Regent Seven Seas launch new Alaska experiences
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced a new and unprecedented collection of authentic and immersive experiences both on-ship and on-land to be included in all 2020 Alaskan sailings on Seven Seas Mariner.
“As the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, we continue to create even more immersive experiences for truly unrivalled Alaskan voyages in 2020,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “First, we are bringing the destination to life onboard Seven Seas Mariner with unforgettable raptors, renowned folk singers, Tlingit historians, and cuisine and culture unique to the destination. Next, we are enhancing shore excursions with new Go Local Tours and other engagements led by residents. Finally, for the first time Regent Seven Seas Cruises has curated Alaskan excursions for youth enrolled in our Club Mariner® Youth Programme.”
Alaskan Enrichment and Entertainment on Seven Seas Mariner
Unique cultural experiences will be presented onboard Seven Seas Mariner for guests to enjoy – extending the Alaska experience from shore to ship. These activities are scheduled for times after guests have returned from most shore excursions.
Destination experts sail on the entire voyage on Seven Seas Mariner, and, from the navigational bridge, narrate details about the surrounding landscapes, including commentary during the Hubbard Glacier visit. During the voyage they also offer presentations and lectures.
Heritage And Culture Experts
- Lily Hope is a Juneau native and part of the Tlingit tribe, of the Raven moiety. An expert Tlingit weaver and teacher, Lily will inspire guests onboard Seven Seas Mariner with her personal story of connection to her art and heritage.
- Amelia Wilson is the vice mayor of Hoonah, Alaska — of both Tlingit and Irish heritage — and a proud advocate for her ancestry as the Executive Director for the Huna Heritage Foundation. Seven Seas Mariner guests will learn from her knowledge and experience from the Huna Heritage Archives.
- Richard and Janice Jackson are experts in their Tongass Tlingit ancestries. Richard - President Emeritus of the Alaska Native Brotherhood -- and Janice -- Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood -- share their insights and passion for the Tlingit tribe from their home base in Ketchikan.
- Steve Hites is a local Skagway entertainer with a gift for transporting his audience with his captivating tales and descriptive lyrics, all carried to his listeners with folk-style notes and tones of his six-string and harmonica.
- Bobby Reynolds, also known as the Great Baldini, is a local Juneau favourite. His lyrical antics and musical medleys will entertain and delight and are the perfect pairing for crisp Alaskan craft beer or cocktail.
Iditarod And Nature Experts
An experienced, professional musher will come aboard Seven Seas Mariner in Skagway, bringing tales of the Iditarod to enlighten guests about the world’s most harrowing race. He’ll also bring along a good friend: one of his sled dogs.
Alaska Raptor Center staff will come aboard with one of their Raptors in Residence to introduce to guests and provide insights about birds in the Last Frontier.
Alaskan Cuisine and Cocktails
A marvellous variety of quintessential Alaskan cuisine awaits, both on shore and on board Seven Seas Mariner. A Great American Salmon Bake & Barbeque is held on the Pool Deck of each voyage, and guests may enjoy their very own fresh catch from a shore excursion earlier in the day, perfectly prepared by Regent Seven Seas Cruises chefs.
Savour the craft brews of the renowned Alaskan Brewing Company like their Husky IPA, or indulge in a favourite cocktail, from an Alaskan Iced Tea to the Golden Rush.
Alaska Shoreside Excursions
Go Local Tours
The new Go Local Tours invite Seven Seas Mariner guests to engage in local experiences led by community residents. Guests will learn and savour some of the locals’ favourite spots to eat and explore the hidden gems of Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Sitka.
Go Local Tours include:
- Walking Tour From a Local Perspective (Sitka). Learn about the local Sitka lifestyle by gaining a historical perspective of the town through its landmarks and arts. A local resident will share stories of the town’s history and guests will visit Sheldon Jackson Museum to watch local artists painting, sculpting and weaving.
- A Look into a Local’s Past. (Skagway). Delve into Skagway’s past by hearing tales of the notorious early Gold Rush settlers, visiting their gravesites and discussing the town’s history. Walk the National Historic District to see homes and businesses of some of the earliest locals, then enjoy a local microbrewery in town to enjoy a selection of beers with ingredients sourced nearby.
- Behind the Scenes with a Local (Juneau). See Juneau’s historical landmarks on a revealing drive and then explore the culinary scene in a hands-on cooking class and by sampling locally brewed beers at a pub. Dine on the dishes prepared toward the end of class for a first-hand perspective of Alaska’s extraordinary cuisine.
- Native Tlingit Walking Tour (Ketchikan). Join a local guide of indigenous Tlingit descent for an enlightening walk through Ketchikan, learning about the city’s history and how the indigenous people have adapted to the changes. Then visit Cape Fox Lodge, a Tlingit-owned hotel, to sample a selection of tribal dishes. Delicacies usually include smoked salmon, reindeer sausage, fried bread and blueberry jam.
- Wrangell Through the Eyes of a Local (Wrangell). Get an enlightening look into local life by following a guide in and around Wrangell and learning how the residents spend their time. The Tlingit people were the first inhabitants of the area and their influence still shapes the community. Tlingit traditions especially come alive in the totems and tribal houses around town, including a visit Petroglyph Beach to see ancient rock carvings.
All Regent Seven Seas Cruises Alaska voyages in 2020 are aboard the elegant, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner, a spacious and intimate ship refurbished in 2018 with 445 crew members taking extraordinary care of 700 guests.
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