Our Final Day at Sea
Trip Start Apr 08, 2011
16Trip End Apr 23, 2011
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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
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 ..
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.