January 7, 2018

Set the alarm last night to wake at 4:20 a.m. Why do I waste my time? My internal clock always wakes up much earlier, this time 3:05 a.m., and I laid awake waiting for the alarm to go off.

Swiftly completed the usual morning rituals, packed the last-minute items and met our in-town daughter, at 5 a.m., for the ride to the airport. There were the usual tearful farewells and off we went into the terminal. Everything went so fast and smooth. Check-in was a breeze, no line in Priority and security for Priority was swift. This is such a great way to travel; we are spoiled now.

The Regent agent spotted us staring at the carousel directory and escorted us to the appropriate luggage carousel. There was an efficient transfer of luggage to the limo and off we went to the luxurious Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Check-in was fast. The front desk had a letter from Regent with a summary of the evening events and tomorrow morning’s schedule for breakfast and departure times to the ship. After leaving our carry-on luggage in our room, we decided to walk down Wilshire Blvd. to the Beverly Hilton, where we heard that the Golden Globes Award Ceremony was underway and would be on television tonight. We hoped to see some red- carpet action. However, security was so tight we could only get within one block of the hotel and only saw barricades and police. We returned to the hotel via Rodeo Drive and did the typical site-seeing stroll.

Regent hosted a 6:00 p.m. cocktail gathering in the BW Ballroom followed by a 7:00 p.m. exquisite dinner of filet mignon or baked cod. The Cruise Director, Jamie Logan, made announcements of tomorrow’s list of events. We need to bring our passports to breakfast for check-in, when we will receive our room key. Our luggage will be picked up by 8:00 a.m. for transfer to the ship. He reminded us that our welcome letter had meeting times in the lobby for transportation to the ship. There would be small groups of 10 at a time. An excellent troupe of musicians played during dinner and a trio of female vocalists entertained us with familiar upbeat tunes. Dancing was encouraged. Music and singing continued but by 10:00 p.m. most of the passengers had retired to their rooms. I suppose jet lag and time zone differences caused their departures.

We also are not immune to those conditions. Time to shut down and prepare for tomorrow.

Yours in travel,
Pat & Mac