Fincantieri has started dry dock work on Seven Seas Grandeur. The new luxury ship is the third vessel the shipyard is building for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
During a special keel laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, the Regent Seven Seas Cruises leadership team were joined by members of Fincantieri to formally place one of Seven Seas Grandeur’s building blocks. The ship is the third luxury cruise ship that Fincantieri is building for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
“Since their respective debuts in 2016 and 2020, Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor have delighted discerning luxury travelers from across the world, earning a reputation as the most luxurious ships ever built,” said Jason Montague, President and Chief Executive Officer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Now their sister, Seven Seas Grandeur, builds upon Regent’s rich three decade-long history. Inspired by our heritage, this will be a ship that harmonizes elegance, comfort, freedom and choice, providing An Unrivaled Experience, and will continue to delight our guests for years to come.”
During the ceremony a steel section of the approximately 55,500 gross ton vessel was lifted onto the dry dock. Three custom-minted coins were placed onto the keel of the ship. A longstanding maritime tradition, the coins will forever remain embedded within the ship’s structure, bringing luck for all who sail aboard. Each coin represents one of the sister ships: Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Grandeur. The coins for the two vessels, delivered at the Sestri Ponente (Genova) shipyard in 2016 and Ancona shipyard in 2020, are replicas of those that were placed on respective vessels, while the new coin includes the cruise line’s 30th anniversary logo.
Like the first two vessels of her class Seven Seas Grandeur will be 55,500 gross tons with accommodation for only 732 passengers, with among the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the industry.
Seven Seas grandeur will be built using the very latest in environmental protection technologies, while the interiors will be particularly sophisticated, with every attention paid to passenger comfort.
Seven Seas Grandeur will commence her inaugural season in November 2023, cruising 17 incredible voyages in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, plus 2 fascinating transatlantic crossings, all ranging from 7 to 16 nights in length.