Fort Lauderdale – March 17, 2008 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” in CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler’s 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards poll, will journey across the continent this fall. 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas VoyagerÃ‚Â® and 490-guest, all-suite Seven Seas NavigatorÃ‚Â® will embark on a series of fall European voyages calling at ports across the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Adriatic Sea.
The fall European voyages will feature eye-opening visits to historic cities in England, France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Regent Seven Seas guests will have opportunities to explore the grand chateaux and vineyards of France, the alluring resorts of the Italian Riviera and even the ancient beauty and stunning architecture of Greece and Turkey, all at unparalleled values.
“Because Regent Seven Seas guests sailing in Europe pay once, in advance, for meals, transportation and entertainment, they are protected from steep exchange rates due to the euro’s all-time high against the U.S. dollar,” said Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas.
Although other cruise lines sailing in Europe offer similar values, added Conroy, particularly when compared with land-based travel, the all-inclusive policy aboard Regent Seven Seas ships offers additional savings. For example, Economy or Business Class air transportation, shipboard gratuities, select fine wines and liquor, and soft drinks are all included in the cruise fare.
Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator also feature the largest lead-in suites in the cruise industry, at 301 square feet, not including balcony. Each suite is equipped with a European king-size bed, luxury European linens and feather-down duvets, plush European robes and cotton slippers, plus a separate sitting area and ultra-spacious marble bath with separate shower and full bathtub. Suites also offer walk-in closets, luxurious bath products, interactive television on flat-screen TVs and a DVD/CD player. Regent Seven Seas boasts the highest percentage of private balconies in the industry, with 100% of suites on Seven Seas Voyager and 90% of suites on Seven Seas Navigator featuring this wonderful amenity.
From September 9 to November 11, Seven Seas Voyager will offer nine European departures ranging from seven to 11 nights, with itineraries that will take guests from Southampton, England, around the Iberian Peninsula and ports in Spain and Portugal, on to the Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Turkey.
Seven Seas Voyager guests in Europe will also experience the Regent Seven Seas Circles of Interest and “Spotlight Series” enrichment programs, available on selected fall voyages. These enlightening programs will feature distinguished lecturers and accomplished experts from the realms of art, history, cuisine and political commentary. The itineraries include:
- Southampton to Monte Carlo (September 9 to 20) – This 11-night cruise will visit historic ports of call in the Bay of Biscay, including Le Verdon, France and the Basque capital of Bilbao, Spain, before continuing around the Iberian Peninsula to Gibraltar and Cartagena, Barcelona and Valencia in Spain. The journey concludes with the fashionable Cote d’Azur ports of St. Tropez and Monte Carlo. The cruise will be highlighted by the exclusive Le Cordon Bleu Circles of Interest workshops, which provide guests with hands-on, interactive demonstration of the art of French cooking, exclusive dinners, plus onshore culinary tours led by Le Cordon Bleu chefs. The voyage will also feature a “Spotlight Series” enrichment program on “tastes of the Old World,” featuring a trio of wine tastings hosted by a Napa Valley winemaker Tor Kenward, plus four cooking demonstrations with visiting chefs, including cheese wizard Max McCalman. Per-person rates start at $7,450; theLe Cordon Bleu Circles of Interest program is available for $450 per person, exclusive of cruise fare.
- Piraeus to Monte Carlo (October 25 to November 5) – An 11-night voyage to the Turkish ports of Kusadasi (site of the archaeological ruins at Ephesus) and Marmaris (whose history dates back to the 6th century), continuing to the white stone ramparts of Valletta, Malta; Taormina, Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) and Livorno (the port for Florence and Pisa) in Italy. The journey concludes with a visit to Ajaccio, Corsica before ending in Monte Carlo. Per-person rates start at $6,850.
From September 9 to October 8, Seven Seas Navigator will offer four European departures ranging from seven to 15 nights, with itineraries that will explore the Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Turkey, with special calls in northern Africa and Sicily. The Circles of Interest and “Spotlight Series” enrichment programs will also be featured on select Seven Seas Navigator fall departures. The itineraries include:
- Istanbul to Piraeus (September 9 to 20) – This 11-night journey visits Kusadasi, Turkey; Alexandria, Egypt; and Rhodes, Santorini, Nafplion, Iraklion and Mykonos in Greece. The cruise will be highlighted by an art-focused Circles of Interest enrichment program featuring art expert Lisa Hahn, who will deliver a series of lectures on classical and contemporary art and architecture and lead behind-the-scenes tours of select Mediterranean art museums. The voyage will also feature a “Spotlight on Antiques” enrichment program featuring antiques expert Paul Atterbury from the popular television series “Antiques Roadshow,” along with other distinguished antiquarians. Per-person rates start at $6,595. Theart-focused Circles of Interest program is available for $185 per person, exclusive of cruise fare.
- Monte Carlo to Piraeus (September 27 to October 8) – This 11-night journey begins with a luxurious sojourn to classical Italy, with calls in Civitavecchia, Sorrento and Naxos, Sicily, home to Taormina and the inspiring Roman Theater at Mount Etna. The voyage proceeds with an in depth-exploration of Turkey, including historic Istanbul, capital city of the kingdoms of antiquity, and Kusadasi, plus a stay in the Greek Isles, including Mitilini (the port for Lesbos), Nafplion and Mykonos. Per-person rates start at $6,195.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Regent Seven Seas operates a fleet of medium-sized luxury cruise ships that visit over 300 ports on all seven continents, including Antarctica. RSSC is consistently rated among the world’s top three cruise lines by readers of luxury travel magazines. Travel professionals worldwide voted RSSC the “World’s Best Luxury Cruise Line” for the fourth consecutive year as part of the 2007 Travel Weekly Awards and readers of CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler magazine voted RSSC “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2007.