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Initiating a new era in luxury cruising, the Seven Seas Explorer launched in Monte Carlo yesterday (13th July). In this review I share photos of the interior of the Seven Seas Explorer, the worlds most luxurious cruise ship.

Godmother of Seven Seas Explorer, Princess Charlene of Monaco, cut a red velvet ribbon which sent a Primat bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne smashing against the ship’s hull to officially christen the newest member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, the most luxurious cruise ship ever built. The gala christening ceremony took place in Monte Carlo, one of the world’s most glamorous cities, and included a special private concert by world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

“This is truly a special moment, not only for the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand, but for the entire Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings family,” shared Frank Del Rio, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and chief executive officer. “Tonight we celebrate the realization of our vision. Seven Seas Explorer is not only the world’s most luxurious ship – she sets a new benchmark for luxury vacations and lays the foundation from which Regent Seven Seas Cruises will continue to build. We have already begun a massive $125 million refurbishment effort to ensure every ship in our fleet matches the luxury standard found on Explorer, and will introduce a sister-ship in 2020.”

Seven Seas Explorer delivers an unrivaled luxury cruise experience. The ship features extravagantly designed theaters and lounges, an unparalleled collection of opulent and spacious suites, five lavish gourmet restaurants and an unprecedented level of personalized service. At 55,254 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750 guests, the all-suite, all-balcony ship boasts one of the highest space ratios and lowest crew to guest ratios in the cruise industry, not to mention the largest private verandas in the cruise industry and a new category of luxury suite, the nearly 4,500-square foot Regent Suite. The luxury liner’s maiden voyage will take place July 20, 2016, and will spend its inaugural season in Europe before heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.

Features and amenities to aboard Seven Seas Explorer include:

· The Regent Suite – a new category of luxury suite, the Park Avenue-style apartment is 3,875-square-foot and comes complete with an in-room spa retreat and custom Steinway Arabesque piano, both firsts at sea, and features an outdoor, glass-enclosed sitting area aptly named the Vista Garden that will provide magnificent, unobstructed 270-degree views over the ship’s bow. The privileges of booking the Regent Suite extend beyond its doors. Inclusive amenities to those booking this suite include a private car with driver and guide in every port, free unlimited laundry and pressing, business and first class air as well as limousine transfer to and from the airport.

· Three distinct specialty restaurants – Open exclusively for dinner, Prime 7 is one of three distinct specialty restaurants on Seven Seas Explorer available for guests’ epicurean pleasures imposing no surcharge to dine at any of the specialty restaurants. The two new speciality venues are:

· Chartreuse – a tantalising new gourmet French specialty restaurant featuring a classic French menu with dishes expertly prepared using both classic and modern techniques for a multiple course celebration of French gastronomy. Evoking memories of a chic Parisian fine dining restaurant this is the perfect respite for guests to enjoy an apéritif, including specialty cocktails infused with the French liqueur Chartreuse. The design team at ICRAVE responsible for this sophisticated French restaurant left no detail unattended, including a silver-leafed ceiling that is interspersed with dramatic gold-bordered black lacquered lines to complete the elegant Parisian motif and a decorative iron sculpting throughout the bar pays a graceful and subtle homage to Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower.

· Pacific Rim – celebrating the culinary traditions of Asia , Pacific Rim will be yet another historical first for guests to experience featuring a diverse array of delightfully prepared pan-Asian dishes, to be savoured in an elegant dining room whose design takes inspirational cues from a variety of Asian cultures such as a Tibetan prayer wheel, contemporary lotus inspired windows, traditional Japanese rain chains and custom Chinese screens all melded harmoniously together for a truly remarkable culinary experience.

· Culinary Arts Kitchen – Regent’s first culinary instruction centre will provide guests with all the ingredients to expand their culinary skills in a welcoming environment reminiscent of the most prestigious cooking schools in France in both layout and design. The culinary workstations are fully equipped with top-of-the-line induction cooktops, stainless steel sinks and a comprehensive collection of additional cooking essentials and offer more than a dozen unique classes covering a wide array of topics including healthy cooking, fish and shellfish preparation, perfect food and wine pairings for entertaining, delectable mini-desserts, high-heat grilling, and classes inspired by the destinations visited by the ship.

· Canyon Ranch SpaClub® & Infinity Pool – the lavishly appointed, state-of-the-art spa featuring an infrared sauna, aromatic steam room and cold room will debut together with a selection of exclusive ultra-luxurious treatments developed by Canyon Ranch in partnership with lifestyle and beauty experts, Red Flower®. On a private outdoor deck, guests will find an inviting teak-deck terrace filled with plush lounge chairs that surround a beautiful infinity-edged plunge pool contouring the stern of the ship for magnificent views across the horizon.

Read more about the Seven Seas Explorer.

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