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Published: August 4th 2019
From the “you never know” department. As usual we arrived at JFK 3 hours early and stopped for a pre-vacation drink. There was a time when my rent was less than the two drinks. We headed to the gate for a 7:05 boarding and an 8:00pm departure. When we were sitting in the boarding area at 7:30 I knew we had a problem. The board listed departure at 8:30, then 9:00.
The crowd was growing restless. The captain, Captain Dan, announced that there was a computer glitch, it needed to be addressed and then tested and since the cabin temperature was 107, they would have to cool it down. New departure 10:30. Then the board changed to departure at Midnight.
There were now nine people behind the podium trying to answer questions. The crowd was beginning to swarm. Captain Dan came out to calm the crowd. It seems that a module needed replacement. The good news was that the part was available but it would have to be delivered, installed and tested before we could board. The bars closed.
When the flight crew abandoned the ship we learned that they had been reassigned to the London flight and we would be getting a new crew. At this point the crowd of about 40 men and a couple of women were really frustrated and turned on the podium. Two Port Authority police officers appeared and the new Captain came out to give us an update. The part was being installed. After testing, we would be allowed to board, probably around 1:00 am with departure at 2:00. Instead of landing in Rome at 10:30am, we touched down at 4:30 pm. The good news was that the flight was smooth and quiet and our hotel room was ready.
I felt so sorry for the group who were supposed to board the Norwegian Dawn and now had to make there way to Croatia to join the ship. Always allow a day or two slack time.
We registered at the hotel, stopped for a sundowner and were asleep by 7:30.
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