Gettin’ on the Boat

This is about as dumb a title as I could think of because these cruise liners are ships, not boats. Boats are what you see running around in the background. Ships have boats but boats don’t have boats. End of technical story. What we really did on Sunday was vacation embarcation I suppose.

We started out with breakfast at the hotel. After Mass at a nearby church, we were ready to go. Miami is a great port to leave from – the terminal is a short cab ride away.

This embarcation turned out to be fast and easy – one of the best I’ve had yet. We were on board shortly before noon and had lots of time to explore. The Eclipse is very similar to the other Solstice class ships so it was pretty easy to find our way around.

Feeling right at home already.

Checked out the lawn with Miami skyline behind it.

The glassblowers have been busy.

Teddy checking out the Team Earth display.

Time for a swim before lifeboat drill.

It was a banner weekend for Celebrity ships. We saw the Equinox on Saturday from our hotel room. On Sunday the Silhouette docked in front of us. Not sure why it did – it usually sails out of Fort Lauderdale.

After unpacking and settling the McLeans into their big Family Oceanview Room right under the bridge, and after the lifeboat drill, it was time to go.

We passed the Silhouette, both ships blowing their whistles.

The police accompanied us down the channel to keep smaller fry out of our way.

And we could never miss the pilot boat, now could we?

Adios, Miami. See ya in a couple of weeks. Sint-Maarten here we come!

Published by Ray MacDonald

Ray MacDonald is a retired food scientist who lives in Almonte, ON.

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