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 Writer’s Guild Award winner Stephen Ives, award-winning producer/director/editor Erik Ewers and more.

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...

  • 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 War, in three parts (2017);
  • Erik Ewers: Director, producer and editor Erik Ewers has been collaborating with PBS filmmaker Ken Burns for over 30 years on almost every one of Ken’s films, including Lewis & ClarkBaseballJazzMark TwainThe WarThe National ParksThe RooseveltsThe Vietnam War, and his latest miniseries Country Music. Erik’s work has been recognized by his peers with two ACE Eddie Award nominations for editing and more than 10 Emmy nominations, and received both an ACE Award and 3 Emmy Awards for best Non-Fiction Programming and Sound Editing. Additionally, Erik has been collaborating with his brother Christopher to form Ewers Brothers Productions, and over the past 15 years they have created short-form documentaries, promotional films, and feature length documentaries, including The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science which aired on PBS in 2018. The Ewers Brothers are currently working on a PBS miniseries on today’s mental health crisis, and a historical film on Henry David Thoreau. Erik is also senior editor of a miniseries on the life and writing of Ernest Hemingway, which will air on PBS in 2021;
  • 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;
  • LTG (Ret.) Daniel W. Christman: Senior Counselor for International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Counselor to the President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Member, Council on Foreign Relations, Member of the Board of Directors of Entegris Corporation, Teradyne; LTG (Ret.) Daniel W. Christman is responsible for advising the Chamber’s senior leadership on national security and international issues affecting the business community. He previously served as senior vice president for International Affairs at the Chamber, where he oversaw a team of dozens of policy analysts and program coordinators committed to global business engagement on behalf of the Chamber’s worldwide membership. Christman, a career military officer who retired from active duty in 2001, served for five years as the superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also served for two years as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during which time he traveled with and advised Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He was centrally involved during this period with negotiations between Israel and Syria as a member of the Secretary’s Middle East Peace Team. Further, Christman represented the United States as a member of NATO’s Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. Christman has written and lectured extensively on leadership and national defense, including the ongoing war against international terrorism. He also served as a military analyst for CNN International during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the Gulf War in 1991, he headed a strategic planning group that advised the Army’s chief of staff on war prosecution policies.  Graduating first in his class from West Point, Christman also received MPA and MSE degrees in public affairs and civil engineering from Princeton University and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School. He is a decorated combat veteran of Southeast Asia, where he commanded a company in the 101st Airborne Division in 1969. On four occasions, Christman has been awarded the Army and Defense Distinguished Service Medal, which is the Defense Department’s highest peacetime award.

And joining for a very special musical celebration of the life and times of the legendary Edith Piaf during a stopover in beautiful Bordeaux...

  • Christine Andreas’ shows in NY at Feinsteins’ 54Below Love Is Good, be-MusedCafe Society and Piaf, No Regrets had the New York Times accusing her of "...electrifying her audiences, transforming them with pure alchemy and delicately killing with the sheer beauty of her voice.” On Broadway, this multiple-award-winning singer, actress, and two-time Tony nominee starred as Jacqueline in La Cage aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer, and created the role of Marguerite St. Just in The Scarlet Pimpernel. She captured theatergoers hearts as Eliza Doolittle in the 20th anniversary production of My Fair Lady (Theatre World Award), Oklahoma! (Tony Nomination) and On Your Toes (Tony Nomination).  She starred as Margaret Johnson in the national tour of The Light in the Piazza and on Londons West End in The Fields of Ambrosia. Concerts include The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Café Carlyle, garnering her the prestigious Mabel Mercer award and the 2016 Bistro Award for Ongoing Artistry in Concert and Cabaret.  These concerts were the basis for her award-winning CDs: Love is Good, Here’s to the Ladies and The Carlyle Set.  PIAF, No Regrets has just been released on CD and VINYL!!!.  It was recorded in London with a 36 piece orchestra….finally, you can take ‘La Vie En Rose’ home with you! Christine will be touring her much lauded one-woman show PIAF, No Regrets presented by Columbia Artists Theatricals. For more information, visit
  • Martin Silvestri is a Grammy-nominated producer, composer and arranger. He and lyricist Joel Higgins have enjoyed over thirty years of friendship and musical collaboration. Together, they have composed the music and lyrics for literally hundreds of commercial ‘jingles’ (Coors Beer, M&Ms, Kool Aid, to name a very few!) along with numerous TV Themes and scores.  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. They were 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 four Drama Desk Nominations and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical – Off Broadway. Their most recent project, The Countess of Storyville, premiered two years ago when he was in Residence at The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.  This year, Mr. Silvestri was proud to have composed the film score for a new short film, April In Winter, written and directed by his daughter, Emilie Margaux Silvestri.  The film was a finalist in the Wasserman Awards this past March and Mr. Silvestri was honored with the ‘Best Score’ Award.

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.