FT. LAUDERDALE, Sept 27, 2006 – Bucking the trend in an era of mega cruise ships, guests sailing with Regent Seven Seas find its small to-mid-sized ship experience a best-kept secret: offering more personalized service, greater overall space per passenger, and customized experiences. Beginning in 2007, the value of the ships’ nimble size will be even more pronounced with several new and exotic ports of call and the expansion of The Regent Travel ConciergeSM, featuring one-on-one concierge services and tools for guests to customize their travel programs.
Indeed, an added bonus of smaller ships is faster embarkation and disembarkation, as well as visits to less touristed ports of call. Among Regent Seven Seas’ 300 ports of call worldwide, many are inaccessible to larger ships, from Gustavia (St. Barts) in the Caribbean to Monte Carlo, Portofino, and Kotor (Montenegro) in Europe to the Society Islands in French Polynesia and Sitka in Alaska.In fact, Regent Seven Seas was the recipient of the 2005 Cruise Critic “Cruise Innovation Award” as “the luxury line with the most innovative, path-finding itineraries.” In keeping with this trailblazing status, in 2007 its four luxury vessels will also feature more than 20 new ports of call and three “Grand Voyages.”
The 700-guest all-balcony suite Seven Seas Voyager will feature: a 111-night World Cruise – Regent’s most extensive ever, while the 700-guest all-balcony suite Seven Seas Mariner will sail a four-segment, 59-night roundtrip “Circle South America” voyage reaching 31 ports in 16 countries; and an eight-segment, 107-night “Grand Asia Pacific” journey.Also new for 2007, the 490-guest all-suite (90% with private balconies) Seven Seas Navigator will be deployed exclusively in the Mediterranean from April through early November.
Collectively, the Mariner, Voyager and Navigator will make maiden calls on four continents in 2007, in Europe: Falmouth (England), Kos (Greece), Korcula (Croatia), Golfo di Porto (Corsica), Cartagena and Valencia (Spain), Kotor (Montenegro), Koper (Slovenia); in eastern Africa: Maputo (Mozambique), Maura (Brunei), Colombo (Sri Lanka); in South America: Laguna San Rafael (Chile); and in Asia: Yokohama (Japan), Ko Samui (Thailand) and Pusan (South Korea), with Osaka (Japan) to be used as a turnaround port, and a return to Burma after an interval of several years.When the three ships sail the Caribbean in the winter and fall of 2007, they will also add Cayo Levantado (Dominican Republic) to their itineraries, and the Seven Seas Mariner will reach Chiapas (Mexico).
The 330-guest all-ocean view (more than 50% with private balconies) Paul Gauguin, which plies the waters of French Polynesia year-round, was specifically designed to navigate the region’s shallow waters and coral reefs. In 2007, she will offer guests four new 14-night sailings calling at Nuku Alofa (Tonga), Vanua Levu, Lautoka and Yasawa (Fiji), in addition to her selection of 7-, 10, 11-, and 14-night voyages roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti, calling at the Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Cook and Austral Islands.
Smaller Ships, Bigger Benefits
The intimate atmosphere aboard Regent Seven Seas vessels is due in part to one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios in the industry (1:1.6). Regent also boasts the highest percentage of balconies afloat, the world’s largest lead-in suites (aboard the Voyager), plus space per guest ratios ranging from 60 to 71.5 (compared to figures in the 20’s and 30’s aboard larger cruise ships). 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.