Voyage Spotlight: Mysteries of the Ancients

On the 21-night Mysteries of the Ancients itinerary, guests can enjoy two incredible overnight calls on this May 2, 2016 voyage aboard Seven Seas Voyager®.

Luxor, Egypt

While in Luxor, enjoy the rare opportunity to explore The Karnak Temple, the largest religious complex ever built by man. Composed of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples, Karnak is a vast complex that was built and enlarged over a thirteen hundred year period. You may also explore these ruins on the FREE Shore Excursion The Iconic Temples of Karnak & Luxor, which includes a visit to the impressive Avenue of the Sphinx that links Karnak to the Luxor Temple. And during the evening of the overnight stay, witness the fabulous sound and light show at Karnak.

Jerusalem, Israel

In Jerusalem you can fully experience all of the wondrous sites of this holy land with FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions during your overnight stay. Stop at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, believed to have been closest to where the Holy Ark once stood. You may also tour the Christian Quarter, which rests beside a part of the famous Via Dolorosa. And even observe the pilgrimage of Muslims visiting the golden-topped Dome of the Rock, with its stunning blue and gold ceramic tiles, considered the third holiest site in Islam.

From Dubai, UAE to Barcelona, Spain

In addition to the aforementioned overnights, the Mysteries of the Ancients itinerary calls on Khasab, Muscat, Salalah, Aqaba, Limassol, Rhodes, Taormina, and Palma de Mallorca, as it sails from Dubai to Barcelona. For a limited time, this sailing features specially-priced Business Class Air upgrades for only $999 each way.

Top Seven Mediterranean Voyages

From one breathtaking port to the next, the possibilities for discovery and personal enrichment are extraordinary in the Mediterranean. Delight in the charming vistas from vineyards in Tuscany, lavender fields in Provence and from the countryside of Thira near Santorini.  And with stellar six-star service aboard the luxurious ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, there is no better way to experience these picturesque destinations.

Renaissance Rhapsody | October 5, 2015

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Cruise from Athens to Barcelona for 9 glorious nights aboard Seven Seas Mariner®. Enjoy up to 38 FREE shore excursions including a tour of the vineyards at San Michele Estate located on the eastern slopes of Mount Etna. Sample different varietals produced at the vineyard before enjoying a traditional Sicilian lunch.

2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares from $6,999 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites and higher | Specially-priced Business Class Air* for only $499 each way for all other categories.

Classical Reflections | October 14, 2015

Join Italian chef, Tommaso Barletta, as he shares his passion for food and love for travel during lively cooking demonstrations and lectures on this 7-night voyage from Barcelona to Rome. Chef Barletta is a restauranteur, an instructor at the Let’s Get Cooking Culinary Institute and regularly leads food and wine tours throughout Italy.

2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares from $5,999 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites and higher | Specially-priced Business Class Air* for only $499 each way for all other categories.

Iberian Discovery | October 21, 2015

The Mediterranean is yours to discover on this 10-night voyage from Rome to Lisbon. Among the 40 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions available, you may choose to explore the medieval village of Eze, admire Barcelona’s splendid architectural icons and tour the pinnacle of the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s all included.

2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares from $7,599 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites and higher | Specially-priced Business Class Air* for only $499 each way for all other categories.

Lands of Wonder | October 31, 2015

Begin your journey with a FREE 3-night Luxurious Landscapes & Lisbon pre-cruise land program in Lisbon or enhance your exploration with a FREE 3-night Winelands & Wildlife adventure in Cape Town during this 24-night voyage from the Lisbon to Cape Town.

2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares from $13,999 | Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Luxurious Landscapes & Lisbon pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Winelands & Wildlife post-cruise land program.

Treasured Antiquities | October 12, 2015

Join Seven Seas Voyager® as she sails east in the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Venice on this 11-night voyage.  This superb itinerary offers up to 41 FREE Shore Excursions with stops in Dubrovnik, Koper and an overnight in charming Venice, allowing plenty of time to explore the “City of Canals.”

2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares from $8,599 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites and higher | Specially-priced Business Class Air* for only $1,299 each way for all other categories.

Mediterranean Romance | July 13, 2016

Experience the very best of the Mediterranean as you sail from Barcelona to Istanbul on this 12-night voyage. From the bright lavender fields of Provence to Santorini’s magnificent views of the Aegean Sea plus an overnight in culturally-rich Istanbul, it’s all-included on this Mediterranean journey.

2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares from $8,999 | In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, this voyage also features New Lower Fares of early booking savings up to $4,200 per suite

Old World Empires | July 25, 2016

Next summer, spend 12 celebrated nights cruising from Istanbul to Venice aboard Seven Seas Navigator®. Stand in awe before the great Library of Celsus in Ephesus, stroll along the cerulean beaches of Zakynthos and the grand finale of your voyage: an overnight stay in romantic Venice.

2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares from $8,999 | In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, this voyage also features New Lower Fares of early booking savings up to $4,200 per suite

Northern Shores: Explore Europe in the path of the Vikings

Imagine exploring a land where fairy tales spring to life from legendary castles and fields that are illuminated by a golden sun. From Scandinavia to Russia and from the British Isles to the awe-inspiring coast of Iceland, these glorious regions are surrounded by vast seas and storied bodies of waters that have enticed adventurers and explorers for centuries, from the Vikings to the modern day luxury cruiser. A glorious revolution of the senses awaits, whether sailing across the Baltic toward grand palaces, delighting in the wondrous cities from the English Channel to the Bay of Biscay, or reveling in nature’s profound beauty beyond the North Atlantic Ocean.

North Atlantic Exploration

Magnificent mountains and glistening glaciers are just a primer for the experiences that await you in the North Atlantic. Spanning from the elegant Iberian Peninsula to the southwest coast of Greenland’s vast swaths of natural beauty, voyages across northern Europe bring the world’s most remarkable cities to your suite’s doorstep. Explore the distinctive neighborhoods of Lisbon, the ‘City of Explorers.’ Witness the striking steep mountains of Iceland in Isafjordur. Take in the incomparable architecture and charming lifestyle of Norway’s beloved Bergen. Every port on your itinerary boasts a rich maritime tradition and a living history that begs to be explored.

Sail the North Atlantic on the Glaciers & Fjords itinerary from Reykjavik to Copenhagen.

Royal Waters: Bay of Biscay and the English Channel

There is a certain air of sophistication along the western coast of Europe between Spain, France and the United Kingdom, and there is no better way to experience it than by sea. Cosmopolitan London anchors the English Channel, which serves as the gateway to magnificent cities in Scotland and Ireland. And the centerpiece of the Bay of Biscay is the world’s wine capital, Bordeaux, where you can spend your overnight call sampling the first grapes of the season. Visit the remarkable Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao or delight your palate at the famous Black Friars Distillery with famed Plymouth gin. Along these waters, there are endless opportunities to indulge in the very best.

Sail the Bay of Biscay on the Gallic Grandeur itinerary from London to Barcelona.

Sail the English Channel on the Tribute to the Kingdom itinerary roundtrip London.

The Exquisite Baltic

The cities along the Baltic Sea are especially resplendent as the final days of the season near. Gorgeous colors envelope Tallinn and Riga and the summer’s warmth brings a more festive flavor to Helsinki and Amsterdam. The hallmark of any voyage across the exquisite Baltic is a one- or two-night stay in St. Petersburg. Tour the many cathedrals, including St. Isaac’s, with floors of different-colored marble and a remarkable array of frescoes. For cultural perspective, take in a traditional Russian ballet and, of course, explore the world-class Hermitage Museum. From Art Nouveau architecture to outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Baltic Sea beckons.

Sail the Baltic Sea on the Royals & Palaces itinerary from Stockholm to Copenhagen.

Your turn

Which body of water inspires your inner explorer? Share in the comment space below.

Jason Montague: One year from today…

Exactly one year from today’s date we will take delivery of the world’s most luxurious ship ever built, Seven Seas Explorer®.

Up to this moment, we have revealed her exterior rendering, as well as the lavish designs of each of her 375 suites, including the nearly 4,000-square-foot Regent Suite, and her elegant bars and lounges. Among the highlights of her public spaces, we have also shared that Seven Seas Explorer® will feature three specialty restaurants, including the French gourmet Chartreuse, the Asian fusion Pacific Rim and our signature steakhouse Prime 7. And she will boast our first ever cooking school at sea with the introduction of the Culinary Arts Kitchen, as well as an infinity plunge pool as part of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.

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As our team continues to work tirelessly on every detail of our fourth all-suite ship, I want to take a moment to acknowledge, praise and thank the dozens of men and women, from designers to engineers, whose talent, innovation, exquisite taste and hard work are evident throughout the remarkable renderings of our newest ship.

In particular, Robin Lindsay, our Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations and Franco Semeraro, our Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations are working day and night and side by side with the architects, contractors and the Fincantieri shipyard to bring our incredible ship to life. In the coming months, Robin and Franco will be updating us on the progress of Seven Seas Explorer® through this blog, so I urge you to check back often so that you don’t miss a single detail.

There is so much more we have planned to share with you over the next 365 days, from the magnificent art collection on board to the announcement of who will hold the coveted title of Godmother of the most luxurious cruise ship ever built.

As you can imagine, this is an exciting time for all of us. We are all anxiously awaiting her arrival, as I’m sure you are too. With the introduction of Seven Seas Explorer®, we are setting the new standard for luxury, and when we welcome you aboard in the summer of 2016, I am certain that she will exceed your every expectation.  

Let the countdown begin.

Jason Montague: The time has come to Navigate the World

Throughout our lives and careers we earn a collection of titles and designations. Yet, there is one accolade that those of us who are passionate about exploration hold most dear and that is, of course, the title of WORLD TRAVELER.

As true world travelers, we are constantly in search for our next great journey, which is why I take great pleasure in working with our executive team to create exceptional itineraries for our esteemed guests. In our last planning meeting, something exciting happened. We set out to bring back our signature World Cruise, and I believe this one is the best one yet.

Today we officially began taking reservations for Navigate the World, our 128-night voyage that will circumnavigate the globe.

Setting sail on January 5, 2017, beginning and ending in Miami, guests will journey to 31 countries, call on 62 distinct ports and have the opportunity to explore 29 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Best of all, this voyage will take place aboard our most intimate and beloved ship, Seven Seas Navigator®. With space for a mere 490 guests, she is the perfect ship to embark upon a voyage of this magnitude, as she’s just the right fit to dock and anchor at the world’s most unique destinations, from the islands of Hawaii to the metropolis of Sydney and from the glimmering shrines of Yangon to the pink sands of Bermuda.

Among the many preparations we have made for this incredible voyage, from organizing an elegant Pre-Cruise Gala Event at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami to selecting the officers and crew that will steer guests across the world’s oceans, we have also designed three exclusive shoreside events that are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences: A sumptuous lunch at Secret Island near Honolulu; colorful entertainment under the Saharan sky in Dubai, and a gourmet dinner at the famous brasserie-style restaurant Café de Paris in Monte Carlo. In addition, guests aboard this itinerary will join an elite group of circumnavigators that have retraced the routes of the great explorers. And once their voyage is complete, they will have cruised 2 oceans and 10 seas for a total of 35,625 nautical miles.

Like many of our esteemed past guests, we at Regent Seven Seas Cruises® have been waiting for this day for quite some time – six years to be exact – as we mark the return of our signature World Cruise. Yet, only 490 guests will have the opportunity add the title of 2017 WORLD CIRCUMNAVIGATOR to their name.

Will you be among them?

Jason-Montague

Jason Montague is president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. He was appointed to this position in December 2014.

Voyage Spotlight: Caribbean Celebration

The allure of relaxing on an unspoiled beach with nothing more on the day’s agenda than to finish that best seller is hard to resist. And in the Caribbean there are just as many must-see beaches as there are must-read books. This is what makes the Caribbean one of the greatest travel destinations – its seemingly endless supply of powdery sand and crystal-clear water, one more beautiful than the next. And on the 10-night Caribbean Celebration itinerary, guests are able to experience seven of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Miami, FL – South Beach

Sunny Florida skies, year-round warmth and sunshine, a buzzing nightlife and a mix of cultures define this cosmopolitan city. Yet, its celebrity-drenched South Beach is its claim to fame. Attracting people-watchers from around the world, the beach borders the famed Art Deco District – the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten – Mullet Bay

Mullet Bay is arguably the prettiest beach on this island that is shared by two sovereign states. It fits the picture of a tropical beach: wide and flat with palm trees on the fringe. The moon-shaped beach is next to the only island golf course of the same name, Mullet Bay Golf Course. Therefore, if you are an avid golfer, you may want to play a round of 18-holes before or after your beach escape to get the most out of this paradise.

Castries, St. Lucia – Pigeon Island Beach

One of the best beaches in Castries can be found on the southern side of Pigeon Island. Peaceful and picturesque, the azure water and golden sands entices beachgoers to disconnect from the daily routine and to laze the day away lulled by the breeze on this lovely and unspoiled piece of land.

St. John’s, Antigua – Coconut Grove Beach

Touting 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, Antigua is the quintessential Caribbean destination. One of our many favorites in St. John’s is Coconut Grove Beach, which is located within a pristine cove on Antigua’s northwest coast, making it one of the island’s truly hidden tropical treasures. The crystal blue waters here are calm, warm and utterly inviting.

Gustavia, St. Barts – St. Jean Beach

One of the Caribbean’s true gems, St. Barts is where Riviera sophistication meets Caribbean cool – and nowhere else is that unique intersection more evident than on the soft, white sands of St. Jean Beach, which is conveniently steps away from fine restaurants and shopping. 

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Condado Beach

Trendy Condado Beach is where Caribbean chic and modern luxury comes together. Just a few steps away from the elegant oceanfront hotels, beachgoers can watch windsurfers glide across the water from a lounge chair or walk further down the beach to find shaded spots under palm trees at La Ventana al Mar Park.

Nassau, Bahamas – Blue Lagoon Island

One of the best beaches in the Bahamas can be found on Blue Lagoon Island. As soon as your catamaran arrives, you will want to do nothing more than to grab a beach chair and sit back and relax in the sun until you’re ready to swim in the turquoise waters. Make no mistake, there are plenty of activities available, from encounters with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins to organized games – it’s up to you to do as little or as much as you want.

More to Explore: Hidden Treasures of Venice

From the moment you arrive in the magnificent floating city of Venice, the sheer excitement is palpable. It’s easy to lose yourself in the romance, charm and allure, which is why this City of Canals is a favored destination by luxury travelers. In addition to the tempting cafes, colorful markets and enjoyable gondola rides, there are always new delights waiting to be discovered.

To encapsulate the veiled magic of Venice, we compiled four of our favorite landmarks- all of which you can experience with Regent Seven Seas Cruises® FREE Unlimited Shore Excursion, Hidden Treasures of Venice.

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Marvel at the significant Scuola Grande Di San Rocco. Construction on this building was completed in 1549, when it was originally set-up as a charitable institute for the sick. The façade is a fascinating mix of various architectural styles and includes an array of precious Mediterranean marble.

Chiesa Dei Frari

Visit the Chiesa Dei Frari, or simply the Frari, and admire the exterior of this massive Gothic church before taking in the simply amazing, detailed interior. Not only striking for its size, there is a remarkable collection of art work including masterpieces by Titian and Giovanni Bellini, a statue by Donatello and a number of imposing monuments dedicated to famous Venetians; doges, artists and condottieri.

Campo San Polo

Discover charming Campo San Polo, the largest campo in Venice and the second largest Venetian public square. Take a leisurely stroll through this plaza, once home to fairs, military parades and bull races, to truly witness the taste and smell of the real atmosphere that is Venice.

Ponte di Rialto

Cross over the famous Ponte di Rialto where you will almost always find large numbers of people crossing the bridge. Built between 1588 and 1591, the bridge had been the only means of crossing the Grand Canal on foot until the Accademia Bridge was constructed in 1854.

Explore even more hidden treasures this fall during an overnight stay in Venice on the 11-night Treasured Antiquities itinerary beginning October 12 aboard Seven Seas Voyager®.

Your turn

What is your absolute favorite must-see landmark in Venice? Share in the comment section below.