Wednesday, January 29, 2020

May 1, 2019 - Miami, Fl - Nice 80sF

Embarkation Day

The hotel was quiet and we slept pretty good.

We had the usual and good La Quinta breakfast - highlighted by the you-make-em waffles.

La Quinta does not have a shuttle to the cruise port, so I called an Uber (the trip cost me nothing because I had credit with Uber).  We found the ship and boarded very quickly.  We are in a regular outside cabin with a pretty good view.  Hopefully, it will be quiet.

The Regatta is essentially identical to the Pacific Princess and any of the Azamara Ships so we did not need to explore the ship - instead we just found a quiet spot in the top deck forward. The names of the various venues on the ship are different from those used by the other lines.  For example, here is Deck 5 where we spend a lot of time.

I was able to get some terrific pictures of the Miami skyline from the ship (you can tell that it's a beautiful day).

We are in Cabin 6041, which in a midships Ocean View cabin with half of a lifeboat outside our window.  Still, the window lets in the light and that's all I need.  If we have a quiet neighbor, then we'll be fine in this room.

We attended the lifeboat drill and then I went and met with Corey Powell, the cruise director, about the talks I would be giving and was told that all the talks would be scheduled and would take place in the Lounge.

We then went out on Deck 5 to watch the sail away.

We changed for dinner - tonight we are going to try the Grand Dining Room.  The MaĆ®tre D did find us a table for two in the center section of the room.  After checking out the menu, the only thing for us tonight was the grilled salmon in choron sauce (special spicy tomato sauce) and rice pilaf - we actually had baked potatoes since the rice had beef broth.  Ellen had her fish just grilled and I tried the salmon as is (I liked it but I am not sure the Dining Room will work for us on this cruise).  The service was good.

We checked out the Welcome Aboard Show and then hung out at the Upper Hall area.  It's quiet and comfortable.

The itinerary for this cruise is

There are lots of ports but the key port on this cruise is the first stop - Havana, Cuba.  Cruise ships have only recently been allowed to visit this port.

We headed back to our room to rest up.  The rooms seems quiet.

Seas are smooth.

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