“The World’s Most Luxurious Cruise Ship” – Other Cruise News: Ponant’s Sea Voyages – Trouble On The Amazon

The Cruise Examiner for 18th July 2016

Le Boreal

Let Ponant’s 10,922-ton Le Boréal take you non-stop from Boston to Panama in 7 nights this October

This week, we look at Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new Seven Seas Explorer, said by Regent to be the most luxurious ship ever built. We assess first reactions and also compare her to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2. Elsewhere, Marseilles-based Ponant is launching a number of sea voyages, mostly non-stop port-to-port ocean voyages such as 8 nights from Vancouver to Honolulu on board Le Soléal this September and 7 nights from Boston to Portland on board Le Boréal (above) this October. And trouble erupted twice on the Peruvian Amazon last week, with one river cruiser, the 40-berth Amazon Discovery, being attacked by bandits while another, the 24-berth Aqua Amazon, sank at her dock in Iquitos, with four crew members missing after an explosion on Saturday.

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First Class & Cabin Class On The Rivers – How Small Is Small? The 500/700-Passenger Ship – Cruise Line Stocks

The Cruise Examiner for 15th February 2016

Seabourn Encore at seaRecently, Scenic and its sister line Emerald Waterways have been in the news, especially with Scenic’s planned expansion into ocean cruising in 2018. This week we have a closer look at their river operations in Europe. Elsewhere, with Seabourn president Rick Meadows in Europe, we look at their new 604-berth Seabourn Encore (above), due out in January, and how she compares with other ships such as Regent’s 750-berth Seven Seas Explorer, which enters service this summer. Finally, we have a quick look at what’s happening with cruise line stocks.

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The Seven Seas Explorer – Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation – Silversea Yet To Order Against Chinese Finance

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd February 2015... ..

Seven Seas Explorer

With Crystal not having taken delivery of a new ship for a dozen years now, Hapag-Lloyd having bedded in its STX-built 2013 vintage Europa 2 and Fincantieri completing the last of Ponant’s four 264-berth luxury cruisers as well as preparing to deliver the new Viking Star this spring, it appears that the Italian shipbuilder now dominates the market for ultra-luxury cruise ships. With Regent’s latest ship on the way for delivery in 2016, two new 604-berth ships for Seabourn and a potential new order from Silversea for three ships of similar size, Fincantieri has this market wrapped up for now. Today, we examine this situation in a little more detail.

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Mid-Size Newbuildings Take On New Importance – Small Ship Fleets Continue To Evolve – Carnival To Charge For Live Concerts

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 27th January 2014..

 

Seabourn Quest AerialRecent deliveries and orders for several new midsize ships in the 40,000- to 60,000-ton range signify a change in cruise ship development. The recent arrivals of Marina, Riviera, Europa 2 and orders for Viking Star, Seven Seas Explorer and a new 40,350-tonner for Seabourn, modelled on the smaller 32,000-ton Seabourn Quest (left), are beginning to hark back to the traditional days of cruising, making the big new ships look like circuses by comparison. The new midsize ships will become the First Class of 21st Century cruising while the megaships are quickly becoming the Tourist Class. At the same time, the small ship market continues to evolve, with the smallest Seabourn ships soon to go to Windstar Cruises. Meanwhile, Carnival Cruise Lines continues the trend of adding extra charges to mainline cruises, with the addition of live concerts at a charge on board eight of its ships in the Caribbean and Mexico.

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Regent Orders A Fourth Ship – Queen Mary 2 Completes 200th Atlantic Crossing – MSC To Double Its Ex-UK Fleet Next September

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 15th July 2013

quenmaryLast week came news that Regent Seven Seas Cruises had finally ordered its long-anticipated fourth ship. The 738-berth 54,000-ton Seven Seas Explorer will have a passenger space ratio of more than 73 gross tons per passenger. This compares to the new record of 80 tons per passenger on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2, introduced this May. Elsewhere, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 completed her 200th North Atlantic crossing this weekend, having now carried about 500,000 Transatlantic passengers. Meanwhile, MSC Cruises will double its ex-UK presence in September 2014 with the addition of the MSC Magica to the UK-based MSC Opera, and has announced a new UK boss.

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Regent Announces Fourth Ship With Its Seven Seas Explorer

Announcing Seven Seas Explorer

Today, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced the next chapter in its history. The ine hasse entered into a contract with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to build the most luxurious cruise ship in the era of modern cruising. The new all-suite, all-balcony ship will be named Seven Seas Explorer with delivery scheduled for Summer 2016.

At 54,000 gross tons and accommodating just 738 guests, Seven Seas Explorer will be the largest vessel in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet. The ship will boast one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in modern cruise ship design enabling the line to deliver the highly personalised service and extraordinary experience that clients have come to expect from Regent.

This new ship order is part of Regent’s disciplined growth strategy to expand its footprint in the luxury market. Since  purchasing the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand in 2008, its ships have sailed full with industry-leading yields. Expanding the fleet will allow for a greater array of itineraries.

With the Seven Seas Explorer, overall fleet capacity will grow nearly 40%, making Regent Seven Seas the world’s largest luxury cruise line.

Seven Seas Explorer will feature spacious and sophisticated designer suites, ultra-elegant public areas, a wide-range of dining options with six gourmet restaurants, an expansive Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Regent’s signature nine-deck atrium, two-story Explorer Theater and many other amenities all created with the personality, warmth and soul of classic and timeless design.

The moment guests step aboard Seven Seas Explorer, they’ll know they have arrived somewhere special. The use of exotic stones and polished woods, designer furniture, rich fabrics and sophisticated lighting combined with what promises to be a museum-quality eclectic art collection will clearly position Seven Seas Explorer as the new standard in luxury cruising.

The Seven Seas Explorer follows the 28,550-ton Seven Seas Navigator (490 guests), complete by Mariotti in 1999, the 48,015-ton Seven Seas Mariner (708 guests), launched by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in 2001 and the 41,827-ton Seven Seas Voyager (708 guests), completed by Mariott in 2003.

Further details about Seven Seas Explorer will be announced in the coming months so please stay tuned. In the words of its executives:

“We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your tremendous support over the years. As we look toward the future and the evolution of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, we know that our success will flourish as a result of our mutual partnerships and the powerful value proposition of providing the Most Inclusive Luxury Cruise Experience in the world.”

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Frank J. Del Rio
Chairman & CEO
Prestige Cruise Holdings
Kunal S. Kamlani
President
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Graham Sadler
Managing Director UK & Europe, Regent Seven Seas Cruises