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Thursday, 21 February, 2019, 18 : 00 PM [IST]

Regent Seven Seas Splendor floats out for the first time

With a ceremonial good luck champagne bottle shattered against the freshly-painted Seven Seas Splendor hull, the new Regent Seven Seas Cruises luxury ship celebrated a major construction milestone last weekend as she floated from the building dry dock to touch the sea for the first time.

Now buoyant at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, the final-stage construction on Seven Seas Splendor will focus on her interior spaces including 375 suites, lounges and restaurants. The fifth ship in Regent’s fleet sets sail in February 2020.

“One year from now, guests will begin immersing themselves in elegance and hospitality, while fully discovering the hundreds of destinations around the world Seven Seas Splendor travels, returning home at day’s end to the exquisite comfort and care on board with every luxury included,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “I’m excited for our guests to experience how Seven Seas Splendor will perfect luxury.”

The float out celebration followed maritime tradition, first by flooding the basin where Seven Seas Splendor has been under construction since summer 2018, followed by a ribbon-cutting by the launch ceremony’s madrina, and a prayer by the shipyard Chaplain. Francesca Giovagnoli served as madrina of the ceremony. A 17-year Fincantieri employee, Giovagnoli is the daughter of Mario Giovagnoli, who has worked at the Ancona shipyard for more than 30 years.  

At approximately 55,000 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750 guests, Seven Seas Splendor will boast one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry, the company said. She features the Regent Suite, which will be the largest suite constructed on a luxury cruise ship with more than 3,000 square-feet of interior accommodations and a 1,300 square-foot wraparound veranda, complete with an in-suite spa retreat showcasing a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area with unlimited spa treatments, unobstructed 270-degree views over the ship’s bow and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting area on top of the bridge for a Captain’s view.

Regent Suite’s guests will have a dedicated personal butler to manage all the details of the guests’ experience, a personal car with driver and guide in every port, and the exquisite comfort of a custom, hand-crafted USD 200,000 Vividus bed from the renowned Hästens brand. The 14 other suite categories range from 300 square-feet to 2,100 square-feet.
 
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