"If you have to save up for this suite, you shouldn’t be on this ship,” says Frank Del Rio, the unabashed president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, who has been at the helm of the company for the past year. “This is truly for the world’s wealthiest people.” The ship in question is the 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer, from Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Norwegian’s all-inclusive ultra-high-end line. The room is the $10,000-per-night Regent Suite, on the 14th deck. Del Rio, taking himself very seriously, doesn’t hold back superlatives to describe the experience: “This suite is the most luxurious suite ever seen, on the most luxurious ship ever built,” he says.
The sheer size of the Regent Suite makes it impressive. Its nearly 4,000 square feet are divided between the 958-square-foot wraparound veranda and the 2,917-square-foot interior, which features two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a living room with an eight-seat dining table. It isn’t the biggest suite on the water—Norwegian claims those as well with its 6,694-square-foot three-bedroom Garden Villas on the Dawn and Star ships—but it’s the biggest among luxury boats (though the Regent Suite will get competition in late 2018, when Crystal Cruises launches ships with residences that have interiors of more than 4,000 square feet).
Michal Jackiewicz, CEO of Tillberg Design, made room for the Regent Suite by adding a separate deck to the top of the vessel and giving it front-facing 270-degree views. “It will be fantastic to wake up in the morning and see the ship moving forward from the bed,” says Jackiewicz, who describes the suite’s design as “contemporary with a classical touch,” with a mix of rich wood veneers, black granite, and white Carrara marble.
There’s a floor-to-ceiling étagère filled with custom Lalique crystal. The china is Versace, the glassware is Riedel, and the silver is Christofle. Towels and linens are from Frette, while the bath products are Hermès. The bedrooms have king-size Savoir beds. Regent commissioned American furniture designer Dakota Jackson to create the $400,000 Steinway & Sons piano in the living room. The artwork includes two Picassos.
Then there’s the in-room spa—a first for the industry—which has an area for massages, facials, and body treatments from Canyon Ranch SpaClub, two saunas (steam and dry), double vanities, and a Jacuzzi (that’s in addition to the outdoor Jacuzzi on the balcony). Unlimited treatments are included in the suite’s cost.
The price tag also takes care of first-class airplane tickets on domestic flights or business-class tickets on international flights, a personal driver and guide at all ports, a luxury precruise hotel stay, and a dedicated butler. “I think that says it all,” Del Rio says.
The Regent Suite is sold out for Explorer’s 2016 season. Reservations for 2017 open in April. This year and next, the ship will sail several itineraries throughout Europe and the Caribbean. $10,000 per night; 844-473-4368; rssc.com.