Happily sailing out of Vancouver after a trying airport experience

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

Happiness was getting into our Concierge Suite on Regent Seven Seas Mariner after a most excruciating experience at Vancouver Airport. We’ve never gone through anything like it.

Our flight from Los Angeles on American was smooth and pleasant. And then we were faced with long, maze-like lines that seemingly went forever at the airport.

It took more than two hours to complete the entry. It was worse than Istanbul.

Boarding RSSC Mariner was a breeze

Gratefully boarding the Mariner was a breeze. We were escorted to our suite and sighed. After catching our breath we went up to the pool deck for a late and very welcomed lunch. There was no food service on American, not even coffee or tea. But they did serve drinks and pretzels.

Lunch was great, washed down with Wente chardonnay. Wines and spirits are free on the ship.
Then we unpacked and walked around the recently refurbished ship to re-orient ourselves. We sailed on the Mariner three years ago.

Loving it

It didn’t take long to feel comfortable. The crew is very welcoming. We enjoyed pre-dinner drinks in the Horizon Lounge as we sailed out of Vancouver en route to Alaska.

(The 12-day cruise stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka. After cruising the outside passage we sail to Victoria and then Astoria, Oregon, San Francisco and Los Angeles).

Food, fab foodRegent Seven Seas is  famous for its fine cuisine and rightfully so.  We dined at the lovely Chartreuse—a reservation mandatory but free restaurant. The food was superb. And so were the complimentary French wines.

And so to bed

Slept like babies in our queen size bed that’s covered in uber-quality linens. The sailing’s been so smooth.

We woke early, rested well and headed for La Veranda for an excellent breakfast. Richard had this delicious Eggs Florentine prepared to order.

 

After the morning meal we headed to the well-stocked library to check out books. I scored two  good reads. Then we checked the Canyon Ranch Spa to see about treatments and taking a steam bath.

Pampering’s pricey, steam or sauna use is free.

More to come and do return to read all about this voyage. WiFi’s free but pretty sluggish so bear with us.

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