Day 8- Now It's Time to Say Goodbye...
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|Tue, 11-01-2011 - 10:05am|
We were up early because you had assigned breakfast times and then they kicked you off the ship from there. Ok, so not really but yea, they did. We were assigned 6:45 *yawn*. Luckily we had gone to bed at a decent time-as did most passengers I would think as so many people had a rough day at sea. I saw sooo many room service trays outside doors that day-probably as many in that one day at sea as I saw combined the rest of the days. Our neighbors didn't do too well and they had 2 young kids that weren't feeling too hot either. They were in their cabin alllll day and the grandmother was running food down to them from Cabanas and the pizza place all day. We ended up giving them the rest of our little toys so the kiddos had something to do.We felt for them.
Anyway, we were up, dressed, and heading out our cabin (for the last time-Waaaaaa!!!!) by about 6:30am. You have to take your carry on luggage with you to breakfast because I wasn't joking when I said they kick you off the ship after breakfast. LOL
So we made our way to Royal Palace (meal FIVE here) because you go to breakfast in the same place you were assigned dinner the night before. We met Tara and Allan and had our "Get Off My Ship" breakfast, oh, errr, they called it "Farewell Breakfast" but we knew what it was-get off my ship. We enjoyed breakfast and said our final goodbyes to our serves-sniff. sniff. There were lots of hugs and well wishes all around.
Once we left Royal Palace we were right there at the point of departure and we headed off our beautiful ship kicking and screaming. Ok, so only kicking and screaming in our heads but we did NOT want to leave. It was worse than riding the sad bus-going down the sad gangplank. Once off the ship (sniff. sniff.) you are brought into the customs area where you find your luggage. If you have a lot of luggage it is well worth paying the porters at the bottom of the escaltor to find and bring your luggage! They will roll it right through customs for you and out to the curb if you need them to. Again, well worth the money if you have several bags. We had one bag per person and kids old enough to hump thier own suitcases so we went and found our luggage on our own. They have it divided up into different areas-we were Grey Daisy, Tara and Allan were Black Mickey. It was not the easiest to find and assemble all your luggage so again, I recommend the porters-Tara and Allan got a porter for their luggage. We waited a very short time to go through Customs-our luggage had already been checked so all they had to see was our Passports and we were on our way. It really wasn't too bad.
We headed out to the curb, found which stop to meet our shuttle back to the Park N Cruise for our vehicles and I called them to let them know we were off the ship. There was one other family riding the shuttle with us and what do you know, they were DISers AND retired military. LOL We had three retired military- Army, Navy & Marines. :) It was a fun ride back and we all agreed that we really liked Park N Cruise and would use them again. It was easy, they were very friendly and efficent, and only 1/2 of what the cruise terminal charges. Score!
So that was it. We were offically done with our cruise. :( If we hadn't been heading to Disney I would have been depressed-not that I wasn't a little depressed just to be off the ship-but it would have been much worse. Never will I just head home after a cruise-too darn depressing. LOL
I thought I'd share the rest of my photos from the ship. Just some random shots here and there. :)