By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert
The festive season of worldwide celebrations is just around the corner. For luxury travelers, this is the perfect time to plan and solidify your dream winter escape. Give yourself the gift of travel and sail aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. Sip champagne, wine and a favorite cocktail throughout your voyage and dine on exquisite meals. Savor the cuisine and culture of the various ports each ship visits. Leave the cold climate behind for the delights of the Caribbean, the African coast or the South Pacific. No matter what the country or whether it is Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa or Happy New Year, these various holidays all have timeless tastes and traditions.
SAIL: Choose your perfect holiday itinerary. Destinations are the Caribbean, South Africa and Asia/Pacific. Whether you celebrate one or all, sail during Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year’s Eve and select an itinerary to complement your wishes, whims and wants.
Hanukkah & Christmas Eve
On the 10-night Mayan Jewels sailing aboard Seven Seas Navigator®, the last day of Hanukkah coincides with Christmas Eve, or Noche Buena, while you are in Cozumel. On this day, children are singing carols in the main plaza and on the streets, lights and decorations abound.
Spend Christmas morning exploring the Tala Game Reserve on an African Safari in Durban while on the African Holiday Adventure itinerary aboard Seven Seas Voyager®. The reserve features well over 300 bird species and big game that includes the buffalo, rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe, and the rare sable antelope. But the best part of this part of this gift is that it’s all included in your cruise fare, as it’s one of 51 FREE Shore Excursions offered on this voyage.
New Year’s Eve
For 18 glorious nights, journey across the South Pacific Ocean aboard Seven Seas Mariner® on the South Pacific Discovery itinerary. This includes the most exciting night of the year: New Year’s Eve. Begin your day in Port Vila on the pristine island of Vanuatu where you can choose to embark on a sailing yacht bound for the Pango Peninsula. Return to the ship to get dressed for an unforgettable evening to ring in 2015.
SIP: Chilled Champagne. This sparkling bubbly says celebration and even better…it’s all included! Upon arrival, you are greeted with a chilled glass of champagne and a delightful welcome bottle on ice awaits in your suite. Plus, you’ll even experience exclusive themed wine tastings during festive gatherings.
SAVOR: Specialized Menus. The talented chefs of Regent Seven Seas Cruises prepare delectable menus from a European-style Christmas Eve dinner to a traditional American Christmas Day dinner and a mouthwatering New Year’s Gala Menu in their flagship restaurant Compass Rose. And to even satisfy your sweet tooth, delight in a homemade Gingerbread house and cookies.
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.