Gourmet focus in Alaska aboard Seven Seas Explorer

New tours and culinary kitchen classes unveiled for this season

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has introduced a new collection of immersive culinary experiences as part of its Epicurean Perfection program to celebrate Seven Seas Explorer’s inaugural season in Alaska.

The three Epicurean Explorer Tours and three new Culinary Arts Kitchen classes will be themed around the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. Highlights on land include a visit to a sustainable oyster and kelp farm, a catamaran ride through a glacier-carved fjord to a sustainable wild Alaska salmon hatchery and plenty of opportunities to sample local delights such as a seafood and artisan crafted beers pairing lunch.

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Regent has also launched offers for children aged 2-17 years old to sail for free, plus savings for travellers keen to experience the incredible destination of Alaska while sailing on board The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™, Seven Seas Explorer.

Seven Seas Explorer will offer 15 seven-night sailings between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia from June to September 2023.

“Our new collection of culinary experiences for Seven Seas Explorer’s inaugural Alaska season is rooted in topics that are important to our guests,” said Kathryn Kelly, Executive Chef Director of Culinary Enrichment at Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “We invite our guests to explore The Last Frontier by way of learning sustainable fishing and aquaculture, mastering fish cooking in our hands-on cooking school and understanding the authentic culinary traditions of the indigenous peoples and immigrants living in the majestic region of Alaska.”

Highlights of the new Epicurean Explorer Tours and Culinary Arts Kitchen Classes include:

Epicurean Explorer Tours

Join a Chef Instructor for a visit to a family-owned sustainable oyster and kelp farm. Learn how the oysters are nurtured as they grow from thumbnail size to market size. The company is also the first in Alaska to harvest kelp, another sustainable endeavor only possible because of the bay’s extraordinary water conditions. Guests may learn how conditions affect oysters and kelp by tasting them. After a visit to the farm, participants return to the Culinary Arts Kitchen for a 90-minute class covering 7 culinary techniques for flawless fish cookery at home.

This tour is an immersion into the salmon industry in Alaska. On the way to a local fish hatchery, guests will pass many of the scenic highlights of the historic Silver Bay region. Enjoy a covered catamaran ride through a glacier carved fjord to arrive at the sustainable wild Alaska salmon hatchery for an immersion into all things Alaska salmon. The tour concludes with a seafood-centric lunch at an in-town restaurant hosted by a famed local chef.

What’s better than scenery, beer, and seafood? Regent has curated a tour in Juneau that combines a scenic tour of the surrounding beauty with a tasty lunch of local seafood paired with artisan-crafted beers. Hosted by one of our chef instructors as well as a renown local chef, guests will enjoy a relaxed visit to Juneau while learning about the seafood industry and the local passion for craft beers. The tour ends with a guided tour of the local town pointing out gourmet shops with delectable smoked salmons to take home to remember an unforgettable day.

Culinary Arts Kitchen Classes

Taste the Northwest Kitchen
Offered for the first time on Regent Seven Seas Cruises is Taste the Northwest Kitchen with recipes inspired by acclaimed chefs and restaurants found in Vancouver BC and Seattle.

Master Chef Junior
For a fun twist, Seven Seas Explorer will offer a new class – Master Chef Junior – where grandparents or parents serve as sous chefs for their 6 to 16 year old chefs.

Find Another Fish
To round out the Alaska season on Seven Seas Explorer, Regent’s culinary enrichment team will be offering demonstrations and lectures entitled Find Another Fish which is intended to guide guests in choosing more sustainable fish at local markets when at home or at restaurants ordering a seafood or fish entrée.

Kids Sail Free and Alaska Sailings Savings

Kids (2-17 years old) Sail free on six select cruises in Alaska for new reservations made by 31 May 2023. Plus, Luxury in Alaska offers savings of up to 20% on 12 selected sailings for new reservations made by 29 April 2023.

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