Cruise lovers, say hello to one of the swankiest ships ever to set sail.
Recalling television's iconic "Love Boat," Regent Seven Seas cruise line unveiled this week what it boasts will be "the most luxurious ship" ever built. As one might expect, the price of admission isn't cheap.
When it hits the high seas in July 2016, the opulent 750 passenger Seven Seas Explorer will feature a host of lavish amenities—the centerpiece of which is a more than 3,700 square foot double occupancy "Regent Suite" that will cost a whopping $5,000 per night per person, or $10,000 for a couple, based on the ship's double occupancy rate.
That's multiples higher than the daily rate for a stay in the penthouse suite of New York's Waldorf Astoria, one of New York's most exclusive hotels—–yet still a bargain when compared to the $45,000 price tag at the Four Seasons Ty Warner Penthouse.
Despite the steep price, parent company Norwegian Cruise Lines says it already has people lined up to book when bookings open in February. The 56,000 ton ocean liner will also be the roomiest of its size in the cruise industry, according to the company.
"We wanted to redefine the overall luxury vacation market with Seven Seas Explorer," said Frank Del Rio, newly appointed chief executive officer for Norwegian, who called the vessel "the most luxurious ship ever built."
A big draw is the 2-bedroom suite, which even Regent's top brass recently acknowledged was "over the top."