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Currently on its way to Miami, Florida for the first time from the Mediterranean, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ brand new Seven Seas Explorer is preparing for the Caribbean with a series of Gourmet Explorer Tours.
Beginning in December, the liner, said to be “the most luxurious ship ever built,” will make its North American and Caribbean debut sailing on 10- and 14-night voyages this winter and next spring. Besides the special shore excursions, the ship will also present new courses at its onboard Culinary Arts Kitchen.
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The Culinary Arts Kitchen is ideally situated on deck 11 with scenic ocean views and 18 individual cooking stations. Classes for the Caribbean season include the following:
Fiesta on the High Seas ~ Fans of Mexican food will prepare fresh tortillas as well as learn to perfectly grill carne asada. For dessert, guests will make chocolate pepita shortbread using a recipe by Chef Kathryn Kelly, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ director of culinary enrichment.
Caribe! ~ Celebrating Caribbean spices, ingredients and flavors will be the guest preparation of regional specialties like Bermudian Ginger Beer.
Who Doesn’t Love Brunch? ~ Participants will learn how to up their brunch game with new recipes and cocktails by infusing sugars.
Viva Espana ~ For Spanish tapas and sangria, passengers will learn preparation techniques, and the master instructor will demonstrate making paella as well as prepping aioli from scratch.
Opa! Modern Healthy Greek ~ Bringing a bit of the Mediterranean to the Caribbean will be healthy recipes from Crete.
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Meanwhile, Gourmet Explorer Tours will take culinary adventures ashore accompanied by the chef instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen and a local guide, frequently a chef themselves knowledgeable of the local flavors. Such excursion opportunities encompass the following:
St. Lucia Spices Cooking Studio ~ One of the spice islands, St. Lucia will host a journey of delicious discovery including St. Lucian foods enjoyed al fresco above the ocean. In addition to lunch, culinary tourists will visit the Castries Market to see where farmers have presented their fruits, vegetables and spices for almost a century.
Tortola Biodynamic Farm & Island Inspired Beach Lunch ~ Seasonal produce and scenic views will be spotlit at the Good Moon Farm before heading to Trellis Bay where the farm owner Aragorn and his team will serve a lunch along the shore with Rasta-style fruit smoothies, fish and grilled vegetables and a mango, guava berry or fig banana dessert.
St. John’s Market Visit and Cooking Demo ~ A market tour in downtown St. John’s will lead a regional fruit tasting including the Antiguan black pineapple before resident Chef Jacquie instructs guests how to prepare an island cornmeal dish not unlike polenta known as fungie.
While Regent Seven Seas Cruises features unlimited complimentary shore excursions, the Gourmet Explorer Tours are part of the line’s special Regent Choice program and cost $109 per person, and the Culinary Arts Kitchen courses cost $89 per person.