MONACO — On a clear,
windy night here, Princess Charlene of Monaco christened the Seven Seas
Explorer, the first new ship to be built for Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 13
Tenor Andrea Bocelli
sang “Nessun Dorma,” three religious leaders blessed the ship and Norwegian
Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio again called the ship the most luxurious
“Monte Carlo can now add
the christening of Explorer to her long list of accolades that makes this jewel
of a principality truly unique in the world,” Del Rio said.
“I cannot be prouder of
the team, or of the ship itself.”
The event was attended
by more than 700 Regent employees, media, vendors, travel agents and other
dignitaries who were seated on the floating cruise dock in Monte Carlo for the
“I christen this ship
Seven Seas Explorer. God bless her and all those who sail on her,” said
Princess Charlene, moments before snipping a ribbon that sent a bottle of champagne to
burst on the side of the ship.
Afterwards, Bocelli sang
a dozen songs ranging from opera to popular hits.
The ship departed later
in the evening on its maiden voyage. Costing in excess of $450 million, the
750-passenger ship is among the most expensive cruise ships built on a
It was billed as
“the most luxurious cruise ship ever” in Regent’s marketing messages.