MSC To Be Third Biggest Luxury Player

2027 Luxury Market Breakdown

With MSC Cruises entering the luxury market with dedicated 1,000-guest ships, the family-owned company will be the third biggest luxury operator by 2027, according to Cruise Industry News estimates.

Viking Ocean will control most of the market pie, with 18 ships and an estimated market share of 35.7 per cent based on passenger capacity.

Silversea, with an aggressive newbuilding program and a new owner in Royal Caribbean Cruises, will be the second largest luxury line, with 12 ships and 13 per cent of the market come 2027, based on the existing cruise ship orderbook.

MSC Funnel

MSC Cruises is next, as the Italian brand will have four 64,000-ton luxury ships, 4,000 berths and just under 10 per cent of the luxury market, not including the company’s Yacht Club berths on its quickly-expanding fleet of megaships.

Crystal and Seabourn round out the top five, as both are expanding into the expedition market with new ships and Crystal has also committed to a new class of larger ocean-going vessels.

£300million, 51,000 tonnes and just 750 guests: Inside the world’s most luxurious cruise ship… 

  • complete with a suite four times bigger than the average HOUSE
  • Ship weighs 56,000 tons and can carry 750 guests in luxury throughout with huge amounts of space
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  • The Regent Suite measures 3,875-square-foot, the average house size in the UK is 1,042 square-feet
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  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises reported both single-day and first week record bookings for the Explorer
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The Regent Seven Seas Cruises Explorer will come in at 732ft in length, but will carry just 750 guests in total and every room will be a suite.

With gourmet dining throughout, marble floors, crystal chandeliers and one ‘residence’ that is almost four times bigger than the average house in the UK, the vessel is certainly set to take the luxury ship market by storm.

The Penthouse on the Seven Seas Explorer will offer luxury and importantly decent amount of space for guests to relax

The Penthouse on the Seven Seas Explorer will offer luxury and importantly decent amount of space for guests to relax

There are already two dining rooms built on board the Seven Seas Explorer, with plans for more to be constructed before first sail

There are already two dining rooms built on board the Seven Seas Explorer, with plans for more to be constructed before first sail

The Seven Seas Explorer is still under construction, but already the plans for rendering are spectacular 

The Seven Seas Explorer is still under construction, but already the plans for rendering are spectacular 

The ship is designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built, with the one-of-a-kind, opulent 3,875-square-foot Regent Suite, extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces, and lavish gourmet restaurants. The average size of a house in the UK is around 1,042-square-feet, so the top suite is almost four times the size of this.

‘We meticulously designed every detail aboard Seven Seas Explorer in order to make it the most luxurious ship ever built, and we are thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response from our past guests and travel partners,’ said Graham Sadler, managing director of Regent Seven Seas Cruises UK.

The living area inside the Regent Suite, that measures in total almost four times the size of an average UK house, oozes class and style

The living area inside the Regent Suite, that measures in total almost four times the size of an average UK house, oozes class and style

The bathroom of the Regent Suite will come with all the mod cons, but will retain a glamorous edge that will excite guests

The bathroom of the Regent Suite will come with all the mod cons, but will retain a glamorous edge that will excite guests

How could you not feel relaxed in this? The bedroom of the Regent Suite is bright and airy and is sure to guarantee a good night's sleep

How could you not feel relaxed in this? The bedroom of the Regent Suite is bright and airy and is sure to guarantee a good night’s sleep

‘Our booking experience echoed that of our offices in the US and with the maiden voyage nearly sold out and demand for the inaugural season being extremely strong, it underscores the global excitement surrounding the world’s most luxurious ship.’

The world’s most luxurious ship is already surpassing expectations, as Regent Seven Seas Cruises reported both single-day and first week record bookings for the line’s new flagship Seven Seas Explorer.

The ship went on sale exclusively to members of the line’s loyalty programme, the Seven Seas Society, on January 19, and reservations made that day surpassed the line’s previous single-day revenue record by nearly three times.

The welcome on board the luxury cruise ship is sure to leave guests wide-eyed with anticipation of what to expect next

The lounge on the Explorer can suit any mood; you can quite easily relax with a nice cocktail on an evening, or have a morning pick-me-up


The lounge on the Explorer can suit any mood; you can quite easily relax with a nice cocktail on an evening, or have a morning pick-me-up

The Observation Lounge abroad the Explorer is sure to be a favourite haunt, catching glimpses of sunsets and sunrise

The Observation Lounge abroad the Explorer is sure to be a favourite haunt, catching glimpses of sunsets and sunrise

The new level of grandeur offered on Seven Seas Explorer generated strong demand for the ship’s inaugural season, resulting in a new weekly sales record for Regent Seven Seas Cruises that more than doubled the previous high.

Currently, reservations for Seven Seas Explorer are limited to past cruisers with the line and will become widely available from February 4.

Scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2016, Seven Seas Explorer’s maiden voyage will be a 14-night sailing from Monte Carlo to Venice on 20 July 2016. The inaugural season highlights a variety of iconic locations throughout the Mediterranean including Ibiza, Barcelona, St. Tropez and Venice.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is setting a new standard for luxury cruise holidays with the launch of Seven Seas Explorer.

Regent orders new ship, touts it as most luxurious in cruising

Regent orders new ship, touts it as most luxurious in cruising

By Jerry Limone
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has ordered a new ship, a 738-passenger vessel that will be called the Seven Seas Explorer.

Scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2016, the Explorer will be Regent Seven Seas’ first new ship since the Seven Seas Voyager made its debut in 2003. It will also be the cruise line’s largest ship, at 54,000 gross tons. The ship will be constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for about $450 million, Regent said.

“We strongly believe that now is the right time to expand our fleet, as our loyal guests have asked for a greater array of itineraries and our travel partners have proven that there is pent-up demand for a new Regent ship,” said Kunal Kamlani, Regent Seven Seas’ CEO.

Regent Seven Seas is touting the Explorer as “the most luxurious cruise ship in the era of modern cruising.”

Tillberg Design AB, RTKL Associates and ICrave are designing the all-suite ship. Suites will range in size from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet, and each will have a balcony. The ship will have six open-seating restaurants, Regent’s signature nine-deck atrium, a two-story Explorer Theater, three boutiques and a large Canyon Ranch spa.

Frank Del Rio, CEO of Regent Seven Seas parent company Prestige Cruise Holdings, said the Explorer will “boast one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios ever seen in the modern era of cruising.”

“The ship’s upscale yet timeless design, extreme use of exotic stones and polished woods, designer furniture, rich fabrics and sophisticated lighting combined with what promises to be a museum-quality, eclectic art collection will clearly position Seven Seas Explorer as the new standard in luxury cruising,” Del Rio said.