Fort Lauderdale – September 10, 2007 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the world’s #1 large-ship operator by readers of CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler, is announcing its Circles of Interest enrichment program for 2008. Circles of Interest offer Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests exclusive onboard and shore-side experiences, featuring world-class lecturers, instructors and authorities from the realms of art, cuisine, history, environmental conservation, photography and wellness.
Circles of Interest voyages will be offered throughout 2008 aboard the 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony ships Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager, the 490-guest, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator and the 330-guest luxury vessel Paul Gauguin. These sought-after journeys offer rare opportunities to discover destinations through the lens of a particular interest. The voyages also feature the insight and perspective of knowledgeable hosts, plus the camaraderie of an intimate community of guests who share similar interests. These in-depth programs will be available on 45 departures between January 16 and December 27, 2008, at rates ranging from $165 to $455 per person, exclusive of cruise fare.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2008 Circles of Interest itineraries encompass a broad range of topics. For example, highly regarded nutritional counselor and life-extension specialist Dr. Oz Garcia will lead “Wellness and Balance with Oz Garcia” aboard two Seven Seas Voyager summer Mediterranean cruises. Commodore Jamie Miller, the United Kingdom’s Naval Regional Commander for Wales & Western England and a survivor of the sinking of the HMS Coventry during the Falklands War, will share personal stories of his adventures in the Falklands and around the world during a winter sailing to South America aboard Seven Seas Mariner.
Thanks to a well-established partnership with renowned culinary institute Le Cordon BleuÃ‚Â®, the line offers exclusive food and wine programs and workshops. In addition, celebrity chefs including Walter Scheib, the White House executive chef from 1994 to 2005, will share their world-class culinary skills with guests during summer Mediterranean voyages. Regent’s partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society drives unique educational programs for young guests through Ambassadors of the Environment programs in Alaska and Tahiti. Special art and photography Circles of Interest complete the program.
“Personal discovery and unparalleled experiences are trademarks of Regent,” said Sophie Vlessing, vice president, customer strategy and marketing for Regent. “The breadth of our 2008 Circles of Interest programs provides our guests with opportunities to gain insight and enrichment focused on their personal interests. Through access to expert hosts, a community of like-minded fellow travelers, and events onboard and ashore, these programs truly deliver memorable experiences.”
Regent Seven Seas Cruises will offer Circles of Interest aboard the following 2008 departures:
Active Exploration and Wellness
- Seven Seas Voyager, May 26 and June 2 with nutritionist-to-the-stars Oz Garcia, featuring personal health assessments and one-on-one consultations
Art, Design and Cultures
- Seven Seas Navigator, July 26 and Sept. 9 art program with Lisa Hahn, founder of Art Horizons International, including behind-the-scenes access to select Mediterranean art museums
- Seven Seas Voyager, June 9 (also with Lisa Hahn in the Mediterranean); and July 26; August 2, 9, 16 and 23 with private access to the Hermitage Museum’s Restoration Rooms in St. Petersburg
Environment and Marine Life; Ambassadors of the Environment program with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society
- Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, June 7, 14, 25; July 5, 16, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 27; December 20 and 27
- Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska , June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6
Food and Wine
- Seven Seas Mariner, January 16; April 7 and 30; May 27; September 18 Le Cordon Bleu culinary programs
- Seven Seas Navigator, June 7 (with former White House celebrity chef Walter Scheib) and June 21 (with celebrity chef Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill in Napa Valley)
- Seven Seas Voyager, June 9 and September 9 Le Cordon Bleu culinary programs
- Seven Seas Mariner, January 16 with British Navy Commodore and Falklands War veteran Jamie Miller
- Seven Seas Navigator, June 14 and August 16, with Elyse Weiner, EmmyÃ‚Â®-award winning journalist and founder of iJourneysÃ‚Â® walking tours
- Seven Seas Navigator, October 8 and 23, November 1 with renowned photographer Ken Haas, including an African photo safari
Further details on these programs can be found on Regent’s website, www.TheRegentExperience.com.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) is part of Carlson Companies, a global leader in the hotel, restaurant, business and leisure travel, and marketing industries. The Regent brand encompasses luxury hotels, resorts, residences and cruises throughout the world, offering discerning travelers The Regent ExperienceSM with unique and personalized luxury. 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 third consecutive year as part of the 2006 Travel Weekly Awards and readers of CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler magazine voted RSSC “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” in 2006.
For further information, contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises, 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33334. For brochures, call toll-free (866) 284-4079; for reservation information call toll-free (800) 285-1835; or visit: www.TheRegentExperience.com.