Regent Seven Seas making luxury more affordable


Most of us understand that you get what you pay for in life. If, for instance, you find something in the bargain bin, you are not entirely surprised if it doesn’t stand up to hard scrutiny or use. Well, times being what they are, we have had to readjust some of our thinking on the values that are now available in the luxury cruise market. We would never equate a vacation with Regent Seven Seas Cruises with a found item from the bargain bin, but we would say that the incentives that Regent is offering are some of the most attractive we’ve ever seen for a luxury cruise.

Regent, which delivers a superb luxury cruise vacation, is offering 2-for-1 savings on all 2010 cruises with free air and free shore excursions. Regent is also extending spending credits of $1,000 per guest, up to $2,000 per suite, in addition to its extensive menu of complimentary services that eliminate many of the niggling expenses that drive cruise passengers nuts — such as for wine, cocktails, bottled water and soft drinks. All of this adds up to an impressive set of savings that makes a Regent cruise much more affordable; those of us who are in position to buy during these lean times can certainly enjoy some fabulous bargains.

Regent Seven Seas is divesting the Paul Gauguin in January, but its three other ships will continue to deliver the history- and culture-rich itineraries that luxury guests expect. Varying in length from seven-night cruises in favorite areas such as Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean to an around-the-world Grand Voyage of 119 nights, Regent’s 2010 programs continue to offer a diverse collection of luxury cruise options:

Next year’s highlights for the Seven Seas Voyager include:

  • A 119-night World Cruise San Diego to Fort Lauderdale from January to May visiting 49 ports in 30 countries. This grand circumnavigation will be Regent’s 10th World Cruise and is available in shorter segments
  • A 24-night Grand Crossing from Fort Lauderdale to London via Iceland in May/June
  • A full summer of 7 to 15-night sailings to the Baltic, Scandinavia and Russia
  • Fall cruising in the Mediterranean with voyages of 10 to 14 nights
  • After a 15-night Grand Crossing, cruises to the tropics from Fort Lauderdale
  • The Seven Seas Mariner will b busy with some extended itineraries, such as:
  • A 65-night Circle South America Grand Voyage roundtrip Fort Lauderdale from January through March, highlighted by visits to Antarctica and the Amazon river. Available in shorter segments
  • A 16-night Grand Crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Monte Carlo in late March
  • Six months of 7- to 14-night cruises in the Mediterranean from April through October, covering the entire Mediterranean and including special cruises to the Black Sea and Holy Land
  • A 75-night Discovery Collection Grand Voyage from Istanbul to Fort Lauderdale from October to December visiting the Holy Land, Egypt, the Arabian Gulf, India, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Available in shorter segments
  • And the Seven Seas Navigator features these vacations:
  • A series of 7 to 11-night cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America during the winter months from Fort Lauderdale
  • A full season of 7-night Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage from May to September

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