Packing and Disembarking
30.10.2018 - 01.11.2018
On the 30th at breakfast they gave us a table for two in a row of tables for two. The tables were so close together that they might as well have been a table for six which meant that we had people that we could talk to. We had chocolate morning at breakfast.
I had chocolate bread (delcious) and hot chocolate. The breakfast was slow coming because one of the waiters said they had only one of the three griddles working. He said he sent his brother (they were twins) to help out in the kitchen. We both had Eggs Benedict. Barbara did not like that the English muffins were still soft and not crisply toasted. I personally like them soft so that they sop up the yolks of the eggs.
I took a turn around the deck and took a photo of the climbing wall
and the Halloween decorations in the atrium.
At lunch I had the
Barbara had the chopped salad which they make for you in the center of the dining room which looked good.
After lunch I went swimming in the solarium pool which was salt water.
The ship was moving, so the water in the pool was moving around. The water was deep enough that I could not touch unless it was the low water side but it was warm and very nice. I did some of Gina's exercises - she's the lady who does the pool exercises at home, and then I got out. There was a lifeguard standing on the edge with a big foam thing which was longer than she was tall - she helped me out. Barbara got and returned a towel die nw. Then I came down and took a shower and washed my hair and had a nap. Barbara sat and read on her iPad and then went up to Ben & Jerry's and had ice cream
We got dressed for Halloween at 4:30 and went to dinner.
We had some portraits taken of us as the wolf after he ate grandma and Red Riding Hood.
Steve's costume was the King of the Mountain shirt from the Tour de France. It was lobster night. So we both had strawberry soup and lobster and baked Alaska.
At 9:30, we went up to the atrium where people were dancing to very very VERY loud music. I think we would still be able to have a good time if the music was at a medium level so we could talk without shouting in someone's ear. This is a serious deficiency of Grandeur.
A little past 10 they had the parade of costumes. People were to go up to deck 7 and come down the steps to be announced by the Cruise director
We couldn't really do that, but they did have one other couple on scooters, so they interupted the steps and had us come in on the dance floor level. We did not win anything. The awards went to a group of people who portrayed the people in the Clue game (Col. Mustard with the pipe, Miss Scarlet with the revolver etc - they had cards with the weapons),
the award for the scariest went to a little kid with a pumpkin head, the best ensemble was the Hogwart family, and the best combo was the other two people on scooters who were dressed as Bermuda policemen (they had Bobby helmets on). They also gave a special award to a man all in green dressed as a soldier. He looked like one of those green plastic children's toy soldiers. But there were other interesting costumes. There was a pirate and his wife was a
Our towel animal was a bat.
Then we sat up talking until 1 am.
By accident I have twice set off the alarm that they have in the handicapped cabin because the little thread that you pull is right behind my bed. Once I was rearranging the pillows and once I reached behind my head while I was lying down to turn on the light without looking. Barbara wondered how they could get in if the cabin was locked. When I looked I saw that there was a keyhole in the door.
October 31st, we roused for breakfast and I had Huevos Rancheros, which was really just fried eggs with a little tortilla cup of beans and a few condiments.
I went up to guest services and asked them some questions and got a preliminary printout of my bill. I never did understand it because of all the confusion with the internet at the beginning. I came back to the room and had a nap. Barbara went to the lecture on Baltimore. We went to lunch and this time I had one of the salads from the salad bar,
I had resisted doing the salad bar because I was not sure how that would work with me on the scooter but I gave in and tried it. When I have done it on other ships, one of the salad bar people brought the salad to my table for me after I picked what I wanted in it. They did not do that this time. I should not have ordered the Oriental noodles because I didn't like them as well as the salad I picked for myself, and I had enough to eat without them.
After lunch we (Barbara) packed. Then she went up and had threading done (where they remove hair by pulling it out with threads). I had another nap. Then we put money in the envelopes, and went to dinner. I had coconut shrimp, lamb and pavlova - all very good although Barbara tried to persuade me to have something healthier than the lamb.
I took a few photos of our table companions
Barbara went to the show after dinner which was broadcast on the TV later. We put the suitcases out.
I had not heard from Bob at all for the whole length of the cruise. The estimate I got of when we would get picked up was 10:00 and I thought Bob would leave about 8 to get there at 10. But I was worried. So about 6:45 I tried to call and got the answering machine each time. Eventually I called our daughter in Texas because she said she would check on him to be sure he wasn't doing the back house roof when he was home alone. (And he did do some of that) She said he hadn't seemed to be getting my emails. (He said later that they had all gone to spam). We vacated the cabin (leaving a tip on the table for the room steward) and went to breakfast about 7:45 with the carry-on luggage (for me this was my computer bag and my pocketbook and cane as I had sent the red bag with the charger down with the suitcase and Barbara just had a large purse) We both got the Express breakfast, which still wasn't very express.
They had told me that they would announce disembarkation numbers (ours was 21) in the restaurant, but they did not. So when we finished breakfast they were up to #17. We went and sat in the library with a couple people who were B2B. We were supposed to wait on deck 6 but then I would have had to get an elevator up and then an elevator down. I turned my phone on and we got in line a little after our group was called about 8:55. At 9:15 we were still in line in the atrium and Bob called that he was there. (He usually gets up about 7 and shaves and goes down and feeds the cats and has breakfast, but apparently he got up earlier and fed the cats earlier than 6:45)
They would let wheelchair people get off on deck 1 (where we had gotten on), but I saw no reason to do that as I knew from previous experience that getting an elevator would be the hard part. We inched our way down and through the walkway to the terminal. There was a large man/boy ahead of us carrying two small bags and he kept trying to sit or lean on the HVAC systems which were posted NOT to sit or lean on and which had benches right next to them if you needed to sit.
Went through immigration (there was no customs to go through), and then went to find our bags. Bob usually finds the bags and brings them to me, but Barbara was not so organized. I put the red bag on the scooter and then we found my bag, but Barbara had found her bag and then lost it again (It was black like all the other bags and she has not apparently learned Mother's trick of tying some colorful thing to the handle)
Then we went outside and the cars picking people up were all by the fence out by the road. Bob was there. He had remembered to bring Barbara's knapsack. He took her to the BWI terminal instead of downtown like I thought he might and we were there by 10. We parked in the handicapped parking and unloaded her stuff, and she went into the trailer and Bob used the bathroom and then we left. She had made a reservation for the 1:00 train, because we weren't sure how long it would take, so she switched her reservation and actually took a 10:30 train.
We were home by lunch time. Barbara had already gotten home by then.
My last trip in 2018 (which went on into the beginning of 2019) was A Christmas/New Years Cruise with my husband documenting cemeteries.