Perfecting luxury is a never-ending quest for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. At Seven Seas Splendor’s keel laying ceremony on Thursday at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy,two extraordinary full-size suite models provided a first look at the ultimate accommodation options and attention to detail guests will enjoy when the luxury ship debuts in 2020.
“Seven Seas Explorer® has earned remarkable acclaim since debuting in 2016 as the most luxurious ship ever built. Now, her sister Seven Seas Splendor builds upon the success of that lauded ship as it strives to perfect uncompromised luxury on the seas,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “In our pursuit to exceed guest expectations, we are creating a work of art, from bow to stern. Wherever you turn on Seven Seas Splendor, you will be surrounded by elegance, comfort and hospitality.”
Luigi Matarazzo, Fincantieri Executive Vice President New Building – Merchant Ships Business Unit, said, “We are satisfied to have the opportunity to partner for the second time with a ship owner like Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It means that we have met all the expectations of a company that has made quality and sophistication the distinguishing features of its business. I am sure that this vessel will represent another success for our shipyard in Ancona, which confirms its mission in the medium-sized luxury ships segment, but also for the Fincantieri Group, a leader in the cruise market.”
Keel Laying Ceremony
Montague and Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi commemorated the occasion by placing three coins onto the keel of the ship. In shipbuilding tradition, the coins will remain embedded within the ship’s structure for its entire life, and will invite good fortune for all who sail aboard. The three coins placed on Seven Seas Splendor are:
· Ancient Roman Empire Coin, featuring Neptune, God of the Sea. The coin was minted during the reign of Hadrian (117 to 138 AD) and commemorates the ship being built in Italy and the origin of the coin tradition.
· Spanish Gold “Escudo” Coin from the 1700s, commemorating Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural voyage on February 7, 2020, taking guests on an unforgettable 14-night transatlantic journey from Barcelona, Spain to Miami. This Spanish Escudo will signify good luck on her first official voyage.
· A Commemorative Coin, etched with the date of the keel laying ceremony, illustrating the partnership of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fincantieri.
During the ceremony, the first two of 210 blocks that will comprise the approximately 55,000 gross tonne vessel were lifted into the dry dock, officially marking the start of the ship’s assembly in the Ancona shipyard.
Seven Seas Splendor is an all-suite, all-balcony ship, offering up to 750 guests the most elegant accommodation. Guests will enjoy distinctive public spaces as well as 375 beautifully appointed suites ranging from the 28 square-metre Veranda Suite, to the lavish 413 square-metre Regent Suite. With a private in-suite spa with steam room, a custom heated spa on a private balcony, and ceramic-heated lounge beds, the Regent Suite also comes with a butler and car and driver awaiting excursions in every port.
Keel laying ceremony attendees toured full-size Concierge and Penthouse suite models at the Fincantieri shipyard, representing a majority of the suites on board Seven Seas Splendor. Senior member of the Operations team at Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fincantieri, as well as the architects and designers, leverage these models to perfect every detail for each suite, ensuring the accommodation is perfect when suites are constructed.
“We designed these suites, and the entire ship, with meticulous attention to every detail. The thickness of a door knob, the sleekness of a headboard, the style of a chair, every detail has been thoughtfully considered to create a ship that perfects luxury,” said Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
2020 Inaugural Europe Collection To Be Announced July 13
Upon opening reservations for Seven Seas Splendor’s first 10 voyages, Regent Seven Seas Cruises had the best single booking day in the company’s 26-year history. With such remarkable interest in Seven Seas Splendor, the company will move up the opening of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural European summer itineraries to July 13.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world’s most inclusive luxury experience with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. The cruise line’s fares include all-suite accommodation, the largest collection of free, unlimited shore excursions, unlimited internet access, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, prepaid gratuities, and one-night, pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises® or to receive a brochure, guests can call 1300 455 200 (AU) or 0800 625 692 (NZ), visit www.rssc.com or contact your preferred Travel Agent. For the latest news, please visit www.RSSC.com/news; like the line’s Facebook page; and follow @RegentCruises on Twitter. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH). Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), a leading global cruise company which also operates the Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises brands. With a combined fleet of 26 ships with approximately 54,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is a leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services. Headquartered in Trieste, Italy, the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With more than 19,500 employees, of whom more than 8,300 are based in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defence companies within supranational programmes. Please visit www.fincantieri.com.