Spotlight on Public Broadcasting

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

A partnership between Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Artful Travelers and your local PBS stations across America, this 14-night itinerary begins in Lisbon, Portugal and travels to exciting Bilboa, plus ports of call in Ireland and Wales, with an overnight in the wine lover’s paradise of Bordeaux, before disembarking in Southampton, 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. A special programming focus will comemmorate the anniversary of the end of WWII, with an optional shore excursion to the D Day landing beaches and other exploratory endeavors and presentations from expert voices in the fields of history and military.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII on this specially-curated voyage, we welcome aboard producers of the four major PBS series on the histories of The Great War, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, including Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick, Writer’s Guild Award winner Stephen Ives, award-winning producer/writer/director John Maggio, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Rosenberg and Stephanie Carter, Executive Producer of Secrets of the Dead

Supporters and friends of PBS will gather to celebrate the acclaimed history, news and current events programming of public broadcasting entities in America, aboard the award-winning Regent Seven Seas Explorer. This adventure will showcase four acclaimed PBS productions chronicling the major military conflicts of the 20th century: World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Producers and filmmakers will discuss these conflicts and their other works as the voyage visits some of the finest ports in Europe. Learning leisure at its absolute finest.

Artful Travelers voyages provide the rare opportunity to meet and interact with some of the nation’s most celebrated talents. Toast the arts, explore current events and examine complex social issues with dynamic and insightful personalities.

A complete list of speakers will be confirmed shortly. Invited guests for this voyage currently include...

  • Lynn Novick: An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For nearly 30 years, she has been directing and producing films about American history and culture, most recently The Vietnam War, an immersive, 10-part, 18-hour epic, directed with Ken Burns, that aired on PBS in the fall of 2017. Novick and Burns have long been creative partners and collaborators, responsible for some of the most respected and top-rated documentaries to have aired on PBS, including Prohibition, Baseball, Jazz, Frank Lloyd Wright and The War, a seven part, 15-hour exploration of ordinary Americans’ experiences in World War II;
  • Ken Rosenberg: Author, Peabody Award-winning producer and director has produced six films for HBO and three films for PBS on mental health issues (Bedlam, An Alzheimer’s Story, Coming Out in America);
  • Stephanie Carter: Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated series Secrets of the Dead, now in its 18th season.  One of Carter’s first commissions as Executive Producer for Secrets of the Dead was “World War Speed”, an examination of the use of amphetamines by both Nazi and Allied forces during World War II. With a desire to mark the significant World War II anniversaries happening in 2020, she is bringing “Bombing Auschwitz” to PBS to tell the story of how the Allies wrestled with whether or not to destroy the death camp and all its occupants to prevent the camp from taking more lives in the future;
  • John Maggio: A principle producer, director and writer with Ark Media. Last year, his film The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (HBO) was nominated for 2018 Producers Guild Award for best documentary feature. His work includes films for the acclaimed PBS series FRONTLINE (College Inc., Growing up Online) and American Experience (Into the Amazon, The Boy in the Bubble, Kinsey). Maggio’s films have been honored with the National Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award, multiple nominations for News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and have premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. His latest film Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis (Vice/HBO) premiered in December 2018 and Korea The Never-Ending War premiered on PBS in the Spring of 2019;
  • Stephen Ives: Acclaimed documentary film director and original founder of Insignia Films. Among his productions are The West (1996), Reporting America at War (2003), Roads to Memphis (2010), and Grand Coulee Dam (2012), and the four-part series Constitution USA (2013) which aired on PBS in the summer of 2013. PBS broadcast his most recent aired work, The Great Warin three parts (2017).

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.