America the Bountiful

North America is home to two of our guest-favorite destinations: Alaska and New England. Not only do both of these locations appeal to a luxury traveler’s passion for discovery and examination of history, but also Alaska and New England both compete to produce the world’s most delectable seafood dishes.

Alaska’s calling cards are its king crab legs, smoked salmon and steamed halibut fresh from the icy cold waters of the Pacific Ocean. While the cities and towns along the picturesque coastline of the northeastern seaboard proclaim their century-old recipes of seafood chowder, lobster rolls and clam bakes are superior to all others. The only way to settle this seafood rivalry once and for all is to savor it for yourself. Spend your summer feasting on the rewards of the North Pacific Ocean and the upcoming fall season enjoying the foliage and the fare.

Below you will find a sampling of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions in both Alaska and New England that will make your mouth water:

Ketchikan, Alaska

Cruise George Inlet and Crab Feast”

You may think that the 2,000-foot waterfalls and the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Tongass National Forest are the highlight of your tour – that is until your Dungeness crab feast at the George Inlet Lodge. After a quick lesson in the art of crab cracking, you could officially consider yourself an honorary Ketchikanian.

Available on these sailings aboard Seven Seas Navigator®:

Portland, Maine

“Best of Maine”

Bon Appétit magazine crowned Portland “America’s Foodiest Small Town” because there’s so much here to please the palate. You will undoubtedly agree, as you stroll through Kennebunkport and enjoy a classic Maine luncheon with selections such as chowder, lobster roll and a blueberry-infused dessert.

Available on these sailings aboard Seven Seas Navigator®:

Icy Strait, Alaska

“In Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen”

Feast on the local specialties when you join a local host and cooking expert, who will walk you through all the steps of preparation and grilling Alaskan seafood. The inventive menu includes wild salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab and plenty of other local favorites just plucked from the sea.

Available on these sailings aboard Seven Seas Mariner®:

Boston, Massachusetts

“A Taste of Italy”

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Take a tour of Boston’s famous North End Market as seen on Food Network’s The Best Of. This is a foray on foot into the food traditions and marketplaces of the most authentic “Little Italy” remaining in America, including the esteemed Mercato del Mare, specializing in high quality delicious fresh fish.

Available on these sailings aboard Seven Seas Mariner®:

Voyage Spotlight: Northern Enchantment

Each destination along the picturesque northern shores of Europe offers new adventures and experiences that guests will treasure for a lifetime.

In the span of 10 nights, and in the company of The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys lecturer and world history expert Dr. Michael Boll, guests may witness the world-renowned Hermitage Museum in Russia, which holds the largest collection of paintings on Earth, as well as Helsinki’s imposing fortress, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Suomenlinna Island, from the comfort of a private boat tour.

In Stockholm, guests may stroll along the narrow, twisting alleys and cobblestone streets to experience the bohemian atmosphere of the charming houses that date from the 16th to the 19th centuries, before visiting the world’s first permanent ice bar.

And in Klaipéda, you can explore the beauty and tragedy of Lithuania past and present during visits to Kretinga’s Church of the Annunciation, and the historic mansion and museum of Count Tiskevicius. This is before arriving in Amsterdam, where you may choose to extend your luxury vacation with a 3-night Post-Cruise Land Program for a nominal cost.

More to Explore: Three Must-Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites

On the 30-night Indian Ocean Sojourn sailing from Dubai to Cape Town, guests aboard Seven Seas Voyager® will have the rare opportunity to visit three majestic places deemed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO…for FREE as part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ all-inclusive shore excursion menu.

Mumbai, India: Elephanta Caves

There is so much to see and do in Mumbai, which is why it’s the perfect port for an overnight stay. This bustling city offers a seemingly endless array of sights and cultural activities, and is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Yet, it is the Elephanta Caves that truly capture the imagination. The exceptional 7th-century rock-cut cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, grand halls and porticos, filled with exquisite stone sculptures and reliefs of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Once known as Gharapuri, or the Fortress City, the Portuguese renamed the island Elephanta after discovering a large stone elephant statue near the shore. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, or the celebrated trinity of Elephanta: Lord Brahma, the Creator; Lord Vishnu, the preserver; and Lord Shiva, the Destroyer.

Zanzibar, Tanzania: Stone Town

Zanzibar, part of the archipelago sometimes referred to as the “Spice Islands,” has been for centuries a crossroads of culture, a melting pot of influences where Africa, India and Arabia meet. Visitors can savor this confluence in its food and delight in the variety of unique offerings for sale at its bazaars. The major attraction is, of course, Stone Town, with its whitewashed, coral-rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares. Stone Town is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which is a wonderful mix of African, Arabian, Indian, and European traditions.

Cape Town, South Africa: Robben Island

Called ‘the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth’ and regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town offers museums, lush parks and shops. Impressive mountains, magnificent beaches and outstanding wineries add to the attraction. Yet, the historical highlight is Robben Island, once the prison holding anti-apartheid leaders, including Nelson Mandela. Once you arrive by ferry, visitors may see the old leper colony, a Muslim shrine and a shipwreck before visiting the limestone quarry where political prisoners performed backbreaking labor. Former political prisoners routinely lead guided walking tours through the maximum-security block, which is where Mandela’s former cell is located.

For more information about this particular sailing or to find voyages that include calls on these magnificent port cities, click here.

Cruise Director’s Log: Skagway, Alaska

By: Lorraine Weimerskirch

Skagway is such a great port with its gold mining town atmosphere of the 1890s. Our guests always have an adventurous romp back in time when walking the wood planked main street. Knowing the day or date often gets away from us when we’re exploring, but today is Father’s Day in the U.S. and so there was a bit of scurrying in and out of shops for that unique Skagway Father’s Day gift that would be presented at dinner onboard this evening.

It makes me wonder about all the old photographs of the many men who came here seeking their fortunes who were fathers away from their families. I stood out on Deck 6 and contemplated what their lives must have been like back then…however, Mother Nature pulled my attention back to the present just in time to see a family of sea lions playing and resting on a buoy. Maybe they are celebrating their own Father’s Day or just another fantastic day in Alaska!

5Lorraine Weirmerskirch is the Cruise Director aboard Seven Seas Navigator®. A Floridian by birth, Lorraine has lived in twelve states, Barbados and Grand Cayman; she’s a nomad by nature, but calls South Carolina home when she’s not onboard. She loves traveling and has been at sea performing for twenty years. 

Introducing our New Seven Seas Society Manager, Jason O’Keefe

The Seven Seas Society is an esteemed family of past guests who share in a passion for exploring the world’s greatest destinations without exception and without compromise. This exclusive group of luxury travelers returns time and time again, anticipating an unforgettable experience during each voyage.

Jason O’ Keefe, our Seven Seas Society manager, is the source behind exceeding our loyal guests’ expectations. Keeping busy between phone calls and mail correspondences, Jason is a champion for our guests and strives to make sure every wish, every whim and every want are always met with gratifying luxuries.

Tell us a little about your role as the Seven Seas Society manager.

First, let me say that I’m extremely honored to work closely with our loyal past guests.  Many are eager to share their recent voyage memories and are passionate about expressing new ideas on how we can continue to exceed their expectations. As the Seven Seas Society manager, I ultimately manage all of our past guest engagement through phone calls and mail correspondence as well as hosting shipboard and shore-side events.  I encourage our past guests to reach out to me at any time or if they have questions by emailing me at jokeefe@rssc.com.

What are the greatest benefits to being a member of Seven Seas Society?

The benefits get better the more you sail with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  A popular loyalty benefit that our guests enjoy is our free unlimited internet service for Gold guests that have sailed for 75 nights.  It’s wonderful to have the flexibility to stay in touch with your loved ones or to manage business from afar.  Our free unlimited laundry service is also quite popular and something our Platinum guests are delighted to receive once 200 nights have been completed.

What is your absolute favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is hearing from our guests and listening to all the details that made their most recent voyage memorable. I still smile every time I learn about a guest’s surprise upon entering their suite for the first time and are amazed at how spacious it is.  I also love hearing about the moments when a guest recognized their favorite staff member from a previous voyage and how it made them feel like it was coming back home again.

What are some of the reasons loyal Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests return so often? 

Our guests continue to return time and time again for the genuine camaraderie they experience aboard our six-star ships, and for the sense of unpretentious belonging.  Regent is casual and so many of our guests appreciate this attribute. They appreciate the inclusive nature that we offer without all of the hassle.  It’s worry-free cruising that allows our guests to relax and to truly enjoy the vacation as it was intended to be taken.

Why is it important for cruisers to fill out the End of Cruise Comment Card?

It’s important to hear back from our guests because we strive to be the most inclusive luxury experience. Thanks to their input, we know how much destinations matter to them and we responded by offering free unlimited shore excursions.  More recently, we’ve added free pre- or post- land programs on select voyages to Asia and Africa that allow guests to see more before or after their cruise.

What cruise recommendations do you have for experienced luxury travelers?

For our most seasoned travelers, I recommend a couple of noteworthy voyages including our Flavors of Northern Europe and Journey to the Artic itineraries sailing in June 2016. These two voyages can be combined for a 25-night journey beginning in London, England and ending up in Reykjavik, Iceland.  The first voyage features the North Atlantic coastal French ports of Saint-Malo, Pont-Aven and Bordeaux; Gijon and Bilbao in Spain before heading up towards the English Isles of Ireland and Scotland.  Finally, the second leg of the journey culminates with the colorful sights of fishing villages in Greenland and the spectacular fjords in Iceland.

Which region would you recommend first-time Regent Seven Seas Cruises® travelers to sail? 

For our first-time guests, I suggest the Mediterranean since there is really something for everyone.  There are many places to see historical ruins, famous architecture or, my personal favorite, tasting authentic regionally inspired cuisine.

Where are you planning to cruise next? 

My travel plans take me to the shores of the Mediterranean later this summer for a chance to meet with some our loyal guests sailing on Seven Seas Mariner®.  Later this fall, I hope to experience the fall foliage on Seven Seas Navigator® as she traverses the Maritimes and New England coast.

Upon completing your first voyage, you are automatically enrolled and welcomed into the Seven Seas Society®. Membership confers a host of exclusive and valuable rewards and benefits designed to add even more value to your future voyages. Visit our website to learn more about the exclusive Seven Seas Society membership.

Voyage Spotlight: Atlantic Ocean Gems

Ancient and mysterious, the wonders of Africa have enchanted even the most experienced traveler – especially visitors to the beautiful and breathtaking city of Cape Town.

After a comfortable plane ride, taking advantage of a generously discounted Business Class Air upgrade, luxury travelers on the 14-night Atlantic Ocean Gems itinerary will arrive in Cape Town to discover that this city satisfies their every want, from museums to lush parks to impressive mountains to magnificent beaches…and, of course, outstanding wineries.

The heart of South Africa’s wine production lies 45 minutes from Cape Town in the Cape Winelands, home to the famous wineries of Stellenbosch. And as part of this voyage’s extraordinary value offers, all guests can experience sampling an endless variety of delicious wines as part of the FREE 3-Night Pre-Cruise Land Program: Winelands and Wildlife.

In addition, this program includes a visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a land of dramatic sea cliffs rich in wildlife and native flora. Guests on this program will also visit the most south-westerly tip of Africa known as Cape Point, where they will ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular up an incline of dense native vegetation to the lighthouse, which boasts the most powerful beacon on the South African coast.

Then, on the morning of embarkation, guests are transferred to the elegant Seven Seas Mariner®, for an unforgettable journey across the South Atlantic Ocean toward exciting Rio de Janeiro. Along the way, she will call on off-the-beaten-path places, such as Ludertiz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, as well as the U.K.’s incredible St. Helena, home to 699-step Jacob’s Ladder.

The true highlight of this experience is indulging in fine dining, being spoiled by personalized service and learning about history, culture and politics as part of The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys. For luxury travelers, this journey is simply too good to pass on.

2 for 1 All-Inclusive Fares from only $6,799. Plus up to $7,500 in Extraordinary Offers. 

The best for last: Pacific Rim unveiled as the third specialty restaurant aboard Seven Seas Explorer®

Celebrating the culinary traditions of Asia, Pacific Rim is the perfect addition to the restaurant collection aboard Seven Seas Explorer®. The Pan-Asian specialty restaurant joins the sophisticated American steakhouse Prime 7 and the modern French gourmet restaurant Chartreuse, in addition to the hallmark Continental restaurant of Compass Rose and the casual daytime eatery of La Veranda, which transforms into the Italian sensation of Sette Mari at La Veranda in the evenings. As for Pacific Rim’s inventive menu offerings, guests will be in for a culinary tour of Asia’s diverse cuisine. They can expect artfully plated Pan-Asian creations with delightful first courses highlighted by a tempura encrusted crispy soft shell crab with a touch of heat from a green chili aioli, and a succulently caramelized cassia-braised pork belly topped with perfectly grilled diver scallops; a seaweed and wakame salad drizzled with a black pepper soy and onion dressing. After a sensational starter, guests may choose from an array of delectable entrées, such as tempura battered Canadian lobster with shiso leaf finished with an orange ponzu sauce and spicy mayo, a miso-spiced black cod wrapped in hoba leaf accompanied by pickled daikon and spicy den miso, and grilled Korean barbecue lamb chops, wok-fried beans, eryngii mushroom and gochujang dressing. Serving as the perfect complement to the dishes is the Zen-like ambiance especially created by the leading international architecture and design firm RTKL. Guests are greeted by a modern interpretation of a Tibetan prayer wheel in the restaurant lobby which sets the mood for the visual and culinary feast to come. The highlight of their design is the use of muted light throughout Pacific Rim, which illuminates intricate architectural details. In addition, airy floor-to-ceiling partitions formed from a combination of traditional Japanese rain chains suspended from frames and customary Chinese screens infuse a sense of intimacy. Demure wall-coverings, such as slightly iridescent crystalline matrix stones and Thai wood carvings, add texture and tactile warmth throughout the space. Along the ceiling, brushed brass cubes with an antiqued patina form a latticework design that simultaneously reflects and diffuses light cast by interspersed recessed ceiling lamps. Pacific Rim will be yet another historical first for guests to experience aboard Seven Seas Explorer®, as this is the first Asian fusion specialty restaurant on board Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. Other notable firsts include, taking a class at Regent’s first cooking school at sea called the Culinary Arts Kitchen and dining at the brand new Chartreuse specialty restaurant. Which new feature, restaurant or suite are you most looking forward to experiencing aboard the world’s most luxurious ship next summer?