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Regent Seven Seas Cruises held the keel laying ceremony today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy for their new upcoming ship, Seven Seas Splendor.
Sister ship Seven Seas Explorer has earned high acclaim since debuting as the most luxurious ship ever built in 2016, and now Splendor will build on the success of that vessel.
Keel Laying Ceremony
Montague and Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi commemorated the occasion by placing three coins on the ship’s keel. As always in maritime tradition, the coins will remain embedded in the ship’s structure for its entire life, and invite good fortune for all who sail onboard. The three coins were:
- Ancient Roman Empire Coin featuring Neptune, God of the Sea. The coin was minted during the reign of Hadrian (117 to 138 AD) and celebrates 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 on a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Miami. This coin will signify good luck on the ship’s first official sailing.
- A Commemorative Coin etched with the date of the keel laying ceremony, illustrating the partnership between Regent and Fincantieri.
During the event today, the first two of 210 blocks that will comprise the vessel were lifted into the dry dock, officially marking the start of the ship’s assembly.
Seven Seas Splendor, like her sister ship, will be an all-suite, all-balcony vessel for up to 750 guests. They will range in size from the 307 square-foot Veranda Suites to the lavish 4,442 square-foot Regent Suite. This massive accommodation includes a steam room, heated spa on the balcony, ceramic-heated loungers, a butler, and a car and driver for excursions in every port.
Attendees at the ceremony today toured full-size Concierge and Penthouse suite models at the shipyard, which will represent a majority of the suites on the ship.
“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 Summer Schedule
Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be opening up Seven Seas Splendor‘s 2020 inaugural European summer itineraries on July 12, 2018.