By David G. Molyneaux, editor, TheTravelMavens.com
Like beauty, luxury is in the eyes of the beholder.
So, it is accurate to call a week’s voyage on a budget-friendly cruise ship a luxury. Few vacation experiences are as affordable for a family whose luxury is measured by having a steward clean their cabin daily, eating as much restaurant food as they want, sunbathing on the water and at foreign port stops, and choosing from a wide range of entertainments that will keep everyone in a family happy.
But that’s not the definition of luxury that Frank Del Rio had in mind when he set out to design and build what he calls the most luxurious cruise ship in the world.
The ship, the Regent Seven Seas Explorer, sailing in Europe now, arrives in Miami on Dec. 2 for a series of voyages into the Caribbean.
Attention to materials, design and detail
Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which owns upscale Regent Seven Seas, has developed a concept of luxury that is aimed at the wealthy, the well-traveled, the art and gourmet food lovers who want not just comfort and ease, but luxury in the classic sense, a unique and expensive indulgence.