A few days ago, I was honored to welcome an intimate group of Seven Seas Society members currently sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner to the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa for an exclusive preview of Seven Seas Explorer. As you can imagine, building the world’s most luxurious cruise ship is a team effort – from senior leadership and the incredible design teams to our officers, staff and crew that will call Seven Seas Explorer home. But no project of this magnitude can properly move forward without the input of our esteemed guests. This was the thought that inspired us to host this event, as there is no better group that could provide us with their candid feedback than our very own Seven Seas Society members.
As our guests arrived, they were able to witness first-hand Seven Seas Explorer taking shape. At the time there were still several blocks of the ship waiting to be positioned, including the bridge and the top of deck fourteen, which is where our 3,875 square foot Regent Suite will be located. The timing of this event was perfect as it gave our Seven Seas Society members a glimpse into the shipbuilding process, as our ship comes together to form one beautiful masterpiece.
It was my distinct pleasure to personally welcome each Seven Seas Society member to the shipyard and present them with a personalized hard hat in recognition of this exclusive event. I shared a few words with our esteemed guests and provided an overview on Seven Seas Explorer’s progress before introducing them to our amazing designers. These talented and creative individuals came up with the vision of our Penthouse Suites, designed by RTKL & Associates, and our Concierge Suites, designed by Tillberg Design, and we were delighted to have them on hand to walk each guest through the two full scale mock-up suites.
Upon the reveal of the 626-square-foot Penthouse Suite, our Seven Seas Society members raved about the sapphire jewel-inspired décor with separate dining and spacious living space including a beautifully elegant marble bathroom with dual vanity sinks. A huge hit with everyone was the largest verandas at sea, totaling 176 square feet. Everyone agreed it was like having a whole additional room to the suite.
Another huge hit was the design choice of the Concierge Suite’s bed facing the balcony. At 464 square feet, the Concierge Suite is larger than our typical Penthouse Suite and also features a gorgeous marble bathroom with two dual vanity sinks and an oversized veranda, all characteristics that enthused our Seven Seas Society members.
The feedback I received was invaluable and I believe all of our guests easily understand why Seven Seas Explorer deserves the honor of the Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built. After our tour, I remained at the shipyard for a few meetings, but our guests went on to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Genoa. Although I wished I could’ve been there, I knew they were in excellent company with Randall Soy, our Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and other key members of our management team. I’m deeply grateful to those that shared this day with us and I hope that this experience was just one of the many highlights of their journey from Lisbon to Rome.
We look forward to keeping everyone updated on the progress of Seven Seas Explorer and are counting the days until she set sails on her Maiden Voyage on July 20, 2016. If you would like to view Seven Seas Explorer’s latest renderings please click through the following slide show.