Ship set for most spectacular holiday ever dockside ceremony
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Ship set for most spectacular holiday ever dockside ceremony

June 26, 2015
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The Explorer will be Regent’s first new ship since the debut of the line’s 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner more than a decade ago. Like those vessels, the Explorer will be an all-suite ship. Only a handful of luxury lines, including Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Silversea Cruises, offer all-suite ships.

A shipyard in Italy today celebrated the official keel laying for what’s being billed as the most luxurious cruise ship ever.

The Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy held the dockside ceremony as the first building block of luxury line Regent Seven Seas’ 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer was lowered into place.

Scheduled to debut in July 2016, the 56,000-ton vessel will have the highest ratio of space to passengers in the history of cruising, and Regent is promising to set a new benchmark in luxury cruising with the ship. At $450 million, it’ll be the most expensive luxury ship ever.

The ceremony – a shipbuilding custom that dates back hundreds of years – traditionally has signified the official start of construction of a seagoing vessel and is a major milestone.
“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,” Regent president and COO Jason Montague said at the event.

During the ceremony, a black Rolls Royce Phantom delivered three symbolic coins: A rare 1921 U.S. silver coin known as the Peace Dollar symbolizing the safe passage of the Explorer; a 1959 silver Italian Lire representing the year the Fincantieri shipyard was established; and a commemorative coin specially minted for the occasion. Monague and two other Regent executives then welded the coins onto the first building block.

The Explorer will be Regent’s first new ship since the debut of the line’s 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner more than a decade ago. Like those vessels, the Explorer will be an all-suite ship. Only a handful of luxury lines, including Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Silversea Cruises, offer all-suite ships.

Reservations for the Explorer’s maiden voyage and inaugural season opened to members of Regent’s Seven Seas Society on Monday. The general public can begin making bookings on Feb. 4.

The ceremony – a shipbuilding custom that dates back hundreds of years – traditionally has signified the official start of construction of a seagoing vessel and is a major milestone.
“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,” Regent president and COO Jason Montague said at the event.

For a sneak peek at Regent’s plans for the vessel, click through the carousel below.

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