The New Year marks a new beginning. For some, it is the start of a path toward a goal, while for others it is a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. But for many world travelers, the New Year brings into focus one simple question: Where will I go in 2015?
Pristine Tahiti and the South Pacific
Spend the very beginning of 2015 in paradise aboard Seven Seas Mariner®. Witness the jagged peaks of Nuku Hiva contrasted by the sparkling palette of greens and blues. And the verdant mountains and calm waters of Pago Pago are simply stunning. The islands of Tahiti cover more than two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean, while neighboring Fiji boasts 333 tropical islands. With so many places to explore, these voyages are designed with your desire for longer stays. Enjoy overnight stays in Papeete and Bora Bora and take in the natural beauty of Suva and Lautoka, from dawn to dusk. Are there any islands in the world as beautiful as these? Doubtful. But the only way to know for sure is to see for yourself.
From January to May, you can immerse yourself in the culture, cuisine and architecture of Asia-the destination of the 21st century – Asia. Discover moments of peace and tranquility in centuries-old temples and shrines. From Hong Kong to Singapore, this region boasts the world’s most awe-inspiring architectural and decorative masterpieces dedicated to spirituality and enlightenment. Visit the Temple of Heaven, Beijing’s center of prayer. Explore Tokyo’s Great Buddha, which is three stories tall and was cast in bronze in the 13th century. During your travels you will also uncover similar wonders in neighboring destinations, such as the welcoming Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai and the Western (Wailing) Wall in Jerusalem, all while sailing in all-inclusive luxury aboard the all-suite, all balcony Seven Seas Voyager® and Seven Seas Mariner®.
From April through October, Seven Seas Mariner®, Seven Seas Voyager® and, for the first time in five years, Seven Seas Navigator® will sail the beautiful ports of the Mediterranean. History buffs will relish in exploring the world’s wonders, like the ancient city of Pompeii, the ruins of Ephesus and the iconic Acropolis in Athens. Connoisseurs of art will stand in awe of the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures, from Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Rome to Gaudi’s public works in Barcelona to the ambiance of the artists’ colony of Pont-Aven. Whether you are a gourmand or an adventurist, an antique collector or prefer to amass travel memories, the perfect Mediterranean itinerary awaits.
In the summer months, witness the spectacle of glaciers pointing their glimmering pinnacles thousands of feet up toward the vast sky, from Hubbard Glacier to Tracy Arm Fjord. Explore the Pacific Northwest in incomparable luxury and in the company of friends aboard the intimate and elegant Seven Seas Navigator®or Seven Seas Mariner®. Enjoy a nature walk through the Tongass Rainforest, encounter wildlife across Alaska’s narrow Inside Passage and feast on the local specialties, just plucked from the sea. And to enhance your Alaskan experience, select voyages feature guest lecturer Terry Breen, published Alaska specialist who has been sailing the Inside Passage for over 20 years.
Preeminent Northern Europe
Boutique ports are perfectly paired with iconic cities, to give you a complete spectrum of Northern Europe’s charm and allure. For instance, while in Klaipeda, you can visit the village of Lapiai, which is home to just 300 inhabitants. And in Tallinn, you can explore the well-preserved 14th century buildings and churches. Delve into Imperial Russia’s past while in St. Petersburg, where opulent palaces and onion-shaped domes reign over the skyline. Add to the excitement of your experience by scheduling your cruise during the legendary White Nights. Imagine walking along the banks of the city’s rivers and canals in almost broad daylight, no matter what time of day. Whether you set out to capture the perfect photograph of the fjords in Norway or bask in the golden sun while touring centuries-old palaces and castles, your summer will be delightful in Northern Europe.
Charming Canada and New England
In the fall of 2015, you can feel the crispness in the air that heralds a change of seasons among Canada and New England’s loveliest towns and picturesque shores. Nostalgia, history, charm and romance are the hallmarks of Boston, while Newport boasts original colonial period buildings and the opulent mansions owned by the tycoons of the Gilded Age. Revel in the European-influenced sophistication of Quebec City and Montréal. Sail through Canada’s only navigable fjord in Saguenay and encounter whales, seals and seabirds. Experience all of this and more aboard the elegant, sophisticated and intimate Seven Seas Navigator®. With just 490 guests aboard, you will enjoy an unparalleled level of luxury and some of the highest space and service ratios at sea.
The winter blues take on a different meaning in the Caribbean. Here you will find every shade of blue from the azure waters of pristine beaches to the bright shade of aquamarine of the waterfront buildings. In the east, delight your palate with world-famous Queen Conch in Grand Turk, take in the view from Old San Juan’s imposing El Morro Castle and swim in the clear blue waters of Gustavia. To the west, find the ruins of ancient civilizations. Visit the ancient Mayan city of Quiriguá, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site while in Santo Tomás. And along the shores of the Costa Maya and deep within the jungles of Central America, sacred temples are yours to discover.
As with every sailing, you will enjoy FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions in every port, allowing you access to the off-the-beaten locales along this breathtaking continent. Gain insight into Mozambique’s natural wonders while touring its revered Museum of Natural History. See the unusual, balloon-shaped homes in Dzamandzar, the second largest city in Nosy Be, or take a scenic catamaran cruise towards Victoria, while in Mahé. Your voyage to Africa would not be complete without embarking on an authentic safari. On select voyages, guests can complement their cruise with a 3-night African Safari that includes thrilling game drives and luxury stays on reserves. From October through December explore Africa aboard Seven Seas Mariner® or Seven Seas Voyager® for an experience you won’t soon forget.
Scintillating South America
From the sensual and refined tango of Buenos Aires to the searing hot samba of Rio de Janeiro, you and your fellow travelers will revel in South America’s contrasts. Explore the Brazilian coast from Rio Grande to Buzios and everywhere in between, as you feel the pulse of the Amazon. Your journey may lead you as far north as the Caribbean basin, while calling on the region’s most remote islands. At the conclusion of your voyage you and your loved ones will have amassed memories that will last a lifetime.
Will you bask in the warmth of the Caribbean? Or explore the fabled lands of the Mediterranean? Share your dream destination for 2015 in the comment space below and, remember, wherever you decide to go next, there is no better way to see the world than aboard one of the luxurious and intimate ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ six-star fleet.