Day MOS5, Friday, December 14, Disembark Monarch,

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

When my wakeup call came at 5 there were lots of lights shining ahead of
us. The promenade deck was roped off both at the bow and the stern so I
went up to deck 12 for about 2 miles (9 laps). We spun around in the
basin and backed into terminal 10 about 6:45, concluding our 591
nautical mile journey.
After snacking my way through breakfast in the WJ I went to the Gold
area of the Sound of Music theater about 8:10. My Green 8 tag was
called within 5 minutes of the 8:40 estimate, and I was on the bus to
the airport about 9. Royal did let me down a bit here. I had
pre-booked a transfer and am thankful I had my printout of the voucher
for the ride. A couple of people ahead of me didn't have their vouchers
and were looked up in the manifest and waved ahead to the bus. I was
not on the list, and suspect I'd have had quite a problem if not able to
prove I should have been. We left the port about 9:25 and were outside
McCoy terminal A about 10:15.
My JetBlue flight to San Juan was uneventful and arrived a little before
it's 4:50 schedule. As I was checking in at the Courtyard Isla Verde
about 5:30 my brother approached me with the family's plan for dinner.
A few of the people planning on the wedding had to cancel at the last
minute and there were 19 of us at the rehearsal dinner at the Metropol restaurant, a short walk from the hotel.  I had not yet met anyone from the bride's family so it was a wonderful evening.

Today's parting shot will be a mixed bag.  My current favorite RCI ship is the Enchantment of the Seas which has just finished her revitalization and is heading up the Chesapeake Bay towards Baltimore.  On Saturday she will embark on her first cruise with all her new features.  A hearty Bon Voyage to the people replacing me on the Monarch, the lucky people on the new Enchantment's first voyage, and to the 20-some other people in our wedding party embarking on the Celebrity Summit.

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