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Dinner tonite at 150 Central Park. Joyce took a pic for us 

ISince we are docked at the downtown pier, we decided to go out into town for a while. Beside us is docked NCL Breakaway. Out in the bay, offshore, is the NCL Escape.  She is tendering her p

I promised Sabrina that I would do this, so here goes. First:  I am the worst live blogger EVER since I hate to take pix.  I DO realize that long, text review/live blogs are less effective b/c no

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Disembarkation :

Booooooo.. Such an unpleasant topic but since I am unable to gamble in the casino, I will preview the disembarkation process of Star Class out of Miami.

First, the bad.  PoM still does not have Luggage Valet. That’s unfortunate. LV is such an awesome service. You give up your bags on the last night and don’t see them again until you deplane at your final destination.  All of this is complimentary for Suites.  However, with that bit of bad news out of the way, we can chat about the positives of SC disembarkation.  We will NOT put our bags out tonite. We must put them out tomorrow morning between 6:30-7:00 AM. They will be taken directly to a special SC holding area until we pick them up.  Those of you who have followed my travel blogs for a while are familiar with my somewhat newly-acquired aversion for giving up personal control of offboarding my luggage. This is due to an unfortunate incident last summer in Galveston where one piece of our luggage just disappeared, never to be seen again. But Joyce has given us her personal promise that our luggage will be safe.  I trust her.  Ok. It’ll be out there at 0630 tomorrow. 
 

We will then go out to the Coastal Kitchen for our farewell breakfast where Joyce will escort us off the ship at 8:00.

Our flight is at 12:07 out of MIA so we will have a bit of time to pass in the Admiral’s Club.  That’s fine. Their Clubs are nice at MIA.

We are alongside the pier.  We’re home ! (Almost).8:05 PM

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18 minutes ago, Fairlynew said:

I hope there is not a riot on the ship.  Didn't you say earlier that this sailing is full of casino aficionados?

I am glad that the person is able to get prompt medical attention.  Hopefully that knowledge will quell the rioters!

Yes, that is true. This sailing was FILLED with deviant gamblers ! Oh wait....I’m talking about myself !

Don't tell anyone, but I am secretly glad that the casino is closed. Now I can spend ONE quiet night outside of that loud, obnoxious smoke-filled den of iniquity.

😉😉🤫🤫

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3 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

We must put them out tomorrow morning between 6:30-7:00 AM. They will be taken directly to a special SC holding area until we pick them up.

Same procedure Symphony had last November.

Furthest the Genie could go was the elevator door on the second level of the terminal. From that point forward we were on our own. A crew member was helping my father off and that crew member was chewed out by port personnel for getting on the elevator. 

Don't recall porter availability but from what I recall one was near by to assist with getting the luggage outside. Facial recognition made the Immigration check fairly painless. Only other thing was the madhouse traffic. Hopefully getting off at 8am it won't be too bad by that point.

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Just now, Lovetocruise2002 said:

You are letting your bags go to the terminal without you...😬 kidding, I’m sure it will be fine. Terminal A seems pretty efficient.

I know. I’m not real happy about it but I trust Joyce that they will be ok.  I’m keeping my carry-on with me, though. I have my valuables in that one and it doesn’t leave my sight.  Period. 

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Disembarkation day was waaay more manic than I expected.  B’fast in CK was ungodly slow.
 

As a matter of fact, since I am on the topic of CK, I will take this opportunity to mention that my skepticism about the CK was reaffirmed on this cruise.  The menu is just not that interesting to me.  I repeatedly had trouble finding something that even sounded appealing (b’fast excluded here).  We ate dinner there 3 times (twice more than I had intended) b/c we kept getting bad intel on which night was lamb shank.  I am partially responsible here, as Joyce sent me the entire menu lineup well ahead of time and had I referred to it, I would have avoided these errors. So I am now firmly in Club #CKonlyonfiletnight.  Not only were the menus unappealing, but the service was truly slow every time. This morning was the final straw.  Yes, I realize that b’fast on turn-around day is manic by nature but there were just too few servers. It was as simple as that.

Back to disembarkation.  We got out of our suite right on time (0700) and went to the CK for b’fast (already discussed). Joyce met us on the Lounge side a bit after 8:00, as pre-arranged.  She escorted us, and another family, off together.  Her big blunder was to put us into an elevator that did not recognize her Genie badge (which provides exclusive access and will not stop on any other decks).  Apparently there is one elevator bank that is exempt from her badge, for use in case of emergency, and of course, she managed to put us on it.  So, consequently, the elevator proceeded to stop every freakin deck and fill up with non-SC riff raff (just kidding !).  Oh, the inhumanity ! 🤭🤭. Then Joyce lead us all the way out and halfway down the gangway, where we said our goodbyes and she turned us over to a Terminal escort who’s job was to take us to get our luggage and then escort us all the way to the taxi line.  During this trek, we cut lines and bypassed the CBP lineup (which was much longer than I would have thought).  We went straight to the face recognition queue which is where my good luck ran out.  I guess I must have won the immigration lottery as I was chosen to go chat with a Customs Officer.  Oh, happy day !  Of course, our Terminal escort never even turned around. She just high-tailed it outta there and left my a** behind. Ok.  Now in a long line waiting for a CBP Officer to let me out, I suddenly realized that Dan had my passport.  The line agents had rushed Dan away, saying he would have to wait for me, outside.  Panic.  In the most unladylike-like and quasi-hysterical squawk I could muster, I SCREAMED for Dan to stop.  Somehow he heard me....as did everyone else in the Terminal...  He handed me my passport and after a fairly uncomfortable zig zag through the CBP line, I was finally hustled out of the line, free from retention.

We proceeded to where the taxi line was and realized it was LONG (Joyce has warned us it would be).  Happy Dan transformed into Resourceful Dan and hijacked a cab that had just pulled up in front of us and let out some lucky cruisers who were just arriving to go ON their cruise.  (Mother-scratchers were probably the villains taking our Suite !).  We never looked back. We just jumped in and told him to take us to MIA.  Yes, it was wrong. Too bad.

 

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8 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Happy Dan transformed into Resourceful Dan and hijacked a cab that had just pulled up in front of us and let out some lucky cruisers who were just arriving to go ON their cruise.  (Mother-scratchers were probably the villains taking our Suite !).  We never looked back. We just jumped in and told him to take us to MIA.  Yes, it was wrong. Too bad.

That was my cab!  I wanted to dash into the city to find some chocolate covered strawberries...

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3 hours ago, JLMoran said:

@WAAAYTOOO, did you happen to find / meet @CHRIS WONG while in the casino?

Yes, I did.  The casino was such a madhouse on this cruise...I felt bad for the whole casino staff.  Chris was overwhelmed....and the early closing of the casino last night didn’t help.  He was trying to close out everyone’s points count all at one time.  I hope to get a second chance for him to make a first impression.

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