Spotlight on Public Broadcasting

Experience the best of public broadcasting aboard the number one cruise line in the world.

A partnership between Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Artful Travelers, and your local PBS stations across America, this 20-night itinerary begins in stunning Dubai, United Arab Emirates and then travels to some of the world’s most fascinating ports of calls, including an overnight in Mumbai, India, a two-night stay in Yangon, Myanmar, visits to Goa, Phuket and more before disembarking in Singapore, all the while offering travelers access to some of the country’s most fascinating filmmakers – those with their fingers on the pulse of politics, history, current events, finance, and the arts.

During this sailing, explore the esteemed work of PBS’ iconic FRONTLINE with filmmakers who have received every major award in broadcast journalism, bringing pressing stories about world affairs, military conflicts and the human condition to homes across America. Look back 50 years to celebrate the seminal event, Woodstock, with the filmmakers behind the highly-acclaimed new American Experience production that celebrates the three days that changed popular culture forever. Discuss fascinating genealogy with producers and directors from the public broadcasting favorite Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and toast the most honored situation comedy of all time when the co-creator of the beloved series Frasier takes the stage. Enjoy exclusive screenings of past favourites and previews of upcoming productions, all while sailing to some of the world’s most exotic locales.

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 Voyager. This adventure will feature of a full showcase of past and current PBS favorites, including seminars, talkbacks, receptions and panel discussions with producers, personalities and performers from American Experience, American Masters, Great Performances and more. 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.

Confirmed guest will be announced shortly. Those presently invited include...

  • Barak Goodman: Co-founder and a principal producer, director, and writer of Ark Media. Among the 25 films he has directed, produced, and written are the PBS series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Barak Goodman has become one of the most prolific and acclaimed non-fiction filmmakers in America. Bracketed by the Academy-Award nominated “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy” (2000) and the Emmy nominated Sundance hit “Oklahoma City”, Goodman’s films have explored the greatness, turbulence, and moral complexity of American life;
  • Rachel Dretzin: Award-winning filmmaker who has been producing documentaries for FRONTLINE since the mid-1990s, with a focus on films that critically explore contemporary American life and culture. Dretzin and her husband, filmmaker Barak Goodman, are joint partners in Ark Media, a documentary production company based in Brooklyn, New York. Together, they have produced and directed numerous documentaries for FRONTLINE, including: The Lost Children of Rockdale County (1999), which was the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, and the three-part series Failure to Protect (2003), winner of the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize;
  • Martin Smith: 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. He has produced dozens of nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS FRONTLINE.  In recent years he has focused on upheaval in the Middle East.  Smith has won every major award in television including two Dupont Columbia Gold Batons and four Emmys. He's also been a three-time recipient of the George Polk Award for Investigative Journalism and a four-time winner of the Writer's Guild Award. Smith is a member of the Overseas Press Club and the Council on Foreign Relations);
  • Marcela Gaviria: A journalist and filmmaker with Rain Media in New York City. Over the past decade she has produced over 30 hours for FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship current affairs series. Gaviria has earned every award in broadcast journalism multiple times, including seven Emmy Awards;
  • David Lee: Nine-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer (Cheers, The Jeffersons). With partner Peter Casey, he wrote and produced The Jeffersons (six years) and Cheers (four years).  In 1989, they added a third partner, the late David Angell. The first series they created, Wings, ran for eight seasons on NBC. Their second, Frasier, ran eleven seasons. It has to date won more Emmy awards than any other sitcom… ever;
  • Robert Stone: A multi-award winning, Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker. He’s made 8 films for PBS/American Experience and has had 4 world premiers at the Sundance Film Festival. For the past 30 years he has created an internationally acclaimed body of work on which he has multi-tasked as writer, producer, director, co-editor and co- cinematographer. Renowned film critic Owen Gleiberman has hailed Stone as “One of our most important documentary filmmakers” having directed “two of the most explosively insightful documentaries of the last decade.” He is best known for Radio Bikini, which earned him an Oscar nomination, Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst and Oswald’s Ghost both of which were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking, Earth Days, which was Closing Night Film at Sundance, Pandora’s Promise, which also premiered at Sundance and generated a huge controversy within the environmental movement, and this years highly acclaimed 6-hour epic documentary on the space race for PBS/American Experience, Chasing the Moon;
  • Phil BertelsenAs an Emmy Award-winning producer/director, Phil Bertelsen works in both fiction and non-fiction. He participated in the Sundance filmmakers workshops as a writer and director. Most notably, he produced the Peabody Award winning documentary Chisholm '72. He is currently producing and directing episodes of the next installment of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.).

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

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