Scheduled to debut in July 2016, the Seven Seas Explorer will have one of the highest ratios of space to passengers in the history of cruising.

The initial stages of a cruise ship’s construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry dock is flooded and the ship is floated to a wet dock where construction continues.

Scheduled to debut in July 2016, the Seven Seas Explorer will have one of the highest ratios of space to passengers in the history of cruising, and Regent is promising to set a new benchmark in luxury cruising with the ship.

Like Regent’s Seven Sea Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner, the Seven Seas Explorer will be an all-suite vessel, and at US$450 million, the most expensive luxury ship ever built, the company says. Only a handful of luxury lines, including Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Silversea Cruises, offer all-suite vessels.

As previously announced, Explorer initially will sail in the Mediterranean after its christening. The ship’s maiden voyage – a 14-night sailing from Monte Carlo to Venice – kicks off on July 20, 2016 and will be followed by nearly a dozen other Mediterranean sailings featuring visits to such destinations as Barcelona, Ibiza, St. Tropez, Venice, Istanbul, Alexandria (Egypt) and Jerusalem.