We got out of South Bend just in time - ahead of a huge storm front. The weather was beautiful in Florida - mid 70's and sunny. My brother Frank and sister-in-law Arlette met us at the airport - ready to cruise!!
Here was our first glimpse of The Glory - our home for the next week...
By noon, we were aboard - having our first drink and finding the buffet. We called home - while the calls were still free, explored the ship and found our room.
At 4:00, we were instructed to retrieve our life preservers from our rooms and proceed to the muster station. They take this very seriously and everyone is required to attend. You know us scrapbookers - this was definately a perfect photo opportunity.
Then it was back to our rooms to stow away the life preservers, grab a quick drink and head to the top decks to enjoy the sail away. At this point, we had still not seen our fellow cruisers - Mary Lou, Mitch, Art and Sue. There were 3000 guests on this ship and 2000 employees. How would we ever find them??
All of a sudden - there they were!!!! Drinks and cameras in hand and ready to sail!
We grabbed our phones and made those last minute calls home to tell our loved ones goodbye - before we hit international waters. And then it was so long to Cocoa Beach, Florida and hello to the Atlantic Ocean.