In a constant effort to provide the very best experiences ashore as Luxury Goes Exploring® around the globe, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers its discerning guests the expertise and unique perspective of acclaimed Destination Specialists.
“We don’t want to merely transport our guests to fascinating parts of the world,” said Michael Day, senior director of Entertainment for RSSC. “We want them to return home having gained a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the places they have visited with us. In addition to the comprehensive array of shore excursions and overland tours, we also offer the knowledge and experience of our uniquely qualified Destination Specialists,” he added.
Terry Breen, a cultural anthropologist by training, prefers the title of “storyteller.” Through a series of fascinating audio visual shows offered throughout her cruises, she truly brings the destinations to life. Terry is also a distinguished author both in print and online. Her areas of expertise for RSSC guests are Central and South America, Alaska and the Pacific.
Sandra Bowern is a presenter, researcher, travel writer and fine arts graduate. She incorporates hundreds of visual images, music and film clips into each of her lively presentations to offer a comprehensive overview of the history, politics and culture of each destination. Sandra is the author of several travel books and is a regular contributor to several international magazines. Her current area of expertise for RSSC guests is Europe.
John Tabbutt-McCarthy has been presenting travel and history lectures at sea – and ashore in museums – for the past sixteen years. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, New York where he studied Nautical Science and Ocean Liner History, John has lived all over the world. Fittingly, John will be sharing his wealth of knowledge aboard Seven Seas Voyager’s World Cruise in 2009.
Captain Ira Feldman is uniquely qualified in the field of marine navigation. In addition to being a licensed Captain with the US Merchant Marine Service for the past 20 years, Captain Feldman has also taught Navigation and Seamanship with the US Coast Guard and US Navy, and is currently a Clinical Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His lectures on marine navigation add a fascinating dimension to the enrichment program of any RSSC cruise.
Regent-provided headsets prove popular
Regent Seven Seas Cruises also announced that the personal wireless headsets that have been offered on select tours from RSSC ships since June have been a huge success. The headsets, included in the cost of the tours and provided on board, allow guests to clearly follow the commentary of the knowledgeable local tour guide, while still allowing for an appreciation of the ambient sounds of the site being visited. Sample tours where the headsets are offered include a Vatican City and Rome Orientation, a Cape Town and Table Mountain tour, a tour of Rio de Janeiro and its Favelas; and a Sydney Harbour Cruise. Guest approval of the headsets has been so positive that they will soon be offered fleet-wide on over two hundred tours around the world.