Regent Seven Seas World Cruise 2020 sailing from Miami to Miami aboard The Mariner. This amazing journey was scheduled as an 131-day cruise from January 5 - May 17, 2020.
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    December 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 39 °F

    I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to join two dear friends on an epic, once in a lifetime cruise around the world. We will to fly to Miami on January 5, 2020 and then board Regent Seven Seas luxury ship, The Mariner, for a 131 day trip. We will arrive back in Miami on May 17, 2020.

    I regret there is not enough room for each of you to join me, but please allow me to share our adventure with you this way!Read more

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    Day 1 - 1,090 Miles

    December 15, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 28 °F

    Day 1 - 1,090 Miles

    525 days! It was actually 525 days ago, on July 29, 2018 when I answered a call from Katie asking me to consider going on an around the world cruise. My memory is a bit fuzzy due to the shock value of the question, but I believe I “considered” her question for between 10 and 15 seconds before replying with a resounding YES. 525 days of dreaming, planning, anticipating, and preparing have brought us to the beginning of our adventure.

    The tally now resets to Day 1.

    After arriving in Miami and successfully navigating the massive airport, we were chauffeured to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. We took a nice walk around Brickell Key and then had dinner at a Peruvian restaurant where we didn’t understand the menu yet were pleasantly surprised with a fantastic meal. Exhausted. I can’t wait for Day 2.
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    Day 2 - 1,100 Miles, Port of Miami

    January 6, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌙 70 °F

    Day 2 - 1,100 Miles

    A bit of finagling allowed us to bypass a 100+ deep line of anxious slowly moving travelers traversing the labyrinth of velvet ropes to the check-in desk. 252 sf of luxury awaited me as I inserted my key card into the door lock. Iced champagne, fresh fruit, crisp linens, fully stock refrigerator, L’Occitane toiletries, and even a gorgeous orchid were waiting for me behind the door.

    We met up later in the evening to toast our departure from port. We were scheduled to leave port at 6PM but finally set sail at 7:15

    My traveling companions enjoyed dinner in their room and I joined up with a solo traveler group for meet and greet cocktails and dinner. Dinner in the Compass Rose restaurant was delicious, limiting my indulgence to veal and Brussels sprouts. It’s a long cruise and I don’t want to be rolled off the ship due to bread, appetizers, starches, and desserts. I packed a scale!

    Unpacking can wait until tomorrow.
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    Day 3 - 1,402 Miles, The Caribbean Sea

    January 7, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Day 3 - 1,402 Miles

    First night on the ship and I slept fantastic. We have calm seas with waves at 8.2 feet.

    Enjoying coffee on the balcony as we slowly pass Cuba. I’m having a Sarah Palin moment, I can see Cuba from my balcony.

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    Day 4 - 1,873 Miles, The North Atlantic

    January 7, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    Day 4 - 1,873 Miles

    Southwhere in the Caribbean Sea of The North Atlantic south of Jamaica.

    The ship’s internet service was a bit spotty yesterday, so if you’re following along it may have looked like we had dropped anchor off the coast of Cuba. We’ve been cruising along at an average speed of 18.5 knots.

    Last evening we attended the ship’s production of “Tuxedo” in the Constellation Theater and it was was wonderful. It was an hour of nonstop singing and dancing, countless costume changes, and the cast was accompanied by the Regent Signature Orchestra performing a modern take on some classic music. Tonight’s show is an ABBA tribute!

    Jay and I attempted to do some track walking at the top of the ship this morning. I finally surrendered to the wind speed of ”Moderate Gale” 35 knots (42 miles per hour) and “Moderate” seas of 8 - 10 feet. Not certain how yesterday’s calm and today’s moderate can have the same wave height but for me it was like walking on a moving rope bridge with winds similar to sticking my head out of a moving car.

    Time for a Caribbean grilled lunch on the pool deck.
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    Day 4 - 1,953 Miles, the Caribbean Sea

    January 8, Caribbean Sea ⋅ 🌧 81 °F

    Day 4 - 1,953 Miles

    The Pool is netted and Closed. I think the video will explain why.

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    Day 5 - 2,390 Miles, Cartagena, Colombia

    January 9 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    Day 5 - 2,390 Miles

    We had a lovely day in Cartagena. Our tour guide for our walking tour of old Cartagena was disappointing, but seeing the old city behind the 12km long wall was not. We did a quick stop at San Felipe Fortress and then on to the old town. I was smitten by the narrow Colonial streets adorned with brightly colored buildings with balconies overflowing with flowers. We walked past St. Peter Claver church, Cartagena Cathedral, and finally to my favorite site, La Gorda Gertrudis.
    If you rub her, you will have good luck. Not sure about good luck because the souvenir hawkers were relentless but I did get a good picture.

    Our final stop before reembarking was at a small but packed aviary with species native to the region. Back on the ship for cocktails with Friends of Dorothy, then dinner followed by a comedy show featuring Jeff Nease at 9:30, if we can stay awake. We depart port at 7PM and arrive in Panama tomorrow at noon for our next stop!
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    Day 5 - 2,385 Miles, Cartagena, Columbia

    January 9 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

    Day 5 - 2,385 Miles

    Arriving at Port of Sociedad Portuaria Cartagena

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    Day 5 - 2,369 Miles, the Caribbean Sea

    January 9, Caribbean Sea ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    Day 5 - 2,369 Miles

    The Captain's reception was this evening followed by with a special dinner menu and then a concert by an ABBA tribute band.

    The beautiful moon was the perfect nightcap and it lit the ocean’s surface turned white by waves of 12.5 to 15 feet. The wind howled through a tiny opening in the seal of my door constantly reminding me of Captain von Trapp’s sea whistle.

    The ships speed has now slowed as we approach the Colombian coast at Cartagena. I’ve got to go find the perfect spot to watch our arrival. More later.
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