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Regent Seven Seas Announces 2022 World Cruise

“Elements of the Pacific” voyage visits 59 ports in 17 countries with 18 overnight stays Regent Seven Seas has announced a rare 120-night Asia-Pacific circumnavigation that provides access to 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enabling luxury travelers to appreciate the natural elements that formed some of the world’s most inspiring regions, the “Elements of the Pacific”-themed world cruise embarks in January 2022 on a 120-night, round-trip journey from San Francisco, California, circumnavigating the inspiring Pacific Rim aboard the award-winning, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner. It sails to 17 countries and 59 distinct ports of call with 18 overnight stays...

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News from Regent Seven Seas

For the current cruise season and beyond Regent Seven Seas has announced a number of enhancements and promotions. Starting in April 2019, guests sailing in Master or Grand Suites will have free unlimited valet service. All guests will begin to benefit from bandwidth expansion, a program that will nearly double bandwidth across the line’s fleet by January 2020. A new Digital Guest Survey will help Regent track guest experiences and feedback in real time. This replaces end-of-cruise paper guest satisfaction questionnaires and will be deployed fleet-wide by October 2019. Regent is introducing an extensive array of innovative plant-based cuisine...

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Avalon Waterways Launches Enhanced, Untethered River Cruise Experience

Avalon unveils an enhanced river cruise experience for travelers on its first departure of the new Active & Discovery on the Rhône itinerary aboard the Avalon Poetry II. Our new Avalon Choice program has reinvented the river cruise experience with customizable “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” options on every river cruise itinerary,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Avalon’s innovative Active & Discovery itineraries take that concept one giant step further with “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active” excursions to choose from every day. This week marks the launch of the first cruise of this kind on the Rhône River.” While all Active...

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My Favorite Mediterranean Ports

As a cruise editor, I have visited scores of ports worldwide–but there are Med ports I would gladly visit again and again. That’s way I recommend a pre- or post-cruise stay for several of these ports – because there is just too much to see and do in a single day. Athens The glory that was Greece is still here, evidenced by centuries-old monuments alongside high-rises, neoclassical buildings, tavernas, cafés and shops selling everything from tacky souvenirs to gorgeous 18-carat gold jewelry. A pre-cruise stay is recommended for itineraries that start here — on Princess, Azamara and Celestyal, for...

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Ten Top Mediterranean Cruises for Every Budget and Taste

  For cruise lovers who want to dip a toe into the Mediterranean, ten cruise lines offer scores of ships sailing scores of itineraries. The first choice, of course, is: Western Med or Eastern Med. For me, the Western Med has a slight edge because I favor the cultural attractions in Spain, France and Italy, as well as the shopping and dining. However, if a client favors pristine beaches, ancient ruins and perhaps a religious pilgrimage to Israel, then the Eastern Med is the obvious choice. 1. When luxury is the main consideration, Seabourn consistently gets high marks. The...

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