More to Explore: Seven Archaeological Wonders

Ancient ruins offer a unique perspective on our collective history and culture. Visiting awe-inspiring archeological sites, such as Stonehenge in England, Angkor Wat in Cambodia or Machu Picchu in Peru, will take you back in time as you experience the relics, artifacts and monuments of ancient civilizations.

Below we narrowed down seven of the most remarkable archaeological wonders of the ancient world. Coincidentally, guests sailing on the Legendary Sands itinerary from Istanbul to Dubai will be able to experience each one.

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Ephesus (Kusadasi),Turkey

Ephesus was once the trade center of the ancient world, as well as the religious center of early Christianity. Today, the city is renowned for the famous Artemis Temple that is among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the beautifully restored Celsus Library and the Grand Theater. (Explore these ruins on the FREE Shore Excursion Ancient Ephesus)

Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba, Jordan

The first sight you will see along the Siq is the magnificent Treasury, or Khazneh, whose impressive red façade is carved out of solid rock. Constructed in the 1st century BCE, the building is believed to have been a temple or a royal tomb – but definitely not a Treasury. (Explore this and other ruins on the REGENT CHOICE Excursion Ancient Petra for a supplemental fee of $159.00)

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

The Karnak Temple is 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. During your visit, take the opportunity to see the impressive Avenue of the Sphinx, linking Karnak with Luxor Temple. (Explore these ruins on the FREE Shore Excursion The Iconic Temples of Karnac & Luxor)

Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus

The ancient ruins of the city of Kourion are an impressive Greco-Roman site where you can view remaining pavement mosaics that are absolutely stunning, such as those preserved as the four-panel design in the central room at the House of Eustolios. (Explore the ruins of Kourion on the FREE Shore Excursion Kourion, Temple of Apollo & Omodos)

Kavala, Greece

Kavala, Greece

Visit the ruins of Philippi to see first-hand what was once one of the greatest cities of Macedonia, founded by Alexander the Great’s father, Philip. Philippi also has great religious importance as the apostle Paul founded the first Christian church on European soil here. (Explore this lesser-known archeological site on the FREE Shore Excursion Philippi & Kavala)

Antalya, Turkey

Antalya, Turkey

Explore one of the best-preserved stadiums of the ancient world. You can almost still hear the roar of the 12,000 spectators. Continue on through the Roman Gate, which was the entrance to the city, into the Baths Complex, and around the Hellenistic Gateway and walls, which are the only pre-Roman structures as yet unearthed. (Explore the stadium and more on the FREE Shore Excursion The Ancient Ruins of Perge & Aspendos)

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor makes a second appearance on our list for its world-famous Valley of the Kings. Find the remarkable tombs of Egypt’s ancient kings, their families and other Egyptian nobility. The focal point of your visit is the tremendous Hatshepsut Temple, which will undoubtedly take your breath away. (Explore the Valley of the Kings on the FREE Shore Excursion Ancient Luxor)

There are many more wondrous archaeological sites around the world. Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

Voyage Spotlight: Picturesque Canada & Alaska

Alaska is a pristine wilderness with natural wonders that will take your breath away. And with more than forty free shore excursions to choose from, you truly can see it all on the Picturesque Canada & Alaska itinerary. From a nature hike through the Tongass National Forest, to an unforgettable walk through the Butchart Gardens, you will create endless memories during your voyage across the Pacific Northwest. Below is a sampling of memorable moments that await you.

Memorable Moment No. 1: Departing the metropolis of Vancouver in the evening and watching the bright city lights slowly diminish on the horizon as you sail toward America’s Last Frontier.

Vancouver

Memorable Moment No. 2: Beginning your vacation in Wrangell with a round of golf at Muskeg Meadows while enjoying the view of snow-capped mountains and moose grazing nearby.

Golf

Memorable Moment No. 3: Sailing through Stephen’s Passage in Juneau against the majestic backdrop of glistening glaciers and watching a pod of humpback whales surface over the crystal water.

Stephen's Passage

Memorable Moment No. 4: Climbing almost 3,000 feet in just 20 miles during an exhilarating ride aboard Skagway’s White Pass & Yukon Railroad through the Klondike.

Skagway's White Pass & Yukon Railroad

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Memorable Moment No. 5: Exploring the pristine natural environment of the Tongass Rainforest in Sitka and catching a glimpse of a bald eagle perched on a 600-year-old tree.

Tongass Rainforest

Memorable Moment No. 6: Becoming absorbed into a rip-roaring lumberjack competition while in Ketchikan.

lumberjack

Memorable Moment No. 7: Delighting in the sounds and smells of one of the Premier Botanical Gardens in the world, the Butchart Gardens in Victoria.

Butchart Gardens

Create your very own moments aboard Seven Seas Navigator® this May. With the tallest mountain in North America, 33,000 miles of coastline and more than half of the world’s glaciers, the possibilities for exploration and enrichment are limitless.

Sail, Sip & Savor during the Holidays!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

The festive season of worldwide celebrations is just around the corner. For luxury travelers, this is the perfect time to plan and solidify your dream winter escape. Give yourself the gift of travel and sail aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. Sip champagne, wine and a favorite cocktail throughout your voyage and dine on exquisite meals. Savor the cuisine and culture of the various ports each ship visits. Leave the cold climate behind for the delights of the Caribbean, the African coast or the South Pacific. No matter what the country or whether it is Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa or Happy New Year, these various holidays all have timeless tastes and traditions.

SAIL: Choose your perfect holiday itinerary. Destinations are the Caribbean, South Africa and Asia/Pacific. Whether you celebrate one or all, sail during Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year’s Eve and select an itinerary to complement your wishes, whims and wants.

Hanukkah & Christmas Eve

On the 10-night Mayan Jewels sailing aboard Seven Seas Navigator®, the last day of Hanukkah coincides with Christmas Eve, or Noche Buena, while you are in Cozumel. On this day, children are singing carols in the main plaza and on the streets, lights and decorations abound.

Christmas Day

Spend Christmas morning exploring the Tala Game Reserve on an African Safari in Durban while on the African Holiday Adventure itinerary aboard Seven Seas Voyager®. The reserve features well over 300 bird species and big game that includes the buffalo, rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe, and the rare sable antelope. But the best part of this part of this gift is that it’s all included in your cruise fare, as it’s one of 51 FREE Shore Excursions offered on this voyage.

New Year’s Eve

For 18 glorious nights, journey across the South Pacific Ocean aboard Seven Seas Mariner®  on the South Pacific Discovery itinerary. This includes the most exciting night of the year: New Year’s Eve. Begin your day in Port Vila on the pristine island of Vanuatu where you can choose to embark on a sailing yacht bound for the Pango Peninsula. Return to the ship to get dressed for an unforgettable evening to ring in 2015.

SIP: Chilled Champagne. This sparkling bubbly says celebration and even better…it’s all included!  Upon arrival, you are greeted with a chilled glass of champagne and a delightful welcome bottle on ice awaits in your suite. Plus, you’ll even experience exclusive themed wine tastings during festive gatherings.

SAVOR: Specialized Menus. The talented chefs of Regent Seven Seas Cruises prepare delectable menus from a European-style Christmas Eve dinner to a traditional American Christmas Day dinner and a mouthwatering New Year’s Gala Menu in their flagship restaurant Compass Rose. And to even satisfy your sweet tooth, delight in a homemade Gingerbread house and cookies.


Mara Papatheodorou Mara Papatheodorou is a Master Foodie, a Tastes & Traditions Expert and a nationally established entertaining specialist. She has interpreted the cuisine and experienced the culture of over 65 countries worldwide. As an 11 year Contributing Editor at BON APPETIT Magazine, Mara scouted and produced the Entertaining with Style section that highlighted how real people entertain around the country and the world and was editor of their international editions. She works as a consultant with food companies developing recipes, menus and promotional campaigns.

Mara is the Tastes & Traditions Expert for Regent Seven Seas Cruises where she lectures regularly about the history of cuisine and culture and what to sip and savor in various ports. Watch her dining and wine tour videos on our website under multimedia.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Prestige Cruises International, has agreed to be acquired by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd., parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line

Kevin Sheehan & Frank Del Rio

We have some exciting news to share.  The parent company of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Prestige Cruises International, has agreed to be acquired by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd., parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line.

This is a significant milestone and an achievement only made possible with the hard work and dedication of the entire Prestige Cruises International family, from the officers and crew onboard our ships to the staff and management team here in Miami.

For our loyal guests, you can rest assured that the Regent Seven Seas Cruises experience you’ve come to love will remain unchanged.  At Regent, we pride ourselves on providing our guests with the most inclusive luxury experience at sea with included round-trip air, fine wine and spirits, unlimited shore excursions, specialty dining, ground transfers and gratuities. We continue to enhance our offerings for guests with our expanded free internet program that begins next year, and in summer 2016 we will introduce the most luxurious ship ever built with Seven Seas Explorer®.

With Norwegian Cruise Line, we’ve found a partner that shares a similar passion for going above-and-beyond to deliver exceptional guest experiences and we’re excited about starting this new chapter for our company.

When the transaction is complete later this year, it will bring together three great brands as part of one family.  The combination will create a diversified cruise operator with a full spectrum of offerings that range from family cruising on Norwegian’s innovative Freestyle Cruising ships, to the country-club casual experience on Oceania’s fleet, to the all-inclusive, more intimate experience afforded by Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ luxury offering.

For the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand, our mission will be to preserve the distinct offerings, guest experiences and unique onboard culture our guests cherish, while always exploring ways to further enhance our luxury experience.

Thanks for your continued interest in Regent Seven Seas Cruises and we look forward to welcoming you onboard in the near future and for many years to come.

Sail, Sip & Savor Taipei, Taiwan

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert  

National Palace Museum

Taipei is a menagerie of cultural and culinary possibilities. Taiwan’s capital is a mega metropolis consisting of modern skyscrapers and bustling markets, but for a glimpse of its history and culture, be sure to explore Taipei’s museums, temples and parks. For instance, the National Palace Museum is an artistic wonderland of stunning riches that features paintings, calligraphy, ceramic, jade, lacquer and bronze collections. And the sweeping eaves, pillars and elaborate stone and wood-carvings of Longshan Temple are beautiful.  An excursion to Yehliu Park should not be missed, as you will witness incredible rock formations caused by centuries of wave erosion, wind, rain and the action of the earth’s crust.

In addition to FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® offers Regent Choice Excursions, which allow you to delve deeper into a destination for a nominal fee. One such excursion is the High Tea at Chiufen Village. For just $89 per person, you will visit historical sites that mark the gold rush of 1890 to World War II. You will also delight your palate with a traditional snack and tea in one of the village’s teahouses.

Whichever excursion you choose in Taipei, you will fall in love with “The Heart of Asia.”

SAIL: Taipei, Taiwan. Shop for silks, jade, lacquer items, screens and scrolls as well as traditional blue glazed cloisonné porcelain or electronic gadgets. Buy herbal, green or flower teas and Mao Tai, the spirit called Chinese firewater.

SIP: Babo (Bubble Tea). A Taiwanese original poured over ice, tiny tapioca balls and flavor-infused tea unite to create this cold chewy concoction. Colorful fat straws complement this delicious drink to catch tapioca pearls in each chilled sip.

SAVOR: Bao. Stuffed steamed buns are a must-try item. Luckily they are a staple on every menu, so they won’t be hard to find. Fillings range from sweet to spicy fish, pork or vegetables.


Mara Papatheodorou Mara Papatheodorou is a Master Foodie, a Tastes & Traditions Expert and a nationally established entertaining specialist. She has interpreted the cuisine and experienced the culture of over 65 countries worldwide. As an 11 year Contributing Editor at BON APPETIT Magazine, Mara scouted and produced the Entertaining with Style section that highlighted how real people entertain around the country and the world and was editor of their international editions. She works as a consultant with food companies developing recipes, menus and promotional campaigns.

Mara is the Tastes & Traditions Expert for Regent Seven Seas Cruises where she lectures regularly about the history of cuisine and culture and what to sip and savor in various ports. Watch her dining and wine tour videos on our website under multimedia. She next sails on the Seven Seas Navigator from New York to Canada October 12-22, 2014. You can read more about her at www.marapapa.com

More to Explore: Brazil in Seven Photos

Exotic adventure, scintillating skylines and irresistible samba beats come to mind when planning a Brazilian vacation. There are few countries as diverse and dynamic as this in South America – let alone the world. Brazil’s unique geography spans from the heart of the Amazon rainforest all the way to the great rivers that border Uruguay, making it the perfect destination to explore aboard the mid-size, all-suite ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises®.

Brazil’s beauty is better seen than told, which is why we’ve collected seven images of our favorite sights. Share your favorite places, ports or experiences from your voyage across Brazil in the comment section below. Enjoy…

Iguazú Falls

Iguazú Falls

It was widely reported that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” when she visited Iguazú Falls. You can experience the extraordinary natural beauty of these waterfalls on the pre- or post-cruise Extraordinary Land Program, Iguazú Falls Experience, which offers a closer-than-ever look at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Beaches of Búzios

Beaches of Búzios

The tiny fishing village of Búzios, just 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro, is considered one of the ten most beautiful spots in the world. Take a comfortable schooner cruise along the pristine islands and then lounge on a magnificent beach while sipping delicious caipirinhas.

Meeting of the Waters

Rio Solimoes

The “Meeting of the Waters” takes place near Santarém, where the waters of the two rivers run side by side and can be clearly seen, each bearing its own individual color. The Solimões River forms the lighter half, its ‘cafe au lait’ coloring owed to the rich sediment that runs down from the Andes Mountains. The darker side is the Rio Negro, and it gets its ‘black tea’ hue from leaf and plant matter dissolved in the water.

Rio Grande do Sul

Rio Grande do Sul

Established in 1737 by the Portuguese, Rio Grande do Sul is the only seaport of the Brazilian State and the most important trading center due to its strategic location. Explore this lovely city, its gracious squares and beautiful churches. Visit the Museum of Sacred Art and the fascinating Oceanographic Museum.

Ipiranga Park

Ipiranga Park

Ipiranga Park, near São Paulo, is a peaceful oasis containing some of the most poignant artifacts of Brazil’s history. Within the park you will find a sprawling museum and the Ipiranga Monument, which marks the historic site where Emperor Pedro I of Brazil declared independence from Portugal. This is just one of the many places you can visit on a Regent Choice Shore Excursion to São Paulo.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana

Copacabana captures the rhythm and beauty of Rio de Janeiro. This lengthy crescent-shaped stretch of sand is truly the place to be. You can expect the beach to be bustling, and that is much of the appeal, as you will experience a true slice of Carioca life. There may be children playing soccer, families frolicking in the surf, and people of all ages walking up and down the shoreline for miles.

Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer

Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer

New York has the Statue of Liberty. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Dubai has the Burj Al Arab hotel. And, of course, Rio de Janeiro has Christ the Redeemer. Journey to the top of Corcovado Mountain aboard a cog railway and, upon reaching the upper terminus, you will be awe-struck by the magnitude of the 120-foot-high statue.

Sail, Sip & Savor Amsterdam, Netherlands

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The allure and appeal of Amsterdam is apparent. The capital of the Netherlands will charm you with windmills, guild-house squares and gabled houses with colorful shuttered windows and flowerboxes grace its wonderful waterways. Featuring over 60 miles of canals, more than 70 islands and hundreds of different kinds of bridges, taking a canal cruise on one of the famed glass-topped boats is a terrific way to see and enjoy the area’s picturesque sights.

Dutch history and art beckon. Amsterdam claims to house over 140 galleries and 40 museums. From the phenomenal collection at the national Rijikmuseum that features Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch, to the Van Gogh Museum to the Royal Picture Gallery, there is something for everyone’s artistic taste.

The city’s Jewish heritage is an important part of its history and relevant points of interest include the Schouwburg Theatre, the Jewish Historical Museum, Anne Frank’s House and the Portuguese Synagogue.

Of course, a visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without sampling delicious food and drink from coffee houses, bakeries and bars to Michelin-starred restaurants.


SAIL: Amsterdam.
Delft blue and white porcelain, tulip embroidered linens and clogs are classic Dutch mementos. If the dazzle of diamonds appeals, this city is known for its extensive diamond trade. Coffee, crisp ginger cookies and licorice are tasty gifts, as well.

SIP: Beer or Jenever. The Dutch have been brewing beer since the 14th century and are known for Heineken, Grolsch and Amstel. For adventurous spirit drinkers, sip a shot of jenever, the local juniper based gin.

SAVOR: Dutch Delicacies. Have a bite of Edam & Gouda, the country’s famous cheese, nibble on bitterballen, traditional small fried meatballs, or native pickled herring. A must-try sweet is the stroopwafel, a thin waffle cookie glued together with luscious caramel.


Mara Papatheodorou Mara Papatheodorou is a Master Foodie, a Tastes & Traditions Expert and a nationally established entertaining specialist. She has interpreted the cuisine and experienced the culture of over 65 countries worldwide. As an 11 year Contributing Editor at BON APPETIT Magazine, Mara scouted and produced the Entertaining with Style section that highlighted how real people entertain around the country and the world and was editor of their international editions. She works as a consultant with food companies developing recipes, menus and promotional campaigns.

Mara is the Tastes & Traditions Expert for Regent Seven Seas Cruises where she lectures regularly about the history of cuisine and culture and what to sip and savor in various ports. Watch her dining and wine tour videos on our website under multimedia. She next sails on the Seven Seas Navigator from New York to Canada October 12-22, 2014. You can read more about her at www.marapapa.com