Spotlight on Public Broadcasting
Experience the best of public broadcasting aboard the number one cruise line in the world.
Continuing a longtime relationship with PBS, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and partner Artful Travelers announced an exclusive 12-night sailing onboard Seven Seas Voyager that will combine the best in leisure and learning with celebrated PBS personalities. Guests sailing on this incredible voyage can take advantage of an exclusive pre-cruise journey through the pastoral English countryside with a special lunch and afternoon hosted by best-selling author Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the chatelaine of Highclere Castle, better known as the setting for the Emmy Award-winning "Downton Abbey" on PBS Masterpiece.
ENHANCED SPOTLIGHT ON PBS & a Masterpiece Experience with Lady Carnarvon
PLEASE NOTE: This pre-cruise shore excursion is a full-day experience at an additional cost per passenger.
For complete details, please contact a Regent Seven Seas Cruises reservations agent.
Taking place during the Masters and Tsars itinerary departing on August 27, 2014, guests will have an opportunity to book an excursion that visits locales featured in episodes of "Downton Abbey" prior to embarking the ship in Southampton and setting sail for a 12-night voyage through the Baltic Sea to Stockholm.
After enjoying the charming scenery of the English countryside via luxury coach, a photo stop and tour awaits guests at Basildon Park, the elegant house-setting for the "Downton Abbey" Christmas Day special from 2013. The afternoon features a lavish three-course lunch at The Vineyard restaurant, during which guests will explore the history of Highclere Castle as told by Lady Carnarvon, the longtime steward at the stately home, which serves as the primary setting for "Downton Abbey." She has been on set during much of the filming of the landmark series, and will share her personal experiences with the cast and crew. The afternoon culminates with an exclusive signing of Lady Carnarvon's latest book, The New York Times best-seller "Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey."
Once onboard the award-winning Seven Seas Voyager, guests will enjoy lectures and informal discussions with esteemed PBS personalities including Gwen Ifill of "Washington Week" and Executive Producer of "American Masters" Michael Kantor. In addition, David Zippel, Tony Award-winning lyricist and director, and Tony Award-nominated vocalist and actress Christine Andreas will join guests for the sailing and select shore excursions.
Artful Travelers' voyages provide rare opportunities to meet and interact with some of the nation's most celebrated minds. To be included in
public broadcasting activities on this sailing, please ask your travel agent or a Regent sales representative to include the group code
"AARTFUL" on your booking.
PLEASE NOTE: Lady Carnarvon will join Artful Travelers passengers only during the exclusive,
pre-cruise shore excursion in London/Southampton. For complete details, please contact a Regent Seven Seas Cruises reservations
A former auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, Lady Fiona Carnarvon is the wife of George Herbert, 8th Earl of
Carnarvon. Today, she manages affairs at Highclere Castle, home of the worldwide television drama "Downton Abbey", including overseeing
its grounds and gardens and many special events such as the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the Castle. Fascinated by
Highclere's history, Lady Carnarvon has written three books. The first two are about the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered King
Tutankhamun's tomb with Howard Carter in 1922. Her latest, The New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real
Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere, is an amazing tale covering the same period as the first two series of "Downton Abbey", beginning in
1894 with the marriage of 19-year-old Lady Almina into the Carnarvon family and continuing through the Great War. In September,
Lady Carnarvon will publish the follow-up to the international best seller, Lady Catherine and the Real "Downton Abbey". This book
moves the story into the 1920's and focuses on the remarkable American heiress who came to reign at Highclere Castle.
Gwen Ifill is Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week and Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour.
She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
(Doubleday, 2009). Gwen
reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs to U.S. politics and policies interviewing national and international
newsmakers. She has covered seven Presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates -- in 2004 the debate
between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and in 2008 the debate between Democratic Senator Joe Biden and
Republican Governor Sarah Palin. Before coming to PBS in 1999, Gwen was chief congressional and political correspondent
for NBC News, White House correspondent for The New York Times, and a local and national political reporter for The Washington
Post. She also reported for the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Boston Herald American. Her work as a journalist has been honored
by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center, Ebony Magazine and Boston's Ford Hall
Forum. Gwen has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and currently serves on the boards of the News Literacy Project, the
Committee to Protect Journalists, and she is a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences. A native of New York City, Gwen
graduated from Simmons College in Boston.
Christine Andreas's recent show, 'Bemused', at 54 Below was hailed by the NY Times as "pure alchemy" and is being recorded by PS Classics
for release in early Fall 2014. This award-winning singer, Broadway star, and Tony nominee most recently completed a year in La Cage aux
Folles with Kelsey Grammer, as well as a much acclaimed national tour as Margaret Johnson in
The Light in the Piazza. On Broadway, Andreas
first captured NYC theatre-goers' hearts in the 20th anniversary production of My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle (Theatre World Award);
followed by the revival of Oklahoma! as Laurey, working with Billy Hammerstein & Agnes DeMille, (Tony nomination); and
On Your Toes as Frankie Frayne directed by legendary George Abbott, (Tony nomination). She created the role of Marguerite St. Just in The Scarlet Pimpernel and received a Barrymore Award for her portrayal of Vera Simpson in Rodgers & Hart's
Pal Joey. Her Carnegie Hall debut was
hailed in Variety as "brilliant", "delicious" & "sexy". The NY Times said of her Café Carlyle & Oak Room cabaret, "She delicately
kills with the sheer beauty of her voice…..offering a blend of lyricism and sweet sensuality that only the finest Broadway voices can conjure".
Liz Smith said she was "simply sine qua non." Teamed with her husband, Grammy-nominated arranger and composer Martin Silvestri, Andreas
starred in Silvestri's original musical The Fields of Ambrosia which opened in London followed by concerts in London, Paris, Rome,
Australia & the White House. These concerts were the basis for her award winning CDs:
Love is Good; Here's to the Ladies and
The Carlyle Set. Visit her website at christineandreas.com
David Zippel is a Tony Award-winning lyricist and director as well as one of just a handful of artists to have achieved success
on Broadway, in Hollywood and in the world of popular music. His songs appear on over 25 million CDs around the world and his
work has received two Academy Award nominations, two Grammy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. With composer Cy
Coleman and bookwriter Larry Gelbart, Zippel made his Broadway debut with
City of Angels, for which he received the Tony Award,
New York Drama Critics Award, Drama Desk Award, London's Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award. With Alan Menken, he wrote
the songs for Disney's Hercules and, with Matthew Wilder, he wrote the songs for Disney's
Mulan. Including Christina Aguilera's
worldwide smash "Reflection." His Broadway show, The Goodbye Girl, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and a book by Neil Simon,
received a Tony nomination for Best Musical and earned him a nomination for Best Lyrics at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Many
great singers have performed Zippel's lyrics including Stevie Wonder, Mel Torme, Barbara Streisand, Linda Eder, Sarah Brightman,
Elaine Paige and Liza Minnelli. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is delighted not to practice law.
Michael Kantor is the Executive Producer of PBS' Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series American Masters.
A long-time producer and filmmaker for PBS who has also worked on programs for HBO and other cable networks,
Kantor has created a number of award-winning programs. Kantor's six-part series
Broadway: The American Musical
was hosted by Julie Andrews and won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series. His Emmy-nominated
series Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America was hosted by Billy Crystal and narrated by Amy Sedaris.
Kantor has produced two programs for Great Performances, including
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, which
was narrated by Joel Grey and just won a 2014 Peabody Award.