For Over-the-Top Ultra-Luxury
During a shipyard ceremony in Ancona, Italy, last year, Jason Montague, president and CEO, and Franco Semeraro, senior vice president of hotel operations, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, celebrated the keel laying of the 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor, launching in early 2020. Sporting more than 46,000 square feet of Italian marble, this ultra-luxury vessel will feature 375 pampering, high-end guest suites.
Most palatial? That’s the, 443-square-foot Regent Suite with an in-suite spa retreat (think personal sauna, steam room and treatment area with unlimited spa treatments), 270-degree views over the ship’s bow from the suite’s 1,300-square-foot wraparound veranda and a glass-enclosed solarium sitting area atop the bridge. That suite’s guests will also sleep in a custom, hand-crafted $200,000 Hastens Vividus bed, enjoy pampering by a butler and head out with a personal car with driver and guide in every port.
It’s a good example of how Montague and Semeraro are differentiating Regent’s highly inclusive product in an increasingly crowded luxury marketplace. Montague previously served as president and CEO for both Regent Seven Seas Cruise and Oceania Cruises, as well as CFO for Prestige Cruise Holdings, while Semeraro is a 16-year company veteran.
Together, this year they’ve also introduced 200 gourmet plant-based dishes to Regent’s culinary offerings and transitioned the fleet to the Vero water purification system, eliminating use of more than two million plastic bottles annually.