Day 01 - Embarkation in Miami

March 25, 2019 - We arrived in Miami at 12:45 on our flight from DFW airport. As soon as we arrived at baggage claim, we were greeted by a Regent ground transportation representative who loaded our luggage onto a cart and escorted us to a waiting area until the transfer bus arrived. Shortly, we were boarding the coach, and were were the only two guests aboard for the 30 minute ride to the Port Miami.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer docked in Ft. Lauderdale  | Regent Seven Seas Explorer | CruiseReport

We arrived at the cruise terminal about 1:45 and embarkation was a breeze. There was no line ahead of us, we just walked right up, gave our passports to the clerk, received our boarding cards and were on our way.

regent seven seas key card  | Regent Seven Seas Explorer | CruiseReport

As we stepped aboard on Deck 5, we were greeted with a glass of champagne, a fitting welcome for a luxury cruise ship.

welcome aboard champagne on regent seven seas explorer | regent seven seas explorer | | rickee richardson

Our first objective was to drop our hand luggage in our suite (780), then go grab some lunch before they stopped serving. We found our suite door ajar and ready for us to arrive.

king size bed in superior suite on seven seas explorer | regent seven seas explorer |

We will go into more detail about the suite later in future blogs and our final review. We head to Deck 11 to La Veranda for a light lunch.

salad bar | regent seven seas explorer |

After a nice, light lunch, we decide to do a little exploring of the ship. Before long, we can hear the thrusters moving us away from the dock and Seven Seas Explorer sails away from Miami.

sail away from port canaveral | regent seven seas explorer |

We sit at the pool deck during sail away, Rickee enjoying a glass of Prosecco, and I enjoying a Crown Royal

After sail away, we head back to our suite to find our luggage has arrived. We begin to unpack, but not until Rickee has a chance to check out the expansive balcony.

our huge balcony on seven seas explorer | regent seven seas explorer |

After unpacking, we start to think about dinner. Neither of us is particularly hungry, so we decide Sette Mari at La Veranda would be a good choice. The port side of the Pool Grill has tables fully set for dinner. There is a beautiful buffet set up with salads, breads, cheeses, desserts and a choice of grill items. It is very casual and a great concept.

a champagne toast to the beginning of a great cruise | regent seven seas explorer | rickee richardson

After a light dinner, and making a small donation at the casino, we decided to visit the Observation Lounge for one last drink before turning in early. We have to move our clocks ahead one hour tonight, so we lose an hour of sleep. Tomorrow is a day at sea. as we head towards Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda.

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