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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Vive La France! Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 4 New French Ports

Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently unveiled the 2016 Summer & Fall Collection, which includes calls on four spectacular French ports that span from the picturesque southern tip of Corsica to the charming northern coast of the mainland that overlooks the Bay of Biscay. These fantastic cities offer delightful new experiences and an even more in depth perspective of the renowned joie de vivre.

Bastia, France

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Discover Corsica’s most charming port as you walk along its cobbled streets and shop alongside locals. Stop for a delicious snack at one of the many cafes lining the 19th century square of Place St-Nicolas. Or visit Saint Jean Baptiste Cathedral and see the marvel of innovation that is one of Europe’s oldest astronomical clocks. Bastia is surrounded by some of Corsica’s best wine lands and is also the gateway to Cap Corse, a long peninsula of nature reserves and secret beaches.

Visit Bastia aboard Seven Seas Navigator® on the 10-night Riches of Europe itinerary.

Bonifacio (Corsica), France

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Bonifacio is a town and commune near the southernmost tip of Corsica in France, situated directly on the Mediterranean Sea. Separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio, the town’s proximity to idyllic beaches makes it a popular destination, especially in the summer. Be sure to take the train through the mountains to the beach for an unparalleled view or visit the prehistoric Araguina-Sennola caves and the Genoese towers. Bonifacio is also a gateway to the Lavezzi Islands, which have been designated a marine preserve by the French government.

Visit Bonifacio aboard Seven Seas Navigator® on the 8-night Exceptional Europe itinerary.

Pont-Aven (Concarneau), France

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The picturesque landscape of Pont-Aven inspired post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin to paint some of his most famed canvases. This attractive little village also has some lovely riverside walks, a mouth-watering food specialty and a colorful summer festival. No visit to Pont-Aven would be complete without buying some galettes from Biscuiterie Traou Mad, where these butter biscuits were invented. Be sure to stroll down the Promenade Xavier Grall, named after a famous writer who lived in the village, which runs alongside the river and is lined with beautiful plants and shrubs throughout the year.

Visit Pont-Aven aboard Seven Seas Voyager®on the 10-night Flavors of Northern Europe itinerary.

Sanary-sur-Mer, France

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Discover quaint Sanary-Sur-Mer, with its colorful pointu fishing boats, pastel buildings along the small beautiful bay and its reputation as the sunniest place in France. Explore the daily open-air market and the St. Nazaire Church with its iconic tower and beautiful frescoes. Visit the Media Museum and the Diving Museum. Look for unique souvenirs of regional treasures; herbs de Provence, lavender infused honey, soaps, sachets, chocolate, fine wine and cotton clothing. Enjoy the vibrant café culture. Order the regional Provencal specialty bouillabaisse. Relax over a glass of wine in the intoxicating breezes known as Mistral of this seaside haven.

Visit Sanary-sur-Mer aboard Seven Seas Navigator® on the 20-night Tuscany & The Riviera itinerary.

Brava Italia! Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 3 New Italian Ports

Italy is home to the world’s most historical and beautiful cities, from Rome, its enchanting capital, to the picturesque Sicilian islands, which is why this country is a favored destination by world travelers. And the best thing about Italy is that no matter how far you explore, new delights always await you.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently unveiled the 2016 Summer & Fall Collection, which includes brand new calls on three spectacular ports on Italy’s west coast. These fantastic cities offer brand new experiences and an even more in depth perspective of Italian life and culture.

Portoferraio (Elba), Italy

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Portoferraio is a charming port on the island of Elba in Tuscany. This lovely destination is literally a treasure trove, as gem stone collectors delight to find a vast variety of minerals and semiprecious-stones here. The island’s claim to fame is being the home of Napoleon Bonaparte during his first exile. Visit his summer and winter residences, as well as the Chiesa della Misericordia to view Napoleon’s death mask in the heart of Old Town. There you will also see the forts of Falcone and Stella.

Visit Portoferraio aboard Seven Seas Explorer® on the 10-night Inspired Discoveries itinerary.

Gaeta, Italy

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Gorgeous Gaeta stretches through typical medieval lanes and streets, a wide castle, Roman monuments, and historic churches that overlook the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea. Its history as a resort dates back to Imperial Rome and ever since then travelers have been enchanted with Gaeta’s beaches that are situated between the green vegetation of the hills, which slope to the rocks and to the crystal-clear blue sea. Visit the picturesque Serapo Beach, in the very heart of the town, or journey north for a more secluded beach oasis.

Visit Gaeta aboard Seven Seas Navigator® on the 10-night Ultimate Italy itinerary.

Catania (Sicily), Italy

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Destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, Catania has been beautifully restored and offers ancient churches, castles and amphitheaters, lush gardens and lovely palazzos to explore. Tour the 13th century Ursino Castle, which was situated along the coast until earthquakes and volcanic eruptions transformed the landscape. Drive inland through picturesque villages and explore Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th century villa and UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a complex collection of Roman mosaics considered one of the finest in the Roman world.

Visit Catania aboard Seven Seas Explorer® on the 10-night Amore in Italia itinerary.

Sail, Sip & Savor the Amazon

The reason many of us travel is to experience life beyond the ordinary – and there is no place more extraordinary than the Amazon.

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The Amazon River is home to an estimated 40,000 plant species and 3,000 freshwater fish species, many still yet to be discovered, as well as home to a host of ingredients and flavors most of us have never tasted before. When you cruise through the Brazilian Amazon, you are truly embarking on a culinary adventure.

Brazil is known mostly for its big meat-eating culture, especially with the increasing popularity of the churrascaria, but in the Amazon, fish is king. If you wanted to taste a different Amazon fish every day, it is said to take you more than three years to get through them all. Also popular in the Brazilian Amazon is the açaí fruit, but that’s just one of the native fruits for which the Amazon region is known. Brazilians use fruits and berries in many ways, from juices to flavorings for ice cream, which you can sample at bustling food markets in the larger villages.

Imagine savoring all of these flavors in addition to witnessing pink dolphins, monkeys and caimans in their lush natural habitat. This is indeed a trip of a lifetime!

 

 

SAIL:  The Amazon. Witness rare wildlife and flora, as well as participate in its tastes and traditions, aboard the mid-sized Seven Seas Mariner®. Discover amazing places from the “Paris of the Jungle” Manaus to the small village of Parintins that steeped in centuries-old Indian culture. And journey to the point where the Amazon waters meet in Santarém.

SIP:  Açaí. Açaí is an Amazonian red-purple berry that tastes somewhat like blackberries. The juice is both sweet and tart, but, most importantly loaded with antioxidants. The Yanomami Indians who live deep in the Amazon jungle have been eating açaí berries for centuries, using their potent power for health and well being.

SAVOR: Fish. Try any one of the myriad species of fish, including tambaqui, a sweet-tasting firm white fish that tastes like veal. The pirarucu, which can be as long as 10 feet and is eaten fresh, smoked, or salted and dried like salt cod. Or indulge in the surubim, the Brazilian catfish, big and bony and often prepared na brasa (flame-grilled) or smoked.

 


Mara PapatheodorouMara 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.

2016 SUMMER & FALL COLLECTION

SF-2.11-PR-600x275After months of meticulous planning and designing, we have assembled the perfect mix of coveted destinations and places off-the-beaten-path into more than 60 itineraries. And today, we are pleased to finally share our brand new 2016 Summer & Fall Voyage Collection.

Our newest collection features the much anticipated inaugural season itineraries aboard the luxurious and opulent Seven Seas Explorer®, as well as the exciting voyages of her sister ships across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada, New England, the Caribbean and Asia, totaling nearly 220 ports in 71 countries.

Below is a sampling of the exciting voyages from the Collection:

Seven Seas Explorer®, the most luxurious ship to grace the seven seas, will crisscross the Mediterranean for her inaugural season. Among the 11 itineraries featured, there is a 10-night voyage from Athens to Istanbul that is simply irresistible. On this Athenian Departure itinerary, you can discover Patmos, which has been designated a Holy Island by the Greek Parliament, as well as Mykonos, Aghios Nikolaos, Rhodes and Mytilini. You will also sail to Antalya, Alanya and Ephesus in Turkey, as well as Limassol in Cyprus, replete with majestic mountains and scenery, stunning beaches, and vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives.

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Seven Seas Voyager® will sail to exciting destinations across Northern Europe and Asia, from summer to fall. One of her standout itineraries is the 15-night Journey to the Arctic where she will navigate to the top of the world. Along the way, she will call on Denmark’s charming Faroe Islands, Iceland’s scenic cities of Reykjavik, Akureyri and Isafjordur, and Greenland’s incredible landscapes in Nuuk, Qaqortoq and Paamiut.

greenlandSeven Seas Mariner® will spend her summer sailing along the majestic glaciers of Alaska. And in September, she will embark on the 18-night Classic Panama Canal itinerary that begins in San Francisco, transits through the Panama Canal and concluding in New York.  From there she will visit Canada and New England as the colors of the fall take center stage and finally arrive in Miami for the winter Caribbean season.

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Seven Seas Navigator® will make her triumphant return to the Mediterranean and journey to more off-the-beaten-path places than ever before. For the first time, she will bring her 490 guests to the charming village of Portoferraio on the island of Elba on the 10-night Italian Radiance voyage. Departing on June 25, 2016 from Venice, she will call on Ravenna, Zadar, Kotor, Corfu, Taormina, Amalfi/Positano, Rome and Portofino before arriving in Monte Carlo.


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Take a few moments to review the 2016 Summer & Fall Collection and let us know which itineraries fulfill your wanderlust.