Looking to learn on your next vacation? Luxury line Regent Seven Seas says it has just the cruise for you — actually dozens of them.
The line today announced a major partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to bring Smithsonian-affiliated lecturers to more than 80 sailings in 2015 and 2016.
The lecturers will include noted art historians, prominent authors and geopolitical experts who will offer insight into the history, art, culture and politics of the destinations that Regent ships visit, the line says.
In addition to lecturing, the Smithsonian experts also will take part in Q&A sessions with passengers and lead select shore excursions during port calls. The program is organized by Smithsonian Journeys.
"This partnership gives our guests access to some of the most authoritative thought-leaders in the world," Regent president and CEO Jason Montague says in a statement accompanying the announcement.
Regent operates three upscale vessels that sail around the world. For a deck-by-deck look at one of the vessels, the recently revamped, 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner, click through the carousel below.