For any of you following along with the posts on our NCL Pearl Cruise, you may have noticed that the posts stopped on day 7.
On our cruise, the Norovirus was going around. Simon, the comical cruise director was telling everyone from about day 3 or 4 that there were some cases on board and that everyone needed to sanitize extra often. The also stopped allowing self service at the buffet lines.
On day 7, Jess got the virus. We went to the medical station and she received a shot. NCL did not charge for the Dr.’s visit. We both were confined to our room for a minimum of 24 hours. After 24 hours, Jess was much better and I never got any of the symptoms. Since we only had one day left on the cruise and we wanted to make the most out of it I did not post on Day 8.
On the last full day at sea, Jess and I were invited to a private party in the Garden Villa. We met the family who was staying there during our earlier tour of the courtyard villas and the courtyard pool. They invited us to a cocktail party with a few other people they had met on the cruise. I will be posting a last final recap of the whole cruise with lots of pictures. The Garden Villa is 4000 sq ft. of luxury. I do not think any cruise line has a suite that can match the Garden Villas on the Jewel class of NCL ship.
On Disembarkation day, we did the “freestyle” disembarkation. Basically, we did not leave our bags out at night and carried them off the ship ourselves. This gave us the flexibility to leave the ship anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 AM. Getting off the ship and into a taxi took less than 30 minutes.
We got a cab ride to Miami Airport for $9 per person. When we got to the airport, it was a mess. Five Cruise Ships disembarked in Miami on Sunday. 1000s of people were in different lines and a lot of people did not even know where their line was headed. It was a nightmare. It took us 2 hours to get checked in and to arrive at our terminal. If you are flying in and out of Miami give yourself alot of time. I will most likely use Ft. Lauderdale airport the next time I cruise out of Miami.
Our flight was delayed for 2 hours due to mechanical problems, but luckily it did not get cancelled. We flew on American Eagle, which I do not recommend…pay extra if you have to not to fly on American Eagle. They lost our luggage and on every flight out of Miami they were taking volunteers to get off for weight distrubution. On one occassion, they did not have enough volunteers, so they left 2 people off the flight. They had take a flight on the following day.
We are home!!! We really enjoyed the cruise. I Learned a lot for future cruisers going to the Southern Caribbean, NCL, the Pearl, security, money saving techniques while on the cruise….But 9 days was a little too long for us to leave behind our 6 month old baby and our 1st grader son. Thanks to wonderful families babysitting, we got to go. Keep an eye out for future posts about this sailing with pictures…as soon as get a moment to upload them. ~ Happy Sailing