Fincantieri's Ancona yard floats out Seven Seas Splendor

Seven Seas Splendor has the $11,000 a night Regent Suite Seven Seas Splendor has the $11,000 a night Regent Suite PHOTO: Fincantieri

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Splendor was launched Saturday at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard. The sister of 2016's Seven Seas Explorer is scheduled for 2020 delivery.

Also on Saturday, Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard (which built Seven Seas Explorer) floated out Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady. Just two days ago, the Ancona yard delivered Viking Cruises' Viking Jupiter.

One-of-a-kind Regent Suite

The 55,000gt Seven Seas Splendor has all-veranda-suite accommodations for 750 passengers. Among them is the one-of-a-kind Regent Suite.

It sprawls across 4,433 square feet, including 3,000 square feet of interior space, with unobstructed 270-degree views over the bow from the 1,300-square-foot wraparound veranda, and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting area atop the ship's bridge. An in-suite spa retreat features a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area with unlimited spa treatments.

$200,000 bed

Splendor's Regent Suite even surpasses the Regent Suite on Seven Seas Explorer. Its master bath and in-suite spa are 30% larger to incorporate a floor-to-ceiling ocean-view shower. Also different: A custom-made Treesse minipool spa is placed on the front balcony, providing incredible views. A fully stocked bar borders the living room and solarium.

Regent Suite passengers also get first-class domestic air accommodations, a dedicated butler, a personal car with driver and guide in every port and a custom, hand-crafted $200,000 Vividus bed from the renowned Hästens brand.

Tillberg Design of Sweden

Tillberg Design of Sweden conceived the décor, featuring exotic woods, handcrafted furnishings, Italian marble and golden chandeliers. Curated sculptures and other artworks adorn the suite.

With an all-inclusive price of $11,000 per night based on double occupancy, the suite is already sold out for nearly all of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural season sailings.

A sister ship has been ordered for 2023 delivery.

Fincantieri has turned out 88 cruise vessels since 1990, 65 of them since 2020. Another 55 are being designed or built at the group's yards.

Posted 09 February 2019

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Anne Kalosh

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