Spotlight on Public Broadcasting

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

A Spotlight on Public Broadcasting sailing with Artful Travelers provides the incredible opportunity to meet with and learn from public broadcasting’s most dynamic and insightful personalities, aboard the award-winning ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

This 10-night itinerary offers travelers access to some of America’s most fascinating people with a special focus on the state of journalism around the world. Fresh from the Democratic National Convention and just weeks before the Republican National Convention, PBS NewsHour anchor, Judy Woodruff, will provide a thorough, unbiased exploration of the fourth estate and the importance of the integrity of the press in a very complex geopolitical climate.  Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will provide color commentary on his long career of reporting and analysis of the races and decisions facing the American public. Spotlight favorite and political analyst Charlie Cook will “look at the numbers” and provide insights on the viability of each presidential candidate along with forecasts for House and Senate races. All of the presentations will be non-partisan – with insight, analysis, and discussion of all facets of this most interesting election cycle and the role of the press. These presentations will be coupled with celebrations of arts, culture and history courtesy of filmmakers from PBS’ American Experience and American Masters.  

Meet and interact with top public broadcasting personalities and their featured guests at panel discussions and presentations. Additionally, private dinners and cocktail receptions allow for one-to-one conversations during the unforgettable voyage. The insight and experience of these public broadcasting personalities and special guests is unparalleled and not available anywhere else in the world. An Artful Travelers voyage is, quite simply, a journey unlike any other.

While guests for this sailing will be confirmed shortly, the following speakers are currently invited...

  • Judy Woodruff: Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at NBC, CNN and PBS. She is the recent recipient of the Radcliffe Medal, the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University. She received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Television from Washington State University, the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma and the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media from the University of South Dakota. She was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Duke Distinguished Alumni Award, among others. She is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees;
  • Al Hunt: A Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering politics and policy. He was the executive editor of Bloomberg News, before which he was a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor at the Wall Street Journal. Hunt hosted the Sunday morning talk show Political Capital on Bloomberg Television and was also a weekly panelist on CNN's Capital Gang and Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields.  He is co-author of a series of books published by the American Enterprise Institute, including The American Elections of 1980, The American Elections of 1982, and The American Elections of 1984. In 1987, he co-authored Elections American Style for the Brookings Institution;
  • Charlie Cook: An American political analyst who specializes in election forecasts and political trends. Cook writes election forecasts and rankings in his own publication, The Cook Political Report, and in other media. He is a political analyst for the National Journal and since 1994 with NBC. Cook writes two columns for National Journal, "The Cook Report" for the main publication and "Off to the Races" for the online National Journal Congress Daily. Since the 1984 US presidential election, Cook has provided election night commentary for various television networks;
  • Steven Lutvak: Steven Lutvak made his Broadway debut as composer/co-lyricist of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which won the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Musical of 2014. Since Broadway, A Gentleman's Guide... has had two National Tours, and has opened in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Stockholm. Steven wrote the title track to Paramount’s hit film, Mad Hot Ballroom, and, the score to Anything But Love, starring Eartha Kitt and Andrew McCarthy. As a singer/songwriter, he has performed his songs around the country, including at such prestigious New York venues as Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, and The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. His songs are discussed in Classic American Popular Song, the follow-up to Alec Wilder’s classic book, American Popular Song. His two CD’s are The Time It Takes and Ahead of My Heart.   

A final list of confirmed guests will be announced soon.

To be included in public broadcasting activities on this sailing, add this experience to your "On Board Options" via Destination Services once your booking has been confirmed with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. A programming agenda will be delivered to your suite upon embrakation and exclusive invitations to events will be sent to your suite throughout the journey. We will keep you advised of related activities while you are on board and curate private dinners of your choice with speakers where space and schedules permit.

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