Regent Seven Seas Cruises vs Discover Corps - Tour Companies Compared
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Meaningful beyond words!5.0 April 2019
Trip of a lifetime
We experimented Tanzania through Discover Corps! Our trip included service and safari. We adored working with the children, being with the people and seeing animals on Safari. This trip was one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves!!!Read more
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Fun in Japan5.0 November 2018
Japan Cultural Odyssey
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!Read more
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Excellent5.0 July 2018
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.Read more
|Tours||5 Trips||28 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 434||$ 399|
|Operator Type||Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Miami, Florida, USA||San Diego, California|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||No single supplement|
Formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Regent — rebranded in 2007 — is a Miami-based luxury line that operates a fleet of four small cruise ships (with maximum passenger capacities ranging from 490 to 700) that sail much of the world.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Regent is known for its attention to detail and personalized service, with a high ratio of staff to passengers. And while expensive, the line also offers a number of cost-cutting incentives such as all-inclusive pricing and, in many cases, two-for-one airfares (including free business class air for many cruises). Its four sleek, top-of-the-line small ships can reach out-of-the-way and more intimate ports that larger ships cannot. Regent ships feature all-suite cabins, and almost all come with private balconies.
Who Travels With Them?
Regent Seven Seas attracts an affluent group of passengers — usually couples middle aged to older — who are seeking an all-inclusive small-ship experience, often in exotic locales. The line doesn’t cater to families (no supervised children’s programs are available), though it does offer special children’s fares on some cruises.
Where Do They Operate?
As its name implies, Regent travels the Seven Seas, stopping in nearly 350 ports around the world. Parts of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific, North and South America and Europe (northern and Mediterranean) are all on Regent itineraries, as are around-the-world cruises that visit more than 60 ports in 30 countries and may last up to two months.
How Does It Work?
Once you come aboard a Regent ship, your only expenses will be personal items such as laundry and beauty services, purchases in the shops or on shore, or perhaps a fling at the casino. Shore excursions, gratuities, specialty restaurants, and drinks (fine wines and spirits) are all included in the price – expenditures that could run into the thousands of dollars on other lines. True, Regent charges a good deal more to begin with, but its passengers like not being “nickel-and-dimed to death” during the voyage.
Why Travel With Them?
If you can afford it, you can cruise the world with Regent and expect to have an excellent experience with few hiccups. No formal wear is required – “elegant casual” is the watchword for dress.
San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.
What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?
They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.
With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.
Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?
These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.
The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.
Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.
Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Discover Corps Travel Style
Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.
Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?
If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.
Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.
“Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.