Posted August 6th, 2004, 01:31 PM
We sailed out of Bayonne ourselves at the very end of May on the Voyager on a 5-nighter to Canada. It was terrific. Embarkation was messed up but due to no fault of RCI. It seems that feds suspected some drug traffickers trying to smuggle some stuff in, so they made everyone from the debarking cruise wait until every cabin and everything else had been thoroughly searched. We never heard the result, but I know at 5:00 p.m. they were still getting passengers off the ship that had arrived before noon, so all of us had to just cool our heels in that huge waiting terminal. It still beat flying to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. It will take RCI a year or better to get everything sorted out at that decrepit old Army marine terminal, but from what I've read, they are committing millions of bucks to doing just that. Sure hope Maryland and the cruise lines get past all the politics and make Baltimore a premier cruise port!
Wow .. Atonal1! Sooooo jealous of your leaving tomorrow on the Carnival Triumph. We're equal opportunity cruisers who'd sail again in a minute on Carnival and Celebrity (and I'm sure on other cruises lines we haven't tried yet). Our 11-person family cruise on Carnival's Fascination this spring was terrific and it was only around 70,000 tons compared to Triumph's 110,000 tons. So you should have 50% more fun on that 50% bigger ship
. Although we've never had a bad cruise yet, RCI seems to be our favorite and we're working toward getting to higher levels in their frequent cruiser program. Our September cruise will take us to their Platinum level and then the one in October will move us closer to their Diamond level. We love their savings certificates and enjoy their little onboard perks. Have a fantastic time on the Triumph .. fair winds and following seas, as they say!
Welcome Marilee and TugMD!
Annieeee: At what time does the Grandeur pass by the beach area at the Bay Bridge? I'd love to watch her sail by sometime.
Karen: Congratulations on your grandson's achievement! Don't give up too soon on that family cruise. We did an 11-person one (and I was the coordinator) in May. It was one of life's greatest memories for my widower father-in-law (and his lady friend) , his four children and 2 of his grandchildren and we 3 spouses delighted in seeing our beloveds reveling in the special time together and had a blast ourselves!
Having a place of us Maryland cruise addicts to hang out and post is really great. Like the idea of eventually getting together somewhere, sometime .. perhaps at the Inner Harbor, perhaps somewhere down stream to watch the Grandeur sail by as we munch a crabcake.
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