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January 4th 2019
Published: January 5th 2019
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REGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGERREGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGERREGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER

As majestic as ever, a ship filled with memories.
After spending spring at our East Coast home in Florida, we traveled up to Chattanooga for a LaGraff reunion and also to the Midwest for an Atkins family wedding and reunion in Minneapolis. After that it was on to Sausalito to spend several months on our West Coast home, our lovely boat, Mana. Happily this season’s hurricanes bypassed us in Florida and we missed the firestorms that plagued California all summer. We got back to Rotonda in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with sister Roberta and niece Cary.

We haven’t been on a ship in eight months, so it seemed time to be looking seaward again. Regent beckoned with a short pre-Christmas Caribbean cruise to Cuba, Central America and Mexico. We drove over to Miami and joined Suzanne, our world cruising friend, for a nice evening before boarding Regent Voyager for an eleven-day cruise. We have spent more time on the Voyager than any other ship. She is truly an outstanding vessel and even more so since her complete refurbishment recently. We haven’t been on the Voyager since 2013, so it was almost like coming home when we boarded her at the Port of Miami. There are so many friendly staff
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Family reunion in Chattanooga
that we have know for almost 20 years and they gave us warm welcomes. Regent does an excellent job in retaining good employees and they also promote within their ranks, so they have a very loyal group of workers. Captain Stan, GM Davor, Cruise Consultant Daniela, F&B Daniela are all top notch staff who run a professional operation on board.We got settled into our suite and did the emergency drill before sailing away from Miami on a coolish autumn night.

Key West was our first port of call and we took a trolley around the historic village checking out Truman’s Little White House, the famous Mallory Square, the waterfront and the Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S. The regular passenger cruise piers are under repair due to damage suffered when a cruise ship collided with the dock in severe winds. So we tied up at the Navy Dock which isn’t quite so convenient but fortunately Regent provided transport into the city center. Mallory Square is where hundreds of people (tourists) gather nightly to watch the sunset in hopes of seeing the Green Flash. We decided to avoid the crowds and enjoy a beautiful sunset from our suite balcony on
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And Atkins reunion all in one.
the Voyager. Then it was time to set sail for Havana, Cuba...a new destination for us.


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VISITING SUZANNE IN ADVENTURA, FLVISITING SUZANNE IN ADVENTURA, FL
VISITING SUZANNE IN ADVENTURA, FL

On the eve of boarding the Voyager in Miami
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MANDATORY LIFEBOAT DRILL

Departing Miami on an 11 day cruise to Cuba and Central America
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CRUISE DIRECTOR AND SOCIAL HOSTESS

Andy and Tammy Heath are consummate professionals and are very talented stage performers also.
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SARAH AND MICHAEL ENJOY CRUISING

They are part of a four generation family on board to celebrate the holidays.
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ROOM STEWARDESS KLINDY

Klindy did a terrific job and she got to see her family at our port call in Guatemala
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MALLORY SQUARE IN KEY WEST

In several hours this square would be filled with 100s of camera wielding tourists trying to capture the perfect sunset.
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SUNSET FROM OUR BALCONY ON THE VOYAGER

Idyllic evening to be sailing out of Key West.


6th January 2019

Travel keeps you two “Lookin Good.”
Patty and I are finally going to take the plung on an Alaska Cruise in June, after a 35 year hiatus from any kind of seafaring adventure. We’ll give you two a call for pointers as the time draws near.
9th January 2019

Happy New Year!
Glad you are getting your sea legs back but you probably never lost them. We love the Voyager also but the Mariner is still our favorite. No trips planned at the moment because of Laura's health issues. Need to get her in better shape before booking anything. Would like to visit Cuba..
9th January 2019

Where are you?
Jim and I are on the Voyager boarded on the 7th off o. The 27th
9th January 2019
SUNSET FROM OUR BALCONY ON THE VOYAGER

Cruising again
How nice to receive this email. I can hardly believe you were on dry land so long. I enjoyed your photos. Hope all is well with you both.
9th January 2019

fun to hear from you!
enjoyed looking at all the pics and reminiscing ourselves. No voyages planned as yet but one can always hope. We've 'retired' to a Hilton Head community and Gordon is in the Health Center here, just yards away from our apartment, after having another small stroke but he comes home every afternoon through dinner, a good compromise of needed health help and Home.
9th January 2019

Off Again
Glad you guys are on the water again. I'm only half mad at you for not letting me know you were on Mana for that long and not calling me. Harumph!! Evan at my age I could be a limited deck hand. Have fun-looking forward to more blogs as the trip progresses-especially your comments and pictures on Havana. Bon Voyage and all that stuff. Dick
9th January 2019

Voyager
Hey Susan & Kevin! Glad to hear you are enjoying the Voyager. We are taking our family (7 including us) on it July 22-29, 2019, from Rome to Monte Carlo. We are very excited! Any chance you will be on it then? Looking forward to your blog about Cuba. Love, Mary Ann & Bobby
9th January 2019

Great Way to bring in the New Year!
Mazel Tov!
9th January 2019

Greetings from Down Under
Great to hear from you again. Welcome to 2019 with our very best wishes.
10th January 2019

Hello friends
Nice to hear from you again. Hope to run into you again. Love your blog. Wish I was there.
10th January 2019
SUNSET FROM OUR BALCONY ON THE VOYAGER

Miss you two! Love seeing your photos and travels.
10th January 2019

👌
Like all your blogs....great!
12th January 2019

Thanks Roberta! Safe travels in Australia!
11th January 2019

We just missed you. we were on the Navigator , leaving on 11-26 for the Amazon from Miami. Maybe we will hook up on our next cruise. We miss yoy guys, Norm and Linda Miville from a couple of world cruise we sailed with you..
and Linda Miville (North Carolina)
11th January 2019

WISH WE WERE THERE!
Hello Kevin and Susan...Though it's been some years since we shared a cruise with you, you two haven't changed a bit...you look great! David and I were on the Mariner last fall and do have plans to return to S.A. cruise in a year...hope to see you again...
14th January 2019

Miss seeing you but delighted to share in your adventures.
Susan tand kevin,, thank you for sharing your great pictures and descriptions. What did you think of your time in Cuba? AA flies there and I was debating about going alone. Safe travels, m/a

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