Arriving Miami

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Nov 03, 2012

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Got up at 8:21 a.m. aboard Norwegian Epic in Miami. We had arrived a few hours earlier after a 13-night trans-Atlantic voyage from Barcelona via the Azores and U.S. Virgin Islands. Waking up on the final day of a cruise is always the worst – not only is the cruise over, but guests must disembark no later than 10 a.m., requiring a very early start to the day. This is the only time the entire cruise I woke up before 10:00!

I went upstairs to eat breakfast in the Garden Café, took a few photos of the Miami skyline, then returned to my cabin for the final time to pick up my small suitcase and backpack. I left my cabin at 9:14 and disembarked the ship at 9:29.

Met Jon in the Gray baggage area inside Terminal B. I picked up my large suitcase, then we cleared customs and walked outside to get into the lengthy line for a taxi. After standing in line for about seven minutes, a man came by asking if we'd like to skip the line and take a van shuttle to Miami airport for $10 per person. I figured a taxi would cost more than $20, so it sounded like a good deal. Jon and I followed the man to the van. We were the last passengers to board.

The van departed the Port of Miami at 9:50. It was a 16-minute trip to MIA. We dropped off a couple at one curb, then the van pulled up to the United zone, where Jon and I disembarked. 

I had a great time on my first trans-Atlantic cruise despite some flaws with Norwegian Epic, the world’s third-largest cruiseship. It was a fantastic experience to cross the ocean by boat for the first time. It’s really hard to imagine that used to be the only way to travel from Europe to America! We are really spoiled today with the speed of air travel.

I did this sailing in part because my friend Craig of Atlanta was aboard. I met Craig on my last cruise, the 15-night Barcelona-to-Dubai voyage on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas in April/May. It was great to see him again and enjoy his company throughout the cruise. I can really appreciate the personality of a 63-year-old man who has the energy of a 33-year-old and a joy for waterslides of a 10-year-old! I was also fortunate to make some new friends on the cruise. I was only alone on this voyage when I specifically wanted to be. The social atmosphere was much better than I had expected for this type of cruise. I walk away with many fond memories.

Fortunately I won’t be away from the sea for too long. My next cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale in just 35 days! I’ll be doing a 15-night repositioning voyage on Celebrity Infinity to Valparaiso, Chile, via Colombia, Panama (including a transit through the canal), Ecuador, and Peru. In Valparaiso, I’ll disembark Infinity and transfer to Star Princess, meeting up with my friend Mike for a 13-night voyage around Cape Horn to Buenos Aires.  
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