Regent Seven Seas Cruises ‘Seven Seas Splendor’ has been accepted into service.
In addition to the highest standard of luxury available on the water, the vessel is also the first newbuild cruise vessel to be delivered from the shipyard by a female Master and includes some of the most innovative technologies in passenger ships, her flag state, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) claimed.
‘Seven Seas Splendor’ is the 16th cruise ship to be flagged with the registry and joins her sistership, ‘Seven Seas Explorer’, sailing under the RMI flag.
At around 55,000 gt, 735 ft in length, and carrying only 750 guests, she boasts one of the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry.
Bill Gallagher, President of International Registries, Inc and its affiliates (IRI), which provide administrative and technical support to the RMI Maritime and Corporate Registries, attended the christening ceremony on 21st February, 2020.
“We’re proud to have such an incredible and beautiful vessel in our registry,” said Gallagher at the ceremony. “Like Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the RMI Registry is known worldwide for our high-quality standards and client focused experience; we look forward to working with her officers and crew.”
She was due to sail from PortMiami this week and her Master is Capt Serena Melani, the company’s first female Master.
“Capt Melani has distinguished herself as a trailblazer in the maritime and cruise industries,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO of the cruise line. “She is an international role model and admired by our guests and crew. We are proud to appoint Capt Melani as the industry’s first female captain to deliver a new cruise ship and look forward to her many future successes leading ‘Seven Seas Splendor’ in the years ahead.”
The ship is fitted with new technology, such as Fincantieri Research Centre’s CETENA Safe Return to Port (SRtP) ASSIST, an electronic digital solution that is equivalent to the Safe Return to Port Operations Manual required by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), Regulations II-1/21 and 22.
It is claimed to be the first electronic SRtP programme to meets SOLAS requirements in a modern, responsible way. The fully independent software system greatly reduces potential for errors during emergency situations, reduces the environmental footprint of the paper manuals, and ensures any changes made are updated to the central database immediately.
It is the first time such technology has been approved by a flag state administration for use on board ship, thanks in large part to the approval by Lloyd’s Register, which has classed the vessel.
The system’s installation was performed by Fincantieri shipyard during the ship’s construction.