Last day on land (for a while anyway)

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Our free shuttle from the hotel leaves at 12.45 pm for the Fort Lauderdale Everglades cruise terminal. We have a couple of free hours first so we walk to the nearby shopping mall (America’s land mass consists mostly of shopping malls (49%) and freeways (49%). The balance is housing and hotels!)
A few last minute purchases and we return to load our luggage (no limits for the ship) onto the waiting shuttle bus. A short 10 minute ride and we pull up at the cruise terminal to the waiting line of luggage porters whom kindly inform us how well they are going to look after our luggage (the driver of the free shuttle and the porters all seem to have the same affliction with their arms, which are bent at the elbows with palms open and facing up!).
We are herded into a snaking line of a diverse bunch and shuffle slowly in one direction for 50 feet, about turn one step to the right and then back again. After innumerable times we pass through immigration and then a Princess counter. Waiting for us next is a smiling photographer standing in front of an enormous picture of the Emerald Princess. I am looking around for the souvenir shop when the movement of the line brings us to an escalator. We step on and move upwards. A few more shuffles and the gangplank comes into view. At last! After 2 hours we are finally aboard. The line has dissipated into the enormous void in front of us and we spend the next 30 minutes trying to orientate ourselves with 16 stories of ship amenities before heading off to the statutory muster (emergency drill) which is being held in the 2 level theatre.
With formalities over we are now free for the next 27 days of what we hope will be a well-earned rest and lots more fun and excitement. We make our way out on deck for the Sail Away Party after which we will ponder our activity time whilst the ship sails trans-Atlantic for 6 days to our first port of call Ponta Delgada in the Azores, Portugal. Needless to say, our pondering will be assisted with an exhaustive list of activities, dining venues, pools and hot tubs, sporting venues, theatres (live and movie), health and spa facilities, shopping venues (not more!), lectures, games, etc. etc. etc.
How will I find any time to write this blog!!
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Di hall on

Can't believe you are just starting the cruise. Happy sailing

Michele on

Enjoy the cruise!!!

Alex McCallum on

Sounds like you're enjoying all the travel. Cruising sounds fun and great way to enjoy Mothers Day Gail. Melbourne is wet and heading south to cold so rest assured your missing nought here!

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