For travellers looking to create truly exceptional holiday memories in 2022 and 2023, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® has revealed seven seasonal sailings to ensure an unforgettable festive experience.
Departing in December 2022 and 2023, voyages range between 14 and 67 nights. From the coastal beauty of Australia and New Zealand to exotic Africa, the culture and colour of Asia and diverse destinations across the Americas, there’s a smorgasbord of festive season itineraries for guests to discover.
“Guests will be immersed in the festive spirit from the moment they step on board, with each ship decked out in spectacular seasonal style. From magnificent Christmas trees in the atrium, to striking festive flower arrangements, an exquisite hand-crafted gingerbread village, and a breathtaking display for the lighting of the Menorah, there’s a celebratory sight around every corner, as well as unique holiday customs, seasonal cuisine and magical decorations to experience in every port of call,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President & Managing Director Asia Pacific, Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
A series of carefully curated holiday menus will be on offer as part of Regent’s unrivalled all-inclusive experience, with delectable feasts designed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Hannukah, courtesy of the expert culinary team. Christmas Eve will feature European-style dishes, with an American-themed menu served up on Christmas Day. Seasonal plates include decadent baked ham with traditional trimmings, roast turkey with chestnut-stuffing, pumpkin pie with cranberries and cinnamon-vanilla sauce and classic English Christmas pudding with vanilla and whiskey sauce. A specially crafted cranberry Santa Clausmopolitan and eggnog will be available in every bar to extend the pre- and post-feast festivities. Seasonal entertainment ranges from Christmas and Hanukkah services to festive themed trivia nights and musical performances.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2022/2023 Holiday Cruise Highlights
Starting close to home, Seven Seas Explorer will sail her maiden voyages around Australia and New Zealand during the 2022 holiday season.
A Taste of the Tropics
Departing Singapore on 12 December 2022, with the option to extend the journey with a FREE three-night pre-cruise land programme, Seven Seas Explorer’s 17-night Coastal Beauties of the Pacific voyage will visit ports including Java, Bali and Thursday Island, with Christmas Day spent on spectacular Whitsunday Island, and disembarking in Sydney.
Choose from up to 28 FREE shore excursions, including a horseback ride to visit Hindu temples in the mountains of Semarang, watching artisans create vibrant Batik fabrics in Bali, soaring over Thursday Island’s beautiful beaches and coral reefs in a helicopter, or a luxury high-speed catamaran cruise to Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, regularly voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
Ring in the New Year in New Zealand
The following year, Seven Seas Explorer will grace local waters for a 14-night voyage from Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand New Year, departing on 22 December 2023. Guests can look forward to highlights including a day’s scenic sailing the breathtaking fjords of New Zealand and a choice of up to 46 FREE shore excursions across nine ports of call. These include cheese and chocolate tasting in Burnie, Tasmania, a mud bath or visit to a local Maori village in Rotorua, a yoga and meditation retreat in Christchurch to end the new year mindfully, or an adrenaline-fuelled all-terrain tour of the high country of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
A Festive Season Safari
A little further afield, Seven Seas Voyager’s® 15-night Holiday Safari round-trip departing Cape Town on 21 December 2022, is the ultimate journey to create magical memories. From a FREE three-night Winelands and Wildlife pre- or post-cruise programme in Cape Town to the unspoiled sights of Namibia, the warm hospitality of Mozambique and the natural beauty of Richards Bay, this itinerary will delight guests who enjoy nature in refined luxury.
Guests can choose from up to 20 FREE shore excursions, including a stunning seal and pelican cruise where dolphins play beside the boat in Namibia’s famed Walvis Bay Lagoon, a walking tour in Maputo, Mozambique, taking in the sights and sounds of the lively central market which is teeming with exotic fruit, colourful spices and fresh seafood, or an exhilarating game drive to get up close to elephants, giraffe, lions, leopards and white rhinos in Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
Celebrate in Unrivalled Opulence
Travellers seeking the pinnacle of luxury might consider booking a blissful suite on Seven Seas Grandeur™, which will join The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™ in 2023. Set sail for 16-nights of unparalleled luxury from Miami to Los Angeles from 21 December 2023 on the Comfort Across the Canal voyage.
Boasting exceptionally generous suites, all with furnished balconies and exquisite furnishing, as well as the highest standards of service and every imaginable luxury included, Seven Seas Grandeur, will be your home away from home as you explore destinations including the Cayman Islands, Nicaragua, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas.
From turtle sanctuaries, street vendors, Stingray City and rum distilleries in Georgetown, to the glamorous beaches of Acapulco, tours of the art district, tequila tastings and salsa-making classes in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, there is plenty to discover both onboard and ashore.
Extend the Festive Season in South America
For those ready to make up for lost travel time, Seven Seas Splendor™ will undertake an epic 67-night Circle South America ‘Grand Voyage’ departing Miami on 4 December 2023. Voyage highlights include the coast and colour of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and beyond, and an overnight stay exploring the cobblestone streets and rooftop bars of bustling Panama City and Buenos Aires.
Offering an incredibly diverse choice of up to 194 FREE shore excursions, highlights include an opportunity to interact with curious monkeys and native iguanas at a sanctuary in Honduras, a jungle cruise to discover wildlife and wildflowers on a canal in Costa Rica, lunch at landmark restaurant Malabar in Peru, a tango performance in Argentina, or a day exploring the beach and historical sites of beautiful Barbados.
Grand Voyage guests also enjoy a FREE one-night pre-cruise dinner and hotel stay, a FREE exclusive shoreside experience, and up to US$200 shipboard credit per person.
Experience Christmas Day in the Amazon
For a once-in-a-lifetime holiday memory, experience Christmas in the Amazon aboard Seven Seas Mariner®. A round-trip sailing departing Miami on 12 December 2023, this 25-night adventure includes up to 90 FREE shore excursions across destinations ranging from St Barts and Guadeloupe to Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada and Brazil.
Spend Christmas Day amidst the renaissance splendour of Manaus, the ‘Paris of the Tropics’ on the Amazon River, and join a riverboat cruise to discover pink dolphins, exotic orchids and caimans. Other highlight options include the fabulous flamingos and Botanical Gardens of Guadeloupe, the historic plantation life, snorkelling and whale watching of Dominica, and a Blue Lagoon Island escape and dine on Caribbean cuisine in the Bahamas.
A Holiday of Highlights
Still in South America, the 21-night Earth, Fire & Ice departs Lima for Buenos Aires aboard Seven Seas Splendor on 20 December 2023, offering a choice of up to 33 FREE shore excursions. Unmissable experiences during this itinerary include the UNESCO listed wall of blue ice in Chile’s Laguna San Rafael, penguin colonies and the world’s southernmost Anglican church in the Falkland Islands, and the cosmopolitan marina of chic beach resort, Punta Del Este, in Uruguay.
For more information, please visit RSSC.com, call 1300 455 200 (AU), or 0800 625 692 (NZ), or contact your preferred travel advisor.
SOURCE: Regent Seven Seas Cruises