Other people may have been on this ship at the same time or prior and their experiences may have been different and thats ok.
My friend and I booked this cruise a couple of months ago. This was a four day from Miami. The original route was Key West and Cozumel. Due to the swine flu we were changed to Key West and Nassau.
Normally it is my policy to always fly in the day before but because of a schedule conflict at work we had to fly in the day of the cruise.
We were up at 230 and out of the door by 330 to drive to the airport. We have 3 airports that we use. Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond. This time we chose Richmond because of decent flight times to Ft Lauderdale. This is the farther of the 3 and takes about 45 minutes to get there.
We arrived at the airport only to find chaos at the Delta counter area. We had tried to check in online at Deltas website but kept getting an error. When we got to the Delta check in the agents insisted that EVERYONE must use the kiosk to check in. I tried to tell the woman I could not check in online. She didnt care. I tried to check in using Kiosk and still no luck. She then sent us to the check in counter. We did not have any luggage to check as we only packed carry on bags. We waited and waited in line. Two ladies were only putting on luggage tags for those that used the kiosk. One was checking in regular customers and one was only checking in first class medallion. Then one of the ladies working the floor decided we were in the wrong line and had to move. I gave her a strong look and said no I have waited long enough, I am next and will not move. This is where I was told to stand and this is where I am staying. Got checked in and off to security. Security is what it is.
Boarding time 530 am. Flight time 6am. All was well and off to Miami we were going until we were number one for take off. We sat and sat for about 10 minutes. Finally the captain comes on and says......the aft thrusters were not working. These are the reverse thrusters that help the plane slow down once we land. Calling head quarters to see if pilots can fix it or have to call maintinence. Maint man shows up says he cant fix it. Captain says to us...well we dont need them anyway so the maint guy is going to just pull the plug on them and we will worry about it later.
I was in a panic the whole time! No way were we going to make our connection in Atlanta! Finally at 8am we were cleared for take off. Got to Atalanta and thanfully there was room on the 1130 flight to FLL. Landed in FLL after circling over the everglades and ocean for a half hour, at about 145. Thankfully we had no luggage to claim!
We made arrangements with SAS TRANSPORTATION. I had called from Atlanta to let them know we would be late. No problem they were waiting for us when we walked outside at FLL. Jeff was our driver and got us to MIA in less than half hour. I was a nervous wreck until we finally walked into the terminal to check in. Check in was somewhat fast and we made it onboard. It was a stormy day in Miami so that put a damper on sail away.
Anyway we went to the room to drop off our bags. We booked 2173 on deck two near the forward elevators. This is an OV. We were a bit weary at first as we usually have balconies. A 4 day cruise didnt justify a balcony this time. This room was quite large! plenty of room! The shower was bigger than we are used to.
Time to find the life vest. Found them. THESE WERE THE NASTIEST, DIRTIEST LIFE VEST I HAVE EVER SEEN! Sweat stains around the neck area and just plain dirty all over. Does anyone clean these things?
Drill was quick and painless.
Off to meet my new cruise critic friends. I found Ms. Paws right away with her silly hat. I met others too. Hot and humid and rainy.
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