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Published: October 7th 2018
We are in the Miami Airport waiting for our plane. Kamie is literally snoring next to me. I’m drinking Starbucks so I’m wide awake. We were up at 5:30am this morning which is 4:30am Missouri time. We were in the first group off the ship. We Ubered to the Miami airport. We have a very long layover in Atlanta airport today so we won’t be in Memphis until around 5:30pm tonight. I suspect I will be driving home and all will go well. Kamie’s new car is the smoothest ride I’ve ever experienced…. makes driving in out of Memphis traffic seem like a trip to Ramey’s…. it feels like it glides. Update: Kamie took over in Jonesboro and we didn’t get home until around 11pm and let’s just say his driving made me yell at him and he was so stressed he didn’t smoke for an hour. We probably won’t ever fly out of Memphis again. He likes driving home from St Louis.
Back to the ship… this was only a five day cruise and on these shorter cruises you tend to get a higher percentage of boogie cruisers… add-in the Miami factor and you had the most
eclectic mix of cruisers I’ve ever seen. We saw things on this cruise you really shouldn’t see anywhere outside a private bathroom…. grown women in string bikinis with beer bellies or gross stretchmark stomachs including women who would probably look good in a one-piece blinding everyone in a two-piece they should not own, lots of men with large diamond earrings in their earrings (is this a thing again?), a girl on our non-swimming Nassau tour yesterday who wore a bikini and a wrap all day – nothing else – just walking around all these stores and places in a bikini (I got a picture)… and lots of dreadlocks on men and women. I do not like dreadlocks and I was more disgusted by them after we learned in Nassau that when Bob Marley died they found one-inch-long lice in his dreadlocks. They had been living in his head so long they were eating his scalp. Hearing that makes me itch. Ehhhh So, despite some major cultural differences, most cruisers were nice and friendly. The worst behavior we ever witnessed were the guys in the suite next to us that first night. There was a very large family from India –
maybe 30 or more people – always wearing their full India dresses and headwraps. They were loud and pushy. There were many family groups, friends groups, etc…. 8 to 20 in each group… all of them wearing matching t-shirts on the day we boarded with “Michael’s 40th
Bday cruise” or “The Green Family Reunion” or “Family and Friends Cruise 2018.” It was interesting and neat to see these groups.
As for this trip… we were only away from home for 7 days but it feels like 7 weeks… in a good way. My plan was to read, nap, and do nothing. That didn’t happen. We did take a nap a couple of days. I did read my book. We did a lot we don’t normally do on cruises…. attended shows, movies, Bingo, concerts, trivia, etc. We spent a lot of time on our balcony but mainly in the mornings and evenings because the last two days it’s been scorching hot outside and the boat wasn’t always moving fast enough to create a good balcony breeze. We loved seeing Miami and we are glad we took this quick, inexpensive getaway but we both agree we are not Caribbean cruisers. The heat sucks the life out of you. We prefer the west coast with no humidity. We like cooler climates. We are looking forward to Alaska in May. On that note…. it’s time to board the plane home….
Tot: 2.249s; Tpl: 0.049s; cc: 9; qc: 46; dbt: 0.0401s; 2; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 3;
; mem: 1.3mb