A cruise operator is in negotiations with manufacturers over plans to build a luxurious new ship, it has been claimed.
Regent Seven Seas plans to unveil the 800 passenger liner by 2011, with a whole-deck spa a central showpiece, reports Travel Counsellors.
According to Regent president Mark Conroy the ship is targeting high-end consumers such as those who pay for premium cabins on standard cruises and seek first-class travel options.
Speaking at the UK Cruise Convention, he indicated that finalised plans may be in place by next month.
Regent marketing manager Celia Albert said the company’s pricing structure was no more expensive than other competitors in the market.
Meanwhile, Travel Counsellors reported a rise of 100 per cent on Regent bookings for 2009, with many customers constructing their own itineraries from the numerous travel routes available.
Company liners visit more than 300 ports on all six inhabited continents, with its liners built to cater for several hundred guests.