FT. LAUDERDALE (January 22, 2007) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces a selection of exotic South Pacific itineraries for 2007 aboard its celebrated Paul Gauguin, the most luxurious ship to sail the waters of French Polynesia year-round. Through 37 seven- to 14-night sailings, she will explore the bewitching beauty of the region, from the Society Islands’ Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea, to the Marquesas and the Tuamotus and beyond to the Cook Islands and Fiji. In 2007, four newly added 14-night voyages offer guests the opportunity to sail beyond French Polynesia to Fiji, for maiden calls in Savusavu, Lautoka and Yasawa.
During these four new voyages, guests may learn about ancient Polynesian culture in Aitutaki and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands; discover the exquisite reefs of Yasawa (Fiji); explore the terraced burial tombs of ancient Tongan kings in Nuku’alofa; and luxuriate on Regent’s own private islet, Motu Mahana. The stunning scenery will take guests’ breath away as they approach the sparkling lagoon of Moorea and lush tropical hills of Bora Bora, James Michener’s famed “Bali Hai” – both voted among the top five islands in the 2006 CondÃ© Nast Readers’ Choice Awards (Pacific Rim category).
A selection of other distinctive 7- to 14-night itineraries brings guests through the vivid seascapes of French Polynesia, including the Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Cook and Austral Islands, all roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti. Guests can choose from a full selection of exciting shore excursions, ranging from shark watching during a thrilling current dive at the famous Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa; taking a 4×4 tour of the lunar landscape of Ua Huka, passing wild horses roaming the hills; and a magical canoe river journey past cascading waterfalls with Fijian warriors.
No other cruise line knows French Polynesia like Regent, which has carried more than 100,000 guests through its breathtaking waters. Now in its tenth year of uninterrupted service, the 330-guest, all-ocean view Paul Gauguin boasts the longest deployment of a luxury cruise line in the region and is the only luxury ship in the world to be deployed year-round in one location.
The most intimate vessel in Regent Seven Seas’ fleet, Paul Gauguin underwent a $6 million refurbishment in 2006, including the addition of a new piano bar, five additional staterooms with aft-facing private balconies, remodeled casino and new fabrics and carpeting throughout public areas. Amenities include three single, open seating dining venues, complimentary watersports from the vessel’s own retractable marina with an optional PADI dive program, and the luxurious Carita of Paris Spa.
In summer, the ship boasts a joint program with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, called “Ambassadors of the Environment.” Promoting ocean responsibility, the program engages youngsters aged 9-15 with fun activities to educate them about marine and island ecosystems and traditional Polynesian culture. The program is offered for a nominal fee of $199 per child, and includes a variety of onboard and shore-side activities. Adult family members are encouraged to participate in many of the optional shore excursion elements of the program.
For adults, six sailings in 2007 will feature onboard lecture programs with naturalists from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society (one of Regent’s exclusive partners), while Jean-Michel Cousteau himself will sail aboard the November 18, 2007 voyage.
Per person prices start from $1,995 for the seven-night roundtrip cruise of the Society Islands from Papeete, Tahiti. 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.