New Luxury Cruise Ship Christened in Miami

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The christening ceremony - Photo by Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Facebook page

Regent Seven Seas Cruises christened their newest ship on Monday in Miami during a gala ceremony onboard. 

Travel partners, local community leaders, media, and other guests were invited to the private black-tie ceremony onboard Seven Seas Splendor to celebrate and officially christen the luxury ship. In addition, over 35,000 people watched the ceremony broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. 

Seven Seas Splendor is the epitome of luxury perfected,” said 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, all brings the renowned Regent experience to life on this beautiful ship. Seven Seas Splendor is a celebration of excellence, friendship, success and luxury.”

Seven Seas Splendor is helmed by 30-year veteran Captain Serena Melani, the first woman to captain a newly built ocean cruise ship. Captain Melani told the audience that women can achieve any goal with perseverance and hard work, and also recognized the ship’s 550 crew members for providing luxury vacationers with the highest levels of service onboard.

Honorary godmother of the ship Christie Brinkley followed Captain Melani on stage, delivering the traditional blessing which officially christened the vessel. The supermodel, actress, entrepreneur, and mother then pressed a button which sent a 15-liter Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut champagne smashing against the ship’s hull, symbolically welcoming it to the Regent Seven Seas fleet. To conclude the celebration, guests were treated to a concert by award-winning British singer-songwriter Seal.


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About Seven Seas Splendor

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The Culinary Arts Kitchen - Photo by Regent Seven Seas Splendor

Seven Seas Splendor holds 750 passengers in all-suite, all-balcony accommodations, which range from 307 to 4,443 square feet. The vessel features over 46,000 square feet of Italian marble and a $5 million curated fine art collection. Also onboard the ship is an 18-station Culinary Arts Kitchen for hands-on gourmet cooking classes, Pacific Rim Pan-Asian restaurant, Prime 7 steakhouse, French restaurant Chartreuse, and Sette Mari at La Veranda Italian restaurant with over-water alcove seating. Splendor also includes a Regent Seven Seas favorite — Compass Rose, the largest specialty restaurant at sea. 

This winter, the ship will cruise in the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera, including two Panama Canal crossings and one unique southern Caribbean cruise from Miami to New York City. In spring, Seven Seas Splendor will cross the Atlantic for her first European season, sailing in both the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. 

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