Voyage Spotlight: Ancient Reveries

Let the unspoiled history of the Mediterranean take your breath away.

From the dramatic views and landscapes of Amalfi  to people-watching over a fine glass of wine in Santorini, join Seven Seas Mariner ®, recently voted “SHIP OF THE YEAR” by The World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society, aboard a spectacular 10-night journey through the very best of the Eastern Mediterranean coast. On August 27, sail to three glistening countries as your every wish, your every whim and your every want are met with gratifying luxuries.

ITALY

  

While docked in Sorrento/Capri, experience a unique blend of scenic beauty and tragic history during a memorable visit to the ancient city of Pompeii.  Join the “Food & Wine Trails – Amalfi’s Artisans & Vintner from Tramonti,” tour and discover how this region of Italy is a wealth of artisan farmers and budding vintners.  In Taormina, admire spectacular palaces, scenic vistas and historic sites high above the magnificent Bay of Naxos.

GREECE

Stroll through charming Argostoli, flowing up from the turquoise bay along the sides of white limestone hills with its colorful fishing boats, vibrant open-air market and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch al fresco in a traditional ouzerie in Gythion. Have your camera handy in Santorini as you capture breathtaking views of classic whitewashed houses clinging perilously to the side of the caldera. Your last stop in Greece is in Mitilini, famed for its olive oil, with undulating hills said to support 11 million olive trees!

TURKEY

Seven Seas Mariner ® heads toward Turkey for its finals tops on this extraordinary journey. Meander along the relaxing Kordonboyu oceanfront promenade in Izmir, enjoying delicious shish kebabs or a traditional kumru sandwich as you head off to explore its beautiful beaches. Overnight in Istanbul where “East meets West,” and tour the magnificent courtyards of Topkapi Palace, stroll among the treasures of the Blue Mosque with its unique six minarets, then view Dolmabahce Palace, the one-time residence of the sultans.

Ancient Reveries features up to 35 FREE Shore Excursions, FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites & higher, and specially-priced Business Class Air* Upgrades in all other suite categories. Anticipate an unforgettable journey to Europe’s most historic destinations where everything is included, without exception and without compromise.

Seasons of Italy

Italy is home to the world’s most historical and beautiful cities, from Rome and Florence to the picturesque Sicilian islands and the Amalfi Coast, which is why this country is a favored destination by luxury travelers. And truly intrepid explorers have experienced the wonders of this magical country through the seasons. Whether enjoying the spring festivals in Vatican City, summering in Sorrento or sampling white truffles in Tuscany, these delights await you in the birthplace of the Renaissance – Italy.

Primavera: Spring blooms in Rome

When The Spanish Steps are covered with pink azaleas and the Villa Pamphili is more verdant than ever it can only mean that it’s springtime in Rome. This time of year, you can enjoy a full day at St. Peter’s Basilica, without the rush of the crowds. In the evening, you will want to make your way to Trastevere where you may dine al fresco at elegant bistros.

Estate: Summer warmth along the Riviera & Amalfi Coast

Not all tan lines are created equal. Don’t believe it? Spend your summer basking under the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera. The reflection of the azure bays and the backdrop of its magnificent cliffs will give you a glow like no other place in the world. It’s the reason why so many celebrities, royals and artists vacation in the chic towns from the French border to Tuscany.

Autunno: Fall flavors in Tuscany & Venice

Gourmands yearn to taste the first grapes and olive oils of the season, which is why the fall is their favorite time to visit Italy. This time of year is an epicurean paradise, where delicious meals can be enjoyed while dining at authentic bistros under clear skies and a mild sun. In the Tuscan countryside, sample fine red wines, known as super Tuscan, or indulge in the renowned and highly sought white truffles.

Your turn

Do you have a favorite moment from your travels across Italy in the spring, summer or fall? Or is there a place in Italy you are yearning to explore? Share your comments below.

The world’s Most Luxurious Ship is headed toward South Beach

Seven Seas Explorer® makes its North American debut on December 2, 2016 when she sails into Miami – the cruise capital of the world. As part of her inaugural Caribbean season, the all-suite, all-balcony 750-guest luxurious ship will sail two roundtrip voyages from PortMiami to the idyllic islands of the Caribbean before heading west on a Panama Canal cruise.

Atlantic Retreat: Rome to Miami on November 16, 2016

On November 16, 2016 the world’s most luxurious ship will set sail toward Miami on the 16-night Atlantic Retreat itinerary. Among the ports visited are Toulon, where guests may choose a free shore excursion to Aix en Provence, Barcelona and Funchal, as well as an overnight in Bermuda’s historical town of King’s Wharf.

Serene Islands: Roundtrip Miami on December 4, 2016

On the 14-night Serene Islands voyage, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the art, culture and cuisine of Caribbean, from Aruba’s colorful Dutch architecture to sampling tasty arepas after a relaxing day in Venezuela’s El Guamache. These colonial ports beckon with a kaleidoscope of delightful market goods, old forts and beaches.

Caribbean Dawn: Roundtrip Miami on December 18, 2016

From the crystal clear waters of St. Barts to the teeming reefs of Turks & Caicos, the 10-night Caribbean Dawn itinerary features calls on the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. Guests aboard Seven Seas Explorer® will delight in luxurious pleasures on board and ashore, especially when swimming in the pristine beaches of the British Virgin Islands.

Grand Canal Crossing: Miami to Los Angeles on December 28, 2016

Guests will ring in a luxurious New Year aboard Seven Seas Explorer® on the 16-night Grand Canal Crossing itinerary. After transiting the astounding Panama Canal, guests will discover the diverse mangrove forests of Puntarenas, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Antigua near Puerto Quetzal, and the gorgeous waters surrounding iconic El Arco in Cabo San Lucas.

Your turn

Which of these new itineraries fulfill your wanderlust? Share your comments below.

Kingdoms of the North Sea: Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 3 New Ports in Northern Europe

Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently unveiled the 2016 Summer & Fall Collection, which includes brand new calls on three spectacular ports in Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. These fantastic destinations offer brand new experiences and an even more in depth perspective of the history, culture and cuisine of the coastal nations of the North Sea.

Stavanger, Norway

Rich in cultural life, Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway.

Rich in cultural life, Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway.

Stavanger has for centuries played a leading role in Norway’s maritime history, from the time when the Viking kings battled in Hafrsfjord, through the period of the “white sails” and the steamships up to modern super-tankers. Here you can explore the rich agricultural countryside with its reconstructed farmhouses from the Iron Age. And witness the breathtaking Lysefjord, as well as the vast mountains of Kjerag and Preikestolen, with its famous Pulpit Rock.

 Tórshavn (Faroe Islands), Denmark

Main attractions include Tinganes, the oldest part of town, with small wooden houses covered in turf roofs.

Main attractions include Tinganes, the oldest part of town, with small wooden houses covered in turf roofs.

Surrounded to the north and southwest by towering mountains with dramatic landscapes, Tórshavn is a picturesque port steeped in Viking history. Explore Nordic House, widely regarded as one of the finest examples of modern Nordic architecture; and Listasavn Føroya art museum. To fully experience the Faroe Islands’ ancient history, visit the ruins of Magnus Cathedral.

Vlissingen, Netherlands

The city of Vlissingen was historically known as “Flushing” in English.

The city of Vlissingen was historically known as “Flushing” in English.

Vlissingen’s harbor was so significant throughout history that the city received its own English name. In fact, Flushing, New York was named after Vlissingen. The maritime history of Vlissingen goes back many centuries and is very much part of the culture, as a popular local pass-time is to watch ships cross the harbor. There is plenty to see and do here, including visiting the oldest surviving sea fort in all of Western Europe, Fort Rammekens and the Maritime muZEEum.

Voyage Spotlight: Viking Odyssey

There is no other country in the world that personifies the old adage “seeing is believing” more accurately than Norway. Not only will you witness magnificent fjords and glaciers, and immerse yourself in a sophisticated cultural life, but Norway is also the gateway to the top of the world. And there is no better way to journey to the northern most point cruise vessels may travel than in the lap of luxury.

Roundtrip from Copenhagen on a 20-night voyage, you will be able to discover the Art Nouveau gem of Ålesund, historical Trondheim, cosmopolitan Kristiansand, and historic Bergen where a funicular ride up scenic Mount Floyen will take your breath away.

In Spitsbergen, an active wildlife will surprise you at every turn. And after cruising the Magdalena Fjord, you will venture as far north as the Polar Ice Barrier, the nearly vertical seaward edge of the ice cap of the North Pole.

Adding to the wonders you will witness are the gorgeous Hellelsylt Waterfall that plunges over the granite face of the fjord, cascading in thousands of feet of rainbows and foam, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord.

Embark on a journey to the top of the world on the Viking Odyssey itinerary beginning on July 6 aboard Seven Seas Voyager®This voyage features FREE Business Class Air* in all suite categories and onboard programming from The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys.

Chartreuse: More Than a Dash of Parisian Flair

Seven Seas Explorer® will feature a tantalizing new gourmet French specialty restaurant called Chartreuse.

Chartreuse

Deriving its name from sultry chartreuse-colored glass panels that adorn the dining room walls, the ambiance of Chartreuse evokes memories of a chic Parisian fine dining restaurant discovered during an evening stroll along the Seine or just off the Champs-Élysées. Once inside, guests may choose to dine in an intimate table for two inside the regal dining room or along the Parisian-inspired courtyard.  Either way, every guest will be treated to a succulent dinner while enjoying incredible ocean views.

Chartreuse - Garden View

A sampling of epicurean delights include…

Hand-cut Charolais steak tartare in a hazelnut-Dijon emulsion topped with Perlita caviar d’Aquitaine

Roasted Cévennes rack of lamb with rosemary-mint persillade and sugar snap pea sauce

Poached Brittany blue lobster tail glazed with caramelized lobster roe butter on a bed of Sologne white asparagus and Romanesco  

Chartreuse joins Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ signature steakhouse, Prime 7, as the second of our distinct collection of specialty restaurants. Details about the third specialty restaurant will be released in June.

Beginning in the summer of 2016, guests will be able to get a taste of this new specialty restaurant, as the Chartreuse menu will extend to the rest of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, replacing Signatures on Seven Seas Voyager® and Seven Seas Mariner® , and select dishes being offered at Compass Rose on Seven Seas Navigator® .

Culinary Arts Kitchen & Meridian Lounge aboard Seven Seas Explorer

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is adding two new exclusive venues to the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, Seven Seas Explorer®: the Culinary Arts Kitchen and the Meridian Lounge.

Culinary Arts Kitchen

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Elevating cuisine to an art form, the Culinary Arts Kitchen will provide guests with all the ingredients needed to expand their culinary skills in a welcoming environment reminiscent of the most prestigious cooking schools in France in both layout and design. Eighteen individual cooking stations sit atop three long curved rows with white quartzite countertops and stainless steel accents, belaying the complex and richly flavored foods guests will prepare during the classes.

Guests attending classes in the Culinary Arts Kitchen will receive highly-individualized instruction, as each student will cook from their own personal workstation for authentic, hands-on training. The culinary workstations are fully equipped with top-of-the-line induction cooktops, stainless steel sinks and a comprehensive collection of additional cooking essentials.

A decorative motif filled with abstract images of essential culinary ingredients and French-inspired recipes highlight an accent wall near the entrance of the Culinary Arts Kitchen. The state-of-the-art culinary center also features floor-to-ceiling windows. With its perch on Deck 11, the magnificent ocean vistas will perfectly complement the epicurean delights being prepared within the center.

The instruction at the Culinary Arts Kitchen will cover a wide array of topics including healthy cooking, fish and shellfish preparation, perfect food and wine pairings for entertaining, delectable mini-desserts, high-heat grilling, and classes inspired by the destinations visited by the ship.

The Culinary Arts Kitchen will debut on Seven Seas Explorer® with more than a dozen unique classes.

Meridian Lounge

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On the port side of deck five, guests will discover a new elegant entertainment venue called the Meridian Lounge. The lounge is inviting with elegant taupe leather furnishings and dark wood accent tables sitting atop soothing blue carpet. Polished antique brown granite flooring surrounds a curved bar with an antique silver finish and back-lit alabaster top, while across the room a rosewood parquet dance floor leads to an intimate stage that will host live musical performances.

Steps away from the entrance to the Constellation Theater, the Meridian Lounge is the ideal location to enjoy pre- or post-show cocktail, or simply savor a libation while peering out the floor-to-ceiling windows, soaking in the breathtaking views over the horizon.