Fincantieri has delivered the final luxury cruise ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and announced plans to expand its shipbuilding facility in Ancona, Italy. The Seven Seas Grandeur, ordered in January 2019 for $515 million, is the third sister ship in the Explorer Class. It boasts high space and staff-to-guest ratios, marble interiors, and a 1,600-piece art collection. The ship has 15 categories of suites, eight dining options, and a large spa. Construction began in November 2021 and the ship was floated in February 2023. It will cruise in the Caribbean this winter before heading to the Mediterranean in spring 2024.
The Ancona shipyard has also built the Seven Seas Splendor for Regent Seven Seas, as well as ships for Silversea Cruises and Viking. Fincantieri has agreed with the Port System Authority of the Central Adriatic Sea to support the development of the port of Ancona and the shipyard. The total investment for the expansion will be approximately $87 million, with half being publicly funded and the remainder by Fincantieri.
The enhanced facility will be able to build larger ships and increased tonnage. Fincantieri currently operates a production network of 18 shipyards on four continents and has a large orderbook, including ships for Princess Cruises, TUI’s Mein Schiff, MSC’s Explora Journeys, Viking, and Four Seasons.