Officially this is the last day of the transatlantic. It seems like somehow it is more acceptable to claim that the day you board is part of the vacation as apposed to the day you are up early, frantically making sure that nothing is left behind while trying to make sure that you make your airport connections and flights in a timely manner.
Right, that particular day is not going to be a vacation day.
So anyway, here we are docked in the Bahamas after six days at sea since the Azores. I take these transatlantic cruises for the sea days not the ports. I have also decided that daylight, i.e. natural light, is a pretty good idea when underway for so long. In 2007, my friend Sandi and I had an inside cabin on MSC – we didn’t spend all that much time in the cabin. In 2010, Noah and I had a balcony going from NYC to Dover. I don’t seriously remember spending anytime on the balcony at all. The weather was just not all that great and there were smokers who contributed to my lack of enthusiasm. On the Grandeur, the Grandeur, and the Jewel I just stuck to the outside cabin. Daylight coming in but no way to get out. It turned out to be just fine. Shana and I had a small balcony (especially compared to the size of the cabin this fall on the Vision. Most days it was just too warm to spend much time out there and our neighbors were not thrilling. On the Liberty I reverted to an inside for price and it turned out to be just fine. I spent almost no time in the cabin. When I was there, the size was decent and being in the center of deck 10 gave me some really fun neighbors.
I splurged on this crossing and have the lovely cabin (of which you have seen pictures). So here I am in the Bahamas after six days at sea and what am I doing? Well, yes, sitting on the balcony and watching the fools on the two Carnival ships in port hollering, yelling and running around the pools. But that was not really the point. I just realized last night that I am headed back to inside cabins after tonight.
Inside means no window, no balcony and limited ability to dry hand washed clothing. So back to the balcony where putting up with the other ships is well worth the sun coming in on the port side.
I finished the Lady Russell Shawl and blocked it with pins on the large pool towels. That sun I mentioned? Dried in less than four hours. Leaving me with a most excellent shawl for the duration of the cruises.