Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fabergé, the globally revered jewellery Maison, have collaborated to create two new Spotlight Voyages. The two sailings will bring guests into the world of Fabergé with small group master-class programs, exclusive access to unique and intimate shore-side tours, jewelled egg demonstrations and fascinating lectures and screenings.
Additionally, there is also the option to book a special pre-cruise land program in London which includes a visit to the Fabergé headquarters, an exclusive shopping experience in Harrods, private viewing of the royal portraits in Westminster Abbey and more.
The two spotlight sailings, both hosted by the highest of authorities on the Fabergé story, will be on Seven Seas Splendor’s 13 June 2023, 10-night sailing through Northern Europe, hosted by Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg, and on new ship Seven Seas Grandeur’s 1 July 2024, 10-night sailing around the Mediterranean, hosted by Sarah Fabergé.
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“We pride ourselves on offering our guests immersive and culturally enlightening itineraries as well as enriching onboard programming,” said Andrea DeMarco, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “We are excited to reveal details about our first of two Spotlight on Fabergé sailings, inspired by the allure of the world-renowned Fabergé Maison. Guests will uncover the rich culture and history of the revered brand, enjoying an unforgettable, Unrivalled experience that they know to expect from Regent.”
Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, Creative Director at Fabergé, said: “We are delighted to be able to join Regent aboard their beautiful ships and are very much looking forward to showcasing some of the most enthralling details from Fabergé’s story.
“We have put together a captivating program, which will offer unique behind-the-scenes insights into the art of bespoke jewellery design, Fabergé’s cultured history and royal connections, and also showcase a selection of treasures from our current collections.”
Spotlight on Fabergé sailings have been created in celebration of the bespoke, hand-crafted Journey in Jewels egg objet – the first Fabergé egg to reside permanently at sea – which will be the pièce de résistance of the dazzling art collection aboard the new Seven Seas Grandeur, setting sail in November 2023.
Spotlight on Fabergé with Archduke Dr Géza von Habsburg
The first Spotlight on Fabergé sailing will be hosted by Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé’s Curatorial Director and member of the Fabergé Heritage Council. As Director of the Fabergé Arts Foundation, Dr. von Habsburg has curated numerous prestigious exhibitions around the world.
Before the first Spotlight on Fabergé voyage sets sail from London (Southampton), England on 13 June 2023, guests have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive pre-cruise experience in London. The two-night land program will bring discerning travellers into the world of Fabergé with a visit to the Maison’s headquarters for an exclusive welcome by Creative Director, Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell who will present some rare and one-off creations.
There will also be the opportunity to handle and view some of Fabergé’s loose gemstone sourced directly from the largest emerald and ruby mines in the world. The excursion will be followed by a visit to Harrods and an exclusive meal in Mayfair. Guests will also enjoy a private tour of Westminster Abbey led by Lady Penny Mountbatten who represents royal portrait artist Ralph Heimans, whose portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II is on display at the Abbey.
Once on board Seven Seas Splendor, guests will cruise the North Sea, calling at Kristiansand, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Gothenburg, Sweden, and Kiel, Germany, before sailing across the Baltic Sea for stops in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, disembarking in Stockholm, Sweden.
In Copenhagen, travellers can enjoy an excursion led by Dr. von Habsburg to Amalienborg to view the Royal Danish Collection before visiting the historic Rosenborg Castle. While in Kiel, Dr. von Habsburg will host a private dinner in the quaint German port town.
Regent’s Spotlight Voyages offer the opportunity to indulge interests with a variety of onboard activities. The presentation program will include the history of Fabergé described by Dr. von Habsburg, while masterclasses will cover some of the fascinating processes of creation, explaining details of Fabergé’s unique pieces and collections. Guests will also learn about the house’s signature enamel process, which bring to life some of Fabergé’s most unique creations and learn what inspired iconic egg objets, before browsing a pop-up Fabergé boutique for a special purchase, or even commissioning unique pieces to be created by Fabergé London.
Prices for the Spotlight on Fabergé with Dr. von Habsburg voyage start from AU$8,836 / NZ$9,802 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, and can be combined with the exclusive 2-night pre-cruise land program for an additional AU$2,957 / NZ$3,280 per guest. Some shoreside experiences will be at an additional cost and have limited capacity.
Spotlight on Fabergé with Sarah Fabergé
The second Spotlight on Fabergé sailing will be hosted by Sarah Fabergé on board Regent’s newest ship, Seven Seas Grandeur on 1 July 2024. Great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Fabergé and Director of Special Projects at Fabergé, Sarah Fabergé is a founding member of the Fabergé Heritage Council. The 10-night sailing will depart from Rome (Civitavecchia) and cruise the Mediterranean, calling in Salerno, Italy; Taormina (Sicily); Valletta, Malta; Palma de Mallorca; Barcelona, Spain; Provence (Marseille), and Antibes, France before ending at Monte Carlo.
Prices for the Spotlight on Fabergé with Sarah Fabergé voyage start at AU$13,380 / NZ$14,850 per guest for a veranda suite.
The full program information will be available at a later date.