Fort Lauderdale – January 17, 2008 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC), voted the world’s #1 large-ship operator by readers of CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler, is inviting guests to join celebrated stars of television’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS) aboard two 2008 cruises featuring insightful discussion of the 2008 presidential election, world affairs, and the creative realms of film, performance and art. Regent’s Public Television at Sea (“PTV at Sea”) cruises, part of its Spotlight Series enrichment program, depart April 7 aboard the 490-guest, all-suite Seven Seas NavigatorÃ‚Â®, and November 15 aboard 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony ship Seven Seas VoyagerÃ‚Â®.
In April, as the nation anticipates a pivotal electoral decision, Regent’s PTV at Sea cruise will focus on an exclusive post-primary political discussion of the highest caliber. Gwen Ifill, host of Washington Week, PBS’ acclaimed political program, will lead a panel of respected journalists in a careful examination of the 2008 presidential campaign during a journey departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale to Bermuda and the Bahamas aboard Seven Seas Navigator. Ifill will discuss strategies and issues that will directly impact the presidential race with a panel of distinguished journalists including:
* Dan Balz, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
* Martha Raddatz, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News
In addition, leading political analyst Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report will provide front-line insight and information on the 2008 primaries, the campaign frontrunners and the possible outcome of the nation’s November decision.
In November, award-winning historian Ric Burns will discuss his films, including the critically acclaimed documentary The History of New York, and distinguished producer Jac Venza will discuss the history of one of PBS’s longest running shows, Great Performances, during a fall Mediterranean cruise aboard Seven Seas Voyager.
PTV at Sea itineraries are as follows:
* April 7 – 18, 2008, Seven Seas Navigator – Washington Week highlights the 11-night voyage departing from Fort Lauderdale that will visit Port Canaveral, FL; Savannah, GA; Charleston, S.C.; Hamilton and St. George’s, Bermuda and Nassau, Bahamas. Per-person rates start at $4,295.
* November 15 – 23, 2008, Seven Seas Voyager – Arts and culture are celebrated as the Seven Seas Voyager departs from Civitavecchia, Italy (the port for Rome) on a 16-night voyage calling at Palermo, Sicily; Tunis, Tunisia; Cartagena and Malaga, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco and Funchal, Madeira before crossing the Atlantic to disembark in Fort Lauderdale. Per-person rates start at $5,795.
Regent’s PTV at Sea cruises are offered in partnership with locally based PBS stations nationwide and Artful Travelers, which pairs the best of art, culture, entertainment and travel to create extraordinary experiences. PTV at Sea guests will enjoy rare opportunities to meet and mingle with their favorite public broadcasting personalities at dinners, cocktail parties, shore excursions and other organized events during both voyages. Each cruise will be highlighted by incisive, interactive panel discussions.
Visit www.ptvatsea.com for more information and updates as additional lecturers are confirmed. Reservations can be made by calling Artful Travelers at 800-645-8566. While certain activities and events during these cruises are only available to guests purchasing their cruise through Artful Travelers, some events will be open to all guests as part of Regent Seven Seas’ Spotlight Series.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Regent Seven Seas (formerly Radisson 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.