Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
15Trip End Nov 03, 2012
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I went upstairs to eat breakfast in the Garden Café, took a few photos of the Miami skyline, then returned to my cabin for the final time to pick up my small suitcase and backpack. I left my cabin at 9:14 and disembarked the ship at 9:29.
Met Jon in the Gray baggage area inside Terminal B. I picked up my large suitcase, then we cleared customs and walked outside to get into the lengthy line for a taxi
The van departed the Port of Miami at 9:50. It was a 16-minute trip to MIA. We dropped off a couple at one curb, then the van pulled up to the United zone, where Jon and I disembarked.
I had a great time on my first trans-Atlantic cruise despite some flaws with Norwegian Epic, the world’s third-largest cruiseship. It was a fantastic experience to cross the ocean by boat for the first time. It’s really hard to imagine that used to be the only way to travel from Europe to America! We are really spoiled today with the speed of air travel.
I did this sailing in part because my friend Craig of Atlanta was aboard. I met Craig on my last cruise, the 15-night Barcelona-to-Dubai voyage on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas in April/May. It was great to see him again and enjoy his company throughout the cruise. I can really appreciate the personality of a 63-year-old man who has the energy of a 33-year-old and a joy for waterslides of a 10-year-old
Fortunately I won’t be away from the sea for too long. My next cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale in just 35 days! I’ll be doing a 15-night repositioning voyage on Celebrity Infinity to Valparaiso, Chile, via Colombia, Panama (including a transit through the canal), Ecuador, and Peru. In Valparaiso, I’ll disembark Infinity and transfer to Star Princess, meeting up with my friend Mike for a 13-night voyage around Cape Horn to Buenos Aires.