A Travellerspoint blog

April 2015

Regent Seven Seas

Port Canaveral and summary

sunny 82 °F

Our final stop was at Port Canaveral. As, again we have done the sight seeing before, we did not book any shore excursions. I have a good friend from the travel industry in the area, so we all got together for lunch at a nearby seafood shop.

The highlight of the day was the scheduled launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, but unfortunately the launch was cancelled with only a few minutes to go due to anvil clouds/thunderstorms in the area. The Captain was going to delay the underway so we could watch the launch, but as soon as it was scrubbed, we left.

As we were getting underway, it was the time of day for both the Royal Caribbean and Disney ships to get underway. A busy few moments in the harbor!


Our debarkation in Miami was perfect. We had a great leisurely breakfast in the dining room, and stayed in our cabin until 9:00am when we walked of the ship and took only a few minutes to get our bags and clear customs. With only 450+ folks on board, they start the debarkation at 8:30am and are done in less than 45 minutes, with no one rushing. A perfect end to a perfect cruise!!!

Regent is the only truly all inclusive cruise. It was an absolute pleasure to be in a very comfortable cabin, on a ship where no one says NO to anything and virtually everyone says hi and makes you feel welcome. It is more expensive....but not by much. Most folks price cruises by what the entering rate is not including the travel, hotels, incidentals, shore excursions drinks and booze and gratuities. The real price of the cruise is the cruise fare, PLUS all the charges on your Visa card when you get that. When you sail with Regent, that Visa card bill can literally be zero, and you are cruising in six star luxury.

Stay tuned - two weeks in Japan starting in Mid May!

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Regent Seven Seas

Charleston Day 2 and Jacksonville

overcast 80 °F

There were some showers in the area when we left Charleston, which made for a wonderful rainbow over Castle Pinkney as we went out!

Our next stop was the port of Jacksonville. Since it was Sunday morning, the ship served caviar and champagne for breakfast, along with the usual breakfast fare.

The port of Jacksonville isn't really tourist friendly, as it it more than 10 miles from Jacksonville. As we weren't interested in any of the shore excursions which focused on places that we have already been to, we enjoyed a quite day on the ship. We headed to sea at 5:00pm - a wonderful voyage from the pier to the open ocean on the St. John river.


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Regent Seven Seas

Charleston Day 2

overcast 76 °F

We had a quite night after our Ghost Walk and woke up refreshed. I met some clients at 10:00am who are considering a Regent Cruise in 2016 and showed them around the ship. After a lunch outside, we decided to take a walk from the ship, down Waterfront Park, to the Battery and back on Church Street to the ship. We are getting underway at 6:00pm and heading the 140 nautical miles to Jacksonville Florida overnight. Dinner tonight is again at the Prime 7 Steak House.

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Regent Seven Seas

Charleston Day 1

sunny 81 °F

At 10:30am we arrive at buoy "C" and picked up the pilot for our voyage into Charleston. It was a wonderful spring Charleston Day and we had great views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, USS Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and two replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships that were tied up at Patriots Point Marina. We wandered through town and after dinner, took the Historic Charleston Ghost Tour, which is always very popular with the tourists!


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Regent Seven Seas

Sea Day

sunny 70 °F

After leaving Hamilton, we had a wonderful, smooth night at sea and were looking forward to a relaxing day at sea - out second and last one. Our chef is from the Black Forest region of Germany and the highlight of the day was the Strudel Tea Time! It's hard to eat dinner after you have desert and scones for tea!

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