Regent expands menu for signature Compass Rose restaurant

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From left, Regent Seven Seas Cruises CEO Jason Montague, senior vice president of hotel operations Franco Semararo, and senior director of culinary operations Bernhard Klotz in the Compass Rose restaurant aboard the Seven Seas Mariner.
From left, Regent Seven Seas Cruises CEO Jason Montague, senior vice president of hotel operations Franco Semararo, and senior director of culinary operations Bernhard Klotz in the Compass Rose restaurant aboard the Seven Seas Mariner. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada

NEW YORK — Regent Seven Seas Cruises has expanded the dinner menu at its signature restaurant, Compass Rose, available now aboard the Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Navigator.

The luxury line will roll out the changes to the Seven Seas Voyager later this year and the Seven Seas Mariner next spring.

“Cuisine plays an incredibly important role when you’re delivering a luxury experience,” Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said at an event introducing the changes aboard the Seven Seas Mariner here on Tuesday.

Franco Semararo, senior vice president of hotel operations at Regent, called Compass Rose the “bread and butter” of Regent’s restaurants, as guests will likely eat there multiple times per cruise. One of the most common requests was about availability — what guests wanted to order was not available on the menu that particular night.

Some of the dishes from Compass Rose’s new menu.
Some of the dishes from Compass Rose’s new menu. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada

Semararo said the previous menu at Compass Rose offered good quality and choice, but Regent decided to expand it to include even more.

“We said, ‘OK, let’s revolutionize the entire concept,’” he said.

The menu includes a portion where guests can customize their dinner, choosing from a variety of fish, seafood and meat, and pair it with the sauces of their choice (for instance, garlic-herb butter, green peppercorn sauce, creamy herb sauce). Then, they have a list of more than 12 sides to choose from, ranging from potatoes cooked a variety of ways to steamed or buttered vegetables. The fixed portion of the menu also includes a variety of favorite appetizers.

Additionally, the menu includes another page featuring the chef’s specials of the day, which will change nightly. Those specials might include braised turbot fillet, cornish hen, seared mahi mahi and veal medallions Oscar.

Guests will also have a dessert menu featuring cheese selections, handmade ice cream and sorbet, and nightly specials from the ship’s pastry chef.

Grilled jumbo shrimp at Compass Rose.
Grilled jumbo shrimp at Compass Rose. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada

Everything is cooked to order, Semararo said.

Montague said Regent has always accommodated guests with requests, but these changes are a way of making that service more well known, or “institutionalizing” it. He said it would elevate the customers’ individual choices to the next level.

Compass Rose will also have a revamped lunch menu on Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner. The three ships will feature lunch selections from the three specialty restaurants on the newly launched Seven Seas Explorer, Prime 7, Chartreuse and Pacific Rim. It will be updated daily.

Selections will include items like Chartreuse’s croque-monsieur or croque-madam, Pacific Rim’s aromatic duck and Prime 7’s yellowfin tuna salad.

The new Compass Rose menu was recently tested for several weeks on the Explorer and Navigator, and it will remain those ships’ standard menu going forward. It will debut on the Voyager and Mariner on Nov. 9 and May 13, respectively, after each ship undergoes a renovation.

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