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Day 59 Mar 7 Saturday, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida arr 7

Unlike our departure date, we were joined today by several other ships.  We also docked at a different pier than where we left but I doubt if anyone parked at the port.  Several of the passengers from Florida told me they had rented a car to get to the port and will do the same going home.

 

When we showed up at the lounge for our 9:05 disembarkation we were told that the port had been delaying the numbers getting off and they were then an hour behind.  We ended up getting off the ship at 10:30 and there was an hour worth of tags still to be called.

 

Once off there was no questioning or screening of our health – same at the airport.   I did see a few people wearing mask but less than 1%.

 

We could have had a flight around noon but decided on a later flight.  We did not want to be rushed this morning plus sometimes when a ship is returning to the US from an extended absence clearance takes longer and sometimes getting a wheelchair accessible taxi takes time so to be safe, we choose the later flight and did some more reading while waiting at the airport.

 

We had a smooth flight home and arrived on time and made it home sweet home no problem.

 

Overall we were happy with the ship and the cruise.  We did not use the casino, spa or gym so no comment on them.  Only once did someone at our table ever complain about a meal – roast beef.  Our waiter had 3 tables of 2, a 4 top, a 6 top and an 8 top.  Most night the 8 top was not used but at times he was over whelmed by too many passengers arriving near the same time slowing down service.  We often eat with passengers with special diets and they all seemed happy on how their needs were handled. 

 

For those looking for problems - Ship ran out of romaine lettuce with a few days to go.  Bananas were also often not available.  The toaster in the buffet seemed not to be working well as they often had to put the toast though multiple times to get a medium level of toast.  

 

I had one person tell me how happy he was with the internet but I had lots of problem.  Anytime I did not post on the night expected was due to internet not being available.  It would seem to be up for a bit and then go down.  If you had an unlimited package, you could be patient but when paying by the minute it burns up time quickly.  For the last 7 days I had a package and found response better (not perfect) during the day but still poor later in the evening.

 

Thanks to everyone that has followed us on this voyage.  Hope you all learned something along the way that will be helpful on your future voyages.  I also want to give a special thank you to the many people that helped organize tours on the roll call and helped organize the meet and greets – as usual they were mostly ladies.

 

I believe this just about wraps everything up.  Calm seas, great sunsets and memorable travel adventures to you in the future.

 

Everything I have posted on this review excluding photos is in a word doc.  Anyone wanting a copy can email me at waynesmithtor AT yahoo DOT ca (not com).  Travel safely wherever you are going. 

 

Today’s quotes of the day - “There is an end to everything, to good things as well.” - Chaucer

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." - Lin Yutang

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. - Anonymous

 

As John Denver sang – “hey its great to be home again” – despite the rather chilly weather

 

 

 

 

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On 3/7/2020 at 8:31 PM, Waynetor said:

Day 59 Mar 7 Saturday, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida arr 7

Unlike our departure date, we were joined today by several other ships.  We also docked at a different pier than where we left but I doubt if anyone parked at the port.  Several of the passengers from Florida told me they had rented a car to get to the port and will do the same going home.

 

When we showed up at the lounge for our 9:05 disembarkation we were told that the port had been delaying the numbers getting off and they were then an hour behind.  We ended up getting off the ship at 10:30 and there was an hour worth of tags still to be called.

 

Once off there was no questioning or screening of our health – same at the airport.   I did see a few people wearing mask but less than 1%.

 

We could have had a flight around noon but decided on a later flight.  We did not want to be rushed this morning plus sometimes when a ship is returning to the US from an extended absence clearance takes longer and sometimes getting a wheelchair accessible taxi takes time so to be safe, we choose the later flight and did some more reading while waiting at the airport.

 

We had a smooth flight home and arrived on time and made it home sweet home no problem.

 

Overall we were happy with the ship and the cruise.  We did not use the casino, spa or gym so no comment on them.  Only once did someone at our table ever complain about a meal – roast beef.  Our waiter had 3 tables of 2, a 4 top, a 6 top and an 8 top.  Most night the 8 top was not used but at times he was over whelmed by too many passengers arriving near the same time slowing down service.  We often eat with passengers with special diets and they all seemed happy on how their needs were handled. 

 

For those looking for problems - Ship ran out of romaine lettuce with a few days to go.  Bananas were also often not available.  The toaster in the buffet seemed not to be working well as they often had to put the toast though multiple times to get a medium level of toast.  

 

I had one person tell me how happy he was with the internet but I had lots of problem.  Anytime I did not post on the night expected was due to internet not being available.  It would seem to be up for a bit and then go down.  If you had an unlimited package, you could be patient but when paying by the minute it burns up time quickly.  For the last 7 days I had a package and found response better (not perfect) during the day but still poor later in the evening.

 

Thanks to everyone that has followed us on this voyage.  Hope you all learned something along the way that will be helpful on your future voyages.  I also want to give a special thank you to the many people that helped organize tours on the roll call and helped organize the meet and greets – as usual they were mostly ladies.

 

I believe this just about wraps everything up.  Calm seas, great sunsets and memorable travel adventures to you in the future.

 

Everything I have posted on this review excluding photos is in a word doc.  Anyone wanting a copy can email me at waynesmithtor AT yahoo DOT ca (not com).  Travel safely wherever you are going. 

 

Today’s quotes of the day - “There is an end to everything, to good things as well.” - Chaucer

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." - Lin Yutang

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. - Anonymous

 

As John Denver sang – “hey its great to be home again” – despite the rather chilly weather

 

 

On 3/7/2020 at 8:31 PM, Waynetor said:

 Hi Waynetor,    I sent an email to you requesting a copy of the word doc with the review of our cruise. I didn't know if it was still possible to receive your most excellent review. I didn't hear back from you, so I hope everything is okay.

 

Janet (jviajes) Coughlin

jkcoughlin@gmail.com

 

  

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I'd like a copy of the word doc also, but I don't know the email for you.  Mine is Sunshinfam (at) aol (dot) com

 

Thanks so much.  This will be a great help for me when I am putting my scrapbook together!

 

Libby Hall
(Anam Cara)

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