(11:37 a.m. EDT) -- Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the luxury line that pioneered the all-suite concept, will be building a fourth ship for its fleet, the Seven Seas Explorer.
The 738-passenger vessel, which will be built in Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, is slated for delivery in summer 2016. Measuring 54,000 tons, the ship will be the largest vessel in the company's fleet and is slated to cost about $450 million.
The ship will also continue the all-inclusive policies that Regent is known for, according to company spokeswoman Susan Robison. On its other three ships -- Mariner, Navigator and Voyager -- fares include round-trip air, unlimited shore excursions, unlimited beverages (including wine and spirits) and ground transfers.
The 369 suites on the ship, all with balconies, will range from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet. The vessel will have six open-seating restaurants, a nine-deck signature atrium, a two-story theater, three boutiques, and a Canyon Ranch SpaClub. In an interview with Cruise Critic last year, Regent President and CEO Mark Conroy said the line's potential new ship would have a bigger spa, and ‘slightly bigger suites.' More specifics on what's different about the ship will be released in the next few months, Robison said
The company did not comment on where Seven Seas Explorer will be based in its inaugural season.
--by Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor