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.

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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.

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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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