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Cruises and Sailing

 June 02, 2006
Regent Seven Seas Mariner's 96-Night "Grand Asia Pacific" Voyage

 From gushing geysers to golden pagodas, from Komodo dragons to silken kimonos, and from Alaska across the Bering Sea to Japan, China, Vietnam, Bali, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti, guests on the seven segments of the Seven Seas Mariner's September -- December "Grand Asia Pacific" Voyage will explore the far flung and varied allure of the Pacific Rim while living the luxury and enjoying valuable savings.

In addition to five exclusive complimentary shore side events, three Spotlight programs on Food & Wine, Music, and Film (featuring noted actor Ernest Borgnine), lectures with f amed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society, optional Le Cordon Bleu cooking workshops and Concierge Choice excursions, each segment offers either two-for-one savings, or a choice of free economy air from 86 North American gateways or up to $1,500 cruise-only savings.

Sailing from Vancouver on September 13 for 96 nights, guests will go exploring aboard the 700-guest all-balcony suite ship as she follows the Ring of Fire from Alaska to the geothermal wonders of the Pacific Rim before reaching Los Angeles December 18.

The Grand Asia Pacific Voyage will unfold during seven - to 18-night segments, which can be individually booked or combined for longer adventures.

Segment 1: Alaska, Big & Bold. Seven-night voyage from Vancouver to Whittier Sept. 13 calling along the breathtaking Inside Passage at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, through Hubbard Glacier and Gulf of Alaska. Per person prices from $2,498 include two-for-one savings.

Segment 2: Northwest Passage. 14-night voyage from Whittier to Tokyo Sept. 20 sailing across the Bering Sea from the Aleutian Islands to the geysers and volcanoes of Far East Russia's remote Kamchatka Peninsula, and Japan's cultural capitals of Otaru (Sapporo), Hakodate, Sendai and Tokyo (onboard overnight). Per person prices from $4,998 include two-for-one savings. Spotlight on Music features Fine Arts Quartet's 60th anniversary celebration; optional hands-on Le Cordon Bleu workshops available ($395 per person).

Segment 3: Japan and China. 14-night voyage from Tokyo to Hong Kong (onboard overnights in both ports) Oct. 4 calls at Hiroshima and features a complimentary hotel night in Beijing with visit of Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs, plus two onboard overnights in Shanghai where East meets West. Per person prices from $7,756 include complimentary economy air ($6,456 with $1,300 cruise-only savings).

Segment 4: Southeast Asia. 14-night voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore (onboard overnights in both ports) Oct. 18 reveals the great cities of Asia including a week spent exploring Vietnam in depth with onboard overnights in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) plus a call in Chan May (Hue). Features complimentary hotel night in bustling Royal Bangkok. Per person prices from $7,271 include complimentary economy air ($6,071 with $1,200 cruise-only savings).

Segment 5: Bali and The Great Barrier Reef. 14-night voyage from Singapore to Sydney Nov. 1 sails the fabled islands of the Java Sea from bewitching Bali to Komodo Island for complimentary event "In Search of the Dragon." Cruise to Darwin, Cairns and Hamilton Cove before arriving beautiful Sydney Harbor. Per person prices from $6,717 include complimentary economy air ($5,317 with $1,400 cruise-only savings). Voyage features Jean-Michel Cousteau, Spotlight on Food & Wine with focus on Indonesian cooking and Australian wines, plus Le Cordon Bleu workshops ($395 per person).

Segment 6: New Zealand Splendors. 15-night voyage from Sydney (onboard overnight) to Auckland Nov. 15 calls at fashion capital Melbourne and Hobart before cruising the Tasman Sea to the stunning Lord of the Rings landscapes of New Zealand's North and South Islands. From Christchurch, the most English city outside of England, a complimentary excursion takes guests on an "Edwardian Picnic on the Banks of the Avon River." Per person prices from $8,396 include complimentary economy air ($6,896 with $1,500 cruise-only savings).

Segment 7 : South Seas Passage; 18-night voyage from Auckland to Los Angeles Nov. 30 reaches the jewels of the South Pacific with calls in the Cook, Tuamotu, Society and remote Marquesas Islands including a complimentary farewell event "Nuku Hiva: Tamure Welcome at a Sacred Marae." Per person prices from $5,198 include two-for-one savings. Cruise features a Spotlight on Film, with Oscar Award-winning guest actor Ernest Borgnine and acclaimed film composer Paul Williams.

All fares include shipboard gratuities, wine with dinner, and an in-suite bar set-up.

Regent Travel Concierge

Available only to a limited number of participants, Concierge Choice shore excursions are intimate and experiential. Among those featured on the Grand Asia Pacific Voyage are night-fishing for squid in Halong Bay with an overnight on a deluxe traditional junk; a visit to and up close experience of Bangkok's historic homes; lessons in coral preservation and opportunities for world-class snorkeling in Bora Bora; a private motor cruiser and picnic lunch in Sydney Harbor; and from Christchurch, an exploration of the volcanic landscapes of Banks Peninsula.

Guests may also choose from a number of multi-night, overland Concierge Collection adventures ashore including three nights from Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern & Oriental Express train across the famed River Kwai; two nights in the legendary kingdom of Laos; and four nights in Cairns exploring Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and the Australian Outback.

Those looking to extend their cruises may opt for new two- to four-night pre- and post-cruise land packages available through the Regent Travel Concierge program. Following segment 2, guests can depart Tokyo for Kyoto via the Bullet train and spend two nights at Hotel Okura, with select meals and sightseeing tours included. Post-cruise segment 4 and pre-cruise segment 5, fly roundtrip from Singapore to Siem Reap for two nights at Hotel Le Meridien with breakfast daily and a full day of sightseeing at Angor Wat. And pre-cruise segment 7, enjoy two nights at the Shangri-La Sydney before flying one-way (economy) to Auckland for two nights at the Hyatt Auckland, including all transfers, breakfast daily and orientation tour of "The City of Sails." All land packages are $499 per person double occupancy, $699 single occupancy.

Le Cordon Bleu Master Classes

Guests on segments 2, 3 and 6 will have the rare opportunity to enrich their culinary experiences by choosing to participate in pre- and post-cruise "Le Cordon Bleu Master Class" shore trips celebrating the captivating regional gastronomy of Tokyo and Sydney.

At the Le Cordon Bleu school in Tokyo, guests learn how to adapt classic European cooking to the exotic flavors and techniques of the East. Demonstrations, a sake tasting, special restaurant dinners and two nights at the Four Seasons Chinzan-so are included. Per person prices are $1,995 double occupancy, and $3,395 for single accommodations.

In Sydney, the Le Cordon Bleu school experience takes in a highlight tour of Australian cuisine and wine. Food and wine tastings, demonstrations with chefs, a market visit, special restaurant dinners and two nights at the Shangrila (Harbor View Rooms) are included. Per person prices are $1,495 per person double occupancy, $1,945 for single accommodations.

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