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Regent Seven Seas Cruises on Wednesday announced its return to sailing with Seven Seas Splendor cruising from the U.K. beginning September 2021. The voyage will mark the cruise line’s return to service, as well as Seven Seas Splendor’s “inaugural” season, with the ship having only completed two cruises with guests after being christened in February 2020. The sailings will mark the beginning of a phased return to sailing for the rest of the fleet.
The cruise line intends to preserve originally planned itineraries, as much as the global health environment at the time allows. The first cruise for Seven Seas Splendor is scheduled to set sail September 11, 2021 for an 11-night voyage, round-trip from Southampton, England, visiting Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. After the initial voyage, the ship will transition to the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to sail in the Caribbean. Regent notes, however, while many of these sailings are already sold out, there are still opportunities to cruise later in Seven Seas Splendor’s European season and in the Caribbean in early 2022.
To ensure a smooth and safe resumption of operations, the remainder of the Regent fleet’s return to sailing will be announced at future dates, with voyage suspensions now extended through September 30, 2021 for Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager. In conjunction with today’s announcement, Seven Seas Splendor’s voyages are suspended up until its September 11, 2021 voyage from Southampton.
During its voluntary suspension of sailings, Regent Seven Seas Cruises built upon its existing health and safety protocols by establishing the “SailSAFE” health and safety program, a robust and science-backed strategy that creates multiple layers of protection against COVID-19. The program was developed with guidance from a team of public health and scientific experts, including theSailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council.
Current requirements to sail include all guests and crew being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure and having universal testing. The cruise line has confirmed that these and other requirements will be in place until a time when the protocols can be confidently adjusted, and that Regent will constantly monitor the global health environment to protect the safety and security of guests, crew and communities visited. Specific requirements to sail will be communicated directly to guests closer to the time of sailing.