Getting to the Ship - Part 2

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The best place to be when leaving port on Royal Caribbean is in the Viking Crown!

I looked out the window at 6:00 and there was a ship in. (We later determined it was the Majesty of the Seas.) By daybreak, there were 4 tied up. Check in for the cruise started at 8:00 in the hotel lobby. We got there about 10 minutes early and there was already a line. Here we discovered another error in the communications. The instructions clearly said that only passengers on two specific ships (neither one ours) needed to fill out a Bahamas landing card. While in line, we were told we did need to. Then, the paperwork said they'd start bussing us at 11:30 but at the desk they said 12:15. About 11:30, we met Mom and Dad and took a cab to the pier. I figured avoiding the hassle at the elevators alone was worth the few bucks. There was absolutely no delay at the pier; we walked right on the ship.

We were escorted immediately to our cabin which was prepared for our arrival. Mom and Dad's wasn't quite ready but they were able to leave their bags there while we all went to lunch. I was absolutely shocked to find the bags in the cabin when we returned from the buffet lunch in the Windjammer Café and a little exploring; we had everything stowed by 2:00. On some previous cruises, it was dinner time before we had the bags and we've learned to carry swimwear and a change of clothes in the carry on.

It was rather cold on deck so, after further exploring, we got ourselves installed in the Viking Crown Lounge to watch the departure which occurred precisely on schedule at 5:00. We stayed there long enough to clear the channel, then went down to dinner in the Dining Room which required only casual attire on the first evening. Since it was Super Bowl Sunday, the game was on all over the ship and the Orpheum Theater was the site of a huge Super Bowl party. As a result, the normal evening show schedule was modified and there was only one sitting for the show. There was music in the Carousel Lounge before hand by an excellent group, the Mudsharks, playing mostly 50's and 60's music.

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