‘The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built’ returns to sailing

Published November 6, 2021, 11:00 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Seven Seas Explorer Commences Inaugural Season from Trieste, Italy

SAILING THE WORLD The Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer has welcomed luxury travelers back on board for the first time since the voluntary industry-wide pause in operations. Excited guests embarked on a journey aboard the ship known as the most luxurious ever built on Oct. 15, 2021 in Trieste, Italy, for an unforgettable journey through Italy, Croatia, and Greece, while experiencing the highest benchmarks of service in lavishly designed suites, restaurants, bars, and lounges.

Sailing with the cruise line’s enhanced SailSAFE Health and Safety Program, which includes 100 percent vaccination of both guests and crew, Seven Seas Explorer is the second of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet to return, joining the newest ship Seven Seas Splendor, which has been enjoying a hugely successful inaugural season since Sept. 11, 2021.

‘Our crew has done an outstanding job in preparing for the ship’s return, with the service so seamless it is as if we were never away.’

“It’s truly amazing to be back on board Seven Seas Explorer, and it is fantastic to see our guests being treated to the unrivaled Regent experience once again,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, speaking from onboard Seven Seas Explorer. “Our crew has done an outstanding job in preparing for the ship’s return, with the service so seamless it is as if we were never away.”

TOWARD PARADISE Among the destinations is Corfu, Greece

Helmed by Captain Rosario Vasta, Seven Seas Explorer is cruising the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea on an eight-night itinerary, visiting Ravenna, Italy; Zadar, Croatia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Bari, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Taormina, Italy; and Sorrento/Capri, Italy. The ship arrived in Rome, Italy on Oct. 23, after which she has continued to cruise Southern Europe before crossing the Atlantic to Miami, Florida for a season in the Caribbean from mid-November until March 2022.

The next ships in “The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet” to resume sailing will be Seven Seas Mariner on Dec, 18, 2021, and Seven Seas Navigator on Jan. 6, 2022, both from Miami, Florida. Seven Seas Voyager, Regent’s final ship to return will sail on Feb. 15, 2022 from Barcelona, Spain.

During its voluntary suspension of sailings, Regent Seven Seas Cruises built upon its existing comprehensive health and safety protocols by establishing the SailSAFE health and safety program, a robust and science-backed strategy that creates multiple layers of protection against COVID-19. The program was developed with guidance from a team of public health and scientific experts, including the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council. By visiting RSSC.com/HealthSafetyProtocols, guests and travel partners can see an overview of current requirements to sail, such as all guests and crew being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure, which the cruise line believes will provide a uniquely safe and healthy cruise experience. These and other requirements will be in place until a time when the protocols can be confidently adjusted, and Regent will constantly monitor the global health environment to protect the safety and security of guests, crew, and communities visited.

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