Jay's Internet Log

WC 2017 – Day 7 – At Sea

by on Dec.12, 2017, under Vacation, Western Caribbean 2017

Throughout the night Regal Princess crossed the “Yucatan Channel” on her North-Eastery heading. In the morning, we approached Cuba, following her Northern coast at an average distance of 15 nautical miles, passing the Capital of Havana at 16:30.

Heather and I got to see our first sunrise this morning. As we’re on somewhat of a circular course, the sunrises have always been on the other side of the ship. Now that we’re heading back towards Florida, we were able to catch one.

Well, this is our last day, and as I write this, the heavy luggage mat is sitting on the bed waiting to be used. I really dislike seeing that luggage mat. Heather is getting her nails done, and we all just arrived back from a tour of the Bridge.

When we returned from our tour last night, an envelope was here inviting us to tour the Bridge. I’ve never seen a Bridge on a Royal-class ship, and boy is it enormous! We met up with about 20 other folks and were taken forward to the Bridge. Captain Tim Stringer was there to greet us, and he spent about an hour showing us various aspects of it. Normally on Bridge tours, the Captain isn’t present, but Captain Stringer took the time to personally answer questions and show us everything from navigation charts to the button they press to make the horns play the Love Boat theme. It was truly special, and I’m very thankful for the invitation. One of the members of the tour, I think, was one of the designers of this ship. He stayed around as we were all escorted off at the end of the tour. I got a photo with the Captain, but Dad was also taking photos, so I didn’t know which way to look.

Our plan now is to have lunch at Alfredo’s, and then I don’t know.

Alfredo’s was excellent as always. The rest of the afternoon was taken up with packing, which was much easier on this 7-day cruise than on one of the longer ones. We had dinner, watched the Parade of the Baked Alaska, and headed off to sleep.

At 22:30, we entered USA waters transiting south of Key West and then at around midnight at the same latitude of Biscayne Bay in the Florida Strait, we altered to a Northerly course, towards our last port of call Port Everglades.

One more cruise down, and many more to go. This was a nice break, though it again proved to us that we’re more aligned with smaller ships. With it being Thanksgiving week, the ship was overbooked with 4000 passengers, and you could tell. There wasn’t much space to relax onboard, but it was very nice to be with family in warm weather. When we returned to Hartford, it was around 25 degrees, and that shocked us all!

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