Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced entirely new entertainment programming aboard three of its ships, 700-guest all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager , and 490 guest all suite Seven Seas Navigator. The new program will debut aboard the Navigator's May 19 Mediterranean sailing and features a nine-piece orchestra, an emphasis on live musical performances and five new productions with "The Regent Singers and Dancers."
"In developing our new entertainment program, we aimed to create shows and performances that transcend typical cruise ship entertainment to offer a taste of the unexpected, rivaling what some of our guests might see at home," said Lyn Farmer, Regent's Director of Entertainment and Special Events. "Our new program offers significantly more live musical performances than ever before, with more energy, texture and variety."
"The Regent Signature Orchestra," the cruise line's new nine-piece band aboard each of the three ships, will be the largest aboard any luxury cruise line. In addition to lending concert-quality musical support to each of the production shows on board, the orchestra will be available for intimate performances as a smaller group at other times aboard the ships. For example, an evening of late-night cocktails or afternoon tea in one of the lounges may now be complemented by the soothing sounds of a live jazz quintet.
The Mariner, Voyager and Navigator will also feature a new late-night cabaret show and a line-up of five new productions, each featuring live music by the full nine-piece orchestra as well as a permanent cast of up to ten singers and dancers plus a full-time ballroom dance couple. The entire cast is part of the cruise staff, meaning greater personal interaction with guests throughout each voyage. The five new shows being introduced aboard the Navigator are:
"Vintage Vegas" a spectacular that brings back the golden age of Las Vegas with an elegant and glittering musical revue featuring showgirls, the music and comedy of the Rat Pack, and stylizations of songs by Bobby Darrin, Frank Sinatra and other ‘stars of the strip.'
"Motown Gold" a rocking tribute to Motown Sound, this show includes chart-toppers from the Supremes, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and others, complemented by the big sound of The Regent Signature Orchestra.
"They're Playing Our Song" a traditional ‘book musical' by Neil Simon with music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Carol Bayer Sager that was a hit on Broadway and on tour across the country, this show features the full orchestra, dancers and singers.
"Jazz Legends" The Regent Signature Orchestra and onboard singers perform a tribute to jazz legends past and present.
"Ballroom Bravo" a revolutionary dance extravaganza, this show fuses the best of ballroom with traditional styles of theatrical dance and is built around a featured ballroom dance couple (who will also offer complimentary ballroom dance lessons to guests on days at sea).
In addition to the new shows, Regent will continue to offer a roster of headline entertainers throughout the year. Entertainment upgrades aboard the Voyager will debut aboard the November 11, 2007 trans-Atlantic crossing and aboard the Mariner's December 21, 2007 Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale voyage.
The new entertainment offerings are produced by Peter Grey Terhune Productions, 20-year veterans of the cruise entertainment industry and among its foremost trendsetters.