Regent Seven Seas Cruises is known for the curated museum-quality art collections that adorn its fleet of five luxury ships. But when the Regent’s newest ship, Seven Seas Grandeur launching in November 2023, a small – but very precious – art object will take center stage in the ship’s atrium.
The line collaborated with legendary royal jeweller, Fabergé, to create a bespoke piece of art that will become a permanent part of the new ship’s multi-million dollar art collection.
Named ‘Journey to the Jewels’, an 18cm (about 7in) tall Fabergé egg will sit on a three-tiered plinth that hides the egg’s opening mechanism, the first time the maker has hidden the movement in this way.
The outer ‘shell’ of the ombre egg enamel will consist of seven waves of deep blue, representing seven seas, with an ocean spray of pearls. The design was inspired by the iconic 1913 Fabergé Winter Egg, one of 52 rare Easter eggs created by Russian imperial jeweler Karl Fabergé. Encrusted with diamonds, in 2002 it sold for $9.6 million at Christie’s in New York.
Designed by Fabergé’s head of design, Liisa Tallgren, this egg will be entirely handcrafted. From conception to completion, a team of craftsmen in England led by a Fabergé-appointed Worker will spend approximately 48 months creating this one-of-a-kind work of art. The details of its interior will be revealed at the time of the christening of the new ship.
Contemporary art has always been an integral part of the design and decoration of Regent Seven Seas ships. Grandeur’s sister ships, Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor includes notable works by Picasso, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, Juan Roberto Diago and Roberto Matta, among others.
New art-inspired Fabergé Spotlight Voyages
“With each new ship we want the journey itself to provide opportunities for discovery and enrichment as much as the destinations along the way,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, in a press release announcing the partnership with Fabergé .
This unique artistic collaboration has inspired two new Fabergé-themed trips that will delight both art and history buffs with unique tours, lectures and immersive experiences in the Fabergé heritage:
Departing Southampton In June 2023, visitors to Seven Seas Splendor will explore the jeweller’s connection to the British royals in England, before heading to Scandinavia to learn about the origins of Fabergé’s craftsmen and also visit Fabergé collections in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The trip will be hosted by Dr. Géza von Habsburg, curatorial director of Fabergé.
In 2024, Sarah Fabergé, great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Fabergé, will join guests and host a sailing in Seven Seas Grandeur.
Other Spotlight Voyages, now in the planning stages, will be announced.
Seven Seas Grandeur: Redefining luxury cruising
This new all-suite, balcony ship will accommodate just 750 guests, promising the highest space and staff-to-guest ratio in the industry.
The award-winning Studio DADO was chosen to oversee its interior design Seven Seas Grandeur. Cabins include 15 luxurious suite categories, including a palatial 4,443-square-foot Regent Suite with a private in-suite spa.
At Compass Rose, the largest specialty restaurant at sea, guests will be able to create their own dining experience every time they visit. In fact, the restaurant itself is being redefined inside and out. A cascading sculpture will greet visitors before entering. inside, they will dine under a forest like canopy of crystals and lighted trees at the edge of the wood. The menu of the popular Italian restaurant Sette Mari is also being redesigned.
With each successive ship launch, Regent Seven Seas raises the bar for luxury boutique cruises while simultaneously enhancing the aesthetic of the cruise experience.
After the opening period, Seven Seas Grandeur will make 17 voyages, each lasting 7-15 days, in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, including two transatlantic crossings.
For more information, visit RSSC.com/faberge, call 1-844-4REGENT (1-844-873-2381) or contact a travel advisor.