In recent months, two brand new cruise vessels have been constructed and delivered which the respective owners have claimed have set new standards in respect of ultra luxury cruising.
Advance media publicity would support the owners claims. British TV, during December 2016, screened a two part programme which featured Regent’s highly impressive new Seven Seas Explorer, built at a price tag of US$450-million. It began sailing in July 2016.
Initially mooted in 2008, the 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer offers some of the largest and most luxurious suites at sea. Her interiors, to quote a review in “The Avid Cruiser”, are nearly unparalleled in the industry; an impressive fact considering the kind of competition Regent is up against from competing lines. The cruise line is making the claim that its new lady is the “world’s most luxurious ship.”
Certainly there are contenders: Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2, Viking’s Sea and Star, Seabourn’s Odyssey-class vessels, and Oceania Cruises’ Riviera and Marina, owned by the same parent as Regent. And there will be more contenders to come: Silversea’s Muse and Crystal’s trio of ships. Not to mention the Australian owned Scenic expedition vessel Scenic Eclipse, due out in 2018.
During February, Seabourn were due to reveal to their customers and competitors their brand new cruise ship the Seabourn Encore.
An official handover ceremony was held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy and on January 7, 2017 the Seabourn Encore’s christening is scheduled to occur in Singapore with International recording artist and “world’s best-selling Soprano”, Sarah Brightman as its godmother.