A luxurious cruise experience goes beyond a well-appointed ship full of comfortable suites and fine dining restaurants. The real luxury is that feeling you get when you know every detail has been taken care of for you, and all you have to do is relax and enjoy the voyage.

AAA travel partner Regent Seven Seas Cruises brings this feeling to life by ensuring that luxuries big and small are included in the price—from airfare and shore excursions to meals and Wi-Fi. But those aren’t the only perks that set Regent Seven Seas Cruises apart. Here are three more ways it raises the bar on luxury cruising.

1. A next-level culinary experience

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Culinary Arts Kitchens let guests indulge in and learn to recreate delectable dishes from around the world. The state-of-the-art kitchens feature student workstations equipped with induction cooktops, stainless steel sinks and a comprehensive collection of cookware—making you feel as if you’ve enrolled in a distinguished culinary school. Classes created by executive chef and Director of Culinary Enrichment Kathryn Kelly often dovetail with the destinations on your itinerary: You could learn the secrets of perfect Italian pasta, master the art of classic French pan sauces, discover the tradition behind Spanish tapas and much more.

Guests can indulge their inner foodie off the ship, too. Master chef-led Gourmet Explorer Tours are a delicious way to savor the history, culture and flavors of a destination—through its cuisine. At ports of call around the world, chef instructors take guests into local markets to shop for fresh meats, vegetables and spices, and then treat their fellow travelers to a cooking demonstration using the ingredients bought along the way. Imagine browsing an open-air seaside market in Nice, France, or chatting with local fishermen in a quaint village in Tallinn, Estonia. It’s an amazing way to create a lasting memory of your voyage.

2. The most luxurious ships at sea

The Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Explorer—the two newest ships in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet—are also the only ships to offer Culinary Arts Kitchens and Gourmet Explorer Tours. Both ships define the ideal of “luxury perfected.”

Onboard the Seven Seas Splendor, a $5 million curated art collection, over 500 chandeliers and more than an acre of Italian marble highlight the ship’s opulent public spaces. Every guest room is a suite ranging from 307 to 4,443 square feet, each with its own private balcony. Five restaurants serve sophisticated meals representing a range of cuisines, including Pan-Asian, French, Italian and American. In 2021, the Seven Seas Splendor will sail to northern Europe, where guests can gaze at the onion-domed cathedrals of St. Petersburg, Russia; navigate the towering fjords of Norway; and explore the stunning architecture of Stockholm, Sweden.

The Seven Seas Explorer features an all-suite, all-balcony design as well, with public spaces that are just as lavish. The ship boasts an art collection that includes works by Pablo Picasso, and a vivid cobalt-blue glass installation on the ceiling of the elegant Compass Rose restaurant. In 2021, the Seven Seas Explorer will venture into Alaska’s icy wilderness, where guests can watch humpback whales breaching in the frigid waters, paddle a kayak to Mendenhall Glacier, go fly-fishing or savor a traditional Alaskan salmon bake.

3. A refined focus on health and wellness

Your healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to go on hold for vacation—it can simply be reimagined in beautiful settings with Regent Seven Seas Cruises Wellness Tours. These rejuvenating shore excursions let you experience amazing destinations around the world while maintaining your commitment to health and wellness. Among the delights: a sunset yoga session on the golden-sand beach of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; a healing dip in the thermal springs of the ancient Italian city of Viterbo; and vinyasa yoga overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Onboard the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet of ships, the focus on guest health is a top priority. The cruise line is working with its Healthy Sail Panel, a team of cross-disciplinary experts enlisted to guide the cruise industry’s way forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enhanced safety protocols—including continuous disinfection, upgraded air filters, pre-embarkation health screenings, no-touch food and beverage service, increased social distancing through reduced capacity, and dedicated public health officers onboard—will help keep guests and crew members safe. And with Regent Reassurance, guests can sail with confidence knowing that fully paid reservations can be canceled up to 15 days prior to departure for a 100% Future Cruise Credit.

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AAA Members get shipboard credit that can be used in a variety of ways—from Regent Choice Shore Excursions to Culinary Arts Kitchen classes. Learn more about Regent Seven Seas Cruises and start making plans with your AAA Travel Advisor.

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