Courtesy: Aaron Saunders | News Source: cruisecritic.com
(5 p.m. EDT) -- Regent Seven Seas has unveiled a brand-new collection of exclusive enrichment experiences that will be featured on its 2020 voyages.
Known as the 2020 Spotlight Collection, these select sailings will play host to such diverse topics as public broadcasting, journalism, film and television, wine, Broadway entertainment, gardening and floristry, and heritage.
"Our guests will enjoy immersive and engaging experiences both in the spectacular destinations they visit during their voyages and in the enriching programs we offer onboard," said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Journalism & Broadcasting
Departures focusing on journalism and public broadcasting include the May 4, 2020, departure of Seven Seas Explorer from Lisbon to London ("Commemorating the World Wars"); Seven Seas Voyager's August 4, 2020, voyage from Rome to Monte Carlo ("The State of Journalism Around the World"); and the "Hooray for Hollywood" voyage on Seven Seas Mariner, appropriately departing roundtrip from Los Angeles on October 12, 2020.
Speakers include PBS "NewsHour" anchor Judy Woodruff (August 4, 2020), Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick (May 4, 2020), producer Michael Kantor (October 12, 2020) and others.
Spotlight on Wine
Regent's 2020 Spotlight Collection includes two unique voyages.
"The World of Harlan Estate" (June 4, 2020, San Francisco to Vancouver on Seven Seas Mariner) features Amanda Harlan and Will Harlan of Harlan Family Domain, along with Phillip Norfleet, Director of Napa Valley Reserve. Passengers can also elect to purchase an optional pre-cruise experience that includes access to the Harlan Family Estate and the five-star Meadowood Resort for an additional cost.
The second voyage, "Trinchero Family Estates," departs August 14, 2020, from Monte Carlo to Bordeaux and features Barry Wiss, vice president of Trinchero Family Estates, as the onboard guest lecturer.
Spotlight on Broadway
Seven Seas Voyager's June 14, 2020, sailing from Venice to Monte Carlo features SiriusXM radio host Seth Rudetsky, who spent more than two decades working on Broadway. It also features other artists, including Stephanie J. Block ("Wicked") and Sebastian Arcelus ("House of Cards").
Spotlight on Floristry and Garden
Plant lovers can hop onboard the July 6, 2020, sailing of Seven Seas Voyager from Monte Carlo to Barcelona. Hosted by floral expert and artist Joseph Massie, cruisers can learn new floral artistry techniques in onboard master classes from the man who is widely regarded as one of the world's top artists working with flora.
Spotlight on Heritage
Regent's Seven Seas Voyager sails from Venice to Monte Carlo on June 24, 2020, on a special voyage with Ancestry ProGenealogists, providing passengers the opportunity to retrace their roots. Cruisers will also hear personal stories from the senior officers aboard Seven Seas Voyager, along with guest lecturers that include Kyle Betit, founder of Ancestry ProGenealogists.
Still Availability for 2019
Regent notes that there is still some availability for its 2019 Spotlight on Public Broadcasting voyage, departing November 16, 2019, from Dubai to Singapore. It will feature guest speakers including noted documentary filmmaker Robert Lee, producer Marcela Gaviria ("Frontline"), filmmaker Phil Bertelsen ("Madam Secretary") and others.