Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled a dazzling collection of 13 new Spotlight Voyages sailing in 2021 and 2022, featuring curated enrichment experiences. The collection has been designed to appeal to culinary and wine enthusiasts, history buffs, Broadway aficionados and performance art followers, as well as journalism and science fans. The culturally-immersive sailings include cuisine-themed voyages with accomplished chefs and wine tastings with renowned connoisseurs, plus enlightening panel discussions about the arts and journeys through time.
“We pride ourselves on offering our guests culturally-enriching programmes and immersive itineraries that go beyond just the destinations that we visit,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “This new collection of Spotlight Voyages gives discerning travellers the unique opportunity to engage with esteemed experts and ambassadors from the culinary arts, to the world of wine, public broadcasting, and many others. We invite luxury travellers to get lost in their passions with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.”
Spotlight on the State of Journalism
December 8, 2021, Miami – Miami, 10 nights Seven Seas Mariner®
Providing key insights into the state of journalism today, some of America’s most celebrated reporters and journalists will host fascinating talks and special dining experiences on this engaging Caribbean cruise. A highlight will be a “look at the numbers” with regard to the current and future political landscape with Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report.
Spotlight on Public Broadcasting: 50 Years of Excellence
February 4, 2022, Bali – Bangkok, 14 nights Seven Seas Explorer®
For more than 50 years, PBS has delivered transformative programming, enlightening perspectives of the world through factual reporting, artistic endeavours, wildlife adventures, cultural insights and so very much more. During this tour of Southeast Asia hosted by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff and husband, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, guests will have the opportunity to meet speakers in-person, attend lectures and enjoy fascinating private dinners to hear more about the acclaimed work of public broadcasting entities from America.
Spotlight on Cuisine with Mark Bittman
April 15, 2022, Lisbon – Barcelona, 10 nights Seven Seas Voyager®
Award-winning food writer and bestselling author, Mark Bittman, has written 30 books, including the bestselling How to Cook Everything and VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 and was also the lead food writer for The New York Times Magazine. From cocktail parties to hosted shoreside experiences to cooking demonstrations, guests can mingle with Mark as he shares his love for cruising and delicious meals as they cruise the Iberian Peninsula, Canary Islands and Morocco.
Spotlight on Broadway with Seth Rudetsky & Friends
April 19, 2022, Barcelona – Venice, 7 nights Seven Seas Splendor®
Experience stellar concerts staring Seth Rudetsky, acclaimed SiriusXM radio Broadway host, and some of his favourite Broadway stars and long-time friends. The legendary Audra MacDonald will bring her grace and power aboard this marvellous journey, accompanied by her two-time Tony-nominated husband Will Swenson, as well as the Tony winning LaChanze and her Tony-nominated daughter, Celia Rose Gooding. Hear hit tunes and insider stories and enjoy unique opportunities to spend time with Seth and his Broadway friends while sailing the Western Mediterranean.
Spotlight on Wine with Harlan Estate
May 5, 2022, San Francisco – Vancouver, 13 nights Seven Seas Mariner®
Hosted by winemakers Amanda Harlan (Harlan Estate) and David Cilli (Promontory), along with director of ultra-premium winery and club The Napa Valley Reserve, Phillip Norfleet, oenophiles will not want to miss this Spotlight Voyage built around the exclusive world of Harlan Estate. Guests will experience the untamed beauty of Alaska and may also enjoy specially curated shore excursions, wine masterclasses, speaking events and tastings as well as hosted gourmet lunches and dinners with exclusive menus.
Spotlight on Heritage with Ancestry
July 3, 2022, Dublin – Southampton, 12 nights Seven Seas Voyager®
Cruise the British Isles from the sights of London along the shores of Scotland and round the windswept northern isles before sampling the magic and beauty of the Emerald Isle. Throughout this historic journey guests will explore the power of genealogy with Kyle Betit and Celia Heritage of AncestryProGenealogists® through fascinating presentations, private sessions and daily reveals from their experts on select individuals.
Spotlight on Wine with Mondavi Wines
July 23, 2022, Barcelona – Rome, 14 nights Seven Seas Explorer®
A third-generation co-proprietor of the iconic Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley in California, Peter Mondavi, Jr hosts this insightful Spotlight Voyage giving travellers the unique opportunity to pair breath-taking destinations with world-class vintages and gourmet cuisine through a variety of enriching seminars and tastings. While sailing the Western Mediterranean, guests will gain an insider’s perspective into the nine estate vineyards Peter oversees that produce wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties.
Spotlight on The World Wars
August 23, 2022, Southampton – Amsterdam, 10 nights Seven Seas Voyager®
Guests are invited on an immersive itinerary through the historic locales of Northern Europe that commemorates the 104th anniversary of the end of WWI, and the 77th anniversary of the end of WWII. New insights can be gleaned from producers of four major PBS series on the histories of The Great War, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, as well as on a special excursion to the Battlefields of Normandy. Invited to speak on these great PBS works are Erik Ewers, Stephen Ives, Stephanie Carter and LTG (Ret.) Daniel W. Christman. Guests will also experience captivating presentations, private dinners, screenings, and more.
Spotlight on Cuisine with Chef Tommaso Barletta
August 30, 2022, Istanbul – Venice, 12 nights Seven Seas Explorer®
Chef Tommaso Barletta shares his extraordinary talent and culinary expertise on a dream Spotlight Voyage along Greece, Croatia, and Italy. Known for his award-winning, fine Italian restaurants across Southern California, Chef Barletta will host several cooking demonstrations of his famed family recipes and design a special degustation menu during one evening in the elegant Compass Rose. In addition, two new themed tours continue the culinary adventure from ship to shore.
Spotlight on Wine with Gargiulo Wines
September 29, 2022, Southampton – Barcelona, 12 nights Seven Seas Splendor®
With a fitting overnight stay onboard in Bordeaux’s wine country, guests may participate in intimate wine tastings and wine-paired dinners, shore excursions and educational sessions on this Spotlight Voyage. The cruise is hosted by the founders of Gargiulo Vineyards, Jeff Gargiulo and Valerie Boyd, who create incredible wine in two vineyard locations in Oakville, Napa Valley.
Spotlight on Hollywood
October 3, 2022, Los Angeles – Los Angeles, 12 nights Seven Seas Mariner®
This US West Coast and Mexican Riviera Spotlight Voyage showcases the best of Hollywood with award-winning film and television writers, producers and directors from some of America’s most successful sit-coms, including producer and writer Jeffrey Richman (Modern Family, Frasier and Wings) and nine-time Emmy Award-winning producer, director and writer David Lee (Cheers, The Jeffersons). The Constellation Theater will host special screenings while unique dining experiences and opportunities to directly engage with these experts of the craft of filmmaking will punctuate an unforgettable voyage while visiting Mexico’s sunniest and most captivating ports of call.
Spotlight on the American Musical
October 23, 2022, New York – Miami, 14 nights Seven Seas Navigator®
Celebrating one of America’s truly great artforms, Regent welcomes on board an array of highly acclaimed performers who will share their stories and insights into the Broadway musical. Meet and engage with experts and their featured guests at curated panel discussions, private dinners and cocktail receptions, which allow for one-on-one interaction during the unforgettable voyage. This fully immersive Broadway adventure combines the glitz, glamour, and fanfare of the timeless Broadway tradition, all while sailing the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean.
Spotlight on Science & Exploration
November 3, 2022, Los Angeles to Lima, 16 nights Seven Seas Mariner®
Cruise the Pacific from Southern California to the coasts of Peru on a 16-night voyage spotlighting some of the very best science and exploration-centric shows and series. Meet and learn from the insightful and talented minds behind some of the powerful programming of NOVA and other PBS productions. Highlights will include opportunities for one-on-one interactions with the filmmakers and producers through unique presentations, special screenings and dining experiences.