Seven Seas Explorer Keel Laying Ceremony

The Italian Riviera. A Rolls Royce Phantom. A long-standing maritime tradition. These are the secret ingredients to properly lay down the keel of the world’s most luxurious ship.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® celebrated yet another milestone in the construction of Seven Seas Explorer® when Jason Montague, President, Robin Lindsay, Executive Vice President and Franco Semeraro, Senior Vice President, arrived at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy for her keel laying ceremony. Yet, the grand entrance was reserved for the three rare coins that were later welded into the ship for good luck.

A sleek black Rolls Royce Phantom transported the three symbolic coins to the keel laying event.  Upon arrival, a dapper butler emerged with a red velvet pillow carrying the coins to be welded into the keel, including a rare 1921 U.S. silver coin known as the Peace Dollar symbolizing the safe passage of Seven Seas Explorer; a 1959 silver Italian Lire representing the year the Fincantieri shipyard was established; and a commemorative coin specially minted for this occasion.

As of today, guests are one step closer to stepping foot aboard Seven Seas Explorer.  Reservations for Seven Seas Explorer’s inaugural season are now open exclusively for Seven Seas Society® members. The sailings become available to the general public starting Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

 

Voyage Spotlight: Top Seven European Sailings

It’s easy to fall in love with the magic of Europe, from the coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean to the breathtaking beauty of the fjords along the North Sea. And with stellar six-star service and all-inclusive 2-for-1 fares aboard the luxurious ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, there is no better way to experience these storied destinations.

Mediterranean Sojourn, May 27, 2015

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Cruise from Barcelona to Monte Carlo for 8 glorious nights aboard Seven Seas Mariner®. Enjoy up to 38 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, including a tour across the countryside of Provence to the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, a stunning medieval Gothic fortress turned residence where seven popes lived during the 14th century.

2-for-1 all-inclusive fares from $6,999 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites and higher | Specially-priced Business Class Air for only $499 each way for all other categories.

Regal Retreats, June 4, 2015

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From Monte Carlo to Rome in 7 nights, you will delight in the best of the world famous Riviera. Experience the glamour of Cannes on a stroll down La Croisette, the city’s famous catwalk by the sea, and much more with up to 24 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions. The all-suite, all-balcony accommodations aboard Seven Seas Mariner® ensures that you are able to take in the stunning views every morning when you arrive at a brand new port.

2-for-1 all-inclusive fares from $6,599 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites and higher | Specially-priced Business Class Air for only $499 each way for all other categories

Northern Lights & The Midnight Sun, June 6, 2015

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As if endless summer days and amazing star-filled nights were not enough to captivate your attention, the striking landscapes and historical sites from London to Copenhagen will certainly capture your imagination. For 12 nights explore the British Isles and the North Sea with up to 46 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions that range from walking in the footsteps of The Beatles to taking in the expansive views of Oslo’s fjords.

2-for-1 all-inclusive fares from $11,499 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for all suite categories

La Dolce Vita, June 11, 2015

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Experience the very best of Italy and beyond as you sail from Rome and circle the boot where your 10-night cruise culminates with a grand finale: an overnight stay in romantic Venice. Among the more than 30 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions available, you may choose to view Peggy Guggenheim’s private art collection when you tour her former home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.

2-for-1 all-inclusive fares from $8,599 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for Penthouse Suites and higher | Specially-priced Business Class Air for only $799 each way for all other categories

Northern Splendor, June 18, 2015

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Among the elegant ports you will visit from Copenhagen to Stockholm, this glorious itinerary offers a two-night stay in St. Petersburg, allowing plenty of time to explore the Hermitage Museum at length. Occupying six historic buildings and containing nearly three million artifacts and works of art, the Hermitage is one of the world’s oldest and largest museums. In addition, your onboard lecturer Hugh M. Neighbour, shares his insight and regional expertise from his experience as a former diplomat and a retired naval officer.

2-for-1 all-inclusive fares from $8,999 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for all suite categories

Baroque Enchantment, June 26, 2015

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The jewels of the Baltic are yours to behold on this 10-night voyage from Stockholm to Copenhagen aboard Seven Seas Voyager®. Among the 44 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions available, you may choose to tour the largest fortification in Finland, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Suomenlinna near Helsinki. In Riga tour the 13th century Turaida Castle and, near Berlin, explore the lively harbor city of Rostock. It’s all included.

2-for-1 all-inclusive fares from $10,799 | FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for all suite categories

Viking Odyssey, July 6, 2015

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For 20 unforgettable nights set sail toward, quite literally, the top of the world. Your roundtrip voyage from Copenhagen calls on Murmansk where the midnight sun lasts for most of June and July, as well as the Solovetsky Islands home to one of the Russian Empire’s most powerful monasteries. Witness the gorgeous Hellesylt Waterfall that plunges over the granite face of the fjord, cascading in thousands of feet of rainbows and foam and compare it to the vista of the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord. Warning: You may be rendered speechless.

2-for-1 all-inclusive fares from $18,999FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for all suite categories

Announcing The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises and the Smithsonian Institution are pleased to announce a new enrichment program, The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys. This new guest lecture series will feature a wide range of charismatic experts, from noted art historians to prominent authors and geopolitical experts, leading spirited discussions both aboard the ships and ashore. Starting in July, The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys will be available on a majority of sailings, with more than 80 voyages scheduled across the fleet for the 2015/2016 season, and featured on itineraries throughout the world, including South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

“For nearly 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, has been recognized as an icon within academic communities,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “This partnership gives our guests access to some of the most authoritative thought-leaders in the world, providing deeper insights into the history, art, culture and politics of the destinations visited by our ships. With The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys, we add another unforgettable experience at sea and a perfect fit for our all-inclusive brand of luxury.”

Organized by Smithsonian Journeys, a leader in cultural and enrichment travel, the series is designed to be interactive, encouraging guests to not only attend the talks, but also to participate in informative Q&A sessions. Several more intimate opportunities with the presenter will be available so guests can connect on a personal level in a friendly, social setting. Guests looking to more fully immerse themselves in the destination can opt for select shore excursions escorted by The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys lecturer and gain deeper insight into the ports of call.

“Smithsonian Journeys’ focus on providing life-enriching, learning opportunities for travelers supports our important educational mission,” said Carol LeBlanc, senior vice president for Smithsonian Enterprises. “The experts chosen to sail on Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be leaders in their field and possess the expertise and affability to create a truly memorable experience for guests.”

For a full list of all Smithsonian Collection cruises, visit www.RSSC.com/TheSmithsonian.

Where Will You Go In 2015?

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

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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.

Stunning Asia

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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®.

Majestic Mediterranean

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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.

Glorious Alaska

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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

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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.

Delightful Caribbean

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.

Astounding Africa

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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

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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.

From Our Table to Yours: Holiday Wines

Senior Executive Cellar Master Oana Maciera shares her favorite wines of the season

Spending the holidays aboard Seven Seas Voyager® , Seven Seas Mariner®  or Seven Seas Navigator®, is truly joyful – especially knowing that you don’t have to worry about preparing meals or party planning.

The ships are transformed into wonderlands with decorations adorning from bow to stern. And a dedicated and talented culinary team of executive chefs, restaurant managers and sommeliers work together to make sure that every meal brings to life the festive spirit of the holidays.

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Especially busy during this time of year is Senior Executive Cellar Master Oana Maciera, who oversees the wine service for Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ six-star fleet. She graciously took some time from her busy schedule to share with us her favorite wines of the season for those who are either hosting their own holiday celebrations or are looking for the perfect gift for a wine connoisseur.

Oana, thank you so much for taking the time to sit with us today.

My pleasure! And happy holidays to you.

Happy holidays to you too. Speaking of the holidays, this is the most wonderful time of the year to share wonderful meals with friends and family and, of course, pair those unforgettable dinners with the perfect glass of wine. Could you recommend a red wine that will bring out the flavors of a traditional holiday turkey?

I recommend serving the red blend of Luce Della Vite, Tuscany, Italy 2006. This wine is the brainchild of Vittorio Frescobaldi of Italy’s venerable Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Napa Valley icon Robert Mondavi. Together, they produced this Sangiovese/ Merlot blend and it’s an elegant match for a traditional holiday meal.

What would you recommend for white wine enthusiasts?

There are equally as delicious white wines that will pair perfectly with your meal. If your family prefers the more refined taste of Riesling, serve a bottle of Dr. H. Thanisch, Brauneberger Riesling Spätlese 2006. You may enjoy a glass on its own, or pair it perfectly with a holiday ham.

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I have a few wine lovers on my gift list, what should I get them?

Red wine lovers will rejoice with a bottle of Artadi Pagos Viejos, Rioja Alavesa 2009. It is a tempranillo based wine that is full-bodied and has a slight acidity. For your white wine lovers, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Chateau de Chaintré Pouilly Fuisse 2012. This beautiful wine is not an over the top buttery Pouilly Fuissé, rather it is elegant, with just the right amount of richness on the palate expected from the finest Pouilly Fuissés.

And, finally, what are your recommendations for dessert wines?

The best end to a holiday meal is a delicious glass of Dow’s Port, Oporto, Portugal 2000, especially when paired with a Bûche de Noël or Yule log. If you are ending your meal with a scrumptious pumpkin pie, choose the Château d’Yquem 1er Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France 2004, which is an outstanding dessert wine that requires no presentation.

Oana, all of your recommendations sound amazing. Thanks again for sharing.

Anytime!

Whether you are staying close to home or traveling aboard the intimate ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises this holiday season, may your days brim with happiness and may your glass filled with the perfect wine.

Cheers!

From Beijing to Tokyo with PBS

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Next month, guests aboard Seven Seas Voyager® will not only sail to 10 beautiful ports across Southeast Asia in complete comfort, but will also do so in the company of beloved PBS personalities. Emmy Award-winning Rory Kennedy and Emmy Award-nominated screenwriter Mark Bailey are joined by noted author Steven Johnson and series manager of the acclaimed American Experience Lauren Prestileo, on the 18-night Dynasties and Dragons itinerary.

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Guests will be treated to an exclusive preview of the documentary, Last Days in Vietnam, which chronicles the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The film focuses on a number of heroic Americans that took matters into their own hands, as they engaged in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with director/producer Rory Kennedy and husband, screenwriter Mark Bailey.

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In addition, as the ship sails from the mystical city of Beijing to incredible ports in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan, guests will have the opportunity to join panel discussions and special presentations on regional topics in the ship’s signature showplace, the Constellation Theater. Private dinners and cocktail receptions will take place during the voyage allowing guests to enjoy one-on-one conversations and personal interactions with the guest presenters. And as part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ all-inclusive promise, these special activities are available at no additional cost.

It’s not too late to join in on this unforgettable journey. To view the full itinerary, pricing and more than 70 FREE Shore Excursion options, click here. This voyage is presented in partnership with Artful Travelers.  Don’t forget to mention the promotional code “ARTFUL” when booking your voyage.

Bon voyage!

First Glimpse at Our Newest Ship – Seven Seas Explorer®

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Today, we revealed the first rendering of our newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer, and launched our dedicated microsite for the ship designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built.  Our microsite, is the official site for details, imagery and updates on the ship, which will debut in the summer of 2016. The site will feature the latest information on Seven Seas Explorer, including updates on construction, public space and suite designs, onboard amenities, itineraries and other elements as they are revealed. An added feature to our site is a never before seen two-minute video that sets the elegant tone for Seven Seas Explorer, while building anticipation for the newest addition to the fleet.

“We’re building the most luxurious ship ever created, and our loyal guests and travel agent partners are eagerly awaiting detailed information about Seven Seas Explorer,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  “This dedicated microsite provides us with a platform to provide our passionate brand advocates with the latest updates and exciting developments surrounding this extraordinary new ship from now through launch.”

The one-stop portal for updates on the stunning 750-guest, all-suite, all-balcony ship, includes sections on milestones and events, yet-to-be announced inaugural season details and general news leading up to the summer 2016 maiden voyage.  There is a dedicated section for Seven Seas Society members, the line’s loyalty program, where guests can register for priority reservation details pertaining to the ship’s inaugural season.

Reservations for Seven Seas Explorer’s maiden voyage and inaugural season open Jan. 19, 2015 exclusively for Seven Seas Society members, and become widely available starting Feb. 11, 2015. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises or to receive a brochure, guests can call 1-844-4REGENT (1-844-473-4368) or contact a professional travel agent.