Regent Seven Seas Grandeur – simply the best

The highly anticipated christening of Seven Seas Grandeur saw Regent Seven Seas Cruises host a glittering gala affair in Miami. ANNA PIPER reports from the event.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises pulled out all stops for the glittering naming ceremony of its brand new Seven Seas Grandeur, with A-listers lining up to experience the most-anticipated new luxury ship to set sail this year.

travelBulletin was honoured to be among the rarefied crowd for the event in Miami, Florida alongside key travel partners, local community leaders and top-tier past guests, with Seven Seas Grandeur officially welcomed as the sixth ship in Regent’s luxurious fleet.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises CEO Andrea DeMarco thanked the travel industry for helping celebrate the huge milestone, calling out travel advisors “who support us every step of the way”.

“Thank you for entrusting us with your clients and allowing us to welcome them into the Regent family,” she said. Having experienced a personal health issue, DeMarco highlighted the importance of seizing the moment, saying “every day matters, and every moment you should live to its fullest, and that’s what Regent Seven Seas Cruises does for our guests each and every day”.

Seven Seas Grandeur godmother, Sarah Fabergé, who is great-grand daughter of famed jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé, officiated at the christening ceremony, wearing some specially created Fabergé jewelry which is now being auctioned off to raise funds for charity.

Regent also unveiled Journey in Jewels, the first Fabergé Egg to permanently reside at sea. The custom-designed masterpiece is the pinnacle of the ship’s incredible 1,600 piece art collection, and is on display in Seven Seas Grandeur‘s atrium for all future guests to enjoy.

Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, said Seven Seas Grandeur itself was a “truly remarkable work of art”.

“Each feature of this ship is more jaw-dropping than the last, from the world-class collection of art and tantalising epicurean experiences, to the lavishly designed suites, restaurants, bars and lounges. Seven Seas Grandeur sets a new standard for service and comfort in the travel industry, and we are delighted to present this incredible new ship to discerning travellers as they explore the world with Regent,” Sommer enthused.

The ship has capacity for just 746 guests whose every whim is catered to by the 548 crew on board. There are 15 accommodation categories, including Spacious Suites, Distinctive Suites and the palatial Regent Suite which costs US$11,000 per night.

Seven Seas Grandeur also offers unparalleled culinary experiences, including the line’s signature Compass Rose, Chartreuse and Prime 7 restaurants which are all included at no extra charge under Regent’s all-inclusive offering.

There are five specialty restaurants which now feature 130 new dishes created exclusively for Seven Seas Grandeur. And for guests wanting to broaden their own culinary expertise, the ship offers a Culinary Arts Kitchen with hands-on classes and special demonstrations in a professional-grade teaching facility where the curriculum reflects the global destinations visited by the Regent fleet.

Guests can also indulge themselves with the ship’s Serene Spa & Wellness experience, which includes the “restorative power of an amber and quartz crystal bed” as well as a Zero Gravity Wellness Massage and, exclusively for Regent Suite guests, a Tahitian Hydration Ritual.

Entertainment includes four new productions which all showcase the talents of world-class performers and choreographers, including US Dancing with the Stars’ Britt Stewart, Broadway director John MacInnis and Argentine Tango royalty Francisco Forquera.

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