Regent (Radisson) Cruises Major Cruise Liners and Agents

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Note Name changed from Radison to Regent in March 2006.

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Radisson Seven Seas' (now Regent) luxury capacity is just under 2,300 berths, making it a big player in the luxury/premium market. That means that although the line is pricey, it can offer good deals such as nights in five star hotel resorts before and/or after the cruise, tables in Michelin starred restaurant and special tours. The largest ships in its six strong fleet cater for up to 700 odd passengers, but most are classified as small (anything carrying above 500 passengers is mid sized). This gives them an intimacy which you won't find on a larger ship and enables them to provide a lot of attention to detail. One feature is that gratuities are included when you have spent a lot of money on a holiday it can be a relief not to have to think about how much to tip at the end. If you really want to splash out (excuse the pun), you could book a stateroom most have balconies and all have ocean views with a well stocked bar to help you appreciate the sunset.

If you're interested in taking a Regent cruise it is, as with all cruises, a matter of where and how you want to travel. Itineraries undertaken by the smaller boats the Regent Diamond, Paul Gaugin, Seven Seas Navigator and Explorer II include trips through the Panama Canal to Costa Rica, the Mediterranean, Central America, and, getting progressively chillier, Europe, the Baltic, Russia and AlaskaAlaska.

The Paul Gaugin, named after the painter who devoted his creative life to Tahiti and French Polynesia after moving there as a young man, was specially designed for the waters of this region. The Paul Gaugin carries a maximum of 320 passengers and there's plenty of space the ship could actually carry more, but the laws of the region prevent it from doing so. Its special features include a retractable water sports platform and lecturers who specialize in Tahiti and Gaugin. Explorer II, a charter ship shared by other cruise lines, is specially designed for icy waters such as those of the Antarctic. Equipped with Zodiac boats for landings in places without any proper docking facilities, the boat is well furnished with original art and lots of wood and brass good for people who like their adventures seasoned with some comfort.