So, here is the sad tale of our one missed cruise. It occurred the weekend of Johnny Carson's death.
Friends of ours were doing a B2B on Royal Caribbean. Back then, money was tight, but we were going to join the group for the second leg. We had done B2Bs before, and the worst is doing only the first leg. A friend of ours did this, and she was the only one packing and getting off after the first week. To say she was surly is being kind. So, we decided to do the 2nd leg and get off with everyone else.
Now, we knew there was a possibility of a storm hitting, and we were tracking it all week. but like I said, money was tight. We looked into changing flights, but the costs associated with that,,coupled with hotel charges in Miami made that prohibitive. But, we did stay at a hotel right across from the airport the night before our flight to avoid driving issues. So, my father in law drops is off at the hotel near Laguardia Airport, just as the snow begins to fall. Later that night we get the news, Laguardia Airport is closed . All night long the news is about Carson. Interviews,tributes, etc. The next morning, some good news......Laguardia is now open for business . I grab my wife, and tel the front desk the good news. They tell me the shuttle is running, but.........they offer to hold my room just in case. Just in case ????? Whatever......we jump in the van and head across the street. We get into the airport anxious to grab the first plane to Miami. But we're greeted by.....nothing. No one. Where is everyone ?????? This is where I learn the term "open for business" is a very broad term. I finally find someone and he asks us what are we doing here ( there ) ? My response; we heard the airport was open..we have to get to Miami to pick up a ship !!!!!! His reply; well, technically the airport is open, but do you see any planes coming or going ? I'm sure he wanted to add the word MORON to the end of that sentence, but he was being nice. My heart sank. We had been planning this all year. So, back to the hotel we went. By now, everyone at the desk knew us and our situation. No one said a word other than, here is your room key Mr K-------.
We get back to the room, have some breakfast, and then.........the call. I grab my phone and call one of our friends that are on board. " Hi. Tommy ? It's B-----------. Guess what ? Now, I always tease our friends with made up stories that are plausible. After telling him that we are still in NY, he replies with one word; BULL$HIT !!!!! Then he says, you're standing behind me aren't you ? ( that is something I would have done btw ). I told him to turn around. He asks me, " where are you ? I don't see you." "THAT'S BECAUSE I'M IN NY!!!!!!!!!!
Now he finally believes me. I hear him telling the others in the group. They all claim bull!! Someone else gets on the phone......." You are so full of sh--! Which deck are you on ? At that point I just handed the phone to my wife.
Now, the funny ( sort of ) part. At no point during the week, when we were considering our options, did anyone remember that my wife's brother lives in Marrietta,Ga. We could have flown down there a couple of days early, avoided the hotel charges, and flown to Miami from there !!!!!!!! I was going to go back to work for the week, but, due to all the stress, several muscles kind of seized up on me.
We had the insurance, and ended up taking the replacement cruise in July out of NJ. Voyageur of The Seas.....worst cruise we have ever taken. In case you were looking for that happy ending.