant, plush and stunning. Throughout the ship, abundant crystal chandeliers, vibrant paintings and sculptures, imported Italian marble and custom-designed, hand-crafted furnishings will create captivating surroundings for guests.