Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer to Feature Exclusive Culinary Excursions
Photo courtesy of La Vague d’Or
Regent Seven Seas Cruises awaits the arrival of its forthcoming Seven Seas Explorer, heralded by the line as “the world’s most luxurious ship,” with the announcement of new culinary tours exclusive to the vessel.
Designed to go hand in hand with the new ship’s fine dining options and Culinary Arts Kitchen, Gourmet Explorer Tours will provide guests unique epicurean experiences ashore during the inaugural Mediterranean season. They are part of the premium Regent Choice Shore Excursion program of extra subsidized tours beyond the line’s complimentary selection. The culinary adventures will be escorted by the chef instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen along with a local guide, frequently a chef themselves, knowledgeable of regional agriculture, wine and cuisine.
“Our Gourmet Explorer Tours were specifically designed to match the unrivaled level of guest experience found on board Seven Seas Explorer,” said Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “We have created an unbelievable collection of culinary-inspired tours where our guests can partake in true once-in-a-lifetime epicurean experiences. Our tours were expertly crafted to provide our guests with unique opportunities to dine at a highly coveted and world-renowned Michelin-starred restaurant, visit iconic markets and palatial vineyard estate homes, and learn from some of Europe’s premier chefs with personalized, hands-on instruction.”
Regent’s Executive Director of Culinary Enrichment, Chef Kathryn Kelly, developed 22 total Gourmet Explorer Tours in partnership with Michelin-starred chefs and local culinary experts. The resulting excursions are authentic to each destination to enjoy regional dining luxuries, some only available to Regent guests such as the following:
• Sorrento, Italy – Here, guests will be immersed in the cuisine of Campagnia; making cheese, seeing a culinary demo, and enjoying food and wine at the Don Alfonso gardens.
• Monte Carlo, Monaco – Wine tasting will be had at Cave Bianchi, Nice as well as dinner at La Chèvre d’Or. Local and traditionally-inspired dishes will be hand selected for guests to enjoy.
• Saint Tropez, France – A French Riviera evening will include three Provence varietals at La Croix winery and dining at La Vague d’Or (pictured above).
• Barcelona, Spain – The Catalan culinary scene will come alive at the Boqueria and Santa Caterina markets before lunch and a kitchen tour from Chef Jordi Cruz at ABaC, a two-star Michelin restaurant.
“We are creating something truly special and sure to be enjoyed by both die-hard foodies and peripheral fans of the culinary arts,” said Kelly. “With our Gourmet Explorer Tours we have an incredibly diverse array of options for our guests, ranging from the crème-de-la-crème of luxury with our day in Saint Tropez to a more casual farm-to-table experience in Greece. I cannot wait to begin!”
Several tours even include instruction once back onboard at the Culinary Arts Kitchen and its 18 cooking stations. Other available premium tours, ranging in price from $79 to $799 per person, to consider are listed below. Otherwise, Regent Seven Seas Cruises points out that they are “the only line to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port-of-call in every destination.”
• Corfu, Greece – All before a Greek cooking class in the onboard Culinary Arts Kitchen, guests will go shopping to buy produce, cheeses and other specialties at Old Town’s Corfiot Market, and enjoy gelato, local wine, fresh-baked bread and the traditional “bourdetto” stew.
• Palamos, Spain – Guests here will enjoy an artisanal olive oil tasting, cooking demonstration and an extensive 7-course luncheon in the village of Madremanya.
• Taormina, Sicily – Here, a visit to the Catania fish and produce market, learning to craft cannolis and eating lunch and enjoying a cooking demo at a Taormina restaurant are on the agenda.
• Livorno, Italy – An authentic Tuscan countryside wine and dine experience will await including a cooking demo and lunch at Villa Dianella. Later, guests will be able to explore the stalls at Il Mercato Centrale and their artisanal cheeses and meats, fish and seasonal produce and breads.
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