PBS Filmmakers - Fjords and Wildflowers

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, this 10-night itinerary begins in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, travels north to the stunning expanse of Alaska and disembarks in the cosmopolitan ‘city by the bay’ San Francisco, 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. Supporters and friends of PBS will gather to celebrate the acclaimed programming of public broadcasting entities in America, aboard the award-winning Regent Seven Seas Mariner.

This adventure will celebrate the very best of PBS’ 2017 favorites, including seminars, talkbacks, receptions and panel discussions with personalities from American Experience, FRONTLINE and more; a special focus on the directors and producers who bring some of the most challenging, fascinating, informative programming to television screens across the country. In addition, toast the arts and examine complex social issues with some of the country’s most dynamic and insightful personalities, including esteemed politicians and award-winning performers. Additionally, private dinners and cocktail receptions allow for one-to-one conversations during the voyage. The experience is unparalleled and not available anywhere else in the world. An Artful Travelers voyage is, quite simply, a journey unlike any other.

Invited guests on this voyage include…

  • Senator Barbara Boxer – United States Senator from California (1993 to 2017) and previously in the U.S. House of Representatives (1983 to 1993);
  • Martin Smith – George Polk and Emmy Award-winning producer and reporter for PBS’ FRONTLINE and other acclaimed programs;
  • Marcela Gaviria – Award-winning journalist and filmmaker for PBS’ FRONTLINE and other acclaimed programs;
  • John Maggio – Award-winning director and producer for American Experience, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Italian Americans and more;
  • David Lee – Peabody and nine-time Emmy Award-winning co-creator of television's Frasier;
  • Julie Garnye – Broadway actress and singer (Cats, HAIR, Les Miserables);
  • Aaron Lazar – Drama Desk-nominated Broadway actor and singer (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!);
  • Rachel Dretzin – Acclaimed producer and director (FRONTLINE);
  • Barak Goodman – Award-winning director, producer and writer (Clinton, Makers).

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.



Filmmaker John Maggio has spent a decade making documentaries hailed for their social impact and exceptional craft.  His work includes several films for FRONTLINE (College Inc., Growing up Online, The Private Life of Bradley Manning) and American Experience (Billy the Kid, The Lobotomist, The Boy in the Bubble, Kinsey). Maggio’s films have been honored with the National Emmy Award, Writers Guild Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Image Award nomination as well as multiple News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations. His work has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has shown at festivals around the world. Maggio is co-creator and Senior Producer of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. He wrote and directed the landmark four-hour series The Italian Americans in 2015. He’s currently at work on Into The Amazon(wt.) a two-hour exploration of Theodore Roosevelt’s fateful 1914 trip down the River of Doubt in Brazil. 


For almost two decades, Rachel Dretzin has produced and directed numerous films for FRONTLINE, including the Peabody Award-winning The Lost Children of Rockdale County, which profiled a group of teenagers in one American suburb, the site of a rare syphilis outbreak among upper middle class kids;  Failure to Protect, a three-part series on the child welfare system, winner of the Du-Pont Columbia Silver Baton as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize;  and Growing Up Online, an Emmy-nominated exploration of the risks and realities of teenage self-expression on the web.  Her other films for FRONTLINE include Football High, Digital Nation, A Hidden Life, The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool, The High Price of Health, Betting on the Market, The Search for Satan, and Hillary’s Class. Rachelwas senior producer on the award-sweeping The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (PBS) a six-hour exploration of the 500- year sweep of African-American history, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. which was honored with the rare triple-crown of broadcast honors: the Peabody, Emmy, and Columbia-DuPont award.  She is senior producer of the upcoming Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (for PBS broadcast, Fall 2016,) a four hour series also hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which explores the last 50 years of African-American history, from the victories of the Civil Rights Movement to the first black president. She was co-creator and senior producer of the first landmark season of Henry Louis Gates’ acclaimed genealogy series, “Finding Your Roots,” now entering its fourth season. And she senior produced “Makers” for PBS—six films on the history of women’s contributions to the fields of business, space, comedy, politics, Hollywood, and war. Rachel has also produced films and radio for ABC, NPR, MSNBC, and the New York Times online. She has been on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Social Documentary at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Currently, Rachel is directing the highly anticipated documentary feature film Far From the Tree, based on Andrew Solomon’s groundbreaking nonfiction book about extraordinary families. The film is being produced by Ark Media in partnership with Participant Media, and will be released theatrically in 2017.


Barak Goodman is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. His films for Ark Media have been nominated for an Academy Award and won multiple Emmys and Writers Guild Awards, the DuPont-Columbia, and Peabody Awards, the RFK Journalism Prize, and twice been official selections at the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, he is directing a two-hour American Experience film on the rise of the militant right during the 1990’s. He is also the series director and producer of the upcoming six-hour PBS series Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, airing over three nights March 30-April 1, 2015. Other recent projects Barak has directed, produced, and written include Makers, the first complete history of the modern women's movement; Clinton, a four-hour biography of Bill Clinton for American Experience; and My Lai, the story of America's most notorious war crime, also for American Experience.


In his 40 years producing and reporting, Martin Smith has covered the world: from revolution in Central America and the fall of communism in Russia, to the rise of Al Qaeda and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the inside story of the global financial meltdown. Smith has often been ahead of the news curve. He was among the first journalists to investigate Col. Oliver North’s clandestine Contra arms network and one of the first western reporters to investigate the emergence of Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network. Smith began his career in 1976 as a film editor at CBS News and worked his way up through the ranks. His first documentary, Guatemala, (1982) won both a George Polk Award for Investigative Journalism and an Emmy from the Academy of Television Art & Sciences. In 1983, Smith moved to PBS where he produced for the PBS science series NOVA and for FRONTLINE. In 1986, he produced Who’s Running This War? for FRONTLINE and won his second George Polk award. In 1989, he served as executive producer of Inside Gorbachev’s USSR with Hedrick Smith, winning a third Polk award and DuPont Columbia Gold Baton. In 1990, he joined FRONTLINE as a senior producer at FRONTLINE responsible for editorial supervision of scores of documentaries. Between 1994 and 1998, Smith worked with ABC News anchor Peter Jennings as a senior producer and oversaw a series of documentary specials for ABC’s Peter Jennings Reporting unit, including Hiroshima: Why the Bomb was Dropped, recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award in 1995 and the George Foster Peabody award. In 1998, Smith left ABC News and founded RAIN Media, an independent production company, which has produced over 50 hours of award winning programming for ABC News and for FRONTLINE, including The Terrorist and the Superpower (aka Hunting bin Laden), which was produced three years before 9/11. A copy of the film was requested by Vice President Dick Cheney’s office immediately after the attacks. In the three months following 9/11, Smith produced two seminal films on the genesis of the attacks—Looking for Answers (2001) and Saudi Time Bomb? (2001). Along with other FRONTLINE films produced in the wake of 9/11, the Alfred I. DuPont jurors awarded Smith and his colleagues another Gold Baton and said of the work: “The series never flinches from showing why terrorist groups harbor such hate for America and includes people whose attitudes toward the Untied States are undoubtedly offensive to many viewers. Yet all of the programs are balanced and never sensationalized.” Smith continued reporting on Al Qaeda in subsequent years. In the trilogy, In Search of Al Qaeda (2002), Return of the Taliban (2006) and Obama’s War(2008), Smith investigated Pakistan’s duplicitous policy toward Afghanistan and confronted top Pakistani officials—including, on two occasions, President Pervez Musharraf. This work had a major impact on the direction of U.S. policy towards Pakistan. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry showed excerpts from Return of the Taliban in high-level briefings with Bush administration officials. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Smith has covered the conflict for FRONTLINE with a series of films, including Truth, War and Consequences (2003), which established Smith’s presence as an on-camera correspondent, Beyond Baghdad (2004), Private Warriors (2005), and Gangs of Iraq (2007). He has just completed The Rise of ISIS (2014), a fifth film on Iraq investigating the circumstances and context leading to ISIS’s emergence. Smith has also done extensive reporting on business and financial issues. He collaborated on a landmark series on the global economic crisis, Money, Power and Wall Street (2012), which was awarded a 2013 George Polk Award, Smith’s fourth. The jury cited the series for the way it “dissected and distilled down the complicated subject of the modern credit derivative market and provided a sober look inside the struggle to rescue and repair this country’s battered economy.” His business reporting also includes Dot Con, about the internet bubble; Heatabout how business leaders have reacted to calls for carbon reduction in the face of climate change; The Madoff Affair (2009), an investigation into the world’s largest Ponzi scheme; College Inc. (2010) and Educating Sergeant Pantzke(2011), two examinations of for-profit education that significantly influenced debate on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Veteran Affairs; The Retirement Gamble(2013), about the 401(k) industry and America’s impending retirement crisis; and To Catch a Trader(2014), a film about Steven A. Cohen and insider trading. Smith’sThe Untouchables(2013) examined the Justice Department’s failure to hold Wall Street bankers accountable for mortgage fraud in the run up to the 2008 collapse. The report sparked an enormous reaction after its initial airing. Two U.S. Senators, citing Smith’s interview with a senior Justice Department official, demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder explain whether his department’s failure to investigate big banks stems from fear of collateral consequences. Several US attorneys’ offices have screened the film and re-committed publicly to bringing cases related to Wall Street fraud. Smith was born Jan. 28, 1949, and raised on a citrus farm in Riverside, CA, and later in Los Angeles. He studied Comparative Literature at Brown University and has a BFA from the Institute of Film and Television at New York University. He is on the board of the Overseas Press Club and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in New York City with his wife and producing partner Marcela Gaviria. He is the father of five children.


Marcela Gaviria is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker with RAINmedia in New York City. Over the past fifteen years she has produced more than 30 documentaries for FRONTLINE, covering the rise of Al Qaeda, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the use of psychiatric medications to treat children with behavioral problems, and the culture of risk taking on Wall Street. Gaviria has earned every major award in broadcast journalism, including most recently a 2014 Emmy for The Retirement Gamble (2013) and a 2013 Emmy for Money Power and Wall Street. The latter, a landmark series on the economic crisis, was awarded the 2013 George Polk Award and 2013 Writers Guild Award. Previously, Gaviria earned the 2011 Writer's Guild Award for WikiSecrets; the 2010 Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award for Obama's War; a 2009 Emmy and George Foster Peabody Award for The Madoff Affair; a 2005 Emmy for The Storm; the 2003 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for Truth, War, and Consequences; the 2002 duPont-Columbia Gold Baton for two post-9/11 films Looking for Answers and Saudi Time Bomb?; and an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award for the four-hour series Drug Wars. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Peter S. McGhee Fellowship award, which honors an individual whose work reflects excellence, intelligence, fairness, passion and scholarship. Gaviria first worked for FRONTLINE in 1994 with renowned producer William Cran on Godfather of Cocaine, a film about the drug baron Pablo Escobar. After the production of that hour, Gaviria stayed on in her native Colombia and continued to field produce documentaries for PBS, BBC and CBS News. In 1997 she was awarded a MacArthur grant to set up the first natural history filmmaking unit in Latin America. In 1999, she returned to FRONTLINE to work on the four part series, Drug Wars. That began a 15-year collaboration with veteran FRONTLINE producer/correspondent, Martin Smith. Together, this now-husband-and-wife team, have produced scores of documentaries including Egypt in Crisis (2013); Money Power and Wall Street (2012); WikiSecrets (2011); The Spill (2010); The Quake (2010); Obama's War (2009); The Madoff Affair (2009); Gangs of Iraq (2007); The Storm (2005); Private Warriors (2005); The Choice (2004); Beyond Baghdad (2004); Truth, War and Consequences (2003); Kim's Nuclear Gamble (2002); In Search of Al Qaeda (2002); Looking for Answers (2001); Saudi Time Bomb? (2001); and Medicating Kids (2000). Independently, Gaviria has also produced several documentaries for FRONTLINE, including most recently the 90-minute blockbuster film Firestone and the Warlord (2014); The Retirement Gamble (2013); The War Briefing (2008); The Medicated Child (2008) and two FRONTLINE/Worlds, Inside Hamas (2006) and Iraq: Reporting the War (2005). Gaviria was born in Bogota, Colombia, and obtained her BA from Brown University and her MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.