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Regent Seven Seas Sails ‘Close To Home’, but Aboard

November 13, 2020 Cruise News No Comments

With Regent Seven Seas claiming to operate the most luxurious ship ever built, the Seven Seas Explorer they have announced that travellers will be able to immerse themselves in decadent journeys throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, hence their clever slogan, “Close to Home”, but Abroad.

Regent Seven Seas says it is offering local travellers an opportunity to enjoy unrivalled levels of luxury, in its late 2021 and early 2022 collection of ‘Close to Home’ sailings in Australia and New Zealand, onboard Seven Seas Explorer, as part of her inaugural Asia-Pacific season with Seven Seas Explorer aptly dubbed the most luxurious ship ever built, with 14 all-inclusive itineraries in local waters between October 2021 and April 2022.

Lisa Pile, Vice President Sales, Australia & New Zealand, Regent Seven Seas Cruises said, “With the recent disappointment of cancelling Seven Seas Explorer’s three early 2021 sailings in Australia and New Zealand due to unprecedented global public health challenges, we’re delighted that we will be welcoming the most luxurious ship ever built later in the year and into 2022 with some truly incredible, ‘Close to Home’ sailings”, adding, “Seven Seas Explorer delivers a level of luxury never seen before in this region, and we can’t wait to share it with discerning local travellers, from her all-balcony, all-suite accommodation, sublime cuisine and lavish interiors, to one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea and a nearly one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio ensuring impeccable service, sailing with Seven Seas Explorer is an experience guests will treasure forever.”

Regent Seven Seas Cruises say that it is the only cruise line offering guests free unlimited shore excursions in every port, free unlimited beverages, including fine wines and spirits, free specialty restaurant dining, a complimentary in-suite liquor and mini bar replenished daily, pre-paid gratuities, free valet laundry service, unlimited Wi-Fi and those booking a Concierge Suite or above can also enjoy a complimentary pre-cruise one-night hotel package, as well as a hotel-to-ship transfer.

Some highlights of the ‘Close to Home’ sailings include: –

For those looking to celebrate Christmas and New Year in superb style, the 16-night Holiday Down Under voyage will showcase some of Australia and New Zealand’s most iconic – and exotic – ports of call. Departing Sydney on 20 December 2021, itinerary highlights range from the iconic beaches of Sydney to artisan workshops in Burnie, Tasmania, to the glistening waters of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands and the volcanic hills of Akaroa.

Guests can choose from an extensive suite of mesmerising free unlimited shore excursions, such as an indulgent epicurean adventure in Tasmania sampling Burnie’s gourmet cheeses, creamy chocolates and robust local wines, or a horse-riding expedition along the secluded beaches of New Zealand’s Waipu coast.

For those looking to venture a little further afield, Seven Seas Explorer’s 32-night Asian Enchantments sailing will be an extensive exploration of some of South-East Asia’s most fascinating and exotic destinations. Departing from Bali (Benoa), Indonesia on 4 February 2022, guests can fully immerse themselves in the region with several overnight stays in vibrant cities including Singapore; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Hong Kong, China; and Osaka, Japan.

While in port, discerning travellers can select from a plethora of enlightening free unlimited shore excursions, including a scenic visit to the renowned Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden in Penang, Malaysia, a peaceful outdoor yoga class amongst the rice patties in Nha Trang, Vietnam and a rejuvenating volcanic sand bath in Kagoshima, Japan.

Fans of the finer things in life will appreciate Seven Seas Explorer’s deluxe fittings and finishes, including 473 chandeliers, a USD$6 million art collection, including pieces by Chagall and Picasso, and more than 4,262 square metres of marble, with onboard amenities ranging from the relaxing pool deck and sports deck with a golf net, putting green, paddle tennis court and bocce court, to the Serena Spa and Wellness™ centre and Culinary Arts Kitchen, where guests can take cooking masterclasses from international chefs.

As for evening entertainment, restaurants include French cuisine in art-deco surroundings atChartreuse, inventive Asian at Pacific Rim, steak in a luxe setting at Prime 7, a casino, several elegant lounges with views and the Constellation Theater for musical revues and more.

If you would like to check out Regent’s close to home voyages click on this video .

A report by John Alwyn-Jones

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