Construction began this morning for Seven Seas Explorer®, The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
The crisp pop of a cork being freed from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum initiated a laser, which cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the new ship. Incorporating a bottle of the world's finest champagne to start the building process is symbolic of the high level of sophistication and design being developed for Seven Seas Explorer, which will arrive in luxury the summer of 2016.
The ceremonial first piece of steel cut this morning will serve as the foundation for an opulent, one-of-a-kind owner's suite unlike any other at sea. The suite, resplendent with exquisite stonework and luscious fabrics, will serve as a hallmark for the superior level of elegance found throughout the ship. When it debuts, Seven Seas Explorer will establish a new benchmark for style and service and complement the all-inclusive luxury experience currently enjoyed by guests sailing with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
At 54,000 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750-guests, Seven Seas Explorer will boast the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry and further strengthen Regent Seven Seas Cruises' widely recognized position as the most inclusive luxury cruise line. Seven Seas Explorer will join the rest of the award-winning Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, Seven Seas Voyager®, Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Navigator® in the summer of 2016.
Regent will begin taking reservations for the maiden voyage inaugural season for Seven Seas Explorer in early 2015.