Sailing from Miami – Symphony of the Seas

After a relaxing morning, we tackled the traffic to Port of Miami. The most recent time I was here, it was on the Star Legend which is a small ship without a dedicated, fancy terminal.

Today? Sailing out on Symphony of the Seas, which is one of Royal Caribbean’s behemoths. This particular class of ship is somewhere on the bottom of my list as far as sailing choices – but it was the right price, right route, and right time frame. So here I am. Royal now has a dedicated terminal; just like several of the other lines. MSC is in the process of building theirs near the end of the line. There are three ships in port today – and the Disney ship looks small in comparison to Celebrity’s and Royal’s entries in the competition for cruise passengers.

So anyway – this is the route.

Where was I? Oh yes, dropping my bags was easy. Check-in? Total and complete disorganization. No way to clearly figure out where to go and what to do. After the usual security, everyone was dumped into a lounge where there were agents running around with portable scanners doing the check in. Yes, there was a counter, but no one was there and no way to let someone know you needed to be checked in, much less any way to establish a check-in order.

After hanging out for 15-20 minutes, boredom set in. There was a middle-aged dude next to me in a wheelchair. No he wasn’t in line. Why? Well, he had had his wallet stolen. Phone and passport weren’t with the wallet but his COVID test was. He had additional test kits in his luggage but that was somewhere.

I looked at him – this is no problem, and I pulled out the second test kit from my set. It has an expiration date of 22 March 2023. Might as well help a fellow traveler. Less than 15 minutes later, he had a photo on his phone documenting the negative test and one of the agents came back to finish his check in. I managed to get checked in at the same time.

And then we waited. The assistants who move wheelchairs in the terminal can’t push chairs onto the ship, so he had to wait. And wait. Promising to find him later, I finally went and boarded the ship. I am on Deck 12, it is a bit of a hike up which I did after checking in to my muster station –

I will leave you with the view from my balcony…


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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