FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, Feb 12, 2007 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ luxurious 700-guest all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas MarinerÂ® sets sail in 2008 for a 60-night circumnavigation of South America. The “Circle Around South America” cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale on January 4, 2008 and features calls to 30 ports in 15 countries including Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Uruguay, Brazil and French Guyana, as well as several Caribbean islands.
From the sensuous rhythm of Rio to the unspoiled wilderness of Patagonia to the ancient streets of Cartagena, South America reflects enough beauty and soul-searing diversity to quicken the pulse of even the most experienced traveler. In addition to an exceptional itinerary, the 2008 Circle Around South America cruise includes six onboard overnights and four complimentary shore events to offer guests an inside look at this vast continent. The Circle Around South America voyage will circumnavigate the continent counter-clockwise, through a journey comprised of four combinable segments:
- Ft. Lauderdale to Lima, Peru (Jan. 4-16) – This 12-night segment departs from Ft. Lauderdale with visits to Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cartagena, Colombia, before a daytime passage through the famed Panama Canal. The journey continues south along the Western coast with stops in Fuerte Amador (Panama), Manta (Ecuador) and Salaverry (Peru), ending in the Spanish colonial city of Lima, the capital of Peru.
- Lima to Buenos Aires, Argentina (Jan. 16-Feb. 4) – This 19-night segment, the journey’s longest, departs from Lima and stops in Pisco (Peru), calling on several ports along the Chilean coast including Valparaiso and Punta Arenas, and then the stunning fjords and glaciers of Chile and the point where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans converge. Visit Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, known as “the end of the world,” and the Falkland Islands. Then on to two nights in chic Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Buenos Aires to Manaus, Brazil (Feb. 4-21) – This 17-night journey offers two onboard overnight stays in Buenos Aires, then continues to Montevideo, Uruguay before two nights in spectacular Rio de Janeiro, where guests will enjoy samba and sun-drenched beaches. Other stops in Brazil include Salvador de Bahia and Alter Do Chao, before ending in Manaus, at the edge of the breathtaking Amazon rainforest.
- Manaus to Ft. Lauderdale (Feb. 21-March 4) – The final 12-night leg of the cruise follows the coast of Brazil with calls in Parintins and Santarem, and Devil’s Island, French Guyana, before continuing on to the tropical paradise of Barbados, Dominica, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk, ending in Ft. Lauderdale.
Cruise fares include all shipboard gratuities; complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits served throughout the ship; complimentary 24-hour room service; refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer and bottled water replenished daily; and an in-suite bar setup in butler suites. As with all Regent Grand Voyages, guests partaking in the entire 60-night voyage receive special savings and gifts, including complimentary first-class roundtrip airfare from 86 North American gateways, between $500-$1,000 per suite in shipboard credits and an exclusive bon voyage event the evening before disembarkation. Guests sailing individual segments receive $100-$200 shipboard credits and a special commemorative gift. Segments one and four also feature special air fare offers. (Visit www.TheRegentExperience.com or contact a travel agent for details.)
Seven Seas Mariner is the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship. Catering to only 700 guests, she is one of the most spacious cruise ships afloat, and her staff to guest ratio of 1 to 1.6 provides the highest level of personal service in the six-star tradition of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. 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.