With the 2018 Alaskan May-through-September cruise season complete, Regent Seven Seas Cruises says luxury travellers are booking its 2019 Alaskan voyages at a brisk pace. Now is the peak season for luxury travellers to book Alaskan voyages for the following year. The majority of Regent’s 2018 Alaskan voyages were booked in October, November and December 2017.
More than 37,000 Australians took an ocean cruise to Alaska in 2017 according to CLIA’s Cruise Industry Source Report, demonstrating this scenic destinations popularity with local cruisers. Responding to this traveller demand, Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner® is offering 17 Alaskan voyages from the 16th May through to the 30th September, 2019, ranging from seven to 12 nights. During the voyages, Seven Seas Mariner cruises the Inside and Outside Passage, visiting ports in Anchorage, Icy Strait (Hoonah), Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell, as well as the majestic Hubbard Glacier. As the only cruise line to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port, this is the best way to see Alaska.
“Luxury travelers are increasingly interested in visiting Alaska and a cruise is truly the best way to see all of the beauty the destination offers,” says Regent Seven Seas Cruises President and CEO Jason Montague. “Guests who voyaged to Alaska return home and post their awe-inspiring pictures and stories on social media, prompting people who haven’t yet sailed to The Last Frontier to book their own luxurious Alaskan cruise for next year. It’s a trend that becomes more pronounced every year, especially after the season ends. No camera lens, Facebook post nor tweet can truly capture the beauty and sheer awe of what it feels like to sail up close to a glacier or see an eagle soar overhead.”
To make this peak Alaska booking season even more appealing, recently Regent Seven Seas Cruises has introduced special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package when guests combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.
Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences
A hallmark of Regent Seven Seas Cruises is immersive land experiences that create a deep connection between the guest and the destination. Regent’s 2019 Alaskan voyages will feature guest lecturer Terry Breen, a renowned, published Alaska specialist who has been sailing the Inside Passage for over 20 years. A plethora of immersive excursions are offered for guests to explore Alaska, all included in the voyage’s one all-inclusive price, such as:
– Mendenhall Glacier River Float, allowing guests to experience Alaska’s spectacular natural beauty on a scenic rafting adventure down the Mendenhall River, with stunning views of floating icebergs and mountain peaks.
– Tongass Rainforest Nature Hike, where the diverse flora, fauna and history of the world’s largest temperate rainforest is on display as one of Earth’s vital ecosystems.
– Ocean Raft Adventures, an exciting and memorable ocean rafting adventure in Sitka, where guests board an Adventure Raft, flying over ocean swells at speeds up to 80 k.p.h, and feel blasts of fresh air in the open seating raft. Along the way, seabirds, whales and sea otters appear en route to the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island.
– Spasski River Valley Wildlife And Bear Search, observing bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley.
– Craft Beer And Spirits Tasting Adventure, offering the chance to sample a wide selection of beers and spirits at a brewery and a distillery, both of which use glacial water and local ingredients to produce remarkably flavourful beverages.
Regent also offers pre- and post-voyage land programs for Alaskan cruises. A new-for-2019 Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program is a five-to-six-night experience that takes guests on a train ride through iconic towns and cities of the Pacific Northwest, along the spectacular Canadian Rockies so guests soak-up dramatic scenery from the comfort of custom-built glass-domed carriages, complete with award-winning service and exquisite five-star dining thoughtfully created by executive chefs and presented in astonishing surroundings.
Alaskan Voyages For Families
Alaskan voyages are popular with families. To encourage family travel during this peak Alaska booking season, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces that youth age 17 and under can sail free on select 10- and 11-night Alaska voyages, and for $675AUD on select 7-night Alaska voyages in 2019. Young travellers enjoy Regent’s Club Mariner® Youth Program aboard all 2019 Alaskan sailings; children ages 5 to 17 can participate in a range of specialised enrichment activities that educate youth on Alaskan culture, wildlife and nature, and includes games and movie nights. Each program is designed and supervised by friendly and professional youth counsellors.
Seven Seas Mariner
Seven Seas Mariner, the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony luxury cruise ship, completed a major refurbishment in 2018, adding new culinary experiences, new suite designs and renewed guest spaces. All her restaurants were redesigned with enhanced art and décor, including the newly updated steakhouse, Prime 7. Her flagship restaurant, Compass Rose, was completely reimagined, with a menu offering guests an improved level of personal customisation and choice, as well as a new look with grand crystal chandeliers, rich wooden accents and celestial blue furnishings. A new restaurant, Chartreuse, highlights modern French cuisine.
Inside, all public spaces received new carpeting, art, furniture and décor, creating a new look throughout the ship. The Card Room, Boutiques and The Casino were also all completely revamped. The shipboard Canyon Ranch® spa received a soothing new design, with pebble-stone tiles and light-wood accents in the treatment rooms. The adjoining fitness and aerobics centre offers new machines and equipment to help guests maintain healthier, active regimens while at sea.
All guest suites were redesigned, with new Elite Slumber Beds framed by padded leather headboards, sitting areas furnished with comfortable sofas, accent tables and new artwork, as well as private balconies. Suites feature walk-in closets and oversized, marble-accented bathrooms with amenities from L’Occitane, Bottega Veneta and Guerlain.
All-inclusive Alaskan fares start at $7,370AUD per person, which include unlimited shore excursions, WiFi, fine wines and spirits, fine dining, pre-paid gratuities, and a host of other amenities. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises® or to receive a brochure, guests can call 1300 455 200 (AU) or 0800 625 692 (NZ), visit www.rssc.com or contact your preferred Travel Agent.