Ship sail

Regent Seven Seas begins construction of new cruise ship Seven Seas Grandeur

(1:45 p.m. EDT) — Regent Seven Seas Cruises kicked off construction of its newest cruise ship, Seven Seas Grandeur, today with a keel-laying ceremony at Fincantieri Shipyard in Ancona, Italy.

During the ceremony, a steel section of the 55,000 ton ship was lifted onto the dry dock, signifying the official start of the physical construction of the vessel. The 720 passengers

The Seven Seas Grandeur is set to launch in 2023 as the sixth ship in the Regent Seven Seas fleet.

“Seven Seas Grandeur builds on Regent’s rich three-decade history,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas. “Inspired by our heritage, this ship will combine elegance, comfort, freedom and choice, offering an unparalleled experience, and will continue to delight our passengers for years to come.”

Ancona Shipyard Manager Gilberto Tobaldi added: “Seven Seas Grandeur marks our third collaboration with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. We are proud to partner with such a prestigious cruise line to develop Seven Seas Grandeur, which will be a great model for the future of luxury cruising. .”

As part of the ceremony, Montague and Tobaldi placed three custom minted coins on the ship’s keel, each representing one of the sister ships: Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Grandeur. The coins will remain embedded in the structure of the ship, a long maritime tradition believed to bring good luck to all who sail on board.

Introduced in 2016, Seven Seas Explorer, which the company touted as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world, was the first Regent ship built by Fincantieri; construction took place at the company’s Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa. The Seven Seas Splendor was built in Ancona in 2020.