While consumers were complaining about paying $8 for a dozen eggs last spring, Regent Seven Seas Cruises was busy planning its new Fabergé Spotlight Voyages. It’s the first time in history a cruise line is partnering with the jeweler-to-the-royals, best known for hatching bedazzled eggs worth more than a Bentley. In fact, the anonymous owner of the $2.2 million dollar Game of Thrones dragon egg sailed on the first Fabergé Spotlight Voyage in June.
The inaugural 10-night itinerary included stops in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn, and London, where passengers were treated to a private tour of Westminster Abbey led by Lady Penny Mountbatten. Passengers also got to rub elbows with Ralph Heimans, the royal portrait artist best known for painting Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee. Both experiences were made possible courtesy of Fabergé’s close relationship with the royal family.
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Andrea DeMarco, president at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, is mum about what perks passengers on the next Fabergé Spotlight Voyage can expect, but they’ll be just as exclusive.
“The partnership with Fabergé continues to evolve, reflecting Regent’s dedication to offering luxury travelers unique experiences that are culturally enriching and historically fascinating,” she tells Robb Report. The next Fabergé Spotlight Voyage is scheduled for July 1, 2024, when the Seven Seas Grandeur—Regent Seven Seas Cruises’s newest all-suite all-balcony ship—will depart Rome. The 10-night Mediterranean sojourn will include stops in Salerno, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, and Provence before ending in Monte Carlo.
The guest of honor on the first Fabergé Spotlight Voyage was Fabergé’s curatorial director, Dr. Géza von Habsburg. On sea days, he hosted complimentary Q&A’s and shared the history of the fabled brand, founded in 1842 by a French refugee in Russia. The VIP of 2024’s voyage will be Sarah Fabergé, the ship’s godmother and the great-granddaughter of Fabergé founder Peter Carl Fabergé. She’ll hold court, giving master classes on the art of making enamel jewelry, in the ship’s pop-up Fabergé boutique. Many pieces will be available for purchase in what will be perhaps the most extravagant shop at sea.
One piece that won’t be for sale, however, is Journey in Jewels. This bespoke objet d’art, commissioned by Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will be the first Fabergé egg permanently displayed on a cruise ship when it’s unveiled during Seven Seas Grandeur’s maiden voyage in November.
“‘Journey in Jewels’ will stand at approximately 18 centimeters tall with a three-tiered base, which hides the movement of the egg’s opening mechanism,” said DeMarco. “This is the first time that Fabergé has hidden the movement in this way.”
While Fabergé and Regent Seven Seas Cruises can’t divulge how much the egg is worth (possibly to prevent interest from pirates), they have reported that it will be part of a multimillion dollar collection on board. Why are Fabergé’s eggs so expensive? For starters, they’re exclusive. Fabergé only makes 4,000 pieces a year. And each piece can take upwards of 120 hours to make. All of the pieces are painstakingly made by hand, and before an artist or jewelry designer can work for the brand, they have to undergo 10 to 15 years of training.
Similarly, Regent Seven Seas Cruises isn’t giving away spots on its Faberge Spotlight Voyages. Fares start at $13,099 per person for a 307-square-foot Veranda Suite and go up to $59,999 per person for the 4,443-square-foot Regent Suite. While the first Fabergé Spotlight Voyage sold out, DeMarco will only say this about take two: “Next year’s Fabergé Spotlight Voyage with Seven Seas Grandeur’s godmother, Sarah Fabergé, is highly anticipated, and we are delighted to witness the strong demand it has already garnered.”
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