July 18, 2019

July 14th Return home

The alarm is set for 7:00. Our scheduled departure is estimated to be between 8:10 and 8:20. Gail is doubtful she can make it down the gangway, thru the terminal and out to the bus. Her "bug" has taken a toll and she is very weak. We decide to take advantage of wheelchair assistance and just need to get her to deck 5 forward to the gathering place for those passengers needing assistance.

After a brief stop to sit and rest. We make it. Shortly her name is called and we begin our exit. A crew member takes her as far as the elevator, then a shore person takes her from the elevator to baggage claim which today is the first group of luggage as we enter the big hall. I arrange for a stevedor to take our bags.
We continue on our way to customs where we barely pause long enough to open our passports.

Within less than 20 minutes we are getting off the bus at my car in the parking lot.

Home, unpacked and all the clothes are washed. Gail sees her doctor the next morning. The Z pack has worked and he finds no indication of any serious lingering issues.

In a few days life will return to normal and we will be ready to travel again. Hopefully without an unwanted "bug".

Though disappointing, things happen and one just needs to roll with the tides and deal with what cards you are dealt. Tomorrow is another new day.

July 13 A Sea Day

By early morning the temperatures are already in the low 90's, the skies clear, and the sun very hot. The seas have calmed to nearly flat. The ship is cruising at near top speed of over 23 knots headed back to our home port of Port canaveral.

Gail is still unable to get up for breakfast so I make a trip to the Windjammer. Rest is most important.

I catch an Aqua shown in the morning, and watch most of the Broadway production Greece in the afternoon. I miss the last 5 minutes because nature is calling and I don't dare wait until the end of the show.

No dining room again tonight, it is just too much effort when one doesn't feel well.

After dinner our bags are packed and set out in the hall. I make a last trip to the lounge to say goodby and leave a tip for the concierge host. No late night partying for these passengers

The seas remain very calm. Tomorrow morning we will be berthed in Port Canaveral, disembark the ship, and drive home.

July 12, Cozumel, Mexico

As always, Cozumel is busy. Besides The Harmony, The Liberty of The Seas and two Carnival ships are at the international pier. There are probably a couple more ships at the downtown pier.

After a quick breakfast of pancakes at Johnny Rockets, I plan to head into town. Just a slight problem. The safe won't open. It just keeps beeping and displays "error".

My third call to maintenance. First for the flooded shower, and then the next day the head wouldn't flush., and now the safe.

Security arrives within 5 minutes and the safe is quickly opened. I verify it now works and head to breakfast. I will bring something back for Gail, she is too sick to make it to beakfast on her own.

To ensure that the pancakes are hot I ask that they microwave before serving.  It works, the pancakes are warm enough to melt the butter.

Soon I am on my way into town. I wander the shops looking for a decent price on a certain brand of vanilla for my daughter. I will tell her this was the only reason I took this trip, but she knows better.

I settle on $12.00 USD. Much better than the $30.00 USD for the same brand in Costa Maya.

Some pop corn, one of my favorite snacks, and a bloody mary at Senior Frogs before I head back to the ship. Shopping mission completed before noon.

They have built a new security checkpoint here, or maybe I just don't remember. ID check, xrays, or manual pat down in my case, and I am on my way.

I meet Kelly and Ann on the way down the pier, they are headed out for lunch. Her cold is pretty much gone, but she has a lingering cough.

Lobster is on the menu tonight, but I don't see any being served.  I settle on the cheese tortelloni. Gail manages some baked fish. Right after dinner she heads to bed for the night.

Back in the Diamond lounge I meet a neighbor from my community in Clermont. I also learn some of the diamond plus benefits have disappeared. Specifically access to the suites lounge and coastal kitchen that was available on some ships.

It is also being rumored that a pedestrian bridge is being built from NCL's private island to cococay so they can pay to use the facilities. Personally I am very doubtful.

I visit with Ann for awhile while listening to Kelly do his Neil Diamond set. No longer staying up to close the bar, I am asleep before 11.

The seas remain under 6 feet. The skies clear of storms, and the temperatures in the upper 80's.

Tomorrow is a sea day as we cruise back to Port Canaveral.