Sail, Sip & Savor Exotic Lands

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

Sail,Sip,Savor

Savvy travelers revel in the opportunity to journey to places less frequented. And there is no better way to explore the tastes and traditions of wondrous places like Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and exotic South America than aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Imagine sipping tea made from leaves plucked from the garden of a Vietnamese farmer who welcomes you for a tour of his property near Saigon, or sampling a bold pinotage in Durban after an unforgettable safari through the Tala Game Reserve. And is there anything more thrilling than celebrating the conclusion of your day in Bora Bora with an unforgettable dinner that features the traditional Poisson Cru, or sipping a delicious glass of award-winning Chilean wine after a scenic drive to the heart of Casablanca in Valparaíso? Wherever you choose to spend your days, you will create your own mouthwatering memories to treasure.

Modern & Ancient Asia

Half a world away, ancient dragons, exotic jade landscapes and the dynamic cities of the Pacific Rim await. Discover the definitive Down Under as you cruise New Zealand’s dramatic Milford Sound, India’s temples and spice-scented bazaars to Bali, ‘the most beautiful place on earth,’ from the prehistoric denizens of Komodo to the sights and tastes of multicultural Singapore.

Featured port: Singapore, Singapore

Adventures in Africa

Ancient and mysterious, the wonders Africa will enchant the most experienced traveler. Cape Town has long been regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. And in Mahé, the nearby reefs and pristine marine national parks are a snorkeler’s paradise. While Durban delights the traveler with its colorful mosaic of ethnic neighborhoods and memorable excursions to game reserves and the traditional lifestyle of the Zulu people.

Featured port: Durban, South Africa

Idyllic Tahiti & Hawaii

Are there any islands in the world as beautiful as the islands of French Polynesia and Hawaii? Doubtful. From the magnificent views of flora and fauna, to the stunning beaches and emerald waters, to the hospitable people who live here, you will love these idyllic islands and never want to leave.

Featured port: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Vistas of South America

Encounter South America’s ever-changing landscapes in a continent of sublime contrasts.  Here is fire and ice, the wild pampas, indigo mountains at the bottom of the world, ancient empires in the clouds, and the down-to-earth pleasures of vibrant, inviting ports. Silver-blue Chilean Fjords give way to lush, emerald Amazon rain forests. The searing hot rhythms of Buenos Aires echo those of Rio’s Copacabana.

Featured port: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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.

2015-2016 Winter Collection Now Open

2015-2016 Winter Collection Now OpenThe excitement was palpable this morning when we officially opened reservations for our 2015-2016 Winter Collection. Featuring more than 150 ports of call in 50 countries and the distinctive opportunity to explore each destination in depth with FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, these voyages are not to be missed.

Collectively, our three luxury ships will sail along the ancient lands of Asia and Africa, the iconic cities of South America and the Mediterranean, and the breathtaking landscapes of the Caribbean and Alaska —all while delivering impeccable personalized service, remarkable dining and generous included amenities.

Aboard Seven Seas Voyager®, complement your voyage with FREE Extraordinary Land Programs in Africa, the Mediterranean and Asia. Discover serene temples and pagodas or embark on an unforgettable African Safari, which are included for guests in Concierge Suites and higher. Visit exciting new ports of call including Boracay Island, Philippines; Jeju, South Korea; and Shimizu, Japan. And when Seven Seas Voyager journeys toward the Mediterranean on the 21-night voyage from Dubai to Barcelona, she will also call on Khasab, Oman for the first time.

While on Seven Seas Mariner®, enjoy an unforgettable 14-night sojourn from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro where you can take in a thrilling African Safari, or explore the vibrant destinations of South America, from the wonders of Patagonia to the mighty Amazon River. Choose to sail a bit later in the season for an unforgettable voyage through the Caribbean and across the Panama Canal to San Francisco before she begins her Alaska season in early May 2016. We are particularly excited about Seven Seas Mariner’s return to the America’s last frontier, as the last time she sailed the Inside Passage was in 2009.

Indulge in the ultimate winter escape aboard the intimate 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator® as you experience the charms, colors and cuisine of the exquisite islands of the Caribbean. Travel to off-the beaten-path destinations, where you have the freedom to customize your perfect day, whether that is to relax on a pristine beach, tour an art gallery or enjoy a traditional meal prepared by local chefs. After a wonderful season in the Caribbean, Seven Seas Navigator makes her triumphant return to the Mediterranean after a five-year hiatus, where she will sail the French and Italian Rivieras.

We trust you’ll find our 2015-2016 Winter Collection of voyages enticing, as well as our special preview offer of 2-for-1 Deposits. Please call Regent Seven Seas Cruises at 1.844.4REGENT (1.844.473.4368) or your Travel Agent beginning to secure the itinerary and suite of your choice, or visit www.RSSC.com for more details.

New Winter Destinations for 2015-2016

The 2015-2016 Winter Collection truly spans the world with new and diverse itineraries, plus 8 new ports of call in Asia, the Caribbean and South America.

Before we officially open for reservations on Wednesday, October 15, take a moment to read about the new additions from this exciting collection.

Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island is a mere four miles long, yet it is home to some of the Philippines’ most beautiful and unspoiled beaches.

Boracay Island, Philippines

Fort-de-France, Martinique

The capital of Martinique boasts beautiful French architecture, such as the Cathedral St-Louis, several French-built forts and pristine beaches that rival those of the Riviera.

Fort-de-France, Martinique

El Guamache (Isla Margarita), Venezuela

El Guamache is a charming port on Isla Margarita, a mountainous tropical Caribbean island located off the northern shore of Venezuela.

El Guamache (Isla Margarita), Venezuela

Jeju, South Korea

Jeju is often called the “Island of the Gods,” for its breathtaking landscape and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Hallasan volcano.

Jeju, South Korea

Khasab, Oman

Khasab is an eclectic and off-the-beaten-path port with pristine seas and jagged peaks located on the northern tip of the peninsula between Dubai and Muscat.

Khasab, Oman

Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Pointe-à-Pitre lies on Grande-Terre and is the largest city of Guadeloupe and is best seen from the top of La Grande Soufrière volcano.

Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Santa Marta, Colombia

The oldest city in Colombia, Santa Marta abounds with Spanish colonial charm, including one of the first basilicas built in Latin America, the Cathedral of Santa Marta.

Santa Marta, Colombia

Shimizu, Japan

On a clear day, you can see magnificent Mount Fuji from the lively Port of Shimizu. Stroll through the Kashi-no-Ichi Market and be sure to enjoy a delicious cup of tea.

Shimizu, Japan

These new ports are among the more than 150 alluring destinations featured in our Winter Collection, spanning from Asia to Africa and from the Mediterranean to the Americas. Paired with our FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, you can explore the natural wonders, historical sites and the culture and traditions of every port of call – all while sailing in all inclusive luxury aboard our elegant, all-suite ships with gourmet cuisine, impeccable service and the camaraderie of like-minded travelers.

Take a look and let us know which new port you are most looking forward to visiting in the comment space below.

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.