Gabriele Cocco (SEVP - Merchant Ships for Fincantieri), Kunal S. Kamlani (President - Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
Construction began this morning on Regent Seven Seas Cruises' (www.rssc.com) new 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
The pop of a cork freed from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum initiated a laser, which cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the new 54,000-ton luxury ship, scheduled for delivery in summer 2016.
When it debuts, Seven Seas Explorer will, as with all of Regent's ships, offer an all-inclusive luxury experience.
During the ceremony, Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Gabriele Cocco, senior executive vice president of merchant ships for Fincantieri, began a countdown that culminated with Maison Krug Italy’s master sommelier, Michela Cimatoribus, releasing the cork from the magnum of champage.
Michela Cimatoribus (Master Sommelier - Maison Krug Italy), Gabriele Cocco (SEVP - Merchant Ships for Fincantieri), Kunal S. Kamlani (President - Regent Seven Seas Cruises), Raffaele Davassi, (SVP Sestri Ponente Shipyard)
As the cork soared and the champagne flowed, confetti cascaded down and the laser cut the first piece of steel. “We’re one step closer to fulfilling our dream of building the most luxurious ship in the world and giving our guests another exciting option to explore inspired global destinations with our special brand of all-inclusive luxury,” said Kamlani. “Seven Seas Explorer will surpass the current standard in luxury cruising, offering a new level of grandeur throughout the ship from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome a new partner in Regent Seven Seas Cruises and to start construction of this brilliant new ship,” commented Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “As a global leader in cruise ship construction, we’ve built some of the finest ships at sea. Building the most luxurious ship ever built is quite a challenge, but with our craftsmanship and experience building luxury ships we feel that Seven Seas Explorer will become the definition of excellence.”
Regent Seven Seas said the new ship will boast the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry and further strengthen its industry position. The luxury line will begin taking reservations for the new vessel's voyages in early 2015.
For more information, visit www.rssc.com.