Starting in 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will include intercontinental business-class air in its luxury cruise vacation packages to Europe, Asia and South America.
"With this new inclusion of business-class air we are furthering our position as the most inclusive luxury experience available," said Jason Montague, president and COO for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Regent cruise packages already include economy air, and about half of its customers use that. But of all Regent's customers, about 80 percent fly business-class, either by upgrading or booking their own air from the start.
The free business-class air is available from 26 U.S. and Canadian gateway cities and offered to all guests, regardless of the suite category booked.
Regent's fares also include free unlimited shore excursions, wine and spirits, unlimited internet access, prepaid gratuities, ground transfers and luxury pre-cruise hotel stays. Select voyages, especially those in Asia, also include a free three-night, pre- or post-cruise land program to guests can explore Angkor Wat or Hong King, for example.
Montague said some fares will rise as a result of the business-class air. But the cruise vacations also will be available cruise-only, in which case customers would get an air credit of $2,500 to $7,000.
Regent's announcement coincided with the release of new 2017-18 itineraries, including an epic voyage through the Northwest Passage departing July 19, 2017. The 30-night journey on Seven Seas Navigator will depart from Seward and explore rarely traversed islands, fjords, ports and passageways in Alaska, Canada and Greenland before sailing to its final destination, Montreal.
In all, the four-ship fleet will make more than 100 voyages during the 2017-18 season to more than 335 ports in 98 countries. The 2017-18 program also includes more departures from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands and the Mexican Riviera. Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Mariner will make a record eight crossings of the Panama Canal. The new Seven Seas Explorer will embark on its inaugural season in Northern Europe, and Seven Seas Voyager will return to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises will celebrate its 25th anniversary during a 10-night voyage from Barcelona to Venice in April 2017 on the Seven Seas Explorer. The cruise will include dinners hosted by the line's executives, a sail-away party and a commemorative gift.
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