Boat boarding and Embarkation!
Miami Travel Blog› entry 4 of 8 › view all entries
August 31st, 2008 – by: Kathryn
Once on the boat we found our room up on the Spa Deck (11) We had a great view from our balcony. I liked having it at the top of the ship because the stars at night were great. I didnt like that the public deck above us (the Sun deck) allowed smoking. So later we would find people standing kind of above us talking loudly and droppin ashes on our chairs. Turns out smoking is only allowed on the starbord side and that the other side was smoke free! Lame! If only we had known! It wasnt a huge problem or anything but we did notice it as something to do differently next time.
After looking around a bit we headed to the buffet for lunch. It was a little crowded and some of the crassness of the class of people on board showed but since it was the only place to eat just then we didnt mind much.
When it was time to set sail we watched South Beach drift away from our balcony. The ship moved pretty slowly while in the area but there was still a very nice breeze making outside more comfortable to me than inside. In fact it would feel really cold when you first went back inside from all the air conditioning. The water looked really cool from as high up as we were and you could still hear the waves the boat made crashing along side us.
Our bags wouldnt arrive until later so we mostly relaxed for a bit before heading to dinner. We originally had said we wanted the 8:15pm seating but got 6pm instead. It turns out a huge group booked in December and took a lot of the spots for that seating. We sat next to some nice but quiet people and had a nice dinner but resolved to ask the maitre'd if we could get our seats changed to one with a window, which he was able to do. Later on Charles and I decided to try the Casino. They had a craps table! I won about 130$ which I wasnt going to spend but I later did :P We went to bed late as we didnt have anywhere to be tomorrow!
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