Taking Time for Thanksgiving

Millions of families and friends across the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving at home this Thursday, while Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ guests enjoy a chef-prepared gourmet dinner in the company of like-minded luxury travelers, eager to sail to exciting destinations.

From the prominent Elephanta Caves to a dazzling exploration of Bombay at night, guests aboard Seven Seas Voyager® will spend Thanksgiving in Mumbai (Bombay), India.  Guests aboard Seven Seas Navigator® will bask in the sun on a tranquil beach in Castries, St. Lucia and Seven Seas Mariner® guests will relish a Thanksgiving at sea as they sail toward Richards Bay, South Africa.

Whether celebrating the U.S. day of thanks at home or at sea, we wish our loyal guests a joyful Thanksgiving!

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What is the history of Thanksgiving?

The English sailed on the Mayflower to New England in the 1600’s. Those travelers, known as Pilgrims, settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they were taught by the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to cultivate and harvest the land for food and crops. With a successful bounty in November 1621, Pilgrim Governor William Bradford organized the first “giving of thanks” feast and invited the Native Americans to share the meal as a show of appreciation for their help.

What was served at the first Thanksgiving?

There wasn’t a bit of turkey, stuffing or pumpkin pie in sight! When the Pilgrims gave thanks for a plentiful harvest and their safe arrival to New England, they ate what they sowed, caught and hunted. The sharing of that first meal lasted three days. There was lobster, rabbit, venison, chicken, beans, corn, carrots, onions, cabbage and eggs. Sweet desserts came from honey and maple syrup, chestnuts and dried apples, cranberries and pears.

How did it go from a harvest feast to a national holiday in the United States?

Colonies and states were already holding autumn feasts of thanks and in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln officially declared the last Thursday of November as the national day of giving thanks, calling it Thanksgiving. In the 1940’s, Congress passed a federal law confirming Lincoln’s declaration.

What are the popular side dishes?

The abundant autumn crops are squash, corn, sweet and white potatoes, pumpkins, carrots and beans. Back then, developing colonies throughout the East Coast and the South put their own flavors and flair on them creating diverse regional options.

What about pumpkin pie?

Pumpkins are the symbol of autumn since they are ripe and ready for picking in October and November. When the Pilgrims arrived to New England, they recognized the pumpkin and turned it into a dessert. Its texture and flesh made it the perfect pudding and it was delicious when seasoned with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkin pudding went on to become pumpkin pie, where it remains as the traditional finale of the Thanksgiving meal.

The Fine Art of Cruising

From the immense Hermitage in St. Petersburg to the extraordinary collection of fine art in Riga, art lovers can witness the world’s most breathtaking masterpieces during an incredible voyage across Northern Europe. Your passion for art and travel will awaken as you journey through historical landmarks, magnificent castles and the remnants of powerful empires. These wonderful museums bring new experiences and, most notably, the right to say, “I’ve been there.”

St. Petersburg, Russia


There is something for everyone at the Winter Palace, the winter residence of the Imperial family dating back to the 1700s and located in the heart of the city of St. Petersburg. The Hermitage collections feature some of the best examples of fine art through the ages including a large number of paintings by the Italian Renaissance artist, Titian, numerous large scale canvases by the Dutch master, Rembrandt including The Return of the Prodigal Son, The Descent from the Cross, and Saskia as Flora to name a few.

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Dutch history and art beckon in Amsterdam, which 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 which houses the largest collection of the 19th century master’s paintings and drawings in the world. Delve deeper into the painter’s life and work as you browse among the various paintings and drawings on display.

 Helsinki, Finland


Helsinki is an art and architectural delight with many fine and impressive buildings, designed by eminent Finnish architects. In the heart of the surrounding countryside, visit Tarvaspaa, the former home and studio of Finland’s national painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Located in a charming park at the edge of the sea, the house was built around 1912 and designed by the artist himself. Gallen-Kallela’s works and the story of his colorful life are on display here, together with exhibits by other famous artists depicting the Finnish way of life.

 Riga, Latvia


Discover the diversity of art and architectural styles in Riga with a visit to the Riga Bourse Museum. The exposition will take you through the history of Latvian fine art from the mid-18th century to 1945. View the masterpieces of famous Latvian painters such as Rozentals, Purvitis, Padegs and many more. While in the museum, don’t miss the fascinating exhibition of paintings by the famous Russian painter and philosopher Nicholas Roerich.

Next summer, sail across Northern Europe and discover world-class collections of fine art that will simply take your breath away.  Which Regent Seven Seas Cruises® port is home to your favorite museum?

Voyage Spotlight: Celestial Crossing

Experience the romance of the sea and the pure joy of cruising as you spend 14 blissful nights sailing from Miami to Barcelona aboard Seven Seas Navigator®. From relaxing in complete comfort in your luxurious suite to exploring the famous Rock of Gibraltar, you will create endless memories during this voyage across the Atlantic.  Below is a sampling of memorable moments that await you.


Memorable Moment No. 1: Admiring first-hand the fascinating barrier coral reef that surrounds Bermuda and the colorful array of fish that make the reef their home during an intriguing orientation tour of Bermuda’s West End.


Memorable Moment No. 2: Indulging in a rejuvenating massage and nourishing facial at the legendary Canyon Ranch SpaClub® during one of many glorious days at sea.


Memorable Moment No. 3: Partaking in an interactive discussion led by an expert from The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys.


Memorable Moment No. 4 Discovering the stunning beauty of Madeira’s shoreline from Europe’s highest cliff before enjoying  afternoon tea in the Old World charm of Reid’s Palace Hotel.


Memorable Moment No. 5 Hiking to St. Michael’s Cave and Ape’s Den in Gibraltar to view the Barbary apes and tailless Moroccan monkeys in their natural habitat.


Memorable Moment No. 6 Enjoying juicy Porterhouse Steak, succulent Filet Mignon and great conversation during an entertaining dinner at Prime 7.


Memorable Moment No. 7 Savoring the distinctive cuisine and signature beverages of Catalonia by taking a hands-on cooking class, sampling the area’s wines and cavas, and visiting a farm during a Culinary Creations: Taste of Barcelona Post Cruise Land Program.

Create your very own moments aboard Seven Seas Navigator in March. Celestial Crossing features a specially-priced Business Class Air Upgrade for only $1,299 from Barcelona, while guests in Penthouse Suites and higher receive FREE Business Class Air* from Barcelona.

Five Spectacular Winter Voyages

The winter blues take on a different meaning in the Caribbean and South America. From the pink sand beaches of Bermuda and the extraordinary Amazon River of Brazil to festive holiday celebrations and an unforgettable New Year’s Eve gala aboard our luxurious ships, the five spectacular itineraries below are sure to fulfill your winter wanderlust.

Holiday in Paradise

SS-52475926-red-macawsExperience the joy of the holidays aboard Seven Seas Navigator® as you sail roundtrip Miami surrounded by the warmth and camaraderie of fellow luxury travelers. Sail to the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations and delight in all of the lively festivities of the season, from traditional Hanukkah celebrations to Christmas Day dinner. In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, this voyage also features 2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares plus Early Booking Savings of $3,000 per suite!

South America Sojourn

SS-45681094-Corcovado-Rio-de-JaneiroNext month, cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Miami on this 21-night holiday voyage aboard Seven Seas Mariner®. In addition to enjoying up to 52 Free Unlimited Shore Excursions, partake in festive celebrations and holiday fetes including a Christmas dinner and a memorable New Year’s gala. This voyage also features a specially-priced Business Class Air Upgrade for only $999 to Rio de Janeiro.

White Sands & Golden Sunsets


Spend 10 glorious nights sailing through western Caribbean aboard Seven Seas Navigator®. Visit the magnificent, multileveled, famous Mayan ruin best known for its Temple of the Masks on a tour of the Kohunlich Mayan ruins and explore the pristine natural beauty of the Cerro San Gil rainforest on a memorable journey to Las Escobas Springs. In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, this voyage also features 2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares plus Early Booking Savings of $3,000 per suite!

Journey into the Amazon

Rio-Dulce-National-ParkFor travelers with a bold spirit, immerse yourself in the vibrant and striking atmosphere of Brazil on this 21-night voyage from Rio de Janeiro to Miami aboard Seven Seas Mariner®. Visit the splendid Golden Chapel in Recife and discover the most beautiful and historic examples of religious art in Brazil. While in Boca de Valeria, an Indian village located between Parintins and Santarem, wander at leisure through the village or simply relax on board and take in up-close views of the rich equatorial vegetation. This voyage also features a specially-priced Business Class Air Upgrade for only $999 to Rio de Janeiro.

Pink Sands & White Gardenias

SS-131497973-hamiltonSpend 12 tranquil nights indulging in the luxurious amenities aboard Seven Seas Mariner® as you sail from Miami to Bermuda and down the east coast. Devote a day at Canyon Ranch SpaClub® while cruising the Atlantic Ocean and then embark on a three-day exploration of Bermuda. Take in such sights as Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches, including magnificent Horseshoe Bay and Church Bay. In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, this voyage also features 2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares plus Early Booking Savings of $3,000 per suite!

Another Milestone Conquered: Seven Seas Explorer Floats Out of Fincantieri

With the sound of a symbolic bottle of champagne breaking against her side, another major milestone was celebrated in the construction of Seven Seas Explorer® as she floated out of the building dock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa, Italy.  Construction will now focus on completing Seven Seas Explorer’s interior spaces including the opulent suites, elegant lounges and gourmet restaurants that will make her the most luxurious ship ever built.

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Robin Lindsay, Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations attended the float out ceremony and watched as the champagne bottle shattered into tiny pieces – a maritime tradition meant to bring good luck and prosperity. With only nine months left until her grand debut in Monaco, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ vision of building the most luxurious ship ever is quickly becoming a reality.

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Every corner of Seven Seas Explorer will exude elegance, beginning with a new category of luxury suite. The 3,875 square-foot Regent Suite offers guests an unmatched luxury experience, with two plush bedrooms, an expansive well-appointed living space and a beam-to-beam private outdoor balcony. The suite also features a cruise industry first in-suite spa retreat with personal sauna, steam room, relaxation loungers and a spa treatment area where guests will enjoy complimentary, unlimited treatments from Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.

1The opulence found in the Regent Suite sets the tone for all categories of luxury suites onboard, where guests will experience some of the most spacious accommodations and the largest balconies in the cruise industry.

Seven Seas Explorer will also introduce two new gourmet restaurants with Chartreuse which features a lavish ambiance and epicurean delights found in Paris’ finest eateries, and Pacific Rim which offers a gourmet dining experience that brings to life the rich culinary traditions of Asia.  These will complement the four other dining venues onboard to offer significant culinary variety.

Additionally, Seven Seas Explorer will feature the brand’s first culinary instruction center called the Culinary Arts Kitchen.  Elevating cuisine to an art form, the Culinary Arts Kitchen will provide guests with personalized instruction at eighteen individual cooking stations.

More to Explore: An Alaskan Summer

Alaska is an unexpected wonderland for explorers of all ages. From seaplane trips above breathtaking landscapes to hiking in the Tongass National Forest, America’s last frontier has an abundance of activities to keep loved ones entertained. Next summer, guests aboard Seven Seas Mariner® will experience the excitement of whales breaching and pristine landscapes as she sails from one unforgettable port of call to the next.

Below, we highlight a few of our favorite Free Unlimited Shore Excursions, sure to regale the entire family.

Sitka, Alaska

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  • Russian America and Raptor Center: This unique excursion explores the historical highlights of this former “Russian” capital city and includes a tour through the Alaska Raptor Center.
  • Sitka Cycling and Forest Walk: Explore a side of Sitka rarely experienced by visitors during a unique and exhilarating cycling tour and forest walk.
  • Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest: Observe Alaska’s abundant marine and wildlife aboard a waterjet-driven tour vessel through one of the world’s most beautiful coastal environments.

Juneau, Alaska

  • Flavors of Juneau: Savor Juneau’s unique local flavors during this delightful tasting tour and cooking demonstration in Alaska’s capital city.
  • Mendenhall Glacier – Guide’s Choice Adventure Hike: Experience Alaska’s rugged natural beauty from a perspective best seen on foot during this exhilarating walking tour at the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area.
  • Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest: Explore Alaska’s teeming waters and lush natural beauty in a unique new way during this whale-watching and wildlife quest in Stephen’s Passage.

Ketchikan, Alaska

  • Cruise George Inlet & Crab Feast: Enjoy a taste of Alaska during this picturesque George Inlet cruise, and a crab feast at the George Inlet Lodge.
  • Rainforest Island Adventure: Join an experienced Alaskan trail guide for a walk through the natural, unspoiled beauty of a coastal rain forest found on a remote island in the Tongass National Forest.
  • Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack Show: Become absorbed in the rich living culture of Southeast Alaska’s Native Americans and witness a rip-roaring lumberjack competition on this comprehensive and fun tour of Ketchikan.

In addition to Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Free Unlimited Shore Excursions, guests and loved ones will explore Alaska with new offers of $300 Shipboard Credit, Kids Sail from only $999 and FREE Unlimited WiFi to connect with family and friends back at home and share unforgettable experiences in Alaska through the Club Mariner Youth Program and Terry Breen Lecture Series.

Visit RSSC.com for detailed information on our exclusive new offer.

Voyage Spotlight: Mystical Maya

The winter blues take on a different meaning during this 10-night journey aboard Seven Seas Navigator®. Spend a relaxing day at sea basking in the warm sun as you sail west from Miami, preparing to explore the ruins of ancient civilizations. From the lush tropical setting of Costa Maya, where the excavated sacred temples will fill you with a fascinating sense of wonder, to the ancient city of Tikal in Santo Tomás, discover the cosmic vision of life at the apex of Mayan rule.

Below are samples of the tours that await your discovery on this incredible itinerary:

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins – Costa Maya, Mexico

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins – Costa Maya, MexicoExplore the ruins of Chacchoben, “The Place of Red Corn,” on this half-day tour that brings you to a fascinating ancient Mayan pilgrimage location. See the original red paint on the stucco walls of one of the pyramids and the temple where a mural was found showing the astronomical positions of the planet Venus. For those seeking a unique view, climb the vast Gran Basamento, which takes you above tree level and is the location where archaeologists found ceremonial offerings dating to around 1000 B.C.

Xunantunch Mayan Ruins – Belize City, Belize

Xunantunch Mayan Ruins – Belize City, Belize

Discover an ancient Mayan ceremonial site that has been periodically excavated over the past 100 years, revealing a fascinating complex of pyramids, plazas and temples. Xunantunich (pronounced (Shoo-NAN-too-NEECH) means “stone woman” in the Yucatec dialect, perhaps a reference to El Castillo, the site’s largest and tallest pyramid. At the top of the pyramid, you will have a 360-degree view over the jungle canopy and the surrounding valleys.

Route of the Mayas: Tikal by Air – Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

Route of the Mayas: Tikal by Air – Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

During this scenic and revealing journey to Northern Guatemala’s renowned Mayan ruins of Tikal, discover the history of the ancient Mayan civilization. The tour begins with a chartered 1-hour flight to the vast northern region of El Peten. Along the way, an informative guide will enlighten you about the region in preparation for the visit to Tikal, the greatest Mayan city known and studied to date, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, Mystical Maya also features 2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares plus Early Booking Savings of $3,000 per suite!