On 13 July, Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco attended a gala for the christening of the Seven Seas Explorer alongside her husband, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. Charlene is the godmother to the ship. The couple made their entrance in a royal procession, which was followed by the Monaco and American national anthems. Charlene said she was “honoured to be godmother of this magnificent ship.”
The black-tie ceremony was held at Port Hercules in the Principality of Monaco, and the famous Italian Tenor, Andrea Bocelli gave a forty minute concert for the 700 people in attendance. The Prince’s Palace of Monaco said: “Bocelli’s beautiful serenade was a fitting send-off for a ship that sets a new benchmark for luxury.” The Seven Seas Explorer is being billed as the most luxurious ship ever.
Her Serene Highness cut the red velvet ribbon, which sent Veuve Clicquot champagne crashing against the hull on Wednesday evening to christen the new ship. Charlene said, “I christen this ship Seven Seas Explorer. God bless her and all those who sail on her,” to the crowd assembled. She then blew a kiss to the vessel after her remarks during the two-hour event.
The Princess of Monaco has a special connection with the ship. The former Olympic swimmer is a water safety advocate. She has been working with the Norwegian Cruise Line – the parent company of Regent Seven Seas Cruises – to put her water safety programme into practice on their fleet of ships. She said she was thrilled with the discussions taking place between her foundation and the cruise line to implement the water safety programme on all of their ships.
The Seven Seas Explorer is part of the Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line. The luxury ship will hold 750 passengers and 542 crew members. It weighs a total of 56,000 tons. The ship boasts 10 decks with various types of suites. It will sail to locations such as St Tropez, Venice, Italy, Lisbon, Portugal, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Barcelona, Spain.
The largest stateroom is the Regent Suite, which is 2,917 sq ft that can sleep six guests. The Veranda Suite, the smallest stateroom, is 219 sq ft and sleeps two guests. It will set out on its maiden voyage for 14 nights on 20 July from Monte Carlo and will complete its first voyage in Venice, Italy, on Wednesday 3 August.