Shawn Tubman, Senior Vice President, Sales at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, provided an update on the cruise line’s latest developments, amenities and additions. Tubman leads the North American sales strategy, oversees business development and manages all sales divisions. A cruise industry veteran, he’s banked more than four decades of experience, including senior sales and marketing roles. He got his start working as cruise staff aboard the former S.S. Norway.


Q: Why is cruising a great choice for a luxury vacation?

From the highest standards of personalized service to highly immersive destination experiences to exquisite cuisine, cruising is an excellent choice when it comes to a luxury vacation. At Regent, we pride ourselves on offering a truly unrivaled experience. Throughout our 30-year history, we’ve perfected our luxury offering to ensure that our guests are taken care of every step of the way. Our fares include all of the lavish amenities our luxury travelers desire and need to have a relaxing time when they sail with us.


Q: What are Regent’s recently-added amenities?

We know that our guests expect the highest standard of luxury, which is why we strive to continuously exceed their expectations when it comes to a truly all-inclusive experience. From FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions in every port and FREE Business Class Air on all intercontinental flights, to specialty gourmet dining and premium beverages throughout the ship – we’re running out of things to include!

We did manage to take things further recently when we added complimentary valet laundry for all suite categories to our already extensive all-inclusive offering. So now all our guests have to worry about is what adventure they’re going to have the next day.

Q: Tell me more about Regent’s wellness offerings.

Regent offers guests an extensive array of wellness products. Our onboard professional fitness experts offer training and guidance suited to individual needs and goals, or guests can also enjoy group fitness classes from yoga to spinning. Our Serene Spa & Wellness is a tranquil haven of health, beauty and wellness where guests can restore their mind and body with our range of extensive spa treatments. We also offer a variety of tours to enable guests to maintain a healthy lifestyle when discovering each destination. Guests can practice yoga against a stunning backdrop in Taormina, learn about apitherapy, a school of alternative medicine based on bee products, or practice meditation on the idyllic island of Palma de Mallorca.


Q: What suites or staterooms on Regent ships are the most indulgent?

The Regent Suite, found on Seven Seas Explorer®, Seven Seas Splendor® and the soon to be launched Seven Seas Grandeur®, is the pinnacle of luxury offering approximately 4,400 square feet of space. Our Regent Suite guests can take advantage of a handcrafted $200,000 Vividus bed from the renowned Hästens brand, an in-suite spa with complimentary treatments, a stunning floorto-ceiling ocean-view shower and wrap-around balconies. The suite is a testament to unparalleled craftsmanship and meticulous detail. However, luxury is not just found in the Regent Suite. All our sprawling suites come with some of the largest balconies at sea and dedicated suite attendants, which means guests will always have a comfortable, private sanctuary after a day of exploring.


Q: How is Regent making shore excursions even more luxurious

Along with personalized service and every luxury included, immersive exploration is a key focus of Regent. We are the only cruise line to offer FREE unlimited shore excursions in every port that aim to engage a variety of interests and passions, such as food and wine, the arts and adventure. In addition to offering FREE unlimited shore excursions on every voyage, we offer Regent Choice shore excursions. These one-of-a-kind shore excursions — which have a supplementary charge — offer truly unique experiences, such as a helicopter ride over rainforests and glaciers in Alaska.

We have a dedicated destinations team that is always researching, planning and creating new and exciting shore excursions for our guests. In fact, we’re introducing two new types of excursions that are sure to be a hit. First, our unique Eco-Connect Tours allow our guests to engage with local groups and businesses to learn about how they’re transforming the world around them through their efforts to conserve and sustain the surrounding environment. Next, we are launching Behind the Design Tours which afford a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most captivating and brilliant architectural designs and feats around the world. Our guests will gain special insights from knowledgeable guides about the inspiration, reasoning and genius that brought these marvels to life.

Other examples of our varied shore excursion options include Go Local Tours where guests can spend time with local communities partaking in activities such as making cheese at a family-owned goat farm in Andalusia or bathing in thermal springs in Rome. Guests can also visit an Aloe Vera Farm in Ibiza to observe how Aloe Vera is nurtured and harvested on one of our amazing Wellness Tours.

Q: How can a travel advisor elevate your cruise?

I always refer to our travel agent partners as professional travel advisors, because that’s what they excel in, learning about you and your needs and desires and matching you with the right cruise product. They do this by discussing your past experiences and what you liked or disliked about them. They may ask you to review what you’re looking for in your vacation, what destinations appeal to you and what interests you have. Finding out about what matters to you gives them the ability to suggest a product that truly fits your dreams. For example, you may be celebrating a special occasion. Make sure you share that with your advisor. Many of our guests cruising on Regent for the first time do so because they are celebrating a milestone whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, promotion, birthday or a reunion with family and friends. Also, ask your advisor about our included and unlimited excursions which are extensive, however, as part of your celebration, you may want to splurge in one particular port and purchase a private car and driver excursion for the day or take a helicopter journey. If you are looking for an all-inclusive, truly immersive, world-class cruise experience on a stunningly beautiful ship, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the perfect choice.


Q: Describe the dining experiences available on your voyages.

Our cuisine is one of the best-kept secrets in cruising – it’s exquisite, and the incredible dishes that we serve on board rival some of the finest restaurants around the world. There’s an abundance of choice with a wide array of dining experiences, including up to five specialty restaurants and a number of more casual options. This includes everything from French to Italian and our signature steakhouse, Prime 7. And Explorer, Splendor and Grandeur also offer Asian fusion — and it’s all complimentary for our guests.


Q: Name a few of the onboard speakers and programs that guests may enjoy.

Our collection of Spotlight Voyages has been designed to appeal to culinary and wine enthusiasts, history buffs, Broadway aficionados and performance art followers, as well as journalism and science fans. The culturally immersive sailings include cuisine-themed voyages with accomplished chefs and wine tastings with renowned connoisseurs, plus enlightening panel discussions about the arts and journeys through time. Upcoming speakers include Chef Tommaso Barletta, known for his award-winning, fine Italian restaurants across Southern California while on a voyage in the British Isles guests can discover the power of genealogy with Kyle Betit and Celia Heritage of AncestryProGenealogists®.


Q: Why is Regent considered “The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet”?

We pride ourselves on offering guests an Unrivalled Experience with Every Luxury Included. We always promise to give our guests more than just the most luxurious ships; this extends to superb meals, bespoke service and immersive excursions. Our true all-inclusivity provides guests with a wonderful sense of freedom which, when combined with unparalleled personal service and destination exploration, is why they come back time after time.