The steel cutting ceremony for the new cruise ship Seven Seas Explorer was held in July 2014.
The bishop at the christening of the Seven Seas Explorer. Image courtesy of Luxury Goes Exploring, the official blog of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The first steel for the Seven Seas Explorer was cut in July. Image courtesy of Luxury Goes Exploring, the official blog of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Seven Seas Explorer first steel

Seven Seas Explorer is a new super-luxury cruise ship built for Italian cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings placed an order for the cruise ship in July 2013. The new vessel was constructed by Fincantieri at Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

The first steel for Seven Seas Explorer was cut in July 2014 at a ceremony symbolising the official start of construction. The reservations for the maiden voyage commenced in early 2015, while the cruise ship was delivered in June 2016.

The vessel is one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, and currently the biggest among the existing fleet of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Seven Seas Explorer is the third in the company’s fleet of award-winning luxurious all-suite, all-balcony cruise liners, after the Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner.

The estimated investment for the construction of the cruise liner is $450m, making it one of the most expensive cruise liners built to date.

Financing for the ship’s construction was provided by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, which was supported by Italy’s export credit facility Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero (SACE).

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Seven Seas Explorer design and features

The hull of the Seven Seas Explorer has a length of 732ft, beam of 102ft and a maximum draft of 23ft. The gross tonnage of the ship is approximately 54,000t.

Swedish company Tillberg Design and architectural and interior design firms RTKL Associates and ICrave were contracted to design the interiors of the vessel.
The super-luxury cruise ship features sophisticated decor consisting of colourful stones and polished woods, designer furniture, vibrant fabrics and intricate lighting works.

Its polished interiors are combined with assorted art collections to give a sense of museum quality, creating new standards in luxury cruising.

Nothold provided lighting design for the restaurants, bars, fitness area, spa, pool, exterior areas, atrium, lobby, stair cases, corridors, shops, suites and cabins of the vessel.

Accommodation and dining facilities on-board the luxurious cruise ship

The new cruise ship features 369 all-balcony suites, similar to Regent’s much smaller ship Seven Seas Voyager. The suites vary in sizes from about 300ft² to 1,500ft².

"The ship features designer suites, luxurious public areas, gourmet dining options and other amenities."

Six open-seating gourmet restaurants, an atrium covering nine decks, the two-storey Explorer Theatre, three boutiques, and the extensive Canyon Ranch Spa Club are also featured on board the vessel.

Seven Seas Explorer accommodates up to 738 passengers, and guests are offered personalised services.

The passenger ship features spacious designer suites, luxurious public areas, a variety of gourmet dining options, a spa and other additional amenities.

The new Seven Seas liner’s engine and propulsion

Seven Seas Explorer is powered by diesel-electric engines and Fincantieri notes it is considered a ‘green ship’, adopting advanced environmental protection systems and advanced technologies.

The propulsion system enables the vessel to sail at a service speed of 20kt.