Seven Seas Splendor Keel Laying

Three coins were placed onto the keel

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Seven Seas Splendor Keel Laying

Regent Seven Seas Cruises took the next step in the completion of its latest luxury cruise ship with the keel laying ceremony for Seven Seas Splendor 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.

President and CEO Jason Montague and Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi

President & CEO Jason Montague and Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi

Seven Seas Splendor Keel Laying Ceremony

Jason Montague and Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi commemorated the occasion by placing three coins onto the keel of Seven Seas Splendor. 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.

Coins welded to the keel

Coins welded to the keel

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 an unforgettable 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.

Concierge Suites on Seven Seas Splendor

Concierge Suites on Seven Seas Splendor

Seven Seas Splendor Suite Mock-ups

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. Senior members of the Operations team at Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fincantieri, as well as the architects and designers, leverage these models to perfect every detail for each suite, ensuring accommodations are perfect when suites are constructed.

“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.

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. With such remarkable interest in Seven Seas Splendor, the company will move up the opening of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural European summer itineraries to 12 July 2018.

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