President Andrea DeMarco promised immersive shore excursions, tours, classes and tastings, with spotlight voyages carrying world-renowned chefs, vintners and sommeliers.
Tastings, cooking classes, demonstrations
The programming includes fine wine and spirit tasting sessions, hands-on cooking classes in Regent's Culinary Arts Kitchen, demonstrations, presentations and more.
The 11 spotlight voyages will take place on Seven Seas Grandeur, Seven Seas Splendor, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager.
Mark Bittman, Alain Roux
For example, journalist, food writer and author Mark Bittman will join Regent Executive Chef Wolfgang Maier on a culinary journey through Alaska. The June 21 cruise on Seven Seas Explorer sails from Seward to Vancouver, BC.
Chef Alain Roux and Chef Michael Nizzero will be aboard Seven Seas Mariner's Mediterranean cruise on Aug. 14, from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Fusina (Venice). Following the footsteps of his late father Michel, Alain Roux leads The Waterside Inn restaurant, holder of three Michelin stars for 38 years, the longest of any restaurant outside France. He will be joined by Michael Nizzero, chef instructor at The Waterside Inn.
Vincent Guerithault, Doug Frost
Decorated chef and James Beard winner Vincent Guerithault takes his expertise in French cooking to Alaska as he joins Seven Seas Explorer's Aug. 30 cruise from Seward to Vancouver. He is the chef behind restaurant Vincent on Camelback in Phoenix.
A spotlight voyage on wine features Doug Frost, master sommelier, aboard Seven Seas Splendor's Oct. 8 cruise from Tarragona, Spain to Fusina (Venice). Frost is one of four individuals in the world to simultaneously hold the master of wine and master sommelier titles. Wine tastings are planned in Tuscany, Aix-en-Provence, Koper and other destinations.
Further epicurean spotlight cruises will take place on voyages to Greece and Turkey, Argentina and Chile, and Japan, South Korea and China.