Last updated: 03:00 PM ET, Fri October 14 2016

Regent Revamps Main Dining Room Fleetwide

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Regent Seven Seas Cruises | Theresa Norton | October 14, 2016

Regent Revamps Main Dining Room Fleetwide

 PHOTO: The new look of the Compass Rose restaurant. (Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is revamping its main dining rooms — the décor and the menu — as part of a major $125 million renovation program.

Instead of calling Compass Rose the main dining room, the luxury line now refers to it as “the largest specialty restaurant at sea.”

“In much the same way we changed the luxury cruise market by offering the industry’s only true all-inclusive luxury experience, we’re now revolutionizing the dining experience by introducing the largest specialty restaurant at sea,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Our culinary team has created a truly extraordinary dining experience for Compass Rose with a degree of customization and variety typically reserved for more intimate specialty restaurants.”

The new menu was first introduced on Seven Seas Explorer, which entered service in July, and also tested on Seven Seas Navigator. “We tested this new menu concept on a couple test cruises over the summer and our guests absolutely love it,” Montague said.

The new menu will remain in place on Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Navigator and is scheduled to debut Nov. 9 on Seven Seas Voyager and May 13 on Seven Seas Mariner after they emerge from dry dock.

While many cruise ship menus offer “available anytime” selections, Regent takes it to a lofty new level. On the left-hand side of the menu, guests can choose from six seafood entrées (jumbo shrimp, Maine lobster tail, Norwegian salmon filet among them) and seven meat selections (including Black Angus rib-eye, New Zealand lamb chops, Marcho Farms veal medallions and Smithfield pork chop). Guests choose how they would like the entrée prepared — grilled, baked, broiled, poached, or roasted.

The entrées are served the guests’ choice of 19 sauces (everything from Hollandaise to Béarnaise to chimichurri) and 15 side dishes (Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, asparagus). Three pasta sauces are always available as well (pomodoro, pesto and Bolognese).

Preceding the entrée, guests can choose from always-available appetizers (traditional shrimp cocktail, Iberico ham, pan-seared foie gras) as well as soup and salad (lobster bisque, Caesar salad or San Marzano tomato soup).

The right-hand side of the menu features daily specials, including a six-course degustation menu prepared by the executive chef and healthful selections developed by Canyon Ranch, which operates the onboard spas.

One recent degustation menu included roasted beet carpaccio, black mussels in white wine cream sauce, veal medallions Oscar. Daily specials included mushroom risotto, fresh local Branzino, bourbon-marinated Black Angus strip loin and Cornish hen.

A separate dessert menu features international cheeses with port wine, assorted crackers and French bread, along with a variety of handmade premium ice creams and sorbets. Nightly specials might include Tanzanian chocolate cake, almond croquant, bananas foster and Viennese apple strudel.

“The new Compass Rose menu is so encompassing and customizable that guests with special dining requests no longer need to make them in advance; our chefs can prepare whatever their heart’s desire a la minute,” said Bernhard Klotz, senior director of culinary for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Lunch menus also are changing in Compass Rose on Seven Seas Navigator, Voyager and Mariner, with selections from the three specialty restaurants on Seven Seas Explorer — Prime 7, Chartreuse and Pacific Rim — offered daily. Featured entrée items might include Croque-Monsieur or Croque-Madam from Chartreuse, aromatic duck from Pacific Rim or yellowfin tuna salad from Prime 7.

Physically, the Compass Rose will be redone with rich wooden accents, cobalt blue drapes, crystal chandeliers and leather chairs adorned with swirls of blue fabric.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a luxury line that includes all-suite accommodations, round-trip air, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing in every port, gratuities, ground transfers and a pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge level suites and higher. Beginning in summer 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will also include business-class air for all intercontinental flights. For more information, click here.


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