The second leg of the trip to Miami and boarding Norwegian Pearl
08.12.2013 - 16.12.2013 80 °F
The Island Girls got a quick start on Sunday morning setting off for Miami from Vero, once again defying death on I-95. The corridor from West Palm Beach to Miami was massive – not ever sure where one city started or ended six lanes in one direction of concrete and high rises. They were greeted in Miami at the first traffic light off the highway by a female panhandler sporting a Bob Marley T-shirt (pot leaves and all) – windows were rolled up, doors locked.
Arrival at the Port of Miami was pure pandemonium with a total of five cruise ships leaving (two Carnival, two Norwegian and one Disney) – it was decided that neither of the Island Girls had any desire to be on the Disney ship! Working their way through the security check point, they were quickly escorted to the Priority Check-In. No more standing in lines for these ladies! Check-in completed, the ladies were escorted onto the ship, skipping the long lines and chaos the masses had to endure.
Once on the ship, the Island Girls made their way to their stateroom, a quaint 3 bedroom, 5,000 square foot abode, featuring a private courtyard and hot tub. Wide eyed and sure they would get lost in the suite, they made themselves comfortable. About 1:30, they made their way to Cagney’s Restaurant for lunch – a special feature of the suites is a private restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch daily. Margaretta opted to go light for this meal and had the corn chowder and the grilled asparagus and prosciutto salad. While Marilynn continued with her trend of shrimp at every meal, started with a large shrimp cocktail followed with bruschetta with roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella on arugula.
Satiated for the moment, the ladies made themselves at home in the suite, dutifully unpacking their suitcases. By 3:15, the ladies made their way down six floors to the mandatory muster drill and then back to the room.
The sail out of Miami was beautiful - from the stately homes of Star Island, the yacht club to the views of South Beach. The waters of Biscayne Bay were almost Caribbean blue, the weather was warm and the views breathtaking.
After a busy day, the ladies chose to dine in the stateroom – time for a little steak and lobster. This isn’t your regular room service; the white linens and silver were a nice touch!