March 15, 2014
The last week of February I took a cruise with my girlfriend and we really wanted to make it onto the ship but fate was nearly against us as we encountered 3 major obstacles before even stepping on board. The first mishap occurred the night before we had to depart to Florida. We were busy packing our bag and received an e-mail telling us that the flight had been delayed by 45 minutes. We bought thought to ourselves great we can sleep in and life is good. Unfortunately when we arrived at the airport the next day the line was longer than I expected, even for Spirit, and they informed us once we made it to the front of the line that we our flight was pushed forward by 25 minutes. We couldn’t do much but we were able to ask a friendly passenger if we could cut to allow us to get through security faster. She kindly obliged to our request and while we were near the front of the line someone else on the same flight asked to cut as well because they had been told on the Internet that the flight had been delayed even longer. Yikes, despite bad information we quickly prepared to go through security stripping ourselves of everything necessary and while putting out my manicure kit I found the a sticky note stuck to it reading, ” Have a relaxing vacation, Love Mom.” This made us burst out laughing despite the inopportune situation it made us laugh. After rushing onto the plane and sitting down the flight attendant informed us that the flight would take off in five minutes. Ten minutes later they came over the airplane radio and informed us that the captain had not arrived and that we would be waiting for another 45 minutes. We laughed and were mildly amused at the time we spent stressing out about rushing to get onto the plane.
Last on when we made it to the port and had to check into security I took off my backpack put it through the scanners and then turned around for a second. After rotating back 180 degrees I tried to find my backpack but it was gone. I thought to myself, this can’t be happening right… I just had it, I’m not crazy…. We asked a security guard if he saw anything and he informed us that he hadn’t while we rushed upstairs to try and find if someone took our bag. When we arrived upstairs we saw that the line split into two directions with waiting lines where people would then feed into about 15 counters on each side and then move towards two separate entrances to the ship. We quickly searched for my bag and found someone holding it on their back very nonchalantly. We told him that was our bag and we genuinely seemed surprised and confused. After he was processed and able to board the ship he came back and apologized to us while we were still waiting in line.
Just out of trouble we thought we were in the homestretch but alas as soon as we got up the counter we were informed that JQ didn’t had the proper paperwork to get on the ship. Since she is Chinese and her passport visa had expired she wasn’t allowed to get on the ship without additional paperwork. Luckily she knew she needed a special I-80 form and that this would allow her to get on the boat. Sadly this was back at home in Ann Arbor and while she called her roommate to get the proper paperwork we had to wait in the back room for about 2 hours before it was sent to us through various technological paths and then we finally went back to the counter and we able to get on the ship.
Whew, well as you can imagine the entire process was slightly stressful but we managed to endure the process and overcome everything! It made for a fantastic and unforgettable voyage.
I’d like to leave you with pictures of food because it helps me to relax and you may be needing some comfort food if you imagined yourself in our shoes.
Tomorrow expect a new blog about our time on the ship and our various adventures on different islands!