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.

Amazing Alaska: Wildlife, Shopping and Totems

By: Dr. Lori Verderame

Alaska is a wonderland for explorers of all ages. From the fishing village of Ketchikan to the hustle bustle of Juneau, Alaska offers breathtaking vistas and unexpected experiences that will stir lifelong memories.

Wildlife of the Inside Passage

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Travelers visiting Alaska will never forget their first experience spotting American bald eagles, impressive bears and lovable sea otters during their voyage. Learning the natural ways that sea otters play, whales swim and eagles soar overhead connects you to the Alaskan wildlife.

Shopping in Sitka

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Shopping in Sitka is, at the same time, relaxing and exciting. Small shops manned by pleasant shop owners offer a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. While seeking out treasures, such as hand-carved baleen boxes, scrimshaw, knitted sweaters, and traditional baskets, most visitors to Alaska remember the people just as much as their specialty products.

Handmade objects from North America’s first inhabitants include those items made by the artisan members of the American Indian Tlingit (KLIN-kit), Haida (HIDE-uh) and Tsimshian (SIM-shian) tribes. American Indian baskets are among some of the most interesting, beautiful and widely collected works of art from Alaska. Whenever I am in Alaska, I always pick up a few for fun and for their collectible value.

Baskets are often made of spruce root, cedar and dyed grasses common to the region. Native American basket weavers use checker style weaving, plaiting, and coiling methods to make the famous pictorial designs of animals, hunters, and fisherman.

Totem Poles of Ketchikan

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Great fishing is a big attraction for visitors to this characteristic Alaskan fishing village. Known as the World’s Salmon Capital, Ketchikan (from the Native phrase “Katch Kanna” meaning the wings of a thundering eagle) boasts huge 19th century totem poles carved with colorful images of bears, thunderbirds, frogs, and of course, king salmon. The animal symbolism and majesty of Native American totem poles tell volumes of the fascinating culture of the people of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Standing in awe of the beauty of the Hubbard Glacier is an unforgettable site when visiting Alaska. As the ship cruises close to the glacier, the experience of viewing the ice falling into the sea is captivating, inspiring and sure to be the highlight of your journey.

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Dr LoriDr. Lori Verderame is an author, world traveler, and award-winning TV personality. With a background in fine art and culture, Dr. Lori holds the Ph.D. from Penn State University where she served on the faculty as a professor. Her intelligent, entertaining and straightforward lecture style makes Dr. Verderame one of the most approachable, sought after, and interesting lecturers at sea. Her in-depth knowledge of the world’s museums, history, landmarks, and architecture gives cruise guests a unique perspective on many destinations when sailing with Dr. Verderame. She hosts travel and antiques appraisal events worldwide. She is the star appraiser on the Discovery Channel and is an internationally syndicated columnist. Dr. Verderame offers talks on various destination and special interest topics onboard. Visit www.DrLoriV.com or follow her travels on www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori.

Sail, Sip & Savor – Portofino, Italy

There is no doubt about it…Portofino is picture perfect!

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This stunning seaside resort is a glistening jewel on the Italian Rivera. Tucked away in a corner cove of the scenic Ligurian coast, its charm and beauty is a winning combination that took it from a quaint fishing village to a playground for the rich and famous. And the hearty soil, sea air and sunshine allow grapes, herbs, citrus and olives to grow abundantly producing fine wines and dishes flavored with olive oil and indigenous mouthwatering tastes.

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Narrow streets and pretty piazzas with olive trees grace the island. For fantastic views, head to Castello Brown, a 16th century former fort and castle that is now a museum. The centuries old churches of St. George and St. Martin are also both worth a look. Smaller just as beautiful seaside towns sit near-by and are fun to explore and ideal to stroll. They can be reached by a short motorboat ride. Visit Santa Margherita, Rapollo or Sestri LeVante, a favorite stop for writers Ezra Pound and fable storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Close at hand too is the bigger port city of Genoa home to the magnificent Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Doria Tursi.

Food and drink matter greatly in this region and the wine, gelato, fresh fish and pasta delicacies do not disappoint (see below). Seafood antipasto, Pasta di Frutte di Mari or Capon Magro, a unique salad with shellfish, egg, olives, anchovies and capers, are mainstays on menus and minestrone soup with basil and vegetables originated in these islands. Focaccia, the local bread, made with olive oil and sea salt is brought to every table. Have a drink on the terrace at the elegant Hotel Splendido or a meal at La Stella, Portofino’s oldest restaurant that is 8 generations strong and still serving delicious entrees over 160 years after opening.

SAIL: Portofino. Shop for colorful ceramica tabletop with lemon, herbs and olives motifs. Culinary specialties include pesto or olive oil and bottles of Pinot Grigio or the lemon liqueur Limoncello. For a splurge, fancy boutiques flaunt designer labels.

SIP:  Pinot Grigio. Originating in the 1300’s, the Italians brought international recognition to this crisp dry light-bodied wine and its vines thrive along this coast. These gray-skinned white grapes grow in pinecone shaped clusters hence its name. Saluti!

SAVOR: Pesto alla Genovese. Pesto in Italy refers to any sauce that has grinded herbs but Pesto alla Genovese is the sauce that hails from the Ligurian region. This basil-based specialty blended with pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese is the one to try whether over pasta or as a condiment to fresh Branzino (sea bass) or minestrone soup. Buon Appetito!


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.

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