It was a glam affair befitting the elegant vessel

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

Christie Brinkley at Miami christening of RSSC Splendor

photo from Travel Weekly

“Gorgeous is the word I use to describe Seven Seas Splendor,” Christie Brinkley enthused. “All the details on this ship are amazing, from the artistic style of the Italian marble, the artwork and chandeliers, to the sculpture of the mythical dragon outside Pacific Rim.”

“Every inch of this light and bright ship is filled with luxurious details. My parents had cruised on Regent ships. If they were here today, they would be so excited and proud for me to be Godmother to Seven Seas Splendor.”

Doing the honors

Christie did the honors, at the Miami event, breaking the ceremonial bottle of Champagne—a 15-liter Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut– over the ship’s handsome hull. Still as gorgeous as ever and a real  head turner, you might say she stole the show. But it was also the striking ship’s moment to shine. And they both did.

As Christie swung the bubbly she gave the  traditional maritime blessing — “I hereby name this ship Seven Seas Splendor. May God bless her and all who sail on her. ”

Seven Seas Splendor is the epitome of luxury perfected,” says Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “Every ship we launch gets even better. And Seven Seas Splendor is magnificent. The collaboration between the designers, engineers, craftsmen, hotel and restaurant teams, and the crew onboard  brings the famous Regent experience to life.”

 Female captain at the helm

One of Seven Seas Splendor’s many distinctions is her female captain,  30-year veteran Captain Serena Melani.   She’s the first woman to captain a newly built ocean cruise ship.

During a standing ovation  Captain Melani  noted that women can achieve any goal with perseverance and hard work. She gave praise to the ship’s 550 crew members for providing luxury travelers with the highest levels of personalized service and comfort on board.

 The grand finale

Four-time GRAMMY-award winning British singer-songwriter, Seal brought the house down singing  some his hit tunes at the grand finale.

Inside the Splendor

She has luxurious accommodations  for 750 passengers. Her interior sparkles with  more than 46,000 square-feet of Italian marble and a $5 million curated fine art collection.   Her 375 suites include nearly 52,000 square-feet of balcony space – among the largest cruise ship balconies in the world. The beautifully appointed suites range from the 307 square-foot Veranda Suite to the lavish 4,443 square-foot Regent Suite.

 Knock out suites

All the suites are spiffy. But The Regent Suite sets the tone for Seven Seas Splendor’s 14 other astonishing suite categories.   This is where high rollers  enjoy luxuries such as a $200,000 Hästens Vividus custom handmade mattress, an in-suite spa retreat featuring a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area with unlimited spa treatments.

The spread offers  unobstructed 270-degree views over Seven Seas Splendor’s bow from the 1,300 square-foot wraparound veranda. A glass-enclosed solarium sitting area on top of the bridge provides  a Captain’s view of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

And that’s all. When you book the Regent Suite you get  first-class air accommodations, a dedicated personal butler to take care of details  and a personal car with driver and guide in every port.

 Outstanding Regent Seven Seas cuisine

Regent is famous for its food.  And impressing the point is a Culinary Arts Kitchen with 18 stations for hands-on gourmet cooking classes presented by master chef instructors.

Dining venues begin with Compass Rose, the largest specialty restaurant at sea. Then there’s  Pacific Rim, a dramatic Pan-Asian restaurant featuring  a mythical dragon at the door.

For meat-eaters there’s Prime 7, an intimate and elegant steakhouse. And those with a flair for French cuisine can find happiness at Chartreuse.,

And if you’re in the mood for Italian there’s  Sette Mari at La Veranda, serving guests authentic old country  specialties in a stunning, over-water alcove setting.

Passenger pampering

With her debut comes the launch of Regent’s Serene Spa & Wellness™, a new globally inspired spa brand created for Seven Seas Splendor. That’s where you can bliss out with head to toe therapies that soothe the body and soul.  offering exclusive treatments that integrate techniques and ingredients from destinations around the world to soothe both the body and mind.

 The Regent fleet

Five ships carry the RSSC name. They are Seven Seas Explorer®Seven Seas Mariner®Seven Seas Navigator®Seven Seas Splendor™ and Seven Seas Voyager.

Regent covers the world sailing to more than 450 iconic and immersive destinations. This winter, Seven Seas Splendor cruises  the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera with two Panama Canal crossings. She’ll also do a unique Southern Caribbean cruise from Miami to New York City.

Come spring, Seven Seas Splendor traverses the Atlantic Ocean for her inaugural European season.

Fares are inclusive of  round-trip business-class air on intercontinental flights from U.S. and Canada, shore excursions, WiFi,  wines and spirits and gratuities.

Also available for guests in Conierge or higher categories are  ground transfers and one-night, pre-cruise hotel packages. And if you book from Pavlus you get a gift of binoculars.

Regent Seven Seas cruises sell out far in advance so if you want to get on board better call Pavlus asap.


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