All set for magical sailings to Europe

Published February 26, 2022, 9:06 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ forthcoming voyage collections showcase the wonders of Europe, including new ports and extended journeys

SAIL LUXURIOUSLY The Seven Seas Explorer on a voyage

For returning travelers or those discovering the delights of Europe for the first time, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ voyages offer myriad ways to explore this captivating continent, including extended combination voyages with plenty of time to become truly immersed in some of the most fascinating locations from the Mediterranean to the Baltic.

With four ships sailing European waters in 2022 and 2023, including Seven Seas Explorer,“The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship Ever Built,” and Seven Seas Splendor, the ship that perfects luxury, guests are invited to experience cosmopolitan cities and undiscovered gems such as St. Petersburg, Monte Carlo, Copenhagen, Amalfi, Oporto, and Liepaja in unrivaled comfort, with every luxury included.

Travelers looking for a more immersive cruise can select one of Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ extended combination voyages, which feature few repeat ports and more overnight stays, giving guests a more leisurely, in-depth experience and the opportunity to spend additional time exploring some of Europe’s history-rich destinations while reveling in spacious all-suite accommodation and enjoying the most exquisite cuisine and elegant entertainment on board.

“Our intimate ships call on boutique ports that are not accessible to larger vessels so guests can enjoy adventures on roads less traveled. We are also excited to share some breathtaking new destinations for our 2023 itineraries, such as Syros in Greece, Norway’s Lofoten Islands, and charming Puerto Banus in Spain,” said Steve Odell, senior vice president and managing director Asia Pacific, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “From the lavender fields of Provence and museums of Florence to the ruins of Croatia or my personal favorites, the magical municipality of Monaco and fascinating St. Petersburg, our European sailings include free unlimited shore excursions in each port so guests can experience life like a local on especially curated small tours designed to showcase a different side of every destination.”

In addition, each voyage fare also includes gourmet dining in a range of specialty restaurants, fine wines and spirits, on-board entertainment, unlimited internet access, free valet laundry, pre-paid gratuities, hotel to ship transfers and one-night, pre-cruise hotel packages for guests staying in Concierge-level suits and higher.

Guests wanting to sail on one of Regent’s meticulously crafted itineraries in the height of luxury can book a Penthouse Suite or opt for the ultimate indulgence with a stay in the Regent Suite, known as the most exclusive address at sea, featuring 413 square meters of luxury, including two-and-a-half marble and stone bathrooms, an in-suite spa, a wrap-around balcony, personal butler, and a free car and personal guide to explore every destination.

36 nights on Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian shores

Set sail from Rome on Aug. 6 aboard Seven Seas Explorer for an incredible adventure combining iconic ports such as Venice, Istanbul, Mykonos, and Santorini, with some of the lesser-known gems of Montenegro and Croatia.

Choose from up to 219 free shore excursions across the two sailings, including “The Land of the Godfather”in Sicily, exploring the iconic settings of Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic film while enjoying panoramic views of the Sicilian coastline; a “Cooking Class in Klinci Village” in Montenegro for a hands-on seafood cooking lesson on a historic family estate; or an opportunity to discover lush forests, a tiered waterfall, butterflies, and otters in “Krka National Park” in Zadar, Croatia.

THIRA Cruise passengers enjoying the Greek island Santorini, in the southern Aegean Sea

Aboard four ships sailing European waters in 2022 and 2023, experience cosmopolitan cities and undiscovered gems such as St. Petersburg, Monte Carlo, Copenhagen, Amalfi, Oporto, and Liepaja in unrivaled comfort. 

19 nights basking in the beauty of the Mediterranean

Departing historic Rome on Oct. 2 aboard Seven Seas Voyager, this extended itinerary combines classic destinations such as Positano, bustling Barcelona, and glamorous Palma de Mallorca with boutique ports in Albania, Malta, Croatia, Montenegro for an authentic taste of the diverse customs, culture, cuisine, and coastlines of Europe, not to mention an overnight in Venice to discover its delights at a more leisurely pace. 

With 132 free shore excursions to choose from, guests can find an experience to suit any interest, from history and architecture, to cooking, shopping, music and the arts. Relive medieval history in Albania on “The Best of Kruja & Tirana,” including religious landmarks, the famous bazaar in the town’s cobbled streets, and a traditional meal; or “Explore Corfu by 4X4” in Greece on an exhilarating ride along winding roads and through quaint villages rarely experienced by tourists.

24 nights on the Black Sea and the Holy Land 

Departing Venice on Oct. 7 aboard Seven Seas Explorer, this back-to-back sailing calls at less-visited destinations in Greece and the Black Sea over 12 nights, before undertaking a 12-night discovery round-trip from Istanbul, including three days in the Holy Land, and ports in Ephesus, Cyprus, and Greece. This voyage is the ideal choice for culture-lovers, keen photographers, and those fascinated by ancient civilizations, with Israel’s third-largest city, Haifa, a definite highlight. The gateway to legendary locations including Nazareth, Jerusalem’s Old City, and Bethlehem, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bahai hanging gardens are a standout.

The 14-night journey to Iberia

The ultimate itinerary for an absorbing discovery of Western Europe, this sailing aboard elegant Seven Seas Splendor calls on seven Spanish ports, including Valencia, Seville, and Bilbao, as well as majestic Casablanca, plus an overnight in the heart of Bordeaux wine country. From 129 free shore excursions on offer, highlights include the “Chef Tour and Moroccan Cooking Class” in Casablanca, “Dining at Chateau Kirwan” in Bordeaux, or “Marbella and Puerto Banus” from Malaga.

In Casablanca, guests can join the culinary arts kitchen chef instructor and a local guide to roam the Central Market of Casablanca, visit the ancient olive market, and forage for preserved lemons, rose water, and a tagine to use during an on-board 90-minute cooking class.

10 nights under the midnight sun 

Experience the unparalleled luxury of Seven Seas Splendor on this decadent voyage calling at destinations including lively Berlin, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Helsinki, with an overnight stay in stunning St. Petersburg.

Guests will be spoilt for choice with up to 53 free shore excursions to choose from, including beer tasting in Lithuania, an Old Town exploration in Tallin, Estonia and “Echoes of the Past – Jewish Heritage,” an emotional tour visiting landmark sites in Berlin, including the Holocaust Memorial and the haunting Topography of Terror on the former site of Nazi Germany’s Gestapo headquarters.

10 nights of Italian wine and Turkish delights

Departing magical Venice aboard Seven Seas Splendor, this voyage features a diverse range of destinations in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, and Greece, including new port Syros, where guests can delight in the pastel-colored buildings and historic cathedrals of one of the bastions of authentic Greek island life.

One of the 67 free shore excursions on offer is a glamorous opportunity to “Cruise Dubrovnik Rivera by Private Yacht,” during which guests will explore the Elaphite Islands and enjoy lunch at a private island estate overlooking the sparkling Adriatic Sea. 

In the Renaissance city of Urbino, travelers selecting the “Roving Urbino and Wine Tasting” tour will meander the craft boutiques and galleries of the UNESCO World Heritage listed medieval Old Town before heading into the countryside to sample salami and cheese paired with local wines.

Guests are encouraged to book early to secure their preferred sailing and suite category and to take advantage of the Upgrade Your Horizon offer, which entitles guests to a free two-category suite upgrade. Visit RSSC.comcall Singapore 800-616-7097 / Hong Kong and Rest of Asia +852 2165 6020 or contact a professional travel advisor.