Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) today announced the line’s full 2010 cruise program on its three luxury all-suite ships: the 700-guest Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner, and the 490-guest Seven Seas Navigator.
More Inclusive than Ever: 2-for-1 Fares, Free Air and Free Unlimited Shore Excursions
Making its product even more enticing than ever before, RSSC now offers 2-for-1 fares, free roundtrip airfare and free unlimited shore excursions on all 2010 departures. By adding these valuable amenities to a product that already includes all soft drinks, fine wines, premium spirits and onboard gratuities, Regent now offers the most inclusive cruise product ever offered by a luxury line.
Limited time offer: Additional Savings of up to $1,000 per person
Additional savings of up to $1000 per person are available for those guests booking and depositing a 2010 Regent cruise by September 30, 2009.
Virtual Elimination of NCFs
In addition to the included shore excursions, RSSC has also decided to fold governmental fees and taxes in the standard cruise pricing for Regent cruises in 2010. By doing so, all of these elements become commissionable to travel agents.
“These are truly exciting announcements for us,” said Mark Conroy, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “We are basically offering our discerning world travelers the opportunity to purchase almost every element of their cruise vacation upfront to ensure a hassle-free, relaxed vacation at sea and ashore that they can enjoy in the luxury and style of a Regent experience. At the same time, we are making the conscious decision to reward our hard-working travel agent partners with additional commission,” he added.
Global Deployment in 2010
Varying in length from 7-night cruises in favorite cruise areas such as Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean to an around-the-world Grand Voyage of 119 nights, the 2010 RSSC programs continue to offer a truly diverse collection of luxury cruise options, living up to its brand promise of Luxury Goes Exploring® . A total of 92 cruise departures encompass every major cruise area of the world: Asia; Antarctica; Australia/New Zealand; the South Pacific; India; Arabia; East, South and West Africa; North and South America; Northern Europe; the Mediterranean; Mexico, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean; and Alaska. Highlights of the 2010 program include:
Four Grand Voyages
Continuing the tradition of offering extended voyages in the winter and fall, RSSC will offer the following Grand Voyages in 2010:
· Seven Seas Voyager will offer a 119-night World Cruise (RSSC’s 10th such voyage) departing San Diego on January 14, following an exclusive performance for full World Cruise guests by America’s favorite TV comic Jay Leno and rock ‘n roll icons The Beach Boys. The voyage can be purchased in its four-month entirety, or in five shorter segments from 14 to 35 nights. The World Cruise is a global circumnavigation, crossing the Pacific Ocean to Australia via French Polynesia and various South Pacific islands; continuing to Singapore via Indonesia; on to Hong Kong via Brunei, the Philippines and mainland China; sailing West via Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives, Seychelles and East and South Africa; and finally returning home to Fort Lauderdale via various stops in West Africa (maiden calls for RSSC), and then transatlantic to the Caribbean and Turks & Caicos islands.
· Seven Seas Mariner will operate a 65-night Circle South America cruise roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, departing January 10. The Grand Voyage can be purchased as a 2-month odyssey or in three shorter segments from 14 to 30 nights. The voyage starts with a two-week Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Lima, Peru, followed by a month-long cruise through the Chilean fjords and around Cape Horn (with a special first-time visit to Antarctica by an all-suite Regent ship) to the Falkland Islands, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro; ending with a three-week cruise home via the Amazon River (up to Manaus) and North through the Caribbean to Fort Lauderdale.
· A Grand Asia Pacific cruise of 96 nights will be offered on Seven Seas Navigator departing Anchorage, Alaska on September 15. The voyage can be purchased in its three-month entirety, or in five shorter segments from 15 to 22 nights. The voyage starts with a northern transpacific crossing from Alaska to Beijing, via Japan; a three-week journey to Thailand via Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam; another three-week voyage to Sydney via Singapore, Indonesia and the North and East coasts of Australia; a two-week journey from Australia and Tasmania to the South and North islands of New Zealand; ending with a three-week transpacific crossing to San Francisco via Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii.
· Finally, a 75-night Discovery Collection voyage on Seven Seas Mariner departing Istanbul on October 21. The voyage can be purchased in its entirety or in four shorter segments of 14 to 25 nights. The voyage starts from Turkey, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Holy Land, through the Suez Canal and Red Sea to the Arabian Gulf and the United Arab Emirate of Dubai; continuing with an Indian Ocean odyssey via India, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion and South Africa; followed by a two-week southern transatlantic crossing from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro via Namibia and St. Helena; ending with a Christmas and New Year’s cruise through Brazil and the Caribbean to Fort Lauderdale.
Shorter Programs and Traditional Favorites
In addition to the Grand Voyages, RSSC will continue to offer more standard cruise programs in traditional cruise areas:
· Following the World Cruise, Seven Seas Voyager makes a northern transatlantic crossing to Southampton, England via the northeastern US and Canadian seaboard and Reykjavik, Iceland. This is followed by a series of 7 to 14-night cruises to the Baltic and Russia in the summer months, punctuated by a 15-night cruise through the Norwegian fjords to the Arctic Circle. For the fall, Seven Seas Voyager moves south to the Mediterranean for five 10 to 14-night cruises before sailing transatlantic to Fort Lauderdale for four Caribbean cruises from South Florida.
· After the Circle South America Grand Voyage, Seven Seas Mariner sails eastbound transatlantic for a full season of Mediterranean cruises of 7 to 12 nights in length featuring the highlights of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, with voyages beginning or ending in Monte Carlo, Rome, Athens, Venice or Istanbul.
· Seven Seas Navigator operates a series of 7 to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America during the winter months, followed by a full season of 7-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage during the summer.
A Refurbished Fleet of Ultra-Luxury, Medium-Sized Ships
Following a major refurbishment program involving a total investment of around $70 million, the three-ship ultra-luxury fleet of Regent Seven Seas is at the forefront of luxury cruising. Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner emerged in early 2009 from extensive refurbishment, and Seven Seas Navigator will receive a transformational makeover during a 22-night dry-docking in January 2010. In addition to offering the largest lead-in suites at sea (minimum size 301 square feet), RSSC offers the highest percentage of private balconies of any cruise line, including the world’s only all-suite, all-balcony ships. All of Regent’s award-winning suite accommodations feature walk-in closets and marble-appointed bathrooms. Combined with the highly professional, friendly service, the exclusive enrichment and entertainment programs, stellar cuisine with up to four dining venues, and the all-inclusive product, RSSC offers the luxury cruise traveler a relaxing vacation that is second to none.
Expanded Butler Service
Enhancing yet another level of luxury to the fleet, starting in 2010 Butler service will be expanded to include guests accommodated in suite category C and above (currently B and above). This change will add 85 Butler suites for a new total of 290 fleet-wide (113 on Seven Seas Voyager, 92 on Seven Seas Mariner, and 85 on Seven Seas Navigator), representing over 30% of the total suites available.