Hey all, glad to report that we made it back safely. And so the saga began...
Our cruise was Sat 8/5 on the Magic out of Port Orlando. Hubby had to work Friday, so we were scheduled for the first non-stop flight (6:15am) on the 5th. That would have gotten us to Orlando @ 8:45am...plenty of time. Well, @ 12:45pm on Friday I get an email that our flight had been cancelled , and there were no other flights available? DON'T SAY IT (lol), I know...fly the day before; but the flights were cancelled Thurs & Friday as well. There were 12 of us on the flight, so I started sending emails & texts. My sister in law works for the FAA and called her coworkers. They confirmed everything was cancelled, delayed, grounded because of the storms. Didn't they know it was my birthday cruise!!. DH called about 10 minutes after the text and asked what we were going to do. I was still sitting here in shock about to turn off the computer when I saw the google maps icon...13 hours... I told him to put gas in the truck, get home as soon as he could and sent texts to everyone else advising they needed to be ready by 8pm, because we were driving to Port Canaveral!! It was almost 10pm before we finally we got the 2 Suburbans loaded and on the highway. At 11:45am Saturday, we were walking out of the parking garage and into the cruise port, yippee!!!!!!!
The ship for the most part was pretty nice. It's larger than I've been on before and lots of things to do and places to hang out. The Steakhouse was nice and I did go to one show at the Comedy club. I even won Bingo. Everyone had a great time and I did a lot of what I do best...sitting on the balcony looking at the water. The staff was friendly and the common areas were well kept. However, the balconies were not really clean. My SIL had an aft balcony and honestly it was dirty. Not sea stuff...I mean black sooty dirt. Our starboard side balcony was much better, but I also wiped it down. The cabin steward was nice and asked if we wanted service in am or pm; I told him both. This was the first time we had to ask for robes; didn't mind; at least I knew they were clean.
We arrive back in port yesterday, get to the garage, and we have a flat tire...really??? That's when my wonderful husband opens the hatch and pulls out this little black bag, that held the most beautiful little compressor I'd ever seen . By the time we loaded the luggage, the tire was inflated; we had prayer and got back on the road. 1 hour outside of Orlando, 95 North was completely closed because of a fatal accident; our prayers to the family of the driver. Detours, 3 more accidents, 4 rain storms, 7 states, and I didn't get a ticket until I was less than 4 miles from my house! lol. All in all...I had a wonderful time.