Perfecting luxury is a never-ending quest for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. At Seven Seas Splendor’s keel laying ceremony today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, two extraordinary full-size suite models provided a first look at the ultimate accommodations and attention to detail guests will enjoy when the luxury ship debuts in 2020.
“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,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “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.”
Luigi Matarazzo, Fincantieri Executive Vice President New Building – Merchant Ships Business Unit, said, “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.”
Keel Laying Ceremony
President & CEO Jason Montague and Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi commemorated the occasion by placing three coins onto the keel of the ship. In shipbuilding tradition, the coins will remain embedded within the ship’s structure for its entire life, and will invite good fortune for all who sail aboard. The three coins placed on Seven Seas Splendor are:
- Ancient Roman Empire Coin, featuring Neptune, God of the Sea. The coin was minted during the reign of Hadrian (117 to 138 AD) and commemorates the ship being built in Italy and the origin of the coin tradition.
- Spanish Gold “Escudo” Coin from the 1700s, commemorating Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural voyage on February 7, 2020, taking guests on an unforgettable 14-night transatlantic journey from Barcelona, Spain to Miami. This Spanish Escudo will signify good luck on her first official voyage.
- A Commemorative Coin, etched with the date of the keel laying ceremony, illustrating the partnership of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and
During the ceremony, the first two of 210 blocks that will comprise the approximately 55,000 gross ton vessel were lifted into the dry dock, officially marking the start of the ship’s assembly in the Ancona shipyard.
Seven Seas Splendor is an all-suite, all-balcony ship, offering up to 750 guests the most elegant accommodations. Guests will enjoy distinctive public spaces as well as 375 beautifully appointed suites ranging from the 307 square-foot Veranda Suite, to the lavish 4,443 square-foot Regent Suite. With a private in-suite spa with steam room, a custom heated spa on a private balcony, and ceramic-heated lounge beds, the Regent Suite also comes with a butler and car and driver awaiting excursions in every port.
Keel laying ceremony attendees toured full-size Concierge and Penthouse suite models at the Fincantieri shipyard, representing a majority of the suites on board Seven Seas Splendor. Senior member of the Operations team at Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fincantieri, as well as the architects and designers, leverage these models to perfect every detail for each suite, ensuring accommodations are perfect when suites are constructed.
“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.