Opening Night: New Production Shows Debut Across the Fleet

Regent Seven Seas Cruises opened the curtain on 10 new and exciting production shows that were especially designed for Seven Seas Voyager®, Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Navigator®.

The new line-up aboard Seven Seas Mariner® includes:

Cirque Rock 'n Roll

  • Cirque Rock ‘n Roll” leaves guests absolutely spellbound with a musical tour through the history of this timeless genre. From Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson and Aerosmith to Beyoncé, this sweeping epic number features jaw-dropping aerial performances on a multilevel industrial steel apparatus.
  • Dancing in the Streets” is reminiscent of those cool summer nights cruising the streets of America. The show features an orchestrated medley with music from The Four Tops, The Temptations, Lionel Richie and The Jackson Five.
  • Film Flashback” brings the 80’s to life with iconic moments from stage and screen as talented performers perform scenes from “Flash Dance,” “Footloose” and “Dirty Dancing.”

The new line-up aboard Seven Seas Navigator® includes:

Seven Seas Navigator Entertainment

  • The Piano Men” this original production offers a night of well-known favorite songs by Elton John and Billy Joel performed by the Regent Signature Orchestra.
  • Cirque Navigator” transports the audience to a fantasy forest with choreography showcasing modern dance, aerial feats, Celtic dance and classic ballroom routines.
  • Broadway Tonight” celebrates music from top Broadway shows including “The Book of Mormon” and “Kinky Boots,” as well as long-running favorites such as “Jersey Boys,” “Rock of Ages” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”
  • Dawning of Aquarius” is a 1960s retrospective performance featuring music from The 5thDimension, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The new line-up aboard Seven Seas Voyager® includes:

Seven Seas Voyager Entertainment

  • Cirque L’Amour” is tribute to the city of Paris and its renowned nightlife featuring a stunning aerial ballet with romantic displays of human power and trust.
  • Come Sail Away” resurrects the 70’s with the music from the Divas of Disco: Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor and Alecia Bridges, as well as favorites by The Carpenters, The Bee Gees along with television themes including “M*A*S*H*,” among others.
  • Dancing to the Hits” is a stunning display of ballroom dance with music by pop favorites Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Adele.

The genius behind these world-class productions is the creative collaboration between Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ entertainment department and Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Witness the fruit of their labor every night across the fleet as talented actors, musicians, aerialists, dancers and stage crew bring their vision to life.

Sail, Sip & Savor Europe

By Mara Papatheodorou, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Tastes & Traditions Expert

Fall in love with the magic of Europe, from the coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean to breathtaking beauty of Scandinavia. In the south, archaeological ruins, mountain villages, terraced vineyards and cafes create alluring regional tapestries. And to the north, each country and city flaunts wandering waterways, colorful flowerboxes and architectural splendors from modern to ornate.

Enjoy FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions that highlight the Acropolis in Athens, the Coliseum in Rome and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul all of which are some of the most majestic ancient edifices in the world. Other ports like Dubrovnik and Antibes have charming cobblestoned old towns for strolling and shopping.

In Stockholm wander the cobblestoned streets of Gamia Stein (Old Town), see an exhibit at the National museum or visit Djugarden Park and its open-air Skansen Museum. Abundant with forested archipelagos, take a boat tour or island hop. And in Helsinki, shop on the chic boulevard Esplanadl, walk the waterfront or take time to visit the Old Market Hall where specialty foods from crayfish to cloudberries are sold. Have fun at Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens where the oldest Ferris wheel in the world.

With so much to see and do, I’ve put together a special “double” section of sail, sip and savor tips for you to enjoy:

SAIL: 

Lavender

The Mediterranean. Colorful ceramics hail from each country while olive oil, wine, honey, herbs and spices are delicious culinary mementos. Leather and gold accessories are also popular. Shop for lavender in Croatia and Southern France.

Scandinavia. Classic tabletop items are blue and white porcelain, while modern designs come in glass, silver, cut crystal or blonde wood.
 

SIP:

Anise Aperitif

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Wine or an Anise Aperitif. Whether Red, Rose or White, most Mediterranean countries make very good wines. And anise is the base for a local licorice flavored drink.

Aquavit, Beer or Vodka. Potato distilled liqueur aquavit originated in the 15th century and is still Scandinavia’s signature drink. Beeris the region’s number one export. A true sipping adventure is a shot of aquavit followed by a beer chaser! Forvodka, sip Finlandia.
 
SAVOR:

Smorgasbord

Olive Oil & Citrus. Mediterranean dishes are simple but sublime. From seafood to lamb or pork, olive oil and lemon are prominent ingredients. Fresh fruit is the sweet finale.

A Traditional Smorgasbord. This buffet bonanza features smoked fishes, cured meats, cheeses, potatoes and salads. Butter, mustards and lingonberry sauce complement hearty breads. Favorite desserts are jam tarts and butter 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. She next sails on the Seven Seas Navigator from New York to Canada October 12-22, 2014. You can read more about her at www.marapapa.com

More to Explore: The Caribbean’s Seven Heavenly Beaches

The allure of relaxing on an unspoiled beach with nothing more on the day’s agenda than to finish that best seller is hard to resist. And in the Caribbean there are just as many must-see beaches as there are must-read books. This is what makes the Caribbean one of the greatest travel destinations in the world – its seemingly endless supply of powdery sand and crystal-clear water, one more beautiful than the next.

We narrowed down seven of our favorite Caribbean beaches, which, as it turns out, was a very difficult task. If we missed your ultimate slice of paradise, please share it with us in the comment area below.

And now, without further ado, here are the Caribbean’s seven heavenly beaches:

GUSTAVIA, ST. BARTSSt. Jean Beach

Gustavia, St. Barts

One of the Caribbean’s true gems, St. Barts is where Riviera chic meets Caribbean cool – and nowhere else is that unique intersection more evident than on the soft, white sands of St. Jean Beach, which is conveniently steps away from fine restaurants and shopping. Explore Gustavia on the 17-night Sun-Splashed Seas itinerary departing November 6, 2014, which includes excursions to this beach, among other tours that invite you to sail over the clear blue waters on a catamaran or explore the diverse marine life aboard a semi-submersible vessel.

ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUACoconut Grove Beach

St.John's, Antigua

Touting 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, Antigua is the quintessential Caribbean destination. One of our many favorites in St. John’s is Coconut Grove Beach, which is located within a pristine cove on Antigua’s Northwest coast, making it one of Antigua’s truly hidden tropical treasures. The crystal blue waters here are calm, warm and utterly inviting. Enjoy the best of St. John’s on the 10-night Pink Sands and Palms itinerary departing January 17, 2015, where you may choose to visit this beach, as well as enjoy an unforgettable champagne and lobster catamaran cruise and swim with stingrays as part of your free shore excursion menu.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS Blue Lagoon Island

Nassau, Bahamas

One of the best beaches in the Bahamas can be found on Blue Lagoon Island. As soon as your catamaran arrives, you will want to do nothing more than to grab a beach chair and sit back and relax in the sun until you’re ready to swim in the turquoise waters. Make no mistake, there are plenty of activities available, from encounters with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins to organized games – it’s up to you to do as little or as much as you want. Discover a different side of Nassau on the 10-night Caribbean Colonies itinerary departing November 13, 2014, where you may choose from several excursions that bring you to Blue Lagoon Island.

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOSCarlisle Bay

Bridgetown, Barbados

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Spend a day relaxing at one of Barbados’ beautiful white sandy beaches while sipping on a rum cocktail and enjoying the warm water in the middle of winter. Carlisle Bay is a small natural harbor located in the southwest region of Barbados and is exceptionally tranquil with placid and clear water with no undertow. If you are an avid scuba diver or are interested in learning, the harbor boasts six spectacular dive sites that range in depth, accommodating beginners to more experienced divers. Explore this and many more pristine beaches in Bridgetown on the 24-night Salsa, Sand & Serenity itinerary departing on November 23, 2014.

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDSWhite Bay, Jost Van Dyke

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

If your idea of a perfect day includes a nap in a hammock below the palm trees, then this is the beach for you. White Bay on Jost Van Dyke is the ultimate beach paradise for sunbathing and simply relaxing. The only way to get here is by high-speed boat and, once you arrive, your first item of business is to jump into the crystal clear water and swim a few feet to make it to the shore. It’s definitely worth the effort and sets a carefree tone for the rest of the day. Enjoy the best of Tortola on the 11-night Toast to the Holidays itinerary departing December 27, 2014, where you may choose to visit this beach, among other beautiful ones, such as Cane Bay Garden beach and the Baths on Virgin Gorda.

PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTENMullet Bay

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Mullet Bay is arguably the prettiest beach on this island that is shared by two sovereign states. It fits the picture of a tropical beach: wide and flat with a stand of palm trees on the fringe. The moon-shaped beach is next to the only island golf course of the same name, Mullet Bay Golf Course. Therefore, if you are an avid golfer, you may want to play a round of 18-holes before or after your beach escape to get the most out of this paradise. Enjoy the best of Philipsburg on the 10-night Island Rendezvous itinerary departing February 6, 2015, where you may choose to visit this beach on your own or as part of a relaxing snorkeling tour on a catamaran cruise.

CAYO LEVANTADO, DOMINICAN REPUBLICEl Valle Beach

Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic

It is possible to explore the entire island of Cayo Levantado, with its golden sand and sparkling turquoise waters, on foot. But, the best way to disconnect from your daily routine is to laze the day away lulled by the breeze on the lovely and unspoiled El Valle Beach. Nestled between two tropical rainforest mountains, this beach is paradise. If you are feeling adventurous you can journey into the lush forest to swim under El Valle Waterfalls. Don’t miss your chance to earn your status as the quintessential beachcomber, journey to Cayo Levantado on the 11-night Toast to the Holidays itinerary departing December 27, 2014.

Construction Begins on Seven Seas Explorer®: The Most Luxurious Ship in the World™

Construction began this morning for Seven Seas Explorer at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The crisp pop of a cork being freed from a Krug Grande Cuvée magnum initiated a laser, which cut the ceremonial first piece of steel for the new ship.  Incorporating a bottle of the world’s finest champagne to start the building process is symbolic of the high level of sophistication and design being developed for Seven Seas Explorer, which is scheduled to debut in summer 2016.

The ceremonial first piece of steel cut this morning will serve as the foundation for an opulent, one-of-a-kind suite unlike any other at sea. The owner’s suite resplendent with exquisite stonework and luscious fabrics will serve as a hallmark for the superior level of elegance found throughout the ship.

During the ceremony, Kunal S. Kamlani, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, and Gabriele Cocco, senior executive vice president of merchant ships for Fincantieri, began a countdown that culminated with Maison Krug Italy’s master sommelier, Michela Cimatoribus, releasing the cork from a magnum of Krug Grande Cuvée.  As the cork soared and the champagne flowed, confetti cascaded down and the laser cut the first piece of steel for the 750-passenger ship.

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“We’re one step closer to fulfilling our dream of building the most luxurious ship in the world and giving our guests another exciting option to explore inspired global destinations with our special brand of all-inclusive luxury,” noted Kamlani.  “Seven Seas Explorer will surpass the current standard in luxury cruising, offering a new level of grandeur throughout the ship from its lavish suites to its elegant public spaces and gourmet restaurants.”

When she debuts in the summer 2016, Seven Seas Explorer will establish a new benchmark for style and service. At 54,000 gross-registered tons and carrying only 750-guests, Seven Seas Explorer will boast the highest space ratios and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry, as well as an opulent one-of-a-kind suite unlike any other at sea.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will begin taking reservations for her maiden voyage and inaugural season in early 2015.  Will you be among the first to sail aboard ‘The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™?

Stay Tuned – for the latest news and more!

Sail, Sip & Savor Durban, South Africa

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

The port city of Durban hugs its scenic coastline. The connections to Zulus, Portuguese, Indian and British explorers show through the architecture, tastes and traditions. See the Vasco De Gama Clock Tower, Old Market Square’s municipal buildings and the Natural History Museum. Be enamored by orchids and fauna at the Durban Botanical Gardens or the beach scene at Golden Mile. Shop the vibrant Victoria Street Market.

SAIL:  Durban. Bring South African flavors and flair home. The Zulu tribal influence is clear with colorful textiles, baskets, beaded work, art, ivory and wooden carvings. Stock up on superb spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

SIP:  Pinot Noir or “Pinotage” Blend. South African wines, especially Pinot Noir, are making their mark and getting noticed. Pinotage is their unique varietal that is often blended with a bigger red like a Cabernet or Merlot but is bottled on its own here.

SAVOR: Bunny Chow. This spiced curry “sandwich” is a Durban original thanks to its large Indian community. Hollowed out bread is filled with chicken, lamb or vegetable curry and served with sambal (carrot, onion and chili salad).


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. She next sails on the Seven Seas Navigator from New York to Canada October 12-22, 2014. You can read more about her at www.marapapa.com

Sail, Sip & Savor Kyoto, Japan

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

As Japan’s former imperial capital and the country’s cultural and artistic heartland, Kyoto boasts magnificent Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Its relics, pavilions and gardens are breathtaking. See renowned Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) with its shimmering gold leaf walls or Sanjusangendo (Hall of 33 Bays) with its amazing deities. Visit the castles of Osaka or Nijo with its moat, stoned walls and nightingale floors.

SAIL: Kyoto, Japan. Bring Japanese flavors and flair home. Shop for silks, kimonos and fans with floral cherry blossom motifs. Chopstick sets, bento boxes, ceramic serving pieces and traditional teapots or sake sets are perfect presents.

SIP:  Sake. Considered the nectar of Buddha, this fermented rice wine is Japan’s sacred drink. Sip cold or hot and take note of the alcohol range–the finer the grain the better the liquor.

SAVOR: Sushi & Sashimi or Kobe Beef. Raw fish fans are in for a treat with the freshest served solo as sashimi or as sushi when atop delicate beds of rice. Carnivores can enjoy tender cuts of wagyu cattle considered the best beef in the world.


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. She next sails on the Seven Seas Navigator from New York to Canada October 12-22, 2014. You can read more about her at www.marapapa.com

Sail, Sip & Savor Auckland, New Zealand

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert

Stunning natural beauty and a seaside setting go hand in hand with Auckland’s big city sophistication. Known as the “City of Sails” because of its yachts and America’s Cup races, panoramic views of the city, harbor and outer islands can be enjoyed from a number of observation points or extinct volcanic peaks. See all you can see from above at Sky Tower. It flaunts fantastic views of the area and its environs from its various decks or restaurants. Stroll their famous Waterfront where shops, historic buildings, cafes and bars abound. The 1912 Baroque style Ferry Building offers boat rides and harbor cruises to take it all in or the famous Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum provides an impressive overview of its nautical history. Restaurants are excellent, the Pacific Rim and Polynesian influences of their Maori culture can be found in many dishes and the wines are divine. Indulge in a New Zealand dessert favorite– hokey pokey ice cream (vanilla with chunks of honey comb toffee)!

SAIL: Auckland. Before sailing away, bring New Zealand’s flavors and flair home. Wood, wool or sheepskin items are what to look for here. Shop the golden mile of Queen’s Street or Newmarket for those quintessential items. For your sweet tooth, New Zealand honey is it. Seek out Manuka Honey, Hokey Pokey (honey comb toffee) or Anzac Biscuits (honey oatmeal cookies).

SIP: White Wine—Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay: Due to its temperate maritime climate, critics call New Zealand’s white wines some of the best in the world. Sauvignon Blanc is most well known yet the country’s renowned chardonnay hails from Auckland. Cloudy Bay Vineyards is great to sip. They do both varietals and if it’s red you prefer go for their pinot noir!

SAVOR: Lamb. Whether you enjoy it as a chop or from a rack, over 30 million sheep graze New Zealand’s natural free-range pastures so you understand how and why their lamb is famously delicious. As a tribute to the area’s Maori roots, be adventurous and try lamb prepared hangi style (smoked in a hot rock oven) and seasoned with Polynesian spices.


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. She next sails on the Seven Seas Navigator from New York to Canada October 12-22, 2014. You can read more about her at www.marapapa.com