The Italian Riviera. A Rolls Royce Phantom. A long-standing maritime tradition. These are the secret ingredients to properly lay down the keel of the world’s most luxurious ship.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises® celebrated yet another milestone in the construction of Seven Seas Explorer® when Jason Montague, President, Robin Lindsay, Executive Vice President and Franco Semeraro, Senior Vice President, arrived at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy for her keel laying ceremony. Yet, the grand entrance was reserved for the three rare coins that were later welded into the ship for good luck.
A sleek black Rolls Royce Phantom transported the three symbolic coins to the keel laying event. Upon arrival, a dapper butler emerged with a red velvet pillow carrying the coins to be welded into the keel, including a rare 1921 U.S. silver coin known as the Peace Dollar symbolizing the safe passage of Seven Seas Explorer; a 1959 silver Italian Lire representing the year the Fincantieri shipyard was established; and a commemorative coin specially minted for this occasion.
As of today, guests are one step closer to stepping foot aboard Seven Seas Explorer. Reservations for Seven Seas Explorer’s inaugural season are now open exclusively for Seven Seas Society® members. The sailings become available to the general public starting Wednesday, February 4, 2015.