Fort Lauderdale – May 15, 2008 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” in CondÃ© Nast Traveler’s 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards poll, will offer its guests an extended celebration of the food, wine and music that have made the Mediterranean one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations during a 28-night Autumn Sojourn in The Mediterranean voyage slated to depart this fall aboard the 700-guest Seven Seas VoyagerÂ®.
Sailing from Istanbul on October 18, 2008, guests will enjoy the utmost in cruise luxury as Seven Seas Voyager journeys across the entire Mediterranean, across the French and Italian Rivieras and Cote d’Azur to the cobalt blue waters of the Greek Isles. “For guests who love to cruise, these longer voyages evoke the romance of ocean travel,” said Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “At the same time, they provide a rare opportunity to explore an extraordinary number of exciting Mediterranean ports,” he added.
The 28-night voyage is available as a single journey or in three individual segments. Each segment is its own special event, offering a compelling combination of classical music and gourmet cuisine, highlighted by special guests and exclusive concerts and museum tours ashore. Guests will even have opportunities to purchase Euros at a 1:1 exchange rate against the U.S. dollar, and experience complimentary events on board and ashore.
The individual segments are as follows:
Executive Vice President’s Cruise, Istanbul to Piraeus (October 18 to 25) – Kenneth Watson, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Regent Seven Seas, hosts a luxurious seven-night Greek Isles journey beginning with an overnight stay in exotic Istanbul and proceeding to Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini and Nafplio in Greece and Kusadasi, Turkey. At Ephesus, the ancient Anatolian city that is today one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, guests will enjoy a concert by the Izmir Chamber Orchestra featuring Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Brahms. Per-person fares start at $4,995.
Three Song of Flower Captains’ Cruise, Piraeus to Monte Carlo (October 25 to November 5) – In addition to being Regent Seven Seas captains, Dag Dvergastein, Knut Hanssen and Jarle Jensen have another thing in common – all three were previously masters of the iconic luxury ship Song of Flower, once part of the fleet of Regent Seven Seas predecessor Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. Sailing across the Mediterranean from the Greek Isles to the French and Italian Rivieras, the voyage will call at Kusadasi and Marmaris in Turkey; Iraklio, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Ajaccio, Corsica; and Naxos, Sorrento, Civitavecchia and Livorno in Italy before concluding in Monte Carlo. The three captains will host a series of special events for guests and will be joined by former Song of Flower staff members including cruise director J.J., shore excursion manager Helen Harrison and maitre d’hotel Patrick Lescoute. Another highlight of the voyage is an exclusive concert at Valletta’s Manoel Theater. Per-person rates start at $6,850.
President’s Cruise, Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia (November 5 to 15) – Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will host this 10-night voyage into antiquity, accompanying guests as they travel from Monte Carlo to Portofino and Livorno, Italy; Marseilles, France; Barcelona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Menorca, Spain; and Ajaccio, Corsica. Guests are invited to an after-hours private tour of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Other highlights include a complimentary organ concert at Palma de Mallorca’s Cathedral. Per-person rates start at $5,995.
Guests who purchase individual segments will enjoy one complimentary special event and benefits including free Economy or Business Class air (or $1,000/$3,000 cruise credit, respectively), depending on suite category purchased, plus the option to purchase up to 200 Euros per suite at a 1:1 exchange rate.
Guests who opt for the full 28-night voyage receive two-for-one pricing, free Business Class air (or $3,000 cruise credit), special shipboard events, and a commemorative gift. These guests will also have the option to purchase up to 800 Euros per suite from Regent Seven Seas at a 1:1 exchange rate. Per-person prices for the 28-night voyage range from $14,495 to $44,543.
Those guests wishing to extend their 28-night voyage even further may do so by remaining aboard Seven Seas Voyager for the 16-night Grand Crossing from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale (November 15 to December 1), visiting select ports in North Africa and Spain and a mid-Atlantic stop in Madeira. The 44-night itinerary is available from $20,295 to $66,188 per person.
Full details of all 2008 and 2009 Europe and Mediterranean programs, including special offers on select departures, can be found at www.RSSC.com/specials.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Regent Seven Seas, a Prestige Cruise Holdings company, 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 CondÃ© Nast Traveler magazine voted RSSC “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2007.
About Prestige Cruise Holdings – Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) is a subsidiary of Apollo Management L.P. and the parent corporation of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises. Formed in 2007 to manage select assets in Apollo Management’s cruise investment portfolio, PCH is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frank J. Del Rio, the founder of Oceania Cruises. PCH is the market leader in the Upper Premium and Luxury segments of the cruise industry with more than 4,450 berths between the Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises brands, a number the company expects will grow to more than 6,700 berths by 2011.