Seven Seas Navigator will depart Dubai on December 1st, 2023, for the 21-night cruise, with prices starting at US$13,599 for a deluxe window suite, the lowest cabin category available.
The cruise fare includes the usual such as food and entertainment, but because Regent is a luxury cruise line, it also includes a pre- or post-cruise land program, unlimited shore excursions, unlimited beverages (including fine wines and spirits), gratuities, specialty dining and Wi-Fi.
There aren’t all that many days at sea because of the port-intensive itinerary, with 8 ports on offer, including four overnight stays in Mumbai, Colombo, Yangon and Singapore on the final night of the cruise.
The two long stretches of sea days will be between Fujairah and Mumbai, and Colombo and Yangon, during which guests will be able to attend Regent’s signature enrichment lectures, relax by the pool, compete in trivia and other events or indulge in treats at afternoon tea.
Evenings on board are fairly low-key with a nightly cabaret show, casino offers, and karaoke in one of the ship’s bars. There are six bars and cafes onboard, and three restaurants, as well as four lounges offering different forms of entertainment.
The voyage begins in Dubai, which Regent points out is “known as the Hong Kong of Arabia”, for its modern duty-free shopping malls and futuristic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame, Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountains, and the Palm Jumeirah.
“Traditional souks offer some of the best bargains in the world on such luxury items as gold jewellery and designer creations. For a more historic outing, visitors can explore the museum at Al Fahidi Fort or venture out into the Old Quarter of Bastakia,” says Regent.
Seven Seas Navigator sails overnight from Dubai to Fujairah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, on the Gulf of Oman. Fujairah is largely mountainous, surrounded by the ruggedly majestic Hajar Mountains. Shore excursions include dune drives, camel safaris and a voyage to the region’s only fjord, Musandam Fjords.
After two days at sea Seven Seas Navigator arrives in Mumbai, one of the most populous cities in the world with a seemingly endless array of sights and cultural activities. Mumbai is also one of the few cities that accommodates a national park, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, within its city limits.
The ship stays overnight here to give guests plenty of time to explore iconic landmarks and sites, such as The Gateway to India and the Elephanta caves, before cruising overnight to Mormugao in Goa.
This former Portuguese colony is studded with vibrant temples and majestic churches, such as the stunning baroque cathedral and quaint, colourful Panjim. Guests can also explore the countryside and its spice farms, local markets, and the region’s exquisite beaches.
After another night at sea the ship arrives the following day in Mangalore, a city with a rich historical past, part of it even dating back to major epics that are the bedrock of the Hindu mythological pantheon. Here guests can explore 11th century temples, museums and beaches dotted with coconut palm trees.
Cochin (Khochi), the next port of call, will be a highlight for its iconic ancient Chinese fishing nets, which evoke the city’s history as a trading post since early Roman times, due to its strategic location between Europe and China.
Since the times of Kubla Khan and the European colonial age, travellers and merchants from far-off lands have been coming here since ancient times in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory.
Here guests can find St. Francis’ Church, the oldest existing European church in India, or view one of the oldest synagogues in the world with its brass columns, Belgian hanging lamps, and exquisite hand-painted, blue-and-white Chinese porcelain tiles.
Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is the final port call in South Asia, before Seven Seas Navigator heads out across the Bay of Bengal for Southeast Asia.
Colombo was formerly the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kandy and has been visited for over 2,000 years by Roman, Chinese, Arab and European traders. It is replete with colourful colonial buildings as a result, including the Presidential Secretariat, the Grand Oriental Hotel, and the Lighthouse Clock Tower.
Pettah, Colombo’s leading bazaar district will be a highlight for many. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with shops and street stalls offering all manner of goods, while other noteworthy sights include Viharamahadevi Park, the city’s largest and oldest green expanse; and the palatial mansions of Cinnamon Gardens.
After crossing the Andaman Sea, Seven Seas Navigator arrives in Yangon, which was founded as Dagon in the 500’s by the Mon, who dominated the lower portions of present-day Myanmar. The city is home to the most sacred site in the country, the magnificent Scwedagon Pagoda with its amazing complex of pavilions and shrines.
Nearby is the colossal reclining Buddha, almost as large as the famous statue in the town of Bago, and because this is a former British colony, there are many fine examples of colonial architecture including the famous Strand Hotel.
Phuket is the final port of call before Singapore, and with a land area of 215 square miles, its around the same size as the famed city-state, but instead of an urban metropolis it offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages, and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that tower over the turquoise waters of Phang-Nga Bay.
On December 21st, 2023, Seven Seas Navigator sails into Singapore, docking overnight for the final evening of the cruise so that guests have more time to explore.
Strategically located at the end of the Malaysian peninsula, Singapore is a modern, thriving metropolis and melting pot of cultures. There are diverse and colourful ethnic quarters; a fantastic array of superb cuisines; and a shopping mecca second to none.
Visitors can stroll or ride a trishaw through Chinatown, the Arab Quarter or Little India, head down to the scenic Boat Quay for unrivalled views of the harbour and stop at one of the many international eateries while shopping on famous Orchard Road.
Those interests in nature can embark on a night safari at the Singapore Zoo or relax in the verdant shade of the Bukit Timah Nature Preserve, but no visit is complete without trying a refreshing Singapore Sling at the bar at Raffles Hotel.