Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced plans for two new venues on the upcoming Seven Seas Explorer: the brand’s first culinary instruction center, called the Culinary Arts Kitchen, and a new social venue named the Meridian Lounge.
The Culinary Arts Kitchen will provide guests with all the ingredients to expand their culinary skills in an environment designed to be reminiscent of prestigious cooking schools in France. The area will have eighteen individual cooking stations sitting atop three long curved rows with white quartzite countertops and stainless steel accents.
Guests attending classes in the Culinary Arts Kitchen will receive individualized instruction, as each student will cook from their own personal workstation for hands-on training. The culinary workstations are fully equipped with induction cooktops, stainless steel sinks and a comprehensive collection of cooking essentials.
A decorative motif filled with abstract images of essential culinary ingredients and French-inspired recipes highlight an accent wall near the entrance of the Culinary Arts Kitchen. The culinary center will also have floor-to-ceiling windows to provide ocean views from the center's location on deck 11.
The instruction at the Culinary Arts Kitchen will cover a wide array of topics, including healthy cooking, fish and shellfish preparation, perfect food and wine pairings for entertaining, mini-desserts, high-heat grilling, and classes inspired by the destinations visited by the ship. The Culinary Arts Kitchen will debut on Seven Seas Explorer with more than a dozen classes.
On the port side of deck five, a new entertainment venue called the Meridian Lounge will have taupe leather furnishings and dark wood accent tables sitting atop blue carpet. Polished antique brown granite flooring will surround a curved bar with an antique silver finish and back-lit alabaster top, while across the room a rosewood parquet dance floor will lead to a stage that will host live musical performances.
Steps away from the entrance to the Constellation Theater, the Meridian Lounge is designed to be a location to enjoy pre- or post-show cocktails, or simply have a drink while enjoying the view out the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Seven Seas Explorer will debut in the summer of 2016.