Last time we cruised on Regent was four years ago and it was on the Mariner. This, over three week, voyage gave us about three months total on that ship. Soon after we boarded we checked out the Main Dining Room, The Compass Rose, and wondered if we were on the right ship. We weren't aware that the Mariner went through an extensive refurbishment last March. Quite a change in the MDR, not just in the general decor but with wait staff and cuisine. Special shout out for the wine pairing sommeliers. Now, don't get me wrong, the Mariner was always great, but it was now super.
For years now we have listed Regent as our favorite line and the Voyager as our favorite ship. Sure wish we could scratch up the simoleons to book them more often and for longer durations.
Cruise lines love to give romantic titles to their cruises, this one was "Havana Dreams, Panama Scenes". I suggest that it should have been the "Hurricane Dodger", LOL. When we left Anchorage, AK we were keeping an eye on a dying hurricane out in the Pacific off the Baja Peninsula in Mexico which had doubled back toward the mainland. Then we heard about Hurricane Michael moving into the Gulf of Mexico, which was likely to prevent us from visiting Cuba.
Slightly larger than the average mini-suite cabins, however, includes more quality pertinent amenities and much finer balcony furniture. Does have a heavy draw curtain to separate the cabin into two sections like a true mini-suite is suppose to have. Also had a much larger bathroom than normal and a large walk in closet. We really liked the large walk in shower and no tub.
Political unrest--- cancelled port.
10.5 hour tour to ancient Maia ruins. 8.5 hours of bus driving due recent volcanic eruption was tiring but the tour was well worth it anyway.