Our 50th Birthday Celebration Cruise ended last night on Linda's birthday, and we sailed through the darkness on the open ocean arriving at the Port of Miami around 6:30 this morning.
We were in no hurry to disembark, so we planned to be in the last group of folks leaving the ship. We had to be out of our cabin by 8:30, so we joined John & Pam in the Observation Lounge and just waited our turn. We were the only ones there; thus we stayed out of the chaos.
They started letting people off between 8:00 and 8:30, and the call for our group to depart came around 9:35.
With our later departure, we avoided the crowds, found our luggage easily in the terminal, and passed through customs quickly. Our hostess, Linda, arrived at the pick-up area outside the terminal around 10:30. We loaded up and took the scenic route back to her place.
On the way, we made a stop at Burr's Berry Farm for strawberry shakes.
Soon, we were reunited with our rigs - back home again. Linda unpacked and then I stored our small pieces of luggage.
I got started with the long task of uploading photos and videos so that I can begin writing about our trip tomorrow. Linda started doing laundry.
We had a great time, and the ten days seemed to fly by, especially the five days we stopped at various islands in the Southern Caribbean. We were just getting in a groove by the end, and Linda was ready to keep going. In fact, I checked to see if we could just stay on the ship and head back out later in the day for another trip. :)
It was probably best that it was too late for that. :)
Just wanted to post that we're back and that I'll be filling in the dates we were gone with posts about each day along with some photos and a few videos. This was our fourth cruise over a span of several years, and in addition to the wonderful aspects, though we certainly aren't cruise experts by any means, I'll post some of the standard cruise stuff as well as the things we don't like about cruising.
Stay tuned for some photos that will make our friends up north in the ice and snow very jealous. :)