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Published: January 5th 2019
REGENT 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
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
the Voyager. Then it was time to set sail for Havana, Cuba...a new destination for us.
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