The wow factors of the coming Seven Seas Explorer -- including a suite with a daily price of $5,000 a person -- were rolled out in January. Now the ship plans to debut a high-end culinary center to teach cooking techniques and classes while at sea.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises last week announced the addition of its first Culinary Arts Kitchen with 18 cooking stations arranged in three rows on the Explorer's 11th deck.
Pro teaching kitchens on cruise ships aren't new. Oceania Cruises based in Miami offers more than 20 different classes at Culinary Centers on its Marina and Riviera ships.
On the Explorer, induction cook tops, stainless steel sinks and quartzite counter tops will be featured at the individual stations.
Chefs will teach food lovers high-heat grilling techniques, the art of pairing food and wines and how to create mini-desserts, according to a statement from the cruise line. More than a dozen topics are planned for onboard classes that will stress individualized, hands-on instruction.
And here's some added inspiration for wannabe cooks: The work stations will have floor-to-ceiling windows facing the ocean.
The ship also announced a new entertainment and cocktail area on the ship called the Meridian Lounge, which will feature a curved bar with alabaster top and dark wood tables.
The Explorer will carry 750 guests. It will make its maiden voyage on a 14-night cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice, Italy, starting July 20, 2016.