So, if Regent Seven Seas is the “wrapped up version of luxury”, then Oceania Cruises is the “unwrapped version”, said Odell.

On Dec 12, the Seven Seas Explorer, which was designed to be the most luxurious ship in the modern era of cruising when it was launched in 2016, will finally make its maiden stop in Singapore, following a three year delay due to the pandemic.

Under the Explorer class of luxury ships for Regent, sister ship Seven Seas Splendor made her debut in 2020 and the newest liner, Seven Seas Grandeur will make her inaugural sailing in late 2023. Oceania too will be debuting a new ship, Vista, in May 2023, which will feature enhanced culinary offerings already the brand’s key strength including an elevated casual eatery and one serving up healthy options next to the spa. The initial response to the Seven Seas Explorer’s first season in the region has been “really positive”, said Odell, with close to 100 per cent capacity on many itineraries. But not to worry, he added, the ship will ply the Asia Pacific region for the next three to four years and includes destinations including Thailand, Indonesia and Japan on its various itineraries.