Regent’s Seven Seas Splendor Assembly Begins

First | July 23, 2018

It’s now just an exciting waiting game for Regent Seven Seas Cruise’s latest addition to their fleet Seven Seas Splendor as assembly begins for a 2020 finish.

The keel-laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy revealed two full-size suite models, giving a first look into what customers can expect when the luxury cruise brand debuts its most opulent ship yet.

The keel-laying ceremony saw president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Jason Montague and Shipyard Director, Giovanni Stecconi officially mark the occasion by placing three coins onto the keel of the ship, in shipbuilding tradition, to formally recognise the start of the ship’s construction. The three coins will remain embedded in the ship for its entire life, inviting good fortune for everyone who sails on it.

The actual start of the assembly in the Ancona shipyard began as the first two of 210 blocks were lifted into the dry dock. These blocks are a part of what will be an approximately 55,000 gross ton vessel.

Commenting on the start of construction, Montague said, “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. 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.”

Similarly, Fincantieri Executive Vice President New Building (Merchant Ships Business Unit) added, “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.”

Concierge Suite – Image: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The suite mock-ups that were on show at the ceremony were the full-size Concierge and Penthouse models, which represents most of the suite aboard the Seven Seas Splendor. The ship offers all-suite, all-balcony accommodations for up to 750 guests, which comes with a private in-suite spa and steam room and each Regent Suite is also appointed with a butler as well as a car and driver awaiting excursions at each port.

Penthouse Suite – Image: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

“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.

Reservations for Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 Inaugural Europe Collection opened on July 12 so customers can now book for the European summer itineraries.