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PRINCETON, NJ (Nov. 12, 2010) – If you love public broadcasting and PBS and NPR’s intellectual personalities, the PTV at Sea Adventures cruise is a no-brainer. This is your chance to see some of the most respected authorities and most enthralling people in American public broadcasting in a leisurely, yet educational, environment.

Aboard the lovely Regent Seven Seas Voyager May 2011 itinerary, the guest speakers are those with their fingers on the pulse of politics, history, current events, finance, and the arts. The list of speakers includes Charlie Cook, Jacki Lyden, Mark Samels, Scott Simon, and Rex Reed. 
Regent Seven Seas guests will be invited to private dinners and cocktail receptions that allow for one-to-one conversations during the cruise. This fascinating adventure begins in Dubai, traveling to incredible ports in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel and on through the Suez Canal to visits in the Mediterranean Sea ending the voyage in Rome.
PTV at Sea provides the incredible opportunity to meet with and learn from public broadcasting’s most dynamic and insightful personalities, aboard Regent’s luxurious all-suite, all-balcony ship, the Seven Seas Voyager. This unrivaled adventure, traveling to incredible ports in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel and on through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea, allows travelers exclusive access to these public broadcasting legends. Attend panel discussions and presentations in the areas of politics, culture, personal finance, health and wellness and more. Additionally, private dinners and cocktail receptions allow for one-to-one conversations during the unforgettable voyage.

Experience and hear about the rich history and complicated politics of the Middle East, and also explore the best in arts and entertainment. Participate in fascinating seminars, panel discussions and exclusive receptions with some of the United States' most respected authorities on politics, arts, culture and finance.

The insight and experience of the PBS personalities and special guests is unparalleled and not available anywhere else in the world. PTV at Sea is, quite simply, a journey unlike any other.

To participate in all exclusive PTV at Sea events and activities, reservations must be made directly with Crown Cruise Vacations by calling toll-free at 855-788-7880 (USA and Canada) or international direct-dial +1-609-945-9801.  Fares include roundtrip airfare from select U.S. and Canadian gateway cities (Penthouse Suites and higher on European cruises includes Business Class Air), all shipboard gratuities; complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits served throughout the ship; complimentary 24-hour room service; Butler service in Penthouse Suites and above; in-suite mini-bar setup for suites with butler service; refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer and bottled water replenished daily, and much more. Complimentary Travel Insurance on all reservations when booked with Crown Cruise Vacations.

Please call 855-788-7880 (USA and Canada) or international direct-dial +1-609-945-9801 for more information or email

Invited Guests

Charlie Cook, one of Washington’s top political authorities, is the Publisher of The Cook Political Report and political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal and Congress Daily AM. He also writes a regular column for the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a political analyst for NBC News. The New York Times has labeled him "one of the best political handicappers in the nation”, while The Wall Street Journal called Cook "the Picasso of election analysis." (Confirmed)

Acclaimed journalist, author and radio host, Jacki Lyden can currently be heard on the weekend broadcasts of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Formerly NPR’s London correspondent, Lyden has covered the Gulf War from Baghdad, Iraq and has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, and other countries. Her book, Daughter of the Queen of Sheba is out in eleven foreign editions and considered a memoir classic by The New York Times. She has shared in the NPR’s Peabody and duPont-Columbia University Awards and, in 2002, received the Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television for best foreign documentary, together with producer Davar Ardalan. A graduate of Valparaiso University and its Christ College scholars program and a Benton Fellow at the University of Chicago from 1991-92, Jacki has written for Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. (Confirmed)

Mark Samels was named executive producer of American Experience, PBS’s flagship history series, in 2003. Produced by WGBH/Boston, American Experience is television’s most-watched and longest running history series. Under Samels’ leadership, the series has been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, Oscar nominations, Sundance Film Festival Audience and Grand Jury Awards, and the Eric Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians. Samels has overseen the production of more than 50 films for the series, including the first two co-productions between American Experience and PBS’s award-winning public affairs series, Frontline. In addition to his public television work, Samels is a founding member of the International Documentary Association and has served on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Nonfiction Peer Group. (Invited)

Ari Shapiro, NPR’s award-winning White House correspondent, reports for all of NPR’ s newsmagazines, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has also been a guest host for NPR’s news and talk programs. Based in Washington, D.C., Shapiro is the first NPR reporter to be made a correspondent before age 30. He has received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize and a “laurel” for excellent reporting from the Columbia Journalism Review. (Confirmed)

Scott Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars. His radio show, NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, has been called by the Washington Post, “the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial.” Scott has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He received the Presidential End Hunger Award for his coverage of the Ethiopian civil war and famine, and a special citation from the Peabody Awards for his weekly essays. In addition to his work with NPR and PBS, Scott has appeared as a guest and commentator on all major networks, including BBC, NBC, CNN, and ESPN and contributed articles to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Gourmet among others. (Invited)

Rex Reed is a critic, columnist, journalist, author and lecturer who appears every week in the New York Observer. He has been a film critic for Vogue, GQ, Holiday, and Women’s Wear Daily. For thirteen years, he was an arts critic for the New York Daily News, and for five years was the film critic for the New York Post. He is the author of eight books about the movies and his first novel, Personal Effects, was optioned by NBC for a four-hour miniseries. As an actor, Rex Reed appeared in the films Myra Breckinridge with Mae West and John Huston, Inchon! with Laurence Olivier, and Superman with Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. For five years, he starred in the nationally syndicated television show, At the Movies. In 1993, he was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in his native state. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and holds an honorary degree from Brandeis University. (Invited)

PTV at Sea May 2011 voyage fares range from $13,499 (H Deluxe Suite) to $48,999 (Master Suite) per person for double occupancy.

Regent's Seven Seas Voyager is only the second all-suite, all-balcony ship in the world, following Regent's Seven Seas Mariner. The stunning vessel caters to 700 guests with world-renowned cuisine of Le Cordon Bleu®, complimentary 24-hour room service and luxurious accommodations.

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About Crown Cruise Vacations:

A travel experience created by an obsession to detail, offering unparalleled service and special pricing on the luxury and ultra-luxury lines. Crown Cruise Vacations specializes in cruises offered by many of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines, including Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn and Silversea. 

In addition to these attributes, the Crown Cruise Vacations features a seasoned team of cruise experts (some fluent in French) who use modern technology to power their success and thrive in the competitive luxury cruise and vacations travel marketplace.

Crown Cruise Vacations President, Ross Spalding, is available for media interviews to discuss the luxury cruises and all aspects of cruising and travel.

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