More to Explore: An Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Luxury travelers revel in the opportunity to journey to places less frequented. Next February, guests aboard Seven Seas Voyager® will not only sail to 10 beautiful ports across Asia in complete comfort, but with an overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), they will also have ample time to enjoy Vietnam’s largest and most famous city.

Guests may begin their adventure in Saigon with a full day exploration of the Củ Chi Tunnels & Fruit Gardens. Experience the stark contract that exists between Saigon’s lush, natural beauty and its notable past during visits to the country’s largest tropical orchard region, followed by a visit to the famous Củ Chi tunnels, a vast underground network.

The Mekong River originates in Tibet, and flows through six countries: China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. When it reaches Vietnam, it divides itself into nine tributaries that form a huge fertile delta. Until the 16th century, the Mekong Delta was an area of marshland and forest. Gradually, the marshland was reclaimed, and a canal network built to enable citizens to raise rice, fish, soybeans, maize, peanuts, tobacco, melons, and more. Select the Mekong River Delta Free Unlimited Shore Excursion, and experience a first-hand look at everyday life in Vietnam during a scenic visit to the delta.

Guests may also indulge in the local cuisine and culture of the city with an Evening Out in Saigon. Spoil the senses with culture, traditions and flavors of Saigon during an unforgettable musical performance and traditional dinner in the city. Begin this tour with a special performance of Vietnamese music at a local hotel, followed by a delectable South Vietnamese feast at a deluxe restaurant. Local dwellers have adapted in this city since the 17th century, and created many of the culinary dishes that characterize the region.

It’s not too late to experience Saigon and other remarkable cities on this captivating 17-night journey from Bangkok (Laem Chabang) to Hong Kong. Guests may enjoy up to 45 Free Unlimited Shore Excursions plus Early Booking Savings of up to $6,000 per suite.

Seven Seas Voyager: Best of Fall & Winter

There is no more awe-inspiring region to explore than the capitals of Asia, where serene temples coexist next to sprawling cityscapes. Experience these vast and magnificent lands from on board the elegant all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager®. With a capacity for a mere 700 guests, she is perfectly sized to reach the places less traveled and most sought.

Whether you yearn to witness the magnificent courtyards of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, trek through Phuket’s tropical jungle on a majestic elephant or enjoy an off-road desert journey in the Al Khatim Desert, your perfect fall and winter Seven Seas Voyager itineraries can be found below.

Ancient Civilizations | Istanbul to Dubai
October 31, 2015

Cruise from Istanbul to Dubai for 21 spectacular nights and explore ancient civilizations from centuries past with up to 39 Free Unlimited Shore Excursions.  Stand in awe before the great Library of Celsus in Ephesus, one of the ancient world’s largest and most important archaeological sites. Visit the antique Nabataen city of Petra during a full-day excursion to Jordan’s most impressive national attraction. In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, enjoy New Lower Fares plus Early Booking Savings of up to $16,200 per suite.

Indian Ocean Sojourn | Dubai to Cape Town
November 21, 2015

For 30 unforgettable nights, explore the very best of Asia and Africa. Visit the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, snorkel in the pristine coastline of Mahé and embark on a memorable safari to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in Richards Bay. All guests may enjoy a Free 3-night Opulent Cities of the Emirates Pre-cruise Land Program or a Free 3-night Winelands & Wildlife Post-cruise Land Program.

Exquisite Lands & Idyllic Shores | Singapore to Bangkok
January 18, 2016

For 16 nights, let the striking landscapes and historical sites of Asia captivate your attention as you sail from Singapore to Bangkok. In Myanmar, enjoy an evening tour of Yangon and see the famed jewel-studded Shwedagon Pagoda before sailing toward Phuket, known as the “Pearl of Thailand.” Enjoy up to 55 Free Unlimited Shore Excursions, New Lower Fares plus Early Booking Savings of up to $9,000 per suite.

Journey to Nirvana | Bangkok to Hong Kong
February 3, 2016

Bangkok to Hong Kong

Think beaches and snorkeling in Cambodia, as Sihanoukville sits on the beautiful island-studded Bay of Thailand. Experience the stark contrast that exists between Saigon’s lush, natural beauty and war-torn past during visits to the country’s orchard region and Cu Chi tunnels. With up to 45 Free Unlimited Shore Excursions, there is plenty to discover as you cruise from Bangkok to Hong Kong. In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, this voyage also features Early Booking Savings of up to $6,000 per suite.

Illuminated Skylines & Horizons | Hong Kong to Tokyo
February 20, 2016

Illuminated Skylines & Horizons

Guests aboard this itinerary will feel the electricity in the air as they tour Xiamen’s charming Old Town and see the Chinese Lantern Festival celebrations take place in Jimei Park with its eclectic architecture and elegant pavilions along Dragon Boat Lake. After sailing 16 glorious nights along the coast of China, Seven Seas Voyager arrives in Tokyo. This voyage features a Free 3-night Pre- or Post-cruise Land Program, as well as specially-priced Business Class Air upgrade.

Cherry Blossoms & Lotus Flowers | Tokyo to Beijing
March 7, 2016

Tokyo to Beijing

From Tokyo to Beijing in 18 treasured nights, guests aboard Seven Seas Voyager will relish the opportunity to explore the magnificent cities of Japan, Taiwan and China with nearly 70 Free Unlimited Shore Excursions. In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, this voyage also features New Lower Fares plus Early Booking Savings of up to $12,000 per suite. All guests may enjoy a FREE Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Program and specially-priced Business Class Air upgrades for only $999 each way.

More to Explore: Chinese Lantern Festival

Enchanting lanterns of every shape illuminate, while traditional lion dances enthrall both locals and visitors alike during the Chinese Lantern Festival. This delightful celebration is observed on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, and traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period.

In 2016 the festival will fall on February 22 – coincidentally during Seven Seas Voyager’s call on Xiamen. Guests aboard this itinerary will feel the electricity in the air as they tour Xiamen’s charming Old Town and see the celebrations take place in Jimei Park with its eclectic architecture and elegant pavilions along Dragon Boat Lake. The festivities continue on board with regional cuisine, special entertainment and a keepsake memento of authentic silk Chinese robes delivered to guests’ suites. Throughout the voyage, guests will enjoy traditional tea time with Asian-style canapés, as well as stir-fry, Dim Sum and Sushi lunches and an Asian cuisine cooking demonstration.

The 16-night Illuminated Skylines & Horizons itinerary departs Hong Kong on February 22, 2016 aboard Seven Seas Voyager®. After sailing 16 glorious nights along the coast of China, she arrives in Tokyo. This voyage features a free 3-night pre- or post-cruise land program, as well as specially-priced Business Class Air upgrade. Mention the promo code ACLF2016.

Society Spotlight: Carolyn W.

1Having visited over 30 countries and done so safely, securely, and in style aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises, we are always looking forward to our next voyage.

On our recent voyage aboard Seven Seas Mariner, my husband and I were welcomed by Captain Felice to “our home away from home.” And it truly does feel like home, as we put away our belongings, our cares, and our wallets and simply enjoy Regent’s genuine hospitality and get to know our fellow passengers in an elegant yet relaxed setting.

3On this voyage, we visited the city of Bari, Italy, which is a new port for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, but a very familiar place to our Captain as it is very near his hometown of Corato.

We traveled to Corato and discovered Puglia’s food, history and culture and had a fun-filled day with fellow passengers, officers and crew. We explored mysterious
Castel del Monte (featured on the Euro cent coin), feasted on delicious orrecchiete (Puglia’s famous pasta), and took in folkloric dance, falconry, and the drama of 4Frederick II’s medieval life in a special presentation to Seven Seas Society members that included a walking tour to Captain Felice’s home.

The welcome couldn’t have been warmer or the memories more lasting. Grazie mille Regent!

Carolyn W. is a Gold-level Seven Seas Society member. Retired from a career in law, she now avidly pursues her love of travel and fondness for the sea.

More to Explore: Top Seven Experiences in Buenos Aires

Rivaling Madrid or Paris for sophistication and culture, the tree-lined boulevards of fashionable Buenos Aires are home to superb restaurants, art galleries, museums, the magnificent Teatro de Colón and the brightly colored houses of La Boca barrio. As the sun sets, the Recoleta neighborhood awakens and the passionate melodies of the tango rise from the milongas along San Telmo’s cobbled streets. Few cities in South America share the ambiance, lifestyle and amenities that make Buenos Aires so endearing. Without further ado, below are our top favorite things to see and do in this glorious city.

Casa Rosada

Although Argentine President Kirchner may not live here, she does work at Casa Rosada, which is why you will be asked for identification and have your items x-rayed when taking a tour of the famed pink building. From the outside, you can still experience the presidential pomp and circumstance with the changing of the guard in front of the palace every hour on the hour.

Teatro Colón

This world-famous theater opened its doors in 1908 and boasts virtually perfect acoustics. If you are unable to see a performance, you can still experience its grandeur on a guided tour. The theater’s interior décor is spectacular, anchored by an immense dazzling chandelier surrounded by frescoes painted by famous Argentine muralist Raul Soldi.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Walking along the 24 exhibition halls of the ground floor, you will encounter sculptures by Curatella Manes and Rodin, paintings by El Greco and Rembrandt, the magnificent Goya´s room, and the most important Latin American collection of impressionists and post-impressionism, from Manet to Sorolla, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Degas…and that’s just the first floor.

La Recoleta Cemetery

The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums. You can wander for hours as this sanctuary contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments and are protected by the state. See the final resting places of notables from past presidents to celebrities, including Evita Perón.

Salón Canning

A visit to Buenos Aires would not be complete without dancing the tango. This particular milonga (place where tango is danced) is frequented by Porteños (Buenos Aires locals), which offers you the opportunity for a full cultural immersion. Tango lessons are offered if you arrive early, but the real experience is to watch the locals show off their best dance moves.

San Telmo

Buenos Aires’ most historic neighborhood has narrow cobblestone streets lined with resplendent, often crumbling buildings, family-owned bakeries, antiquated hardware stores, and an eclectic mix of bars, cafes and restaurants. Only a quick walk south of Plaza de Mayo, it’s like stepping 100 years into the past.

Futbol (Soccer)

Attending a futbol (soccer) game in Argentina is a unique experience and even the small leagues will draw huge crowds and leave your ears ringing with enthusiastic chants and pounding drums. If possible, catch a game either at iconic El Monumental stadium or La Bombonera grounds, where the local teams River Plate and Boca Juniors play respectively. You can also enjoy a stadium tour at either facility to explore behind-the-scenes, visiting the locker rooms and VIP areas, and walking the pitch before kick-off.

Enjoy all of these experiences on the Vineyards & Waterfalls voyage that begins with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires on February 21, 2016 and sets sail toward Uruguay and Brazil on February 22. Enjoy another overnight in Rio de Janeiro before disembarking on March 4. Guests in every suite category may indulge in up to 41 FREE Shore Excursions and Early Booking Savings of $3,000 per suite.

Spotlight on PBS: Special onboard programming by Artful Travelers

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has partnered with Artful Travelers and PBS stations across America to bring guests this specially-curated onboard program that celebrates the very best of public broadcasting aboard the Ancient Civilizations itinerary.

The 21-night voyage begins in Istanbul, transits the fascinating Suez Canal, travels to some of the world’s most historically rich ports, including Jerusalem, Aqaba and Luxor – and disembarks in the modern metropolis of Dubai. With a special focus on the arts and documentary filmmaking, this sailing will feature personalities at the very top of their chosen professions: revered journalists, Tony-nominated stage stars and a screening of the acclaimed work “Walt Disney” from PBS’ flagship history series American Experience, airing this fall on PBS stations across America.


Guests will indulge in enlightening and intimate travel experiences including seminars, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, dinners, and receptions with producers and performers, while enjoying the all-inclusive luxury of Seven Seas Voyager®.

Scheduled guests include…

  • Sarah Colt, an award-winning director, writer and producer (American Experience’s Walt Disney)
  • Christine Andreas, a Tony Award-nominated singer and actress (La Cage Aux Folles, The Scarlet Pimpernel)
  • Martin Silversti, a Grammy Award-nominated producer, musician and songwriter
  • Bill Gardner , the Vice President, Programming and Development for PBS
  • Lois Vossen, the Founding and Executive Producer of Independent Lens
  • Geeta Patel, an acclaimed writer and producer (Meet the Patels, The Fast and the Furious)
  • Sue Jaye Johnson, a Peabody Award-winning journalist and producer (T-REX)
  • Joe Richman, a Peabody Award-winning producer and reporter and the founder of Radio Diaries
  • Zack Canepari, a documentary filmmaker and photographer (T-REX)

The Ancient Civilizations voyage departs Istanbul on October 31, 2015 and crosses the Suez Canal before arriving in Dubai after 21 glorious nights. In addition to the onboard programming, guests in all suite categories will receive FREE Business Class Air, up to 39 FREE Shore Excursions, and Early Booking Savings up to $8,100 per person.

Grand Voyage Spotlight: Panama to Patagonia

While the northern hemisphere is beginning to feel the brunt of winter, 700 pampered guests will be basking in the warmth of South America as they circumnavigate the continent. More than simply taking in the sights, for 72 nights guests will taste the cuisine, dance to the music and encounter wildlife with more than 200 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions.

Crossing the Panama Canal

As guests complete their roundtrip journey from Miami, they will transit the wondrous Panama Canal. Seven Seas Mariner® will be lifted up 85 feet by the lock system to the main elevation of the Panama Canal and down again.

Overnights in Capitals

Guests will enjoy overnight stays in Lima, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. The city of Lima is one of South America’s largest, and the extra time will be perfect for guests to explore it at their pace. Guests will enjoy two nights in Buenos Aires, which rivals Madrid and Paris in sophistication and culture. And with the height of carnival approaching, an evening in Rio de Janeiro will reveal how locals prepare for the most important event of the year in Brazil.

Experiencing Chilean Fjords & Tierra del Fuego

From the pinnacles of Chilean glaciers to the wilds of Tierra del Fuego, guests will experience Patagonia up close.

Exploring the Amazon

The lush forest that surrounds the tremendous Amazon is breathtaking. Guests will witness the cascading waterfalls and luxuriant green landscape of Parati and journey to the point where two rivers converge at the mouth of the Amazon in Manaus for a total of 8 nights.

Panama to Patagonia

The 72-night Panama to Patagonia grand voyage departs Miami on January 13, 2016. This voyage features additional six-star amenities, such as FREE Roundtrip First Class Air, FREE Door-to-Door Luggage Delivery, FREE Unlimited WiFi and much more.