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Regent Seven Seas Luxury Cruising – What’s Included in your Rate

Regent is ultra luxury and all-inclusive cruising.  Leave your wallet at home and have everything included.  There are things you can upgrade but you certainly do not have to.

What’s included:

  • Business Class air for international flights.  Economy for domestic flights.  If you wanted to purchase your own air, Regent Seven Seas would give you an air credit.
  • Shore Excursions – Most are free. Over 2,000 options.  There are those upgraded shore excursions available.  Example is a helicopter tour in Alaska.  You can see all options here – https://www.rssc.com/shore-excursions-finder
  • Free 2 or 3 night hotel option on select itineraries.  Example, South America.  Among the offerings is the 3-Night Winelands & Wildlife from Cape Town where they can enjoy the heart of South Africa’s wine production in the Cape Winelands, then travel to Table Mountain National Park and meet the penguins at Boulders Beach before stepping into history at the Castle of Good Hope. This incredible adventure continues with a proper African safari, where guests will have the opportunity to see everything from black rhinos and giraffes to hippos and crocodiles.
  • Free 1 night hotel pre-cruise stay for concierge class and above on ALL sailings.
  • Free beverages including all alcohol.  No cheap liquor here.  All included liquor is premium.  There is high end liquor, wine, champagne options for extra charge if you’d like.  Mini bar in your suite also stocked!
  • Free specialty restaurants.  Most cruise lines have specialty restaurant options for an extra charge.  Regent does not charge for any restaurant.  Reserve your dining ahead of time.  Concierge class and up can reserve dining 90 days prior to cruise.  The others can start 75 days before cruise date.
  • Free wifi but there is an upgraded option available if you’d like to stream.  But I suggest avoiding too much computer time on your cruise!
  • Free valet laundry
  • Personal Butler for Penthouse and up

As you can see, you can board your ship and have a wonderful time without spending an extra penny.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime at 646-276-2727 or by emailing me at jerzy@upclosetravel.com


Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection Update for May 2022! Small Ship Luxury Cruising!

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection will finally set sail this coming August 2022!

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection offers all inclusive amenities on one of the most luxurious small ship cruise line.  The Ritz was due to set sail back in February of 2020 but with Covid, sailings on the small ship cruise line have been postponed several times.  But there should be no more delay going forward!  The first sailing will be on August 6 on a 7 night Mediterranean sailing from Athens round trip.

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection is the ultimate in small ship luxury cruising!  The ship, Evrima, has 149 suites that accommodate 298 guests.  With a crew-to-guest ration of 1-1.21, you can expect the incredible service from the Ritz crew.  After all, the Ritz is known for legendary personalized service.

All-Inclusive Value:

  • Luxury all-suite accommodations
  • Multiple dining experiences
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the yacht included (alcohol included)
  • Onboard activities and entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Wi-Fi

Evrima Dining Options:

  • Mistral
  • Talaat Nam
  • The Pool House
  • The Evrima Room
  • The Bar
  • The Living Room
  • The Marina Terrace
  • 24-Hour In-Suite Dining
  • S.E.A.  (specialty restaurant by 3 Michelin Star Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg)
  • Private Dining

Ritz Suites:

149 suites each with a private ocean view terrace offering the highest percentage of larger suites in luxury cruising.  Two Owner’s Suites (1,091 sq ft inside & 635 sq ft terrace) each with a private whirlpool.  There are rooms on board that can be combinable if you’re traveling with family or friends and want that flexible configuration.

The Marina:

The multi-functional platform at the back of the ship looks STUNNING!  Lounges all around if you’d like to relax and take in the surroundings.  Direct water access offering complimentary water-sports during port days while anchored.  Here are some of the activities:

  • Paddle-boards
  • Windsurf Boards
  • Kayaks
  • Sailboats
  • Snorkeling

Public Spaces:

Intimate, relaxed, and casually elegant atmosphere in all corners of the Evrima.

  • The Living Room
  • The Observation Terrace
  • The Observation Lounge
  • The Humidor
  • The Wine Bar

You can also pamper yourself at the Spa and Wellness area.  Spa Services include:

  • Massages
  • Facials
  • Skin Treatments
  • Salon Services
  • Barber Services

There’s also a sleek looking gym on the Evrima so that you can get your workout in along with a yoga studio.

If you’re bringing the kids, there’s a Ritz Kids program as well.  The Ritz Kids program is geared towards children from ages 4-12.

The Shore Collection:

Summer view of fishermen houses and harbor at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Ritz will be visiting some fascinating locations all over the world so you’ll want to get out there and explore the destinations.  You can experience these by reserving shore excursions, exploring on your own, or booking private excursions offered by the Ritz.  The Ritz has a curated selection of experiences by interest and activity level.

Entertainment and Enrichment:

Onboard entertainment staff will feature in-house quartet comprised of a pianist, vocalist, guitarist and drum/sax musician.  Partnerships with local arts and music communities and discussions led by renowned experts and lecturers will bring local culture from shore-side to onboard.


  • From August to October 2022 – Mediterranean
  • November 5 to December 28 – Caribbean
  • January 4 to February 4, 2023 – Central America
  • February 14 to April 14, 2023 – Caribbean
  • April 27 to August 24, 2023 – Mediterranean
  • November 19, 2023 to April 4, 2024 – Caribbean

Introducing the Next Generation:

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is introducing 2 new super yachts to their lineup.  Ilma will set sail in 2024 and Luminara will set sail in 2025.

If you have any questions or if you’d like more detail on itinerary, feel free to call or text 646-276-2727.  Or send email to jerzy@upclosetravel.com.

Luxury Iceland Expedition with Crystal Cruises in July 2021

Crystal Cruises is ready to take you on an Arctic Adventure.  Step on board the brand new Crystal Endeavor and get ready for your Luxury Iceland Expedition. 

There are 5 sailings (July 17, 27, August 6, 16, 26) this year, 2021, and reservations open Tuesday April 13.

Rates starting at $13,999 per guest!

$300 onboard credit per guest from Crystal Cruises PLUS Up Close Travel will double that!

Double Crystal Society Savings of 5%; New-to-Crystal guests receive savings of 2.5%.

Solo fares as low as just 150%.

Add a pre or post cruise option in Reykjavik at the Hotel Borg.

The ship – Crystal Endeavor:

  • All-suite, all-verandah, all butler-serviced Crystal Endeavor
  • 200 guests luxury small ship sailing
  • Multiple dining venues including Umi Uma & Sushi and Prego Italian.
  • Sleek design built to PC6 Polar Class specifications
  • Anchor-free dynamic positioning technology
  • A two-story, glass-enclosed Solarium affording spectacular views day into night
  • Hosted by an experienced Expedition Team, guided excursions will include Zodiac landings and kayaking adventures showcasing the land’s rare and remote beauty.

There’s also a Platform for viewing all the spectacular sights, a Wellness spa and fitness center, 2 helicopters, and a 7-person submersible.  THE ULTIMATE in Luxury expedition sailing.

If you have any questions or would like a quote, call (888) 365-1515 anytime! I’m available 7 days a week by phone, email and text.

Crystal Cruises Adds Caribbean Sailing from St. John In August 2021

Crystal Symphony will be sailing 10 night Luxury Caribbean Escapes round trip from St. Johns. There will be 15 sailings starting August 5 through December. Dec 23 there’s a holiday sailing.

Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands are on the itinerary.

Since the CDC is not allowing cruise lines to cruise from the US, cruise lines are finding new home ports so they can begin cruising.

The Minister of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda says they’re excited and ready for cruising from St. John’s to begin.

As new info comes on on this sailing, I’ll bring out the updates. If you’d like to receive an email with updates, click here.

Reservations open April 20.As new info comes on on this sailing, I’ll bring out the updates. If you’d like to receive an email with updates, there’s a link in the description below. Reservations open April 20.

Other sailings available for this summer:

  • Celebrity starts in June
  • Royal Caribbean starts in June
  • Crystal has Bahamas sailings starting on July 3 (reservations are open – Call now). SEE VIDEO ON THIS ADVENTURE!
  • Crystal also has a Luxury Iceland Expedition starting in July!  Reservations for this Arctic Adventure open on April 13.

If you have any questions on any of these sailings, I’d love to help so please feel free to call me anytime.  (888) 365-1515

Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection Update For April 2021

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection has cancelled Mediterranean sailings from July to November, 2021. The new start date is November 10, 2021 from the Caribbean.

You can download the updated schedule below!

If you have any questions, I’m available by phone, email, and text 7 days a week at (888) 365-1515.