(3:47 p.m. EDT) -- Cruisers seeking the ultimate splurge should look no further than Regent's new ship, Seven Seas Splendor, which, when it launches in February 2020, will boast the most expensive berth at sea -- a $200,000 Swedish-made bed.
It might be Swedish, but this is no IKEA product that can be put together with a few hours and a free Allen wrench. Found only in the ship's Regent Suite, the entire construction took nearly nine weeks and is done in the so-called "Swedish" style -- with dovetail joints (no screws or nails in sight) and hand-stitched connections between the springs.
Made by Hastens, the custom-made furniture de arte has a wooden frame made from slow-growing northern Swedish pine trees. The box spring is pure steel and the frame even has flax layers for soundproofing.
The actual mattress, which was handmade using an 18-inch needle, includes more springs, cotton and wool layers, and horsetail hair lining. The topper for the mattress is made of more cotton, wool and horsetail hair layers. The cumulative effect of so many layers, the cruise line said, is a nearly zero gravity feel.
Speaking of horsetail, it's all braided by hand, then unbraided to provide more bounce. Plus, because horse hair is hollow, it can function as an airway to wick away moisture -- no more damp sheets for Regent Suite guests.
Of course, what's a luxury mattress if not topped with luxuriant linens? Regent Suite passengers can choose from a menu of Italian options that include choices such as BellinoFine Italian Linens and the Med1994 Aria line. Pillow choices include gel pillows, water pillows, memory foam pillows, buckwheat hull pillows or tri-side anatomic pillows.
The cost to spend a week sleeping on this luxuriousness is less than the bed itself. The 4,443-square-foot Regent Suite costs $11,000 per person, per night, so $77,000 for a week. The top suite on the new ship comes with a bevy of perks, including an in-suite spa (and unlimited spa treatments), a personal guide and driver for use ashore and exclusive access to The Study, a private dining room that can accommodate 12.
Seven Seas Splendor is a near-twin to Seven Seas Explorer, billed by the cruise line as the world's most luxurious ship. That ship included acres of marble and granite, an exceptional onboard art collection and large, sumptuous suites. Regent Seven Seas is calling Splendor "luxury perfected."