Regent Seven Seas Cruises said it cut the first steel for a new ship to be delivered in the summer of 2016.

Called the Seven Seas Explorer, the ship will carry 750 guests and become the fourth vessel in Regent’s fleet.

The 54,000-ton ship is being built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The luxury line last had a new ship in 2003, when the Seven Seas Voyager entered service.

During the steel-cutting ceremony, Regent President Kunal Kamlani and Fincantieri’s senior executive vice president, Gabriele Cocco, began a countdown that culminated with the opening of a magnum of Krug Grande Cuvée champagne.

As the champagne flowed, confetti cascaded down and the laser cut the first piece of steel.

Sales are expected to open in early 2015.

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