By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
Amazing odyssey circumnavigates the Pacific Rim
Regent Seven Seas’ acolytes have been anxiously awaiting to book the line’s 2022 World Cruise. And now they can.
The super deluxe ship operator just opened reservations its Navigate the World-Elements of the Pacificvoyage. The odyssey begins on January 2022 in San Francisco on Seven Seas Mariner®. Considering that RSSC offers continually excellent, near-perfect service and amenities, this will be an amazing indulgence.
We sailed on Mariner for a week once and could happily stay on board for a World Cruise. That’s a very contented me on our balcony.
In 120-days the ship will cover 17 countries and 59 ports of call. There are also 18 overnight stays, providing access to 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
“Elements of the Pacific” is Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ first world cruise to Asia-Pacific since 2009 and reflects luxury travelers’ increasing interest in experiencing Asian-Pacific destinations.
“Our 2022 world cruise itinerary, tours and events present an unrivaled experience,” said Regent president/CEO Jason Montague.
Earth, Wind, Fire and Ice
World cruise guests will discover these elements as they escape to the waters of the South Pacific, earthen wonderlands of Australia and New Zealand, and fiery flavors of Southeast Asia.
Exclusive shore excursions
Regent is famous for free and enticing shore excursions. And the World Cruise won’t disappoint with 300 complimentary tours available.
• A Classical Rendezvous in Sydney on February 22, 2022
This tours comes with a three-course lunch followed by a performance of Australian conductor Bernard Walz with full concert orchestra and soloists at Centennial Hall.
• Candles, Cuisine & Caves in Ha Long Bay. Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam on March 27, 2022
The tour starts at Vung Duc Cave, a fascinating site comprised of multiple caves with a dragon dance prior to a dinner show. What an amazing stop where about 1,600 islands and islets rise from the bright green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin
• Japanese Ceremony, Art & Cuisine in Tokyo: Tokyo, Japan — April 14, 2022
The excursion takes you back in time at Meguro Gajoen for some traditional Japanese culture. Entertainment includes Kabuki, a classical Japanese dance-drama recalling ancient stories. There are also geishas and performances by genuine ninjas.
The 28,000 nautical-mile voyage includes overnight stays in Honolulu, Papeete, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Bal
Other ports where Mariner spends the night are Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City.
And there’s more: Hu/Da Nang (Chan May), Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Hong Kong, Xiamen, Shanghai, Kyoto (Kobe), Tokyo, Vancouver and
Optional Overland Programs
In addition to the included tours, the line is offering optional choices for a fee such as:
• Off the Beaten Track: Two-Night from Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand on February 10-11, 2022
This two-day expedition out of Tauranga includes a tea and tour of the 99-acre tea estate of Zealong and a visit to Inspirit Art Gallery.
Guests get to taste the region’s renowned vintages at the historic Church Road winery during a delicious lunch.
• Inside Angkor Wat: Two-Nights from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on March 22-24, 2022
The magnificent Angkor Wat is accessible to guests on this three-day expedition into Cambodia.
You enter the incredible Bayon Complex through the impressive Southern Gate of Angkor Thom before moving through the Terrace of the Leper King.
• The Great Wall & Terracotta Warriors: Two-Nights from Xiamen, China on April 2-4, 2022
The wonders of China are on display during this three-day journey from Xiamen to Shanghai. Guests witness the famed Terracotta Warriors Museum, an excavated burial ground of 7,000 life sized, uniquely created terracotta warriors, horses and chariots, all armed and ready for battle.
The tour departs for Beijing the next day to explore the Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
A highlight is a visit to historic Tiananmen Square followed by a scenic ride to Juyongguan to visit one of the world’s most magnificent man-made wonders: the incredible Great Wall of China.
Hoopla and amenities
The World Cruise kicks off with a pre-cruise gala event in San Francisco.
All-inclusive fares cover first-class air, door-to-door luggage service, unlimited valet laundry, on-board medical services, visa packages, 300 unlimited shore excursions and exclusive shore side experiences in Sydney, Australia; Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; and Tokyo, Japan.
Seven Seas Mariner
Regent is famous for serving fine food. And proves the point at Prime7 Steakouse (photo by Richard Pietschmann)
The feisty, elegant 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner is an all-suite, all-balcony luxury cruise ship. She underwent a bow-to-stern refurbishment last year. I will be sailing on her in September to report about more about all she has to offer.
Regent Seven Seas cruises sell out fast so contact a Pavlus cruise specialist asap to reserve your world cruise suite.