Regent Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review Day 4
Today Seven Seas Explorer was anchored off the cost of St Tropez, playground to multi-million pound yachts of the rich and famous!
After breakfast in the main dining room, Compass Rose (Eggs Benedict, oddly missing from the menu so I had to ask for them) I had a tour of the ship, taking photos and taking advantage of the venues being empty as most of the guests were ashore. It was great to see all areas of the ship and even the secret dining-room, reserved for the top-suite guests only!
Take a ship tour by viewing the photo gallery above by scrolling right, and click or tap to see the larger version of the image. All images (c)The Luxury Cruise Company.
After a light lunch in La Veranda, we headed shore side for our tour, A Peninsula Of Hilltop Villages. After our tender crossing for the ship to shore, we boarded our bus for our trip to see a trio of small hilltop villages. I had visited St Tropez a number of time before so this was an ideal trip to get away from the town and see what the surrounding countryside had to offer. We visited Grimaud (once owned by the Grimaldi family, from whom it was named), Gassin and Ramatuelle. They were all very charming, featuring narrow streets, fortified houses, churches, craft shops and all came with lovely views of the countryside and the sea.
Back on Seven Seas Explorer in the evening, and we had booked to dine in Pacific Rim, the new Pan-Asian restaurant on board and unique to Seven Seas Explorer. The entrance is dominated by a huge Tibetan prayer wheel, cast out of bronze and weighing as much as a small car. The large cylindrical sculpture spans from floor to ceiling, with decorative rotating barrels embossed with wishes for good fortune. They had to reinforce the deck when they installed it! A very dramatic entrance leads to steps sloping down to the main dining area.
We had a table for four and were soon offered a complimentary grapefruit cocktail served in the most amazing glasses, along with a selection of three crackers and chili sauce dip. We ordered quite a few dishes as they all sounded so good and all were absolutely delicious. None were too hot and spicy and all had delicate well balanced flavours.
The Canadian Lobster Tempura was a hit so were the Open Top Pork and Shrimp Shui Mai. In fact all the courses were incredible and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Other dishes included Hamachi Sashimi, Beef Tataki, Peking Duck Salad, Duck Spring Roll, Tom Kha Gai, Miso Black Cod, Gigantic Pink Tiger Prawns, Thai Green Chicken Curry, and Korean-Style Barbecue Lamb Chops.
Hands down my new favourite restaurant at sea, on any ship.
We were enjoying the food and company so much we missed the evening entertainment (the Cruise Director Ray Solaire's ventriloquist show), but made it to the end of the karaoke just to hear the last few bars of Summer Nights from Grease!