Regent Seven Seas Cruises and the Smithsonian Institution today announced a new enrichment program, The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys.

This new guest lecture series will feature a wide range of charismatic experts, from noted art historians to prominent authors and geopolitical experts, leading spirited discussions both aboard the ships and ashore. 

Starting in July, The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys will be available on a majority of sailings, with more than 80 voyages scheduled across the fleet for the 2015/2016 season, and featured on itineraries throughout the world, including South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.  
 
“For nearly 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, has been recognized as an icon within academic communities,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  “This partnership gives our guests access to some of the most authoritative thought-leaders in the world, providing deeper insights into the history, art, culture and politics of the destinations visited by our ships.  With The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys, we add another unforgettable experience at sea and a perfect fit for our all-inclusive brand of luxury.”   
 
Organized by Smithsonian Journeys, a leader in cultural and enrichment travel, the series is designed to be interactive, encouraging guests to not only attend the talks, but also to participate in informative Q&A sessions. 

Several more intimate opportunities with the presenter will be available so guests can connect on a personal level in a friendly, social setting.  Guests looking to more fully immerse themselves in the destination can opt for select shore excursions escorted by The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys lecturer and gain deeper insight into the ports of call.  
 
“Smithsonian Journeys’ focus on providing life-enriching, learning opportunities for travelers supports our important educational mission,” said Carol LeBlanc, senior vice president for Smithsonian Enterprises. “The experts chosen to sail on Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be leaders in their field and possess the expertise and affability to create a truly memorable experience for guests.”