The End of the World
28.06.2016 - 01.07.2016
First, catching up on the last couple days….
June 28, 2016 (at sea) ATW “worldies” farewell dinner
We had our last dinner together, split between the Polo Grill and Toscana dining rooms. Lots of picture taking, hugs and great food.
I finally started packing, realizing they were really going to remove me from the ship and I could not find any place to hide with 4 suit cases. Roger has been done packing for a couple days.
June 30, 2016 Key West, Florida
I kept packing in the morning and we had our immigration face-to-face meeting at 8:30. About 1pm, we took the port trolley into Duval Street. Very hot and humid. Had a sloppy joe and mojito at Sloppy Joes Bar, more t-shirts at Crazy shirts and Margartiville and ice cream, then went back to the ship. More packing…
At 5pm, we had a fun “End of the World” sail away pool party. Ray, the cruise director, jumped into the pool in street clothes and many worldies followed. Lots of music and dancing and some group photos taken.
Had all 8 suit cases out for pickup at 10pm. 4 will be shipped home and 4 go to the airport. Tomorrow will be interesting.
Friday July 1, 2016 Miami, Florida
Back to where we started 6 months ago. Well, the ship disembarkation did not go as planned.
We were over 2 hours late getting off the ship (at about 12n), it was raining, there were not enough porters for the massive amount of luggage from 194 worldies to go thru customs. I waited for about ½ hour to get a porter but we breezed thru customs without a duty charge even with being way over the limits (yeah!!). The 4 cases got to the shipping company and we got to the airport with time to spare before our 3:30pm flight. Back home in Tucson at 9pm and picked our dog Skylar Sat morning. He was really glad to see us!! We were REALLY glad to see him!!!!
Some photos on board the ship:
The trip was everything we expected and more. We saw places and people we had only read or heard about. Some countries are good and some not so much but always the people were friendly. There was not really one thing that made the trip special, just the total experience of seeing the unknown from Myanmar golden pagodas to West Africa’s poverty.
The Oceania Insignia is a beautiful ship and the crew is outstanding. Both of our cabin stewards Bayu (Jan-March) and Edmund (March-July) provided everything we needed to make our 216 sq. ft. cabin comfy. The food was fantastic and the wines great!! The only improvement needed on the ship is the internet and TV service. The ship held a White elephant sale to raise money for the crew well fare fund and the ‘worldies’ made a large quilt with squares from all the countries visited that was raffled off and some ATW items were auctioned i.e. ships navigation maps, signed ship flag and memorabilia. A lot of money was raised, the worldies were very generous.
We traveled 46,501 nautical miles, 5 continents, 44 countries, 90+ ports plus 4 land tours and crossed 24 time zones in 180 days. Plus 3,590 photos I took and Roger probably took twice that much. There were 194 folks on the Jan. to July 2016 cruise plus an additional 50+ from Jan to March that were completing their 2015 world cruise. We met so many nice people from all over the world and shared our lives for 6 months. Many memories were made which was one of my reasons for this blog so we could remember it. So back to reality, no more laundry service, maid service, room service, entertainment, fresh fruit every day, baked pastries, fresh fish, etc. Its all up to us. I would do it all over again (if we win the lottery)........
I hope you all enjoyed this trip with us.
No more Happy Sailing till May, 2017
Linda and Roger