March 30, 2019 - The seas have smoothed out considerably, making for a much more pleasurable day at sea. My mornings usually begin pretty early. Typically, by 6:00am I am having coffee and working on the blog about the previous day's activities. The best place I have found for this task is the Coffee Connection on Deck 5.
There is comfortable seating here with tables that are the perfect height for working on a laptop. A Barista is available to make any specialty coffee drinks you might like, all complimentary, of course. Or, you can manage your own coffee delivery, as I do, using the automated coffee machine.
The machine can crank out an Espresso, Americano or Cappuccino in regular or decaf. The coffee coming from the machine is actually quite good. Of course, diehard coffee aficionados will use the services of the Barista.
A complete continental-style breakfast is also available here. There are donuts, sweet rolls, muffins, bagels, toast, fruit and more. Yogurt and cereals are also offered.
With another blog under the belt and posted, I decided to attend a lecture this morning on The Mighty Atlantic by Michael Scott. Rickee was spending the morning getting a new haircut at Canyon Ranch Spa's salon. Regent provides coffee, soft drinks and sweet rolls at the entrance to the Constellation Theater for those attending the lecture.
Our Team Trivia efforts today yielded two Regent Rewards (second place). The Regent Rewards can be redeemed for prizes at the end of the cruise. The points are given out to guests who participate in a variety of onboard activities. Rickee also completes the Mensa quiz each day and usually racks up points for that, too.
After a pre-dinner cocktail at Observation Lounge (Deck 11 forward), we decided to make our first visit to Compass Rose for dinner. Compass Rose is Explorer's main traditional cruise dining venue with open seating. The elaborate light fixtures and elegant table settings make this one of the most beautiful main dining restaurants we have ever seen.
Regent has spared no expense in outfitting this dining room with the finest furnishings, charger plates and flatware.
The menu is huge, with the largest selection of "Always Available" items we have ever seen. In fact, all the items on the left side of the menu are always available.
The right side of the menu displays the chef's menu Dégustation as well as daily specials. When the restaurant is full, it can get a bit noisy, like most large venues. Couples wanting to dine alone will be pleased to know that there are quite a few two-top tables. Service was crisp and professional.
Tomorrow is another day at sea as we sail toward Huerta (Azores), Portugal.