Cruise holidays have seen a boom in recent years and were seeing increasing popularity year-on-year pre-Covid, raking in around £31 billion as an industry. As a result, cruise firms have been working to develop bigger and better cruise lines than any seen before.
One cruise line which has done just this is Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
As part of new Channel 5 documentary Building the Billion Dollar Cruise Ship, viewers were given the opportunity to take a look behind the curtain at how the £360 million Seven Seas Explorer was created and exactly what “luxurious” features holidaymakers can expect.
While the superliner itself is home to 374 suites, the most opulent of these is situated at the very top of the ship.
Though the average cost of a regular suite onboard the ship would cost around £10,000 for a two-week stay, the penthouse is “reserved for the super-rich”.
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However, the perks of this high-end suite don’t stop there.
The bathroom and closet space take up a decent portion of the floor plan, offering plenty of storage for garments and suitcases.
What’s more, the bathroom itself houses far more than the standard shower and toilet.
One of the developers explained: “It will have its own sauna, wet room and jacuzzi.”
Though Regent Seven Seas is currently not sailing due to ongoing travel restrictions, the cruise line has set out plans to return to the ocean.
In September 2021, the Seven Seas Splendor will begin cruises from Southampton, marking the line’s official post-Covid return to sailing.
“Come September we will have the double celebration of our return to the seas as we also recommence the inaugural season of the ship that perfects luxury, Seven Seas Splendor,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
“With immaculate design, luxurious suites, exquisite cuisine, dynamic entertainment and outstanding personalised service, Seven Seas Splendor was one of the most highly-anticipated ships to launch in the history of cruising, and my promise to our loyal and eager guests is that without a doubt she will be worth the wait.”