A luxury cruise ship debuting in 2016 will have one of the largest and most expensive suites ever offered at sea. Regent Seven Seas will charge $5,000 a night, per person, for a luxury suite the size of a house — with 3,875 square feet of space (360 square meters) — onboard its Regent Seven Seas Explorer ship. The suite will include a grand piano, two bedrooms, views from three sides of the ship, and a personal spa retreat with a private sauna, steam room, and treatment area. It’s designed for a minimum of two people and maximum four. The Explorer is expected to launch in July 2016. The ship will spend its first season in Europe and the first of its 11 sailings will be from Monte Carlo, Monaco, to Venice, Italy. It will carry 750 guests. This is Regent’s first new ship since 2003, though the cruise line has just completed a $150 million refurbishment of its other three vessels. All fares on the ship include dining, shore excursions, and tips. However, the price of the Regent Suite also includes unlimited spa treatments, laundry services, a private car with driver and guide for port calls, an onboard on-call butler, and limousine transportation to and from the ship. The new ship is part of a trend in which cruise lines are replicating resort-like experiences with ships that feel like high-end luxury small resorts where travelers barely feel like they’re at sea.
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