Fincantieri lays the keel for Regent Seven Seas newbuild

Italian shipbuilder starts the construction of Seven Seas Explorer at its Genoa yard
Fincantieri lays the keel for Regent Seven Seas newbuild
Seven Seas Explorer will launch in July 2016

By Rebecca Gibson |

Fincantieri laid the first piece of steel for Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ (RSSC) newbuild at its yard in Genoa, Italy, on 21 January.

The ceremony marked a significant milestone in Seven Seas Explorer’s construction, bringing the ship closer to July 2016 debut.

During the ceremony, a black Rolls-Royce Phantom transported three symbolic coins to the keel laying event, before they were placed on a pillow by a butler and carried to the ship.

The coins included a rare 1921 US silver coin known as the Peace Dollar, which symbolises the safe passage of Seven Seas Explorer; a 1959 silver Italian Lire representing the year the Fincantieri shipyard was established; and a commemorative coin specially minted for the occasion.

All three coins were welded into the newbuild’s keel by Jason Montague, president and COO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations; and Franco Semeraro, senior vice president of hotel operations. The building block was then lowered into the dry dock.

Earlier this month, RSSC revealed Seven Seas Explorer is to offer the line’s first 3,875 sq ft suite, as well as lounges, gourmet restaurants and more.


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