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On board the "most luxurious cruise ship ever"

Swanky. Very swanky.

LUXURY CRUISE LINE Regent Seven Seas Cruises just pulled the curtain off its new ship, which is being called “the most luxurious cruise ship ever.”

And that’s not an empty boast. The Explorer is filled bow to stern with as much luxury as you could possibly ask for. All the rooms in the ship are suites with balconies and everything included.

Plus, one of the megasuites measures almost 3,900 square feet — 50% bigger than the average home — and will cost €5,500 per person per night.

There’s also plenty of luxury outside the bedrooms. The 56,000-tonne liner includes a casino, a library, and three specialty restaurants, as well as a main dining room.

The Explorer will make its maiden voyage in July 2016, but you can already reserve your space in history — Regent is taking reservations for the inaugural season now.

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The ship will only have room for 750 guests, and claims to have the highest staff-to-passenger ratio in the business. This is the super-opulent lobby of the ship.

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The Observation Lounge is a few decks up. It sports a silver-and-gold color scheme that Seven Seas calls “ripped from the pages of ‘The Great Gatsby.’” The lounge also features a dance floor and floor-to-ceiling windows for a spectacular ocean view.

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The onboard theatre, called the Constellation Theatre, exudes a glamorous old-Hollywood vibe with cabaret-style seating and cocktail tables sporting hand-blown glass lamps. Everything from Broadway-style shows to cooking demonstrations will take the stage.


The ship also has a library featuring board games, novels to read in downtime, and DVDs guests can take back to their suites.

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The Explorer will host a myriad of dining options, starting with the main dining room, the Compass Rose. All Seven Seas ships have a Rose dining room, but this one sports a modern new look featuring a huge cascading blue chandelier.

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Seven Seas’ signature steakhouse, Prime 7, is also accounted for

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The ship is made up of all suites with adjoining balconies — no windowless rooms here. The deluxe suite is appropriately lavish, with double bed as well as a sitting room between the bedroom and balcony.

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A step up from that is the sapphire-themed penthouse suite, with even more space and windows.

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But even larger than that is the 3,875-square-foot Regent Suite, which will no doubt be the largest private room available on the seas. It comes with two bedrooms, a living room, and will cost €5,500 per person per night.

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The suite’s living room is spacious enough for both a bar area and a Steinway grand piano. Off the living room is an “outdoor glass enclosed sitting area” featuring a 270-degree view of the ship’s bow and beyond.

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Another first at sea is the in-suite spa room with its own steam room. All this luxury comes with a hefty price tag: A 14-night stay in the Regent Suite comes to $64,881 per person. The ship will make its maiden voyage, from Monte Carlo to Venice, in July of 2016.


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