Cruise Concentrates on the Arts

Regent offers programs highlighting classic creations

By: Kara Cutruzzula

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has scheduled three Circles of Interest enrichment programs focusing on art and architecture for 2008. Circles of Interest feature exclusive onboard and shore-side experiences guided by world-class lecturers, instructors and authorities from the realms of art, cuisine, history, environmental conservation, photography and wellness.

Artistic and architectural treasures will be unearthed in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Adriatic Coast, Greek Isles and northern Africa onboard summer and fall voyages of the 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony ship Seven Seas Voyager and the 490-guest, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator. The programs will allow guests to discover masterpieces representing the height of classic creativity and meet distinguished contemporary artists who discuss their work and inspirations.

“Our programs feature insightful perspectives on classic and contemporary art from world-class experts, plus an insider’s view into the environments and experiences that influence the creative process,” said Sophie Vlessing, Regent’s vice present, marketing and guest strategy. “These enlightening journeys also offer the enjoyment of a core group of travelers sharing similar interests. Circles of Interest will deliver truly memorable experiences throughout 2008.”

Lisa Hahn, president and founder of Art Horizons International, a special-interest tour company, will lead the voyages. Hahn will host clients at private receptions, lecture and lead tours of art studios, museums and acclaimed art libraries.

The Art and Architecture-themed cruise sails June 9-19 from Monte Carlo to Dover. The fine line between art and architecture is explored beginning with a private reception, followed by a lecture focusing on the styles and technique found in contemporary architecture, with an emphasis on Spain and Portugal. Highlights include a visit to Portugal’s new 20,000-square-foot Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Center and a tour of the 14th-century mountaintop Sintra Palace.

From July 26-Aug. 2, Art in Exile will be explored from Venice to Piraeus. Clients will travel the Cyclades Islands, current home to many artists. Program highlights include a lecture on the origins of Impressionist painting in northern France, a private group dinner featuring discussion of the Getty Museum and visits to the studios of three artists living on the island of Mykonos, Greece.

The Architecture and Literature program runs Sept. 9-20 from Istanbul to Piraeus. Lectures and presentations focus on global libraries and learning centers. The program begins with a reception, along with lectures and a private dinner focusing on libraries as the new temples of culture and communication. In Alexandria, Egypt, clients will visit the Alexandria Library Museum, a major cultural center and commemoration of the city’s lost library.

Rates for the programs range from $185 to $355 per person, exclusive of cruise fare.