On July 7th, 2016, I’ll be boarding Regent’s brand-new Seven Seas Explorer in Barcelona for an exciting cruise that will end on July 13th in Monaco, where the ship will be christened, with H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco serving as godmother. Jason Montague, president and COO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has said: “It’s fitting to have the world’s most luxurious ship, Seven Seas Explorer, christened in one of the most glamorous cities in the world by H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco, who is the definition of elegance, grace and passion.” Joining H.S.H. Princess Charlene at the christening ceremony is world renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who will take the stage for a 40-minute performance during the event.
At 54,000 gross-registered tons and at a cost of $450 million, the all-suite Explorer is the most expensive luxury ship ever built. Carrying only 750 guests, the ship has the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry. The Explorer’s Regent Suite, billed as the most luxurious cruise suite ever, is bigger than many houses; it measures 3,875 square feet and includes a spacious balcony, two bedrooms, an expansive living room and a private spa retreat (the first ever on a cruise ship), complete with a sauna, a steam room and a treatment room.
The Explorer’s 55 Penthouse Suites vary in size, ranging up to 626 square feet; each has an entertainment center that separates the living room and bedroom, a marble-top bar, a cozy dining area and a luxurious bathroom. In keeping with the growing trend of offering guests the opportunity to cook at sea, the Explorer showcases the Culinary Arts Kitchen, the brand’s first culinary instruction center.
In addition to Regent’s popular alternative dining venues—Prime 7 Steakhouse, Veranda Café, Sette Mari at La Veranda—the Explorer will have two new specialty restaurants: Pacific Rim (an upscale Pan-Asian restaurant and Chartreuse, a French restaurant featuring Art Nouveau décor.
The ship’s Canyon Ranch Spa is the largest in the fleet; at 750 square feet, it has eight treatment rooms.
The Seven Seas Explorer was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The official maiden voyage is scheduled for July 20, 2016; the Explorer will spend her inaugural season in Europe before heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.
Stay tuned for more on this spectacular vessel.