Seven Seas Explorer might redefine luxury, starting with a $5,000 suite

What does top-tier luxury on a cruise ship look like? Regent Seven Seas Cruises on Tuesday offered a peek at the Seven Seas Explorer, still under construction, whose wow factor is a spacious two-bedroom suite that comes with a daily price tag of $5,000 per person.

The Explorer won't sail until summer of 2016 but it's being designed to be "recognized industry-wide as the most luxurious ship ever," Regent president Jason Montague says in a statement.


And, with just 750 guests, the all-inclusive cruise line says it will have the highest space ratio in the cruise world.

The new luxury suite, called the Regent Suite, covers more than 3,800 square feet and comes with a dining area, its own sauna and steam room, a spa treatment area and a glass-covered veranda with views toward the horizon over the ship's bow, a statement says.

Renderings of the ship released Tuesday (see images above) start with the main atrium lobby anchored by twin glass staircases and a crystal chandelier.

Dining areas include redesigns of Regent's signature restaurants: the Compass Rose, which now sports an aqua-blue chandelier, and Prime 7 steakhouse, which has a new purple-and-silver decor.

Lounge areas include a 694-seat cabaret-style Constellation Theater described as a nod to the golden age of Hollywood. Hand-blown Murano glass lamps decorate each table.

The ship's Observation Lounge is a bit of a throwback too. It's got a Roaring Twenties feel with a color palette of silver, gold, black and white.

The Explorer's maiden voyage will be a 14-night cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice, Italy, starting July 20, 2016. Regent says the ship will operate in Europe during its inaugural season and call at ports such as Barcelona and Ibiza in Spain, St. Tropez in France, Istanbul, Alexandria in Egypt, and Jerusalem

Reservations open Jan. 19 for members of the line's Seven Seas Society and Feb. 4 for everyone else.

Info: Regent Seven Seas Cruises, (844) 473-4368, or contact a travel agent