Pacific Rim: Savoring the Flavors of Asia

4P1A3735With intense focus, Corporate Executive Chef Wolfgang Maier skillfully crafts decadent grilled pink tiger prawns with sriracha, garlic and kafir lime butter. Even inside the walls of a demanding kitchen, each plate is inimitable and receives attention comparable to a magnificent work of art.

4P1A3673“We want to incorporate all of Asia’s immense culinary traditions within Pacific Rim’s exquisite menu,” Maier said. “Working for the world’s most luxurious ship helps us to perfect our craft and develop mouth-watering cuisine that, we hope, will stay on your mind for days.”

Though Pacific Rim, a new Pan-Asian specialty restaurant aboard Seven Seas Explorer®, is months away from its grand opening, Regent Seven Seas Cruises executives were welcomed to an exclusive tasting of the gourmet restaurant’s inventive menu on a crisp Saturday afternoon in Miami.

Frank Del Rio, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Bob Binder, vice chairman of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Randall Soy, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Regent Seven Seas Cruises  and Franco Semeraro, senior vice president of operations for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, were among the guests previewing Pacific Rim’s inventive menu.

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The tasting began with sensational tuna tartar featuring sushi grade tuna with mirin soy sauce, carrot and ginger dressing followed by Tom Kha Gai, chicken-coconut and galangal broth, truffle, porcini and foie gras. The afternoon continued with a total of twelve mouth-watering appetizers, soups, entrees plus dishes from Pacific Rim’s Dim Sum menu including Open Top Pork and Shrim Sui Mai with black truffle and yuzu sauce and vegetarian pot stickers.

4P1A4020“Developing these incredible recipes for Pacific Rim has been wonderful,” James Wang, chef de cuisine of Pacific Rim, said. Wang brings 18 years of global hospitality experience to Pacific Rim and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

“We focused on using the finest ingredients for each cuisine and we hope our guests will enjoy it.”

“Our loyal guests are anxiously waiting for Seven Seas Explorer, not only for its luxurious elements and spaciousness, but the superb cuisine,” Soy said. “With Pacific Rim, we selected elegant Asian architecture to perfectly complement the menu, creating an ambiance that brings to life the rich culinary traditions of Asia unlike any other at sea.”

Designed by leading architectural firm RTKL, the architectural and interior design for Pacific Rim is a perfect example of Asian fusion. In the restaurant lobby, guests will encounter a modern interpretation of a Tibetan prayer wheel which sets the mood for the visual and culinary feast to come.

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“We hope our guests relish a unique and satisfying experience in each of our gourmet restaurants,” Bernhard Klotz, senior director of culinary, said. “From the scrumptious cuisine and fine china to delightful architecture, décor and perfect ocean views, there is something to appreciate in every dining room aboard Seven Seas Explorer.”

A sampling of the Pacific Rim menu includes…

  • Pho Sai Gon, Vietnamese beef noodle soup with fresh herbs
  • Black Angus Beef Bulgogi, NY strip seared and sliced, Tokyo negi mash, bulgogi sauce
  • Korean Style Barbecue Lamb Chops, wok-fried beans, oyster mushrooms, gochujang sauce
  • Black Foot Chicken and Foie Gras Gyoza, soy mirin sauce

Voyage Spotlight: Cobblestones & Charm

Feel the crispness in the air that heralds a change of seasons among Canada and New England’s loveliest towns and picturesque shores. In the span of 14 comfortable nights, and in the company of The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys lecturer, 700 luxury travelers will explore charming cities from Montréal to Miami this fall aboard Seven Seas Mariner®.

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In Québec City, the only walled metropolis in North America providing a taste of authentic, profoundly French culture, guests may enjoy an afternoon stroll on the cobbled streets of Basse-Ville with its outstanding 17th & 18th century architecture, graceful parks and delightful sidewalk cafes.

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In Saint John (Bay of Fundy), join the Coastal Photography shore excursion and receive exclusive tips and techniques on capturing the picture-perfect landscapes of Bay of Fundy, including Fallsview Park and Lepreau Falls.

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The middle of this splendid voyage takes guests through Boston, Massachusetts, popularly known as the intellectual capital of America for more than 350 years. Step into the past along Boston’s Freedom Trail, leading through some of the most interesting chapters in U.S. history: the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, and Beacon Hill.

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During an overnight in the ‘City that Never Sleeps,’ guests will discover renowned museums and sites galore by day, and the glittering sophistication of clubs, theaters and restaurants by night. Explore New York City’s Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the United Nations, Central Park’s Museum Mile and Wall Street’s towering steel and glass monuments to commerce.

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While in Port Canaveral, board a 45-60 minute airboat ride and whisk across both deep and shallow water into the highways of Florida’s swamp. Come within hands reach of alligators, snakes, osprey and turtles. Additionally, the opportunity exists to see eagles, hawks, cranes, egrets and herons soaring above. For luxury travelers, this two week journey is simply too good to pass on.

In addition to our all-inclusive amenities, Cobblestones & Charm also features 2-for-1 All-Inclusive Fares, FREE Unlimited WiFi for all suite categories, FREE Roundtrip Air* plus Early Booking Savings of $4,000 per suite!

Chartreuse: A Parisian Experience at Sea

4P1A2983-SmallA team of world-renowned executive culinary chefs, 14 meticulously crafted gourmet dishes and an appetite for tantalizing Parisian fare – all ingredients for a perfect afternoon tasting.

With just under six months until Seven Seas Explorer® embarks on her inaugural voyage, Regent Seven Seas Cruises executives gathered for a preview tasting of Chartreuse, an exquisite new gourmet French specialty restaurant making its debut this summer on the world’s most luxurious ship.

4P1A2862-CC-SmallFrank Del Rio, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Jason Montague, president and chief operating officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Randall Soy, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Regent Seven Seas Cruises were among the guests indulging in an afternoon of great company and sumptuous cuisine.

From duck pâté with green peppercorn, Armagnac and foie gras to the smoked and cured Atlantic salmon, a total of fourteen incredible appetizers, soups and entrees were served one by one.

Each dish was presented impeccably on exclusive Bernardaud china, a family-owned company steeped in the great French porcelain tradition. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Senior Director of Culinary Bernard Klotz revered Bernardaud’s passion for innovation and timeless elegance, a seamless choice for Seven Seas Explorer’s Parisian fine dining establishment.

Just outside of the tasting area, Aurelien Dumeylet, principal executive chef and Jérôme Toumelin, executive chef, watched in anticipation as their culinary art was consumed.

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“I was elated to work on the Chartreuse menu because I believe fantastic French food can turn strangers into family,” Dumeylet said. “The art of cuisine has always been my passion and I take pride in every creation.”

Adding to the excitement of fine dining, each presentation was an immaculate culinary chef d’oeuvre, and each dish savored in its texture, vivacity and zest. Perhaps bold to say when previewing alluring French cuisine, it was not impossible to narrow down a few highlights.

“The burgundy red wine marinated and braised beef, roots vegetables ragout and pommes dauphine was incredible,” Montague said. “The salad of braised baby beetroots, organic goat cheese and winter truffle vinaigrette was also fantastic and I’m not a huge fan of beets. In addition to the incredible flavors, each dish had a phenomenal presentation all around.”

“Hand-cut beef tenderloin tartar, topped with perlita caviar from Aquitaine and the scallops and corsican chorizo, watercress coulis, truffle potato croquettes were my two favorites,” Soy said.

A sampling of the Chartreuse Tasting Menu includes…

  • Poached Brittany Lobster Medallions, Hake Mousseline, Almond Milk Broth
  • Smoked and Cured Atlantic Salmon, Triology of Blinis, Normandy’s Triple Cream
  • Cream of Artichokes, Foie Gras, Thyme Emulsion, Toasted Hazelnuts
  • Roasted Barbarie Duck Magret with Griottes Cherries Mustard and Glazed Turnip

Chartreuse is one of three specialty restaurants aboard Seven Seas Explorer, including the Asian fusion specialty restaurant Pacific Rim and the fleet’s signature steakhouse Prime 7. Beginning in the spring of 2016, guests will be able to get a taste of this new delectable French menu, as the Chartreuse menu will extend to the rest of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet with select dishes being offered at Compass Rose aboard Seven Seas Navigator® and later in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 when Signatures on board Seven Seas Voyager® and Seven Seas Mariner® will be converted into Chartreuse.

Which new culinary creation are you looking forward to savoring in Chartreuse? Bon appétit!

More to Explore: Stunning Canadian West

Renowned for their scenic grandeur, the Canadian Rockies possess exceptional natural beauty with rugged mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and more.

This summer, guests have an exclusive opportunity to experience the best of the Canadian West during the Canadian Rockies by Rocky Mountaineer pre-cruise or post-cruise land program. See much of it from the comfort of the Gold Leaf Service Car on the Rocky Mountaineer, an award-winning train that presents an ever-changing landscape of beautiful mountains, rivers and forests.

Below is an overview of the Canadian Rockies by Rocky Mountaineer pre-cruise program:

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After arriving in Calgary, enjoy a comfortable transfer to the beautiful Rimrock Resort Hotel (or similar) in Banff, Alberta.  You’ll be staying in a premium room with stunning views across the valley.  Spend an evening in or take a complimentary shuttle into the town of Banff where you will find an array of restaurants and unique shopping opportunities.

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Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel, embark on a half-day tour of Banff with a dedicated guide.  Highlights include Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.

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Following an early morning transfer to Banff Station, board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train. Enjoy gourmet breakfast onboard shortly after departure. The Rocky Mountaineer will head west through the majestic Canadian Rockies to your overnight destination of Kamloops.   Highlights include passing by Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven in 1885, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels – a true engineering feat, and the glaciers and snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

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 Board the Rocky Mountaineer once again and continue west along the banks of the Fraser River as it winds to the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver.   On today’s journey, see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the BC Interior, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains  and into the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley.  Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. At Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station, board a shared motor coach and transfer to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for the evening.

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Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a tour across Lions Gate Bridge and into North Vancouver. Highlights include the Grouse Mountain Cable Car, stunning views of downtown Vancouver, Mount Baker and the Coast Mountains. A number of activities take place here, including a Grizzly Bear enclosure, a lumberjack show and a birds of prey demonstration.

Day 6

 Following breakfast and check out from the hotel, you will be transferred to the port for embarkation aboard Seven Seas Mariner®.

For complete details on this magnificent land program, visit RSSC.com.

Just Announced: $125 Million Renovations Aboard the Most Luxurious Ships At Sea

The title of “world’s most luxurious cruise ship” may need to be updated to “ships” as we undergo an extensive, $125 million fleet-wide refurbishment program.  Beginning with Seven Seas Navigator® this spring, the public spaces and suites to be refurbished will feature the same elegant style and indisputable attention to detail famously featured on Seven Seas Explorer®, providing guests with a consistent look-and-feel, no matter which one of our ships they choose to sail.

The two-year $125 million investment includes significant renovations of most public spaces along with a complete redesign of several suite categories.  Seven Seas Navigator, carrying a mere 490 pampered guests, will be the first to receive this luxurious upgrade, followed by Seven Seas Voyager® in late 2016 and Seven Seas Mariner® in the spring of 2017.

Seven Seas Navigator will emerge essentially a brand new ship following the upcoming dry dock, with most suite categories, all lounges, the library, casino, boutiques, reception area, and signature restaurants Compass Rose and La Veranda having recently been completely renovated.  These renovations comprise the first phase of the $125 million renovation project.  The ship’s renovations will commence when it enters dry dock in Marseille, France on March 31.  The project will be completed by April 13, when the ship embarks on the 10-night Flawless French Riviera voyage from Barcelona to Rome.

Some highlights of the Seven Seas Navigator refurbishment include:

  • Navigator Suite: The spacious Navigator Suite will be updated with a fresh new design, featuring a crisp and elegant look. The bedroom features the new custom-made Elite Slumber Bed, dressed in luxurious 100% cotton sateen bedding.  In both the bedroom and living room, an ebony-black wooden vanity with white marble top stretches the length of the room, harmonizing beautifully with the sultry green and yellow accent furniture, draperies and new carpeting.
  • Penthouse, Concierge and Deluxe Suites: The largest collection of suites onboard the ship will receive a luxurious new look.  The contemporary design accentuates the spaciousness of the suites. A stunning padded leather headboard supports the Elite Slumber Bed in the bedroom and the sitting area features a plush sofa with a stylish accent table and new artwork.
  • Reception Area: Guests’ first exposure to the renovations will take place in the completely-redesigned reception area, where contemporary and classical design elements seamlessly meet. Marble inlay flooring replete with a compass-like design and polished stone walls with metal inlays guides guests to the dark wooden reception desk.  Illuminating the reception area is a gypsum diamond cut lighting fixture embedded in the oval alabaster ceiling, evoking stylish elegance.
  • Compass Rose: The ship’s flagship restaurant will be grander and more resplendent than ever before. Throughout the spacious, 384-seat dining room are subtle geometric patterns underscored by silver leaf, pewter and antique bronze elements. A beautifully ornate silver-leaf feature wall highlights one end of the dining room, while oversized windows run along both sides of the restaurant to provide incredible ocean vistas.  Grand crystal chandeliers are enhanced by recessed ceiling lights, providing a dramatic dining experience for guests seated at intimate tables ringed by sleek leather chairs adorned with swirls of celestial blue fabric.
  • La Veranda: Effortlessly chic, La Veranda will feature a fresh and airy design that is accentuated by a wealth of natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows that encircle the restaurant.  Guests can enjoy casual indoor and al fresco dining with incredible ocean views, and dine from a delectable buffet for breakfast and lunch.  Each evening, the restaurant transforms into an elegant fine dining restaurant, Sette Mari La Veranda, for dinner.
  • Galileo Lounge: True to its name, the Galileo Lounge on Deck 11 conveys a celestial feel, beginning with its tempered glass double-door entrance trimmed with an abstract design reminiscent of the solar system and featuring a decorative sun-shaped handle. That theme extends inside the 132-seat cocktail lounge, where a night-black oval-shaped ceiling twinkling with fiber-optic “stars” overlooks the inlaid wooden dance floor. Guests can be immersed in the action, or retreat to high-backed wing chairs that line the room’s windows.
  • Navigator Lounge / Coffee Connection: By day, these intimate Deck 6 venues – connected by a central walkway – are bathed in natural light from a bank of windows overlooking the sea.  The new design and furnishings enhance that airy look, with cream-colored fabrics on chairs and draperies, and white marble topped tables with hammered copper accents. By night, the Navigator Lounge transforms into a small night club, with a Steinway piano as the centerpiece.  Adding to the elegance are leather-wrapped columns with a copper-topped capital and dark wooden base.
  • Library: The bright yet intimate library exudes comfort and charm. From its faux fireplace to cream-colored sofas resting atop a glistening marble floor, the room is reminiscent of a library found in a residential estate home. Ringing the room are dark wood book shelves encased in glass, while a glistening, copper-adorned chandelier serves as the room’s glistening centerpiece. It’s the ideal spot for reading and quiet reflection.

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We can’t wait to host you aboard our newly enhanced luxurious ships. What new elements are you most excited to experience?

Paradise Found: Winter in the Caribbean

With a seemingly endless supply of soft white sand, tempting cerulean waters and gentle tropical breezes, it’s no surprise that the Caribbean is a favorite winter hot spot. Every island is a unique paradise of pastel ports and a kaleidoscope of delightful market goods, historic fortresses and pristine beaches.

Below, we narrowed down a few of our favorite Caribbean destinations, one more beautiful than the next, but all certainly sure to cure the winter blues.

Bonaire (Kralendijk), Netherlands

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Experience the immense diversity of Bonaire, just 50 miles north of Venezuela.  With a dazzling array of fish and coral reefs and spectacularly clear water, Bonaire offers some of the best dive spots in the Caribbean. Sail a magnificent Siamese junk to the unblemished oasis Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited island known for its untouched beach and exceptional snorkeling.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

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With more than a quarter of the island set aside as a national park and a rainforest that is growing rather than shrinking, St. Kitts is a stunning tropical island escape. Soar through the Valley of the Giants on a thrilling zip line, hike to Sofa Rock, which is the cap of a still smoldering volcano, or simply spend the day relaxing on one of the many beaches protected by major coral reefs.

Fort-de-France, Martinique

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Guests will be cheering vive la France during their time in Fort-de-France. The capital of Martinique boasts beautiful French architecture, such as the Cathédral St-Louis, several French-built forts and pristine beaches that rival those of the Riviera. All roads lead to La Savane, a serene central park overseen by a statue of Empress Josephine.

St. George’s, Grenada

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Whether interested in climbing waterfalls or simply relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, guests will find that the capital of Grenada has something for everyone. From the charming colorful mix of colonial architecture set on lush vegetation to the enchanting smell of cinnamon and nutmeg, there is much to experience on this stunning island.

Sip on a refreshing cocktail and wait out the harsh winter weather in sheer relaxation as you sail from one captivating paradise to the next aboard our luxurious ships. Discover our collection of Caribbean voyages sure to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Gourmet Explorer Tours Revealed Aboard Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer’s inaugural Mediterranean season will feature a collection of exclusive culinary-inspired shore excursions.  Part of the Regent Choice Shore Excursion program, these new Gourmet Explorer Tours are designed for guests seeking unique, one-of-a-kind epicurean adventures ashore to complement the unrivaled culinary experiences found aboard the world’s most luxurious ship.

carTo mirror the superb guest service found aboard the ship, each Gourmet Explorer Tour will be accompanied by the chef instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen and a local guide, often a chef, with intimate knowledge of the region’s agriculture, wine and cuisine, to add an extra layer of authenticity to this immersive culinary experience.

Each Gourmet Explorer Tour was handcrafted by the line’s Executive Director of Culinary Enrichment, Chef Kathryn Kelly.  In preparing the tours, Kelly partnered with a vast network of Michelin-starred chefs and local culinary experts to bring Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ guests the finest array of culinary experiences available for each destination.  The resulting tours are both luxurious in nature and distinctly authentic to the region’s culinary heritage.

A few these ultra-exclusive Gourmet Explorer Tours include:

Sorrento, Italy – Become immersed in the unique cuisine of Campagnia by making cheese at the artisanal fromagerie, watching a culinary demonstration by a master chef, and wining and dining amid the luxury gardens of the stunning Don Alfonso.culinary

Monte Carlo, Monaco – Wine tasting at Cave Bianchi in Nice followed by dinner at the famed La Chèvre d’Or restaurant highlight a special night out with fellow foodies.  Guests gain an appreciation for local and traditionally-inspired dishes hand-selected for the evening affair.

Saint Tropez, France – Bask in an evening of ultimate gourmand indulgence on the luxurious French Riviera. Taste three Provence varietals at the famed La Croix winery, and then enjoy a gourmet dining experience at the renowned La Vague d’Or, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in the heart of Saint Tropez.

Whether shopping for preserved lemons in the Central Market of Casablanca or immersed in an artisanal olive oil tasting in Catalonia, Spain, each tour provides an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world’s most captivating cuisines. View a list of the Gourmet Explorer Tours currently available, which vary by voyage and destination.