Those looking to rediscover the thrill of travel without the hassle of journeying too far from home are in luck with the highly-anticipated arrival of Regent Seven Seas Cruises‘ Seven Seas Explorer® in Japan.
Dubbed ‘The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built’, Seven Seas Explorer arrived in Japan on 9 March 2023, the very first cruise ship to do so in more than three years when she sailed into Kagoshima. Her visit was followed by maiden calls to ports including Kyoto (Kobe) on 11 March and Tokyo on 14 March, making Seven Seas Explorer only the second international cruise ship to visit the new Tokyo International Cruise Terminal.
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Andrea DeMarco, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, was in attendance for the ship’s inaugural visit to the port of Yokohama on 28 March, to honour the traditional plaque exchange ceremony, presenting Motohisa Ichikawa, Executive Director, Port Promotion Department, Port and Harbor Bureau, City of Yokohama and Kazuo Mitsuhashi, General Manager of HAMMER HEAD, SHINKO PIER CRUISE TERMINAL Co., Ltd., with a 30th anniversary pearl shell from the north coast of Australia.
“We have received an incredibly warm welcome from the wonderful people of Japan, as well as local dignitaries and authorities,” said Andrea DeMarco, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
“Japan’s rich culture, fascinating history and beautiful landscapes are irresistible draws for luxury travellers, and we are proud to be the first luxury cruise line to have returned to this incredible country in three years.”
In the message from Takeharu Yamanaka, Mayor of Yokohama, he wrote: “It’s an honour to welcome Seven Seas Explorer® , one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships to the Shinko Pier Cruise Terminal – the new gateway to Yokohama – for the first time. Since opening in 1859, the Port of Yokohama has remained an international port with various cultures, technology and visitors travelling back and forth.
“We will continue to ensure that cruise ships from all over the world call at our port, and that their guests and crew can fully immerse themselves in the City of Yokohama.”
The maiden voyages in Japan cap-off an incredible maiden season in the Asia region for Seven Seas Explorer, from Bangkok to Busan, Ho Chi Minh to Taipei and beyond. Delivering An Unrivalled Experience™, Seven Seas Explorer returns to Asia in late 2023 and early 2024 offering discerning travellers the chance to rediscover awe-inspiring destinations in their own backyard in all-inclusive luxury with an array of close-to-home itineraries.
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Seven Seas Explorer’s 2023/2024 winter season features a series of itineraries that take advantage of some of the most coveted locales and ports of call throughout the region.
“Seven Seas Explorer delivers a level of luxury never seen before in this region, and we can’t wait to share her with local travellers,” remarked Lisa Pile, Vice President Sales & General Manager Asia Pacific.
“From her all-balcony, all-suite accommodation, sublime cuisine and lavish interiors, to one of the highest space-to-guest and staff-to-guest ratios at sea, ensuring impeccable service, together with a crew delivering exemplary service on board, sailing on Seven Seas Explorer is an experience our guests will treasure forever.”
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Lead image: At the plaque exchange ceremony from left: Kazuo Mitsuhashi, GM of HAMMER HEAD, SHINKO PIER CRUISE TERMINAL Co., Ltd; Motohisa Ichikawa, Executive Director, Port Promotion Department, Port and Harbor Bureau, City of Yokohama; Lisa Pile, Vice President Sales & General Manager APAC, Regent; Andrea DeMarco, President, Regent; Captain Luca Morvillo, Regent Seven Seas Explorer; and Chisato Morita, General Manager Japan, Regent.