The port was a complete zoo this morning.
Arriving about 0500 in the morning, the early escapees were lined up and unpleasant within 30 mintues. You would think they would understand that clearance by customs and the Coast Guard is going to have to happen prior to anyone leaving the ship.
But no, they would rather try to gather around the elevators on the exit deck and complain. Loudly. I kept the giggles in when one woman was back at guest services explaining in a haughty accent that it did not matter which baggage group tag she had been given, she wanted to get off the ship now and expected that her luggage should be in place.
I think that the whole desk crew deserves acting awards. I kept hiking past to the Starbucks area to claim a cup of coffee before heading to deck 14 to see the sites.
Said sights included three other ships in harbor – the Oasis (think huge and ~6k worth of passengers at worst), a Princess Ship and a Holland Amercian besides us on the Liberty.
You think walking off was insane? Try the line to get into the departure terminal or the customs line. It is not that I mind staff assisting those with wheelchairs past us, it is the line of people behind who are trying to get further up that really annoy me: the pedestrian equivalent of falling in behind an ambulance or fire truck to take advantage of the sudden gap in traffic.
Anyway, I had a lovely time talking while waiting with the lovely Frech Canadaian woman from our knitting group saying goodbye only after we finally snaked through all the lines to emerge blinking into light and heat.
Trying to get to the passenger pickup area was totally insane. Only the presence of cell phones and txting made it all possible. And I am foolish enough to do this again in December?
There maybe a good point in just taking the cruiseline transfer and not having to mess around with most of it!