Regent Seven Seas Cruises on Thursday unveiled a rendering of its upcoming ship, the 738-passenger Seven Seas Explorer, due to launch in summer 2016.
Although there has been a ceremonial steel cutting, the official start of construction will be at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, in January with the keel laying.
The 54,000-ton Seven Seas Explorer, which will be the fourth and largest ship in the luxury line’s fleet, will cost about $450 million. The ship will have 369 balcony suites ranging from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet.
Reservations open Feb. 11 to the general public, and Jan. 19 exclusively for Seven Seas Society members.