Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards poll, has completed a multi-million dollar upgrade of entertainment programming aboard three of its ships, including the addition of professional ballroom dance teams, new productions featuring “The Regent Singers and Dancers,” and the largest live orchestra aboard any luxury cruise line.
“Our dynamic new entertainment program offers exciting production shows featuring elegant ballroom dancing and pulse-pounding music with more energy, texture and variety,” said Lyn Farmer, director of entertainment and special events for Regent Seven Seas. “Our guests are thrilled at this new entertainment lineup.”
In celebration of the ballroom dance craze sweeping the nation thanks to “Dancing with the Stars™” and other programs, several of the new shows feature professional ballroom couples performing original choreography showcasing Latin, swing, waltz and other dance styles. The dancers even offer complimentary lessons for guests on days at sea.
The nine-piece “Regent Signature Orchestra” performs aboard 700-guest all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Voyager®, and 490-guest, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator®. This talented unit lends concert-quality musical support to production shows and breaks into smaller units for combo performances around the ships, allowing late-night cocktails or afternoon tea in one of the lounges to be complemented by the mellow sounds of a live jazz trio.
The new shows include new cabaret revues and five new feature productions for each ship, all with live music by the orchestra and a permanent cast of up to 10 singers and dancers (shorter cruises typically feature three production shows; longer cruises feature four or five). A new highlight aboard Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator this year is the musical “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” with music by legendary singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka, whose signature tenor voice produced a string of Billboard hits in the 1950s and 60s. Seven Seas Voyager features another show, “Romance Romance,” for added variety and texture.
In addition to the new shows, Regent will continue to offer a roster of headline entertainers throughout the year, as well as specialty programs like “James Bond Martini Night,” “Beatles Night,” a live disco show and all-new production shows tailored to each ship.