The 2018 Regent Seven Seas World Cruise sails roundtrip from Los Angeles starting on January 8 through May 25, 2018 and visits 5 continents, 28 countries, 64 ports, 28 UNESCO World Heritage sites and includes 5 overnights stays.
Kay and Alan Gick will be hosting the 2nd half of the World Cruise on the beautiful Regent Navigator, starting in Capetown, SA, on April 7.
Kay and Alan aren’t just skilled, trusted and loved hosts, they’re also trained dance instructors which means you’ll find them boogieing the night away and teaching you some great skills as you enter many of the Latin countries known for dance.
Here’s a little of why they love this part of the world and what you can expect to enjoy on the downright cozy 490-passenger Navigator.
Our first stop is in Namibia, where we will be hosting a 6-hour adventure tour with lunch for Cruise Specialists guests. Our last visit here in 2013, found us visiting DUNE 7, appropriately named, as it is the 7th highest in the world–a fairly easy climb to the top. A 4 wheel drive tour through the desert and harbor are a real “trip” as well. After departing Africa, we sail across the South Atlantic heading for South America. However, half way across the ocean we land at Tristan Da Cunha, the most remote island in the world with no deep harbor, airport, hotels or credit cards.
The island is virtually a 6000+ foot high volcano which, by the way, erupted in 1961, and is home to 250+ or – inhabitants who make a living fishing or farming. We are anxious to see the changes since our last visit in 2003.
Continuing across the Atlantic, we finally reach South America and one of our favorite ports, Buenos Aires, where taking in a Tango show is a must. It appears that “Tango Shows” take place on every corner. In fact, as we walked down a street, a local gentleman with a musical accomplice approached Kay and asked her to tango. Wasn’t long before they drew a crowd!
We have special memories of and highly recommend an evening at Senor Tango, a beautiful cabaret that can accommodate 1000+ guests.
We began the evening with a traditional Argentine feast. And, just as we were finishing dinner, 2-3 dozen tango dancers entered the dance floor on horseback! For about 2 hours they moved passionately around the floor dancing to live musicians playing violin, accordion and piano. We can hardly wait to repeat this amazing evening and possibly see some new dance patterns since our last visit in 2003.
Five days later we will be dancing the Samba in Rio and revisiting the many wonderful sites from high atop Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains to Ipanema beach.
The infamous Devil’s Island is just a hop up the coastline. We recall visiting the prison that once housed French prisoners. As we recollect, about 80,000 criminals were sent here and only 1/3 lived to tell about it. After your visit you’ll understand how the island got its name.
On May 14, after visiting several colorful South Caribbean islands, we traverse the “new” Panama Canal and eventually stop in exotic Puntarenas, Costa Rica, where we will again be hosting an 8 hour Cruise Specialists tour with lunch. In this paradise, any 4 square mile area could contain as many as 750 species of trees, 125 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 100 species of reptiles!
Not far ahead is Acapulco, Mexico where we plan to visit the cliffs and witness the high divers who were just learning to walk when we last visited in the mid-90s.
The above is a very brief description of the extraordinary experiences we have enjoyed. Join us, share the camaraderie with fellow Virtuoso guests and experience this most unique exploration opportunity along with free dance lessons if you wish.
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