Day 08 - Cooking Competition and Juliette Primrose

April 1, 2019 - We begin our second week aboard Regent Seven Seas Explorer with a third day at sea (only one more to go!) as we sail toward Horta, Portugal. This morning, the galley crew was working hard to get the Constellation Theater stage set for an "Iron Chef"-style cooking competition between Captain Rosario Giovanni Vasta, General Manager, Michael Coghlan, and Dining Room Manager, Maria Tancredi.

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Each contestant selected an audience member as an assistant and each team had 20 minutes to prepare a salmon dish. The competition was heated as Executive Chef, Dino Schwager, and Cruise Director, Lorraine Weimerskirch, gave commentary throughout the competition. It was a lot of fun to watch, and General Manager Coghlan finally took top honors.

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After the cooking competition, we chose to have lunch at Chartreuse, Seven Seas Explorer's French restaurant. The menu definitely had a French flair and the restaurant is quite elegant.

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I ordered the Chartreuse version of French Onion Soup, which is missing the large cheesy crust we are used to seeing. However, the broth was very good.

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Rickee had a Croque Madame with layers of thinly-sliced ham and white bread wrapped in cheese and baked, then topped with a sunnyside-up egg. It was very filling.

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Today we enjoyed a pre-dinner show, “A James Bond Experience,” in the Constellation Theater. The Seven Seas Explorer Singers and Dancers turned into secret agents and "Bond girls" and put on another great, and fun show. Martinis (shaken, not stirred), were served to all guests and Moneypenny was there to greet everyone.

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Even Moneypenny (Cruise Direfctor, Lorraine Weimerskirch), surprised us with her own solo vocal performance. Everyone had a great time and this is a show that is not to be missed.

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We had made reservations early on to dine in Chartreuse this evening, so at 7:00pm, we were back to see what dinner was like. We were seated at a perfect table for two at the back of the restaurant with an ocean view. The restaurant was packed with guests and service was a bit slow.

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After dinner, it was back to the Constellation Theater for a solo violin performance by Ms. Juliette Primrose. Ms. Primrose is an accomplished violinist who toured the globe as lead fiddle-player for Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance from 2003 until 2011 including US, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and Asia. Her show included a wide variety of music styles from Country & Western, to Classical and Celtic. It was an amazing performance.

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After a full day of entertainment, we are ready for bed. Tomorrow is our final day at sea before we arrive at Horta, Portugal (Azores).