Cruise Line Spotlight – Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Six-star luxury with Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) is even better than before. The all-suite, all-balcony, all-inclusive floating definition of opulence recently refurbished its fleet, to the tune of $20 million. That means “Regent luxury” has ascended to an even higher level on Voyager, Navigator and Mariner. Cell phone service, wireless Internet service with faster connectivity, and iPods with Bose speakers in Butler suites are some of the new features. Guests will find their suites complemented with new linens, bathrobes, towels and slippers; Master and Grand suites are conveniently equipped with personal Nespresso® coffee machines.

Public spaces have been refreshed with new carpeting and guests in the computer lounges can get caffeinated at the new espresso bar. Entertainment onboard now includes a nine-piece band and newly inspired productions by “The Regent Singers and Dancers.”

Not to be left out, the year-round Tahiti cruising vessel, Paul Gauguin, received its upgrade in 2006. Refurbishments included upgrading soft goods in each room, spruced up public areas, a new piano bar and newly renovated casino.

Upgrades even extended to all employees with education in the “Tao of Regent,” an inspired philosophy on ‘brand essence, values and service.”

Going beyond that, in March, RSSC debuted iJourneys tours on select Mediterranean itineraries. The downloadable tours include a map, insightful commentary, historical context and exclusive tips about Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Barcelona and other ports in the Mediterranean, with more destinations forthcoming.

The new Destination Wedding Program, part of The Regent Travel Concierge (a program designed to enhance guests’ experience through personalized shore-side tours and adventures), guides couples in creating their own, custom-made wedding. Regent does not offer pre-packaged weddings; however, with the help of a personal consultant, the sky is the limit as to how and where couples wish to exchange vows.

The 2009 season will delight seasoned travelers and adventure seekers. Spanning five continents and a total of 82-nights, the journey is divided into combinable segments, five of which are devoted to in-depth learning experiences in (depending on the sailing region) photography, marine life, food and wine, and chocolates.

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