Gatting to the Ship - Part 1
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We left our home in NE Pennsylvania on Saturday morning for a US Airways flight to Miami via Philadelphia. Both flights were on time and we got to MIA without incident. We'd elected to travel on the day before the sailing date and stay in a hotel arranged by RCI (Royal Caribbean International). The literature they'd furnished said that, if you were staying overnight, you were not to affix the RCI baggage tags to the luggage until leaving the hotel in the morning. We complied but still packed our overnight things in a carry-on as insurance. Out first hiccup was when the RCI agent who met us at the gate said that we'd bypass baggage claim since the bags were being transferred directly to the ship. I said we'd not affixed the tags and she said we were supposed to. Anyway, we got the bags from the belt, affixed the tags, and (nervously) put them back on the belt. Together with a large group of others, we were escorted outside to a bus for the hotel. The driver was funny as hell and kept us amused all the way to our destination, the Wyndham. The Wyndham in Miami is a nice hotel but poorly laid out to handle a crowd. At street level is simply a "motor lobby". Elevators are used to get to registration on the fourth floor. Imagine a busload of people trying to use four elevators at the same time, then consider that there were a number of busses since two RCI ships were using the hotel!
After check-in, we set out to eat dinner. Choices in the hotel were poor so we took a cab to "Bayside" which is an open mall not far from the hotel. We had a great dinner at "Los Ranchos", then we walked around a bit before heading back to the hotel.