Regent Celebrates Keel Laying for Seven Seas Grandeur

Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently celebrated the keel laying for Seven Seas Grandeur, ahead of its 2023 debut. The ceremony, celebrating the significant milestone, was held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy’s Ancona, where the line’s team was joined by members of Fincantieri to formally place one of the vessel’s building blocks.

Jason Montague, president and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor have delighted luxury travelers since their respective debuts in 2016 and 2020. He added that their sister ship, Seven Seas Grandeur, will build upon the line’s three-decade-long history.

Gilberto Tobaldi, Ancona shipyard director noted that Seven Seas Grandeur marks their third collaboration with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

During the ceremony, a steel section of the vessel was lifted onto the dry dock. Montague and Tobaldi honored the occasion by placing three custom-minted coins onto the keel of the ship, each one representing one of the sister ships—Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Grandeur. A longstanding maritime tradition, the coins will forever remain embedded within the ship’s structure, bringing luck for all who sail aboard.

The coins for Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor are replicas of those that were placed on their own keels, while the new coin for Seven Seas Grandeur includes the cruise line’s 30th anniversary logo.

Seven Seas Grandeur will host only 732 guests and have a gross tonnage of 55,500. The ship will begin its inaugural season in November 2023, offering 17 itineraries in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, besides two transatlantic crossings—all ranging from seven to 16 nights.

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