Our Final Day at Sea

Trip Start Apr 08, 2011
Trip End Apr 23, 2011

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Flag of Jamaica  , Saint Thomas,
Friday, April 22, 2011

No sadder day have the Globetrotters seen than this -- the last day of our 14-day Caribbean cruise. We had such a fantastic time. The food was fantastic, the staff was superb, the ports were ... hmmm, I need a “P” word ... oh, perfect, the adventures were amazing! Okay, it was an awesome trip all around. We had just 24 hours to enjoy the ship, so rather than rushing to do a bunch of stuff, we simply relaxed. 

Of course, we had to pack. That in itself was an adventure. How in the world would we get all of our clothes back into the suitcases along with the goodies we purchased for family and friends. To our credit, we bought small items, but there were lots of them, so we had to be creative with our packing, keeping in mind the 50-pound weight limit for the airline. We knew how much the luggage weighed when we left Atlanta, and we remembered (for the most part) what items were packed in each bag. The trick was getting everything in the same bag we brought it in. Why do dirty clothes take up more space than clean ones? Things never re-pack the way they do on the initial pack, so we had to keep our fingers crossed that we got it right.

If you’ve ever cruised, you know that the ship assigns each stateroom colored luggage tags and a time to disembark the next day. You have to leave your luggage outside your room by 10 p.m. on the final night so it can be collected, and then you retrieve it the following morning in a designated spot inside the terminal. Meanwhile, you have to keep with you a carry bag of essentials for the night -- toothbrush and paste, hair stuff, makeup, change of clothes, etc. On top of that you’re sad to be leaving, so needless to say I was messed up for the entire last day. To ease my sadness I did what any sensible girl would do ... I went shopping!

We had been to the theatre earlier to watch one last movie, “Eat, Pray, Love,” and afterward, Michael was pretty tired. So I left him in the room to nap, and I went up to The Emporium to take advantage of some final deals. Jewelry, clothing, wallets, purses, trinkets ... there was so much I really had to contain myself. I’m so glad I waited until the final day to shop for myself. Just about everything was on sale, from 30% to 50% off! But I had a budget, and I was determined to stick with it. Speaking of budgets, the Globetrotters created a comprehensive budget before leaving for this trip, so we had a plan for our spending and up until this point, we had done pretty well in practically every category. I wasn’t about to blow it with shopping. So I picked up a few things for myself -- earrings, wallet, ring -- and headed back to the room with my booty (that’s pirate talk for “stuff”). 

Later that evening, we dined at the one specialty restaurant we hadn’t tried, The Bistro on Five. A quaint, casual dining restaurant, The Bistro specializes in crepes, so we each ordered a unique savory Mediterranean crepe. Michael barely touched his. No appetite. Why? He was having cruise withdrawals; sad to be leaving. I felt his pain, but I was hungry and enjoyed every bit of mine. I thought some gelato would make him feel better, so we shared the rum raisin. Mmmmmmm, good. It was a pleasant surprise to see Luciana stop by our table to say a final farewell. And that ended the night. One final wake-up and our dream trip would be over.
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