Regent Seven Seas’ Seven Seas Splendor’s keel laying ceremony took place last week at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
“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.”
Keel Laying Ceremony
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 a 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 Fincantieri.
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, hosting up to 750 guests. Guests will enjoy public spaces as well as 375 suites ranging from the 307 square-foot Veranda Suite, to the 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.
“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.
2020 Inaugural Europe Collection To Be Announced July 12
Upon opening reservations for Seven Seas Splendor’s first 10 voyages, Regent Seven Seas Cruises had the best single booking day in the company’s 26-year history. The company will move up the opening of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural European summer itineraries to July 12.