Getting a close up look at Grandeur of the Seas.
We had an early but uneventful flight to New Orleans but not before I got into a "discussion" with the airport guy checking my luggage because it was 19 pounds overlimit. I couldn't seem to get him to understand that I needed everything that I packed or I wouldn't have brought it all. He was not convinced but in the end I only had to pay a 15 dollar fine which was well worth the ability to bring on my extra 19 pounds of stuff. Once we landed we were ferried off to the docks to begin the boarding process. I of course was nervous that my monstrosity would get lost among all the other luggage but they assured me that they do this all the time and it would show up at my room promptly which it most certainly did.
I wonder if the nice gentleman who brought my luggage to the room could feel the extra 19 pounds?? I refuse to believe that aren't people on those cruises who don't have more than 19 pounds extra in there luggage. Ok enough of that. We spent some time on deck and looked at the Mississippi river and looked out over New Orleans. This was the only time I have ever been to New Orleans and we didn't really get to see anything.
We met our fellow travelers that night we sat at a table that we would be at the whole cruise which was nice because then you can get to know those folks pretty good. We spent the rest of the night talking and getting to know everyone, catching up with Tom and thanking God for the motion sickness patch. Everyone said before we left that the ship has stabilizers and it's so big you won't feel it move at all. I say to these people, YOU'RE CRAZY!! I felt every rock and roll of that ship at least for the first couple of days. I say again, thank God for the motion sickness patch. lol. We left New Orleans during dinner and were accompanied by a couple of low flying helicopters, we found out later that the terror threat had elevated that day and evidenlty that is a normal occurance when the terror threat is elevated it made for a weird feeling though.