Spending time on a cruise ship is great, but the ship itself is only half the experience. For many, shore excursions are the real draw of a cruise vacation, though they tend to add to an already hefty cruise price tag. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is looking to ease this financial burden, and encourage passengers to return to the seas, by offering free multi-day packages for land excursions before and after the cruise.
Jason Montague, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, told Travel & Leisure, “One of the joys of travel is being completely immersed in a new culture, being able to learn about different histories, taste new flavors, and discover different ways of life. After being starved of these simple pleasures for so long, we wanted to offer our guests the opportunity to make up for lost time and maximize their next vacation with immersive exploration experiences at no extra cost to them.”
These two- and three-night shore excursion packages are available on cruises sailing between October 2021 and March 2022, on the Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Voyager in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Possible excursions include exploring Cape Town’s celebrated culinary scene and taking a cable car up Table Mountain, a three-day stay in Tokyo to visit its shrines and temples, or even an Aboriginal-led tour of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.
For those who don’t wish to take advantage of the shore excursions, you can get a discount of up to $3,000 per hotel suite.
The cruise line is also offering a flexible cancelation policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing guests who book by March 31 and sail before October 31, 2021, to cancel up to 15 days before the trip for a 100 percent cruise credit.