NASA Astronauts to Sail on Regent Seven Seas

Special guests for last segment of Grand World Cruise

By: Marissa Tinloy

In the final segment of its 116-night Grand Circumnavigation World Cruise, Regent Seven Seas will host National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts Edgar Mitchell and Charles Duke, two of the 12 individual to have ever set foot on the moon. On April 18, 2009, the 700-guest Seven Seas Voyager will depart on the 20-day journey from Istanbul to Ft. Lauderdale.

"As men whose accomplishments have contributed significantly to our collective scientific knowledge, we are honored to host Drs. Mitchell and Duke aboard our 2009 World Cruise," said Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas. "Because our World Cruise travelers are united by a passion for exploration and discovery, we are pleased to present distinguished experts from various fields of endeavor to enrich the guest experience."

Dr. Mitchell piloted the 1971 Apollo 14 mission, becoming the sixth man to ever walk on the moon. Along with Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard, Mitchell holds the record for the longest moonwalk (9 hours and 17 minutes), and has traveled further on the surface of the moon than anyone else. On board the Seven Seas Voyager, Mitchell brings experience as a scientist, naval officer, astronaut, entrepreneur, author and lecturer. Dr. Mitchell is also a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Likewise, Dr. Duke served as a lunar module pilot on the Apollo 16 mission in 1972, which was the first expedition to explore the moon’s rugged Descartes region. He was the 10th and youngest man to ever walk on the moon and part of the mission that set the record for the longest lunar surface stay (71 hours and 14 minutes). Dr. Duke is now an author, motivational speaker and recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

The two astronauts will be joining the Seven Seas Voyager in the last of the seven segments in the 2009 World Cruise. The Grand Circumnavigation begins January 12, 2009, and departs from Los Angeles. The tour’s segments each offer a wide range of land adventures and onboard activities and lecture programs.

The first segment of the journey, which runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 1, is a 20-night voyage from Los Angeles to Auckland. The second segment sails 12-nights from Auckland to Sydney (Feb. 1-13), and the third segment is a 21-night voyage from Sydney to Shanghai (Feb. 13-March 6). The fourth segment consists of a 12-night trip from Shanghai to Singapore. From Singapore, the Voyager sails 14-nights to Dubai (March 18 to April 18). The sixth segment is a 17-night trip from Dubai to Istanbul (April 1st to April 18) The seventh and final segment of the Grand World Cruise extends from April 18 to May 1 and will include Drs. Mitchell and Duke.

Individual segments of the Grand Circumnavigation World Cruise start at $7,995 per person. The full World Cruise ranges from $64,995 (with Early Booking Savings) to $224,995 per person.