RSSC: “Unrivalled Space at Sea”

Executives of Regent Seven Seas Cruises highlight the luxury line's 2022/23 Voyage Collection

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ (RSSC) local executives have provided clients and trade partners with updates on the recently rolled out 2022/23 Voyage Collection, detailing the latest enhancements and highlighted itineraries they expect will be a hit with the Australian market.

Already on sale and having posted a record opening booking day just a few weeks ago, the latest Voyage Collection is ladened with close to 150 sailings from April 2022 to the end of April 2023.

In a video message to potential future guests, Steve Odell, RSSC’s Senior Vice President & Managing Director Asia Pacific, acknowledged the “challenging time” that the past six months has been. He explained that for wary travellers destination immersion is “more important than ever”.

With that in mind, the 2022/23 collection has over 100 overnight stays in ports around the world, including in St. Petersburg, Venice, Stockholm, Bordeaux and Jerusalem. Regent is also offering a variety of close-to-home sailings aboard Seven Seas Explorer, and there are 17 maiden ports of call in the new line up.

“We’ve got lots to look forward to,” Odell said, urging clients to act quickly securing the departure and the suite of their preference to avoid disappointment.

During a trade webinar, Lisa Pile, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Vice President, Australia & New Zealand, emphasised the line’s “Unrivalled Space at Sea”.

“Space has always been a luxury on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, however who would have thought in 2020 that space would be seen as the ultimate luxury,” Pile said.

“This is where we excel. We have the largest space-to-guest ratio at sea. We have lots of nooks and crannies so if your client wants to be on their own, they can. We have lots and lots of space and this is a really good selling point,” she told advisors from Asia Pacific during the webinar.

“Who would have thought 12 months ago this would be as important as it is today.”

Pile added that Regent Seven Seas’ already solid value proposition – included unlimited shore excursions, free speciality dining, unlimited beverages, wifi onboard, prepaid gratuities, land programs in select destinations, and in-suite mini-bar – had been strengthened further with the inclusion of valet laundry service.

Guests will have their clothing collected, laundered, pressed, folded and then returned to the suite each day, providing them with more time to enjoy Regent’s onboard experiences and dining options.Space has always been a luxury on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, however who would have thought in 2020 that space would be seen as the ultimate luxury.’

36 newly released sailings in Africa, Arabia, Australia, Asia and South America offer FREE pre- or post-land tour programmes which, varying from 2 to 3 nights, give travellers more time to experience the regions’ sights, history, culture and flavours.

Seven Seas Splendor, Reception

Gillan Seller, Director of Sales – Australia & New Zealand used the webinar to pinpoint a selection of voyages, saying that the team in Miami had refreshed existing and developed new and unique itineraries to ensure guests have “exciting experiences” while onboard.

Seller said Seven Seas Splendor – RSSC’s newest ultra-luxury ship christened in Miami in February this year – would be Regent’s principal vessel in Northern Europe, particularly in the Baltic, offering a range of cruises from seven to 18 nights.

Among Seller’s favourites is the 15-night Voyage of Bacchus from Monte Carlo to London in early May 2022. This sailing is a dedicated departure to wine experiences, art and architecture, offering 112 included shore excursions. In Provence alone there are nearly 30 options available, from truffle hunting to cooking classes with a Michelin-starred chef, as well as an overnight in Bordeaux.

Seven Seas Explorer will spend the entire summer in the Mediterranean, offering voyages between seven and 12 nights duration, including two sailings to the Black Sea. The 12-night Ballad of the Black Sea cruise travels from Venice to Istanbul, via the Greek Islands, Dardanelles and Bosphorus Straits.

Seven Seas Voyager will similarly spend the summer of 2022 in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Seller said the 15-day Captivating Greenland & Iceland voyage between London and Reykjavik, via Ireland, would include a new port call at Killybegs on Ireland’s northwest coast, and visit three ports in Greenland. The date of this voyage on 15 July 2022 fits in perfectly for a post-Wimbledon cruise, Seller said.

Killybegs, Ireland (credit: Ted Balmer on Unsplash)

Seven Seas Explorer will offer close-to-home options when the ship returns to the Asia Pacific region in November 2022, beginning with a sailing from Dubai to Singapore, before heading to Australia (Sydney) in early December. Among the four Explorer itineraries in this region are a 16-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland on 20 December, and a return 14-night sailing on 5 January, before the ship heads to Bali and onwards to Japan. In Japan, Explorer will offer three 14-night roundtrip voyages ex Tokyo, timed to coincide with the cherry blossom season.

Seven Seas Mariner will also offer three itineraries locally, with early 2023 voyages from Papeete to Auckland, Auckland to Sydney, and Sydney to Singapore.

Regent is also returning to Antarctic waters in early 2023. Remarking that Seven Seas Voyager isn’t an expedition ship (there are no zodiacs onboard for shore landings), Seller said the 19-night Sublime Antarctic Adventure from Buenos Aires to Santiago will include 10 days cruising the bays, spotting wildlife and snow-capped mountain peaks.

To view the full 2022/23 Voyage Collection online, click here.

Lead image: Seven Seas Explorer

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