Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
46Trip End Apr 27, 2008
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To start our Grand World Voyage we traveled 2400 miles east from San Francisco to Washington and then, south to Ft. Lauderdale. Here's Mom, bright and chipper, at 6 am on Thursday, January 3rd.
We had clear flying weather until we were about 100 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, where we flew through a squall. We landed in gale-force winds and 50-degree weather and wondered if the weather would be a challenge at the beginning of our voyage.
Friday, January 4th, the day of the start of the cruise was breezy, but sunny and clear-and much warmer than the day before. We were shuttled to Port Everglades in the morning and were ready to board the MS Amsterdam by noon.
The ship is relatively small, which is what a lot of returning world cruise travelers like about sailing with her. We talked with several expert travelers while we were waiting to embark and everyone was very enthusiastic about the trip. One couple had just finished the 64-day tour of the Pacific, which they had enjoyed immensely, and they were looking forward to starting the 114-day trip.
The only complaints we heard were later in the day and all were related to the fact that the ship was booked solid-perhaps even over-booked. Some people had been moved from their assigned staterooms-and one couple was in a stateroom that had also been assigned to someone else. Luckily, all was in order for us.
We are at a table for 8 in the Upper Dining Room for dinner. Our table mates are a lot of fun; all are retired (or mostly retired) and come from careers in the railways, education, and career counseling. With Patrick and Jude, our traveling companions, we have education well-represented. We are a companionable group-with a lot of good story tellers.
We have not been doing much more than eating and relaxing. It's a joy to be able to look at the sea all day long-the water is a deep blue, the sky is clear, and the winds are calm. What more could we ask?