March 24-26, 2016 At Sea and Returning to Miami
After five very busy days, we were ready to just be lazy. There was no need to have breakfast brought to the room as we had become accustomed to on the touring days. We just made it down by the 10AM cut-off for breakfast and then had a minimal lunch of dainty sandwiches and a cappuccino. Dinners were another thing since we had a Chef’s Table reserved for the last night and the food in the main restaurant was just too good to pass up. Anne has become the Creme Brûlée fan and had that delectable dessert every night.
But it was between meals that we just stretched out on the lounge chairs on deck five, protected from the sun and the negative effects of its rays. There was ample entertainment to keep us awake during the day with lectures on the changing geography of the world over millions of millennia. Professor Jim had wonderful illustrations of continental drift and insights into the way our planet has formed and reformed over billions of years. We were enthralled with a talented pianist, Garin Bader, who performed both showy tunes and a complete classical concert.
We bid farewell to Marie and Gary Smothers who we met on the first night at dinner and exchanged cards, promising to keep in touch.
The ship seemed to slow in the night as we came closer to Miami and we were informed that due to “technical problems” we would be arriving about an hour late. However, we had packed the luggage the night before and after watching the “moon over Miami” and the tugs boats ease us to the dock, we were able to disembark nearly on time and after a long wait for the shuttle bus to take us to the parking garage, we were on our way to our next stop, Sanibel Island on the other side (west) of Florida for the last week of our vacation.