The mosT lux­u­ri­ous ship in The world

Sleek and gleam­ing, the new Seven Seas Ex­plorer em­bod­ies op­u­lence at sea. Cathy wagstaff sets sail from rome to Barcelona, and dis­cov­ers ex­cel­lence re­ally is in the de­tail.

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with her serene high­ness princess Char­lene of monaco as god­mother, it seems only nat­u­ral that Seven Seas Ex­plorer has been hailed as the most lux­u­ri­ous ship ever built. op­u­lence is in her dnA; each pol­ished sur­face, each Ver­sace place set­ting and each sparkling crys­tal in its 158 chan­de­liers is a cel­e­bra­tion of per­sonal suc­cess. The chris­ten­ing of the new­est ship in the re­gent seven seas Cruises fleet took place in monte Carlo on 13 July, fêted with a pri­mat of Veuve Clic­quot (the equiv­a­lent of 36 nor­mal bot­tles) and a pri­vate per­for­mance from ital­ian tenor An­drea Boc­celli.

when i board Seven Seas Ex­plorer in rome for her sec­ond-ever voy­age, i’m im­me­di­ately drawn to the daz­zling el­e­gance of a crys­tal chan­de­lier sus­pended over a car­pet of rip­pling choco­late and cream and a sweep­ing stair­case. The deck 4 lobby drips with gold, and ev­ery­where there is mar­ble. ev­ery de­tail, down to the gleam­ing stair rods and leather-tiled floor of the li­brary, has been con­sid­ered.

watch­ing the ocean go by in my suite (all state­rooms are suites with pri­vate bal­conies aboard Ex­plorer) on deck 8, a bot­tle of Cham­pagne Jac­quart is wait­ing on ice. At 43 square me­tres, my su­pe­rior suite has more than enough space to make me feel at home, with a walk-in wardrobe and dress­ing area, a cosy liv­ing area sep­a­rated by heavy drapes, and a ‘suite slum­ber Bed’ dressed in Corinelli linen that faces my pri­vate bal­cony and the mediter­ranean sea be­yond. The over­sized

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