Mr. Kamlani’s post is the first for “The Insider” section of this blog, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the line from executives, officers and crew, as well as special announcements on topics relevant to travelers. Check back each month for a new post from a Regent Insider.
Today we are very excited to announce that Regent Seven Seas Cruises is building a new ship, the Seven Seas Explorer. The 738-guest, 54,000-ton Seven Seas Explorer will be constructed at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard and will be delivered in summer 2016.
Seven Seas Explorer will not be just any new ship. We are building the most luxurious cruise ship in the world boasting one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios ever seen in modern cruise ship design. The all-suite, all-balcony ship will be classic and timeless utilizing exotic stonework, polished woods, sophisticated lighting and rich fabrics. Spacious and sophisticated suites, ultra-elegant public rooms, a wide-range of gourmet dining options and a museum-worthy art collection will ensure our guests experience a new standard in luxury cruising.
I know some of you may be asking “why now” for a new ship. We have heard from many of our guests and travel partners who expressed a desire for a greater array of itineraries. With the Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and the Seven Seas Navigator sailing full for multiple years, now is the time!!
With the Seven Seas Explorer, our overall fleet capacity will grow nearly 40 percent, making Regent Seven Seas Cruises the world’s largest luxury cruise line and allowing us to offer an incomparable choice of diverse and exotic voyages.
There is much work ahead for all of us. Building a new ship takes vision, passion and dedication. Our fleet operations team, led by Executive Vice President Robin Lindsay, will oversee the project along with world-renowned architectural and interior design firms Tillberg Design AB, RTKL Associates and I-Crave.
One of the many responsibilities I assumed when I became President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises was to carry out of the Regent Promise. That promise is to deliver a truly all-inclusive luxury cruise experience for each guest that is highly personalized and consistent. This mantra drives every decision our teams both shipboard and shoreside make and it will be the guidepost for all design decisions.
I hope you will enjoy reading our new “The Insider” blog. This is our way of sharing our life’s work with you — our guests, cruise enthusiasts and travel partners — and to share updates and news on the Seven Seas Explorer as we countdown to the launch date of summer 2016. While we haven’t officially released a date yet to everyone, I can share some insider information on this blog — Seven Seas Explorer’s itineraries will be available for bookings in early 2015. Be sure to stay tuned for more details!
We also hope that you will take the opportunity to provide us with feedback via this blog. This exchange is important to our team especially as we write the next chapter in our company’s history. My team and I look forward to your feedback and comments.