With a ceremonial good luck champagne bottle shattered against the freshly-painted Seven Seas Splendor hull, the new Regent Seven Seas’ ship celebrated a construction milestone on Feb. 9 as she floated from the building dry dock to touch the sea for the first time.
Now at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy, final-stage construction on Seven Seas Splendor will focus on her interior spaces. The fifth ship in Regent’s fleet sets sail in February 2020.
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, Mrs. 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 high space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios. She features the Regent Suite, 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, 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 guests enjoy a dedicated personal butler to manage all the details of the guests’ experience, a personal car with driver and guide in every port, and ta hand-crafted $200,000 Vividus bed from the Hästens brand. The 14 other suite categories range from 300 square feet to 2,100 square feet.