FT. LAUDERDALE (November 27, 2006) – Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the world’s #1 large-ship cruise line by readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler, will embark on the longest and most extensive voyage in its history with the 115-night 2008 World Cruise – the line’s eighth such cruise. Guests will travel in stylish luxury aboard the 700-guest all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager as she circumnavigates the globe, visiting 51 ports in 26 countries throughout the South Pacific, Orient and Arabia, as well as the Mediterranean and Bermuda. New for 2008, the voyage commences in beautiful San Francisco.
“We are delighted to unveil our most extensive World Cruise ever – truly an experience of a lifetime,” said Regent President Mark Conroy. “With an itinerary designed through direct feedback from top travel agents and customers themselves, the 2008 World Cruise presents an ultimate travel fantasy – our largest ever selection of ports spanning five continents, 11 overnights, special on-board entertainment and the sumptuous amenities of a six-star luxury vessel.”
The 2008 World Cruise will depart on January 6, 2008 from San Francisco with seven individual segments, each offering an array of exclusive Concierge Collection land adventures, as well as special onboard lecture programs and activities. Segments include:
- San Francisco to New Zealand (Jan. 6-30) – Visit the Hawaiian ports of Hilo, Maui and Honolulu before crossing the Equator to French Polynesia for calls in Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti as well as the Cook Islands. Then enjoy five luxurious days at open sea before visiting the pristine subtropical New Zealand port Bay of Islands and cosmopolitan Auckland.
- New Zealand to Sydney (Jan. 30-Feb. 9) – Cruise some of New Zealand’s most picturesque ports including Tauranga, art deco Napier, and the stunning capital city of Wellington. Then depart for Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, voted by Travel + Leisure readers as the World’s Best City for 11 years straight as part of the “World’s Best” readers survey issue.
- Sydney to Shanghai (Feb. 9-29) – Sail the East Coast of Australia with stops in Hayman Island and Cairns, before sailing the Coral and Solomon Seas for the port of Madang in Papua New Guinea. Then cross the Equator for Saipan, Osaka and Kagoshima in Japan and bustling Shanghai, China.
- Shanghai to Singapore (Feb. 29-March 13) – Continue on to the exotic Asian ports of Hong Kong, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, where the teeming economic center meets the timeless traditions of an ancient culture. Visit Bangkok and Ko Samui, Thailand before ending in Singapore, known for its outstanding hotels and world-class shopping.
- Singapore to Mumbai, India (March 13-27) – Visit the architecturally diverse colonial town of Georgetown, Penang, then travel to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma) for two overnights in port. This less-visited destination holds cultural charm, friendly and laid back residents, and the magnificent golden Shwedagon Pagoda, viewed from most parts of the city. The voyage continues to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India.
- Mumbai to Piraeus (for Athens), Greece (March 27-April 13) – Voyage across the Arabian Sea for the glistening beaches and science-fiction skyscrapers of Dubai and the sparkling white capital city of Oman. Then cross the Red Sea to Jordan and three ancient Egyptian ports before transiting the Suez Canal and entering the Mediterranean for Rhodes, Greece and Turkey, ending in Athens.
- Athens to Ft.Lauderdale (April 13-30) – Walk the ancient ruins of Athens and Olympia before traveling to Malta, Tunisia and Malaga (Spain) and Madeira. Then cross the Atlantic Ocean on a relaxing six-day voyage at sea, with a stopover in Bermuda for a round of golf or shopping before ending in Ft.Lauderdale.
Seven Seas Voyager gives guests additional time in several ports with 11 overnight staysincluding Tahiti, Sydney, Osaka, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Min City, Mumbai and Dubai.
For a dramatic beginning to the adventure, guests may combine the World Cruise with a 16-night Panama Canal cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco to create a 131-night cruise (December 21, 2007 – January 6, 2008). Experience the tropical treasures of Grand Cayman, Colombia and Panama Canal; the pristine beauty of Costa Rica; and five Mexican hot spots before moving north to Los Angeles and finally cruising under the Golden GateBridge in San Francisco.
Per person prices range from $59,995 (Early Booking Savings) to $209,995 for the 115-night World Cruise, and from $6,597 for an individual segment. Regent’s 2007 World Cruise guests will be offered an exclusive opportunity to pre-book this journey beginning December 4, 2006, while general bookings will be accepted beginning December 18, 2006. Individual segments will be open for bookings beginning January 15, 2007. Cruise fares include all shipboard gratuities; complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits served throughout the ship; complimentary 24-hour room service; in-suite bar setup in butler suites; and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer and bottled water replenished daily.
The Regent Experience
Built around the customer, the Regent brand is focused on imparting personalized experiences. A key component of The Regent Experience, Circles of InterestSM, are themed enrichment programs featuring customizable ship to shore options with onboard lectures and workshops, specially created excursions and events led by “Circle” guest experts. Additionally, through the new Regent Travel Concierge, guests are given tools to customize their travel experiences based on personal interests and preferences.
Seven Seas Voyager is Regent’s second all-suite, all-balcony vessel. This acclaimed, six-star ship caters to 700 guests, boasting an exceptionally generous space-per-guest ratio with the world’s largest lead-in suites, including walk-in closets – ideal for longer cruises, and butler service in 88 suites. Seven Seas Voyager also features one of only two Le Cordon BleuÂ® restaurants at sea in Signatures, one of four single, open-seating restaurants on board.