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Seven Seas Explorer (Photo: Cruise Critic)
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Regent Seven Seas Cruise Ship to Feature in Channel 5 Documentary, "The Most Expensive Cruise Ship in the World"

Seven Seas Explorer (Photo: Cruise Critic)
Seven Seas Explorer (Photo: Cruise Critic)

October 10, 2019

Adam Coulter
U.K. Executive Editor

(12:15 p.m. BST) -- Regent Seven Seas newest -- and most luxurious -- cruise ship Seven Seas Explorer will be featured in a four-part documentary on Channel 5 starting this Friday, 23 August.

The line gave exclusive access to camera crews from ITN Productions to go behind the scenes to speak to crew to find out what it takes to run an ultra-luxury, all-inclusive cruise ship.

It is the second time the ship has been featured in a Channel 5 documentary -- the first time was a two-parter which focused on the build and aired in December 2016.

"The Most Expensive Ship in the World" takes place over two cruises around the Iberian Peninsula, the Bay of Biscay and Baltic Sea.

The first episode follows John Barron, the ship’s Cruise Director, as he gets ready for his opening performance with a new group of passengers, while Head Butler, Raju, prepares the Regent Suite for the next discerning guests.

On land, Senior Executive Chef, Michael, and Food & Beverage Director, Stephane, explore local Spanish markets to find the freshest fish to serve in the largest speciality restaurant at sea, Compass Rose, later that day.

"We are incredibly excited about this documentary which illustrates the attention to detail, professionalism and hard work that goes into providing the unrivalled experience found onboard Seven Seas Explorer, and indeed on each luxurious Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship,” said Graham Sadler, Managing Director, EMEA, Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

The 750-passenger ship was christened by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco in July 2016. The all-suite, all-balcony ship has five gourmet restaurants and one of the highest space ratios and highest crew to guest ratios in the cruise industry, as well as the largest verandas.

The real talking point -- and what gives the documentary its name -- is the nearly 4,500-square foot (including balcony) Regent Suite -- which comes with a $250,000 grand Steinway piano, a personal butler and its own in-suite spa and unlimited spa treatments and sells for $5,000 per person per day.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer returns to Europe and the Caribbean next year; in 2021, Seven Seas Explorer will be spending spring and autumn in Asia, with its first summer season in Alaska in between.

• "The Most Expensive Ship in the World" airs this Friday, August 23rd and then August 30th, September 6th and September 13th.

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