PBS Favorites - Caribbean Perfection

Experience the Best of Public Broadcasting Aboard the #1 Cruise Line in the World.

Artful Travelers voyages enrich, inspire and entertain with informative programming, presented by some of public broadcasting's most acclaimed personalities.

A partnership between Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Artful Travelers, and your local PBS stations across America, these specially-curated voyages provide incredible opportunities to meet with and learn from public broadcasting’s most dynamic personalities, aboard the luxurious all-suite, all-balcony ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

This 10-night itinerary begins and ends in beautiful Miami, Florida and travels to the Caribbean’s most idyllic and stunning ports of call, all the while offering travelers access to some of the country’s most fascinating people – those with their fingers on the pulse of politics, history, current events, finance, and the arts. Aboard the brand new Regent Seven Seas Explorer, supporters and friends of PBS will gather to celebrate the very best of public broadcasting…

  • America’s most-watched prime time science series, NOVA, will screen a highly-anticipated new program chronicling the development of the Explorer, from creation to christening;
  • Political experts will examine the results of the 2016 election;
  • Producers and journalists from FRONTLINE will discuss their successes bringing the country’s most important stories to screen;
  • Award-winning performers will toast the best of Broadway!

Experience panel discussions and presentations in the areas of politics, culture, history and more, along with private dinners and cocktail receptions, allowing for one-to-one conversations during unforgettable voyages around the globe. The insight and experience of these public broadcasting personalities and special guests is unparalleled and not available anywhere else in the world, guaranteeing that – for PBS fans and supporters – this is truly learning leisure at its finest.

Invited guests on this voyage include…

  • Raney Aronson-Rath – Executive Producer of PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series FRONTLINE;
  • Arun Rath – NPR and PBS correspondent and former weekend host of All Things Considered;
  • Christine Andreas – Tony Award-nominated singer and actress (La Cage Aux Folles, The Scarlet Pimpernel);
  • Martin Silvestri – Grammy Award-nominated producer, musician and songwriter;
  • Charlie Cook – Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal.

To be included in all public broadcasting activities on this sailing, please ask your travel agent or a Regent sales representative to include the group code 'ARTFUL' on your booking.

Scheduled Artful Travelers ports, fares, guests and dates are subject to change.


Raney Aronson-Rath leads FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series. She been internationally recognized for her work to expand FRONTLINE’s reporting capacity, reimagine the documentary form across multiple platforms, and report and tell stories that matter in new, creative ways. From the emergence of ISIS in Syria to the hidden history of the NFL and concussions to the secret reality of rape on the job for immigrant women, Aronson-Rath oversees FRONTLINE’s award-winning reporting on air and online and directs the series’ evolution and editorial vision. A leading voice on narrative journalism, documentary filmmaking, and visual storytelling, Aronson-Rath pioneered a collaborative model for investigative journalism that The New York Times described as “increasingly important … as a way to reach new viewers and produce more in-depth reports.” She has developed and managed nearly 30 in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with some of the nation’s premiere news outlets, including ProPublica, American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, CBC Television and Univision — and has significantly grown both FRONTLINE’s broadcast and digital audiences in the process. Under Aronson-Rath’s leadership, FRONTLINE has won every major award in broadcast journalism, earned new funding to expand its investigative capacity and dramatically expanded its digital footprint (including by launching a YouTube channel with original content, and by making a commitment to interactive projects like Concussion Watch, the Emmy-nominated Targeting the Electorate, and A Perfect Terrorist: David Coleman Headley’s Web of Betrayal, which was named one of The Best American Infographics of 2013). Aronson-Rath’s work to translate FRONTLINE’s core journalistic values of fairness, depth and transparency into the digital space was recently featured in “Video Now,” a report by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, as well as in the school’s “duPont Talks” series. A 2014-2015 Fellow at the MIT Open Doc Lab, Aronson-Rath has spoken on the future of journalism at the Skoll World Forum, the TV Next Summit, the National Scholastic Press Association’s High School Journalism Convention, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the Power of Narrative Journalism Conference, and at universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU and MIT. Aronson-Rath joined FRONTLINE in 2007 as a senior producer. She was named deputy executive producer by David Fanning, the series’ founder, in 2012, and then became executive producer in 2015. Before managing FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath produced several notable FRONTLINE documentaries including News War, The Last Abortion Clinic, The Jesus Factor, Law & Disorder, and Post Mortem. Prior to FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath worked at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in South Asian studies and history from the University of Wisconsin, and received her master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Beginning in October 2015, Arun Rath assumed a new role as a shared correspondent for NPR and Boston-based public broadcaster WGBH News. He is based in the WGBH newsroom and his time is divided between filing national stories for NPR and local stories for WGBH News.
In this role, Rath's reporting beat covers the science of learning, exploring how the brain functions – how we experience emotions, making errors or boredom – and how we respond to different styles of learning. The beat dovetails well with several of WGBH News' core regional coverage areas, bolstering its reporting on higher education (On Campus), innovation (Innovation Hub) and science (Living Lab from WGBH and WCAI in Woods Hole on Cape Cod). Previously he served as weekend host of All Things Considered. In that role, every Saturday and Sunday,Rath and the All Things Considered team offered an hour-long exploration of compelling stories, along with in-depth interviews, breaking news, cultural reviews and reports from NPR bureaus throughout the U.S. and around the world. Over his career, Rath has distinguished himself in public media as a reporter, producer and editor, including time as a senior reporter for the PBS series Frontline and The World® on WGBH Boston. He began his journalism career as an NPR intern at an NPR call-in program called Talk of the Nation, eventually joining the staff and becoming the show's director after working on several NPR News programs during the 1990s. In 2000, he became senior producer for NPR's On the Media, produced by WNYC, where he was part of a team that tripled its audience and won a Peabody Award. He spent 2005 as senior editor at the culture and arts show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC. Rath moved to television in 2005 to report and manage radio partnerships for Frontline; he also reports on culture and music for the PBS series Sound Tracks. At Frontline and The World®, Rath specialized in national security and military justice. He reported and produced three films for Frontline, the latest being an investigation of alleged war crimes committed by U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq.


Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections. In 2010, Charlie was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics." In the spring semester of 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Charlie founded the Cook Political Report in 1984 and became a columnist for Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, in 1986. In 1998 he moved his column to National Journal. Charlie has served as a political analyst or election night analyst for CBS, CNN and NBC News and has been a frequent political analyst for all three major broadcast news networks and has appeared on Meet the Press and This Week. The New York Times has called Charlie “one of the best political handicappers in the nation" and has said the Cook Political Report is "a newsletter which both parties regard as authoritative." The late David Broder wrote in the Washington Post that Charlie was "perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races," while CBS News' Bob Schieffer called the Cook Political Report, "the bible of the political community."


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


Martin Silvestri is a Grammy nominated arranger, producer and composer. He and lyricist Joel Higgins have enjoyed twenty-five years of friendship and musical collaboration. Their first major musical The Fields of Ambrosia was given a critically acclaimed American debut at the George Street Playhouse in 1992. The overwhelming response to this “rhapsodic and reckless adventure” led to the controversial 1996 production at the Aldwich Theatre in London’s West End. The Original London Cast Recording was released on First Night Records. The team has recently completed eight songs for a full-length feature animation entitled Whistle and was represented in New York City with their off-Broadway musical, Johnny Guitar. The musical, which is based on the cult-Western film of the same name, had its premiere off-Broadway in 2006 at the Century Center Theater and was honored with the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Silvestri and Higgins also received four Drama Desk nominations including Best Musical, Best Lyrics and Best Score.