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Exploring the Regent Seven Seas Explorer

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Paul Britchford

Senior Product Manager Paul Britchford recently had the pleasure of staying aboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. So, what did he make of 'the most luxurious cruise ship ever built'?

She is a New Yorker and proud of it. As such, Chef Kelly is a big character who, between you and me, is a little bit scary... you get the impression she could tell Gordon Ramsey a thing or two. However, this is no Hell's Kitchen. This is the $6 million dollar cookery school on board the 'world's most luxurious cruise ship', the Seven Seas Explorer. Among its many fantastic features, it is also the only cruise ship that boasts a cookery school with individual cooking stations for every budding MasterChef.
This is just one of the enrichment experiences that Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer clients as part of their all-singing, all-dancing, ultra-luxury all-inclusive offering. "The clients we have on board can afford to dine in the finest restaurants in London, book the best seats at the West End shows, and go anywhere they desire, so we have to match their expectations" says Regent's Managing Director, Graham Sadler. "But we want to do more than that. At Regent we want to exceed them."
Ready to go in the Culinary Arts Kitchen
Culinary Arts Kitchen
Listening intently to Chef Kelly
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I am learning to cook 'Fish in Crazy Water', a light sea bass dish that, despite my best efforts, still manages to taste delicious. Chef Kelly chats about the ingredients, telling stories of how this was the favourite dish of some Mediterranean royalty that she used to cook for, and shows us effortlessly what to do. Back at my professional kitchen station, everything is awaiting me, as is a flute of Champagne. It calms the nerves about making a mistake in front of Chef Kelly. "Put the parfait back on and give it another minute" she instructs me. "Yes chef!", as I diligently stare at the second hand on my watch. She is spot on, of course, and the dish is delicious - the finest ingredients perfectly brought together to produce a stunning result. A little bit like the RSSC Explorer really. The finest restaurants, spa, suites, entertainment and impeccable service are all joined by more than sprinkling of exceptional experiences.
Before: 'Fish in Crazy Water'
After: 'Fish in Crazy Water'
Talking of which, we are making Pan Perdu for dessert. It is a fancy name for what is essentially eggy bread, and again the chef guides us expertly through every step so that all 18 of us end up with a fabulous dish to enjoy, washed down by more Champagne.
Set to make Pan Perdu
"Good job" says Chef Kelly at the end of the wonderful session - perhaps she isn't so scary after all. As I leave the kitchen and head towards the swimming pool, I open the Explorer app to sign up for tomorrow's class. This time it will include a shore excursion to the local market to first buy the actual ingredients - something I'd never have got to experience otherwise. And that is exactly what Regent pride themselves on offering: experiences of a lifetime.
Relaxing by the pool post-cookery class
Contact us to book yourself on the 'world's most luxurious cruise ship', the Explorer. A range of exciting itineraries include Copenhagen to Reykjavik, Oslo to Stockholm, Sydney to Bali and around Japan.

Paul Britchford

Senior Product Manager

So far, I have visited 56 countries, over 150 of our fabulous hotels and spent 4 amazing years as Senior Product Manager at Elegant Resorts. With so many options around in Europe & North Africa, let alone the world, whenever I go somewhere new, I always ask myself what makes it unique, in addition to making sure it meets our high standards.

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