Fort Lauderdale – July 15, 2008 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises will offer a series of Grand Explorations aboard the world’s only all-suite, all-balcony ships Seven Seas VoyagerÂ® and Seven Seas MarinerÂ® as they sail around the globe on exciting voyages of exploration and discovery this winter. From January through May 2009, these two 700-guest sister ships will visit a total of 110 ports of call in 50 countries on six continents, offering the discerning luxury traveler with an exciting array of fourteen winter voyages ranging in length from 12 to 24 nights, highlighting the very best destinations in the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, South East Asia, Japan, India, the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean.
“Regent Seven Seas Cruises has garnered a reputation for offering world travelers the very best choices in exciting itineraries that combine some of the greatest port cities of the world – such as Hong Kong, Sydney and Dubai – with some of the most geographically remote and rarely-visited islands on earth – such as the Marquesas and Pitcairn Island,” said Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas. “We are proud to offer our guests a truly remarkable choice of luxury travel experiences aboard our six-star fleet as we present the most extensive line-up of winter cruises in our history,” he added.
In addition to the exotic itineraries, these Grand Explorations will feature celebrity guests who will share their personal experiences and unique perspectives with Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests. Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham, famed hurricane forecaster and meteorologist Max Mayfield, former NFL coach Don Shula, and Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Al Worden will lecture aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Seven Seas Voyager will feature humanitarian and Church of England envoy Terry Waite, former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and Apollo astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Charles Duke and Gene Cernan. Famed environmentalist and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau will also join select cruises of Seven Seas Mariner to offer his own unique insight regarding the marvels of the world’s oceans.
Complimentary events that provide unique and memorable guest experiences are offered on each voyage, including exclusive song and dance demonstrations in Brazil, New Zealand and the Marquesas Islands; a catamaran adventure in the Chilean fjords; a visit to the legendary dragons of Komodo Island, or exclusive events in world-class hotels. And, to make the voyages even more tempting, these cruises offer special savings of $3,200 to $35,345 (depending on departure date and suite category). Free airfare or complimentary hotel stays are also featured on select departures.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Grand Explorations are as follows:
South Pacific Passage: 19-night voyage from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand on Seven Seas Voyager January 13-February 1, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturer Terry Waite. Complimentary Festival of Arts event in the Marquesas Islands. Up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and special 2-for-1 fares start at $7,995 per person.
Easter Island and Polynesian Playgrounds: 24-night voyage from Valparaiso, Chile to Sydney, Australia on Seven Seas Mariner February 28-March 25, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturer Jean-Michel Cousteau. Complimentary Maori historic tour and cultural show in the Bay of Islands. Up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and special 2-for-1 fares start at $9,495 per person.
The Brazilian Riviera: 18-night voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires, Argentina on Seven Seas Mariner January 26-February 13, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturer Max Mayfield. Complimentary Brazilian dance celebration in Fortaleza. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $9,950 per person.
Andean Glaciers and Chilean Fjords: 15-night voyage from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile on Seven Seas Mariner, February 13-28, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturers Jean-Michel Cousteau and Don Shula. Complimentary catamaran excursion in the Chilean fjords. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $10,495 per person.
New Zealand, Land of the Rings: 12-night voyage from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia on Seven Seas Voyager, February 1-13, 2009. Complimentary “French day” in Akaroa, New Zealand. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $10,195 per person.
Australia and the Orient: 21-night voyage from Sydney, Australia to Shanghai, China on Seven Seas Voyager, February 13-March 6, 2009. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $13,450 per person.
China and Vietnam: 12-night voyage from Shanghai, China to Singapore on Seven Seas Voyager, March 6-18, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturer Sandra Day O’Connor. Complimentary event in Hong Kong. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $9,695 per person.
The Great Barrier Reef and Bali: 15-night voyage from Sydney, Australia to Singapore on Seven Seas Mariner, March 25-April 9, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturer Senator Bob Graham. Meet RSSC executive vice president Ken Watson. Complimentary excursion to Komodo Dragons in Indonesia. Free airfare, up to $200 shipboard credit per suite, and early booking fares from $9,950 per person.
Great Cities and Land of the Dragon: 14-night voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong, China on Seven Seas Mariner, April 9-23, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturers Buzz Aldrin and Al Worden. Complimentary overnight luxury hotel stay in Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $10,495 per person.
China and Japan: 14-night voyage from Hong Kong, China to Osaka, Japan on Seven Seas Mariner, April 23-May 7, 2009. Meet RSSC president Mark Conroy. Complimentary Beijing tour. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $10,795 per person.
Pacific Rim: 14-night voyage from Osaka, Japan to Seward, Alaska on Seven Seas Mariner, May 7-20, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturer Jean-Michel Cousteau. Complimentary cocktail party in Tokyo gardens. Up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and special 2-for-1 fares starting at $6,495 per person.
Passage from India: 14-night voyage from Singapore to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Seven Seas Voyager, March 18-April 1, 2009. Complimentary Kerala cultural experience in Cochin, India. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $10,495 per person.
Voyage to Antiquity: 17-night voyage from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, Turkey on Seven Seas Voyager, April 1-18, 2009. Complimentary visit to Karnak and Luxor, Egypt. Free airfare, up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and early booking fares from $12,095 per person.
Grand Mediterranean Passage: 20-night voyage from Istanbul, Turkey to Fort Lauderdale on Seven Seas Voyager, April 18-May 8, 2009. Celebrity guest lecturers Apollo astronauts Charles Duke, Gene Cernan and Edgar Mitchell. Meet RSSC president Mark Conroy. Complimentary evening concert at Ephesus, Turkey. Up to $200 per suite shipboard credit, and special 2-for-1 fares starting at $8,495 per person.
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. For further information, contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises, 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33334.
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.