Sunday, April 5, 2009 – Miami and at sea

Ever do something that you haven’t done in a long while, yet when you get started, the last time seems like just yesterday?

Happened to us today. Pam and I are sitting here just after a sunset dinner at sea, and it’s as though we went through a time warp. It seems like only a few days ago we were heading out on a cruise, but it’s been just over a year.

Similar sights, sounds, anxiousness and tension while waiting to get underway. . . Seems like we were just here. But this is a new cruise, heading to the Eastern Caribbean – Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.

We got up early this morning and drove down I-75, across Alligator Alley, and into Miami, where we had to wait to get on the ship. Seems there was an outbreak of “GI” problems (“code red” alert) for a lot of the people on the last cruise. So it was all crew hands on deck for major bleaching / cleaning / bleaching / cleaning to ensure everyone on our cruise would be OK.

Freedom of the Seas 

We’re on the Freedom of the Seas, one of the largest of the RCCL fleet. The good news is we have a balcony room, and aside from the moments like the lifeboat drill, we feel almost alone on the boat, or at least on a much smaller ship.

Packed Miami Beach (as we’re heading out to sea). 

We intentionally didn’t bring any formal clothes – we’re not into the fancy dining ceremony each night. I brought one pair of long pants (and those are jeans), a bunch of tee shirts for the gym, some Hawaiian shirts for “formal wear” and shorts – oh, and a couple of swimsuits.

We’re going to try to keep it laid back, and enjoy the 7 days of no phones, no internet, and no work. So far it’s working out well. We had a leisurely dinner and watched the sun sink into the ocean during the dessert.

Day 1? A wonderful success.

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