The answer is the Savoir No.1 bed, a bespoke creation of Mongolian goat cashmere and bred-for-purpose horsetail, built at a cost of £112,000 and 120 man hours, and apparently so special that The Savoy bought out its manufacturer in the 1920s in order to guarantee exclusivity.
It takes a lot to make a £32,069 price tag any less eye-watering, but if you compare the price of slumbering on the No.1 bed on a 10-night cruise against the cost of bunkering down for the same duration at The Savoy, it almost seems like a bit of a bargain.
Not that ‘bargain’ is a word that should ever be associated with the Seven Seas Explorer, the budget which was set at £340 million, making it the most expensive cruise ship at sea on a cost per berth basis. That budget was exceeded of course, though by how much is anybody’s guess; Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Holdings, refused to put a number on it.
What we do know is that after years of anticipation and bold, some may say brash claims, Regent Seven Seas Cruises have silenced the doubters with a glittering reveal of what does indeed appear to be ‘the most luxurious ship ever built’. Rumour has it that Del Rio gave designers a single image to work with when it came to creating the Seven Seas Explorer. Torn from the pages of a magazine, the image depicted a corridor in a luxury hotel, and was chosen by Del Rio for its timeless appeal. This is how he anticipated that the first new Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship in 13 years should look.
Only, like any avid DIY enthusiast at home will know, decorating projects have a habit of spiralling out of control when you have a certain look in mind. One minute you are umming and ahhing over paint swatches, the next you are having a £380,000 modern interpretation of a Tibetan prayer wheel installed, complete with an entire reinforced deck to support its almost three-ton weight. And getting those finishing touches just right is always difficult too; before you know it, your search for the perfect accent piece has led to not one or two, or even three Picassos, but four, plus a £190,000 limited-edition Steinway Arabesque piano. That’s just the way it goes when your heart is set on delivering something really special.
Seven Seas Explorer is well into her inaugural season now, having been christened in a suitably dazzling ceremony in Monte Carlo (where else?). With a Primat of Veuve Clicquot sent crashing against the ship’s hull by the snip of scissors held by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, new heights of luxury were released to the seas. The champagne-fuelled proceedings were drawn to a fitting close with a private performance given by Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli.
The christening ceremony may well have become the benchmark against which all others will be set, but it is the numbers behind the Seven Seas Explorer which are most impressive.
- 51,909 square feet of balcony space, equating to an average of 138-square feet per suite; the largest in the cruise industry
- 400 specially designed Versace place settings in the Compass Rose restaurant, from which guests will enjoy 2000lbs of lobster over the course of each 14-night cruise
- 45,876 square feet of marble found throughout the ship, over half of which is Carrera marble from Italy. That is almost half an acre…
- 552 crew members to only 750-guests, giving an exceptionally low guest-to-crew ratio of 1.36; one of the best in the industry
- 375 suites, with a choice of 16 suite categories. The Regent Suite is what cruising dreams are made of but we love the Concierge Suite too
- 4,443 square feet occupied by the Regent Suite, the most opulent address on the ship. The two-bedroom suite features a sprawling living room, 2 ½ marble bathrooms and an exclusive vista garden with floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean.
- Unlimited complimentary spa treatments for guests who book the Regent Suite, home to the first private in-suite spa retreat at sea
- 8 restaurants on board, including brand new restaurants Pacific Rim and Chartreuse. Speciality dining in every restaurant aboard Seven Seas Explorer is complimentary with Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ most-inclusive luxury experience
- 478 crystal chandeliers found on board, 158 of which are found throughout the ship’s various restaurants, lounges and public spaces.
- 2,148 bottles of champagne consumed on Seven Seas Explorer’s maiden voyage, along with 5,712 bottles of red and white wine, all of which are complimentary