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Back in 1992 fledgling company Seven Seas Cruise Line began operations, with a single boutique ship, Song of Flower. Now with their 25th anniversary fast approaching (2017) these are exciting times at Regent Seven Seas. Let's take a look at all the news.

When Regent announced they were to build a new ship, Seven Seas Explorer, there was some speculation about the future of Seven Seas Navigator, their smallest and most elderly vessel which joined the fleet back in 1999. It seemed like an appropriate time to put this old lady up for sale. But on the contrary, following a major refurbishment in 2016, this is the ship which will mark Regent's return to full World Cruising in 2017, with a fantastic 128 night circumnavigation from Miami departing January 5th, with plenty of overnights in port and exclusive shoreside experiences.

But the UK guest might find Seven Seas Voyager's 2016/2017 programme even more interesting, with the opportunity to fly just a short hop prior to a journey down under. Flying to Barcelona on November 9th, for example, you could cruise all the way to Sydney (arriving 12th January) or on to Auckland (26th January), staying on to visit friends and relatives or flying straight home.

Alternatively, if you are thinking of spending the holiday season down under, you could then join a long voyage back to the Med, boarding Seven Seas Voyager in Auckland on January 26th, and taking a meandering journey back to Venice (1 June) to include Eastern Australia and Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines, China and Japan, Vietnam, the Malaysian Peninsula and Burma, before setting course for India, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.

Or finally, if long cruises are for you, think about the Mariner's magical circumnavigation of South America, departing 17th January from Miami for a 71 day round trip. In our opinion, the Regent ships are a perfect choice for a long cruise, with spacious accommodation, lots of dining options, a huge range of included excursions and the fantastic Smithsonian Collection of excellent lecturers to enhance your trip. We like the high level details, such as the choice of l'Occitane or Hermes toiletries, the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, and all the extras in the Concierge and Penthouse Suites. And just think, you could travel the world and only unpack once - it's a great opportunity!

Look out also for plenty of free three night pre- and post-cruise land programmes, not to mention free unlimited WiFi for all suite categories. The free internet access is available for the duration of the cruise and is accessible in all public spaces and suites via the shipwide WiFi system. Meanwhile, let's not forget that the building of Seven Seas Explorer continues apace, not to mention her early 2017 itineraries which focus on the Caribbean before returning to Europe in April. The latest news on the magnificent new ship relates to the Pan-Asian restaurant, Pacific Rim, as the latest dining option on board, with exciting Asian fusion design as a backdrop to the wonderful food. As great fans of the Asian cuisine offered by Regent's sister company Oceania, we have high expectations of this new restaurant for Explorer.


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Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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