Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Cruise Day 1

Things went exactly as hoped for, which is always a plus when traveling. We skipped breakfast because of the time change. They said that the bags would be picked up at 8:30, and they were picked up precisely at 8:30.
They said they bus would leave at 10:30, and it left exactly on time.
Because we were part of the 80-person group on the entire four-month voyage, we already had our cabin keys (that were given to us when checking in the hotel yesterday). We were able to board the ship upon arrival, then directly to our cabin with no stopping whatsoever (except to snag a welcome cocktail).
Two butlers came to our cabin to unpack us. Now that is a nice treat. Never have my socks looked so tidy in a drawer.

Next up was the sail-away party at the pool deck. Those are always fun. Since I grew up on the water, I like to be around in case the captain needs me for anything.
The photo above shows us leaving Ft. Lauderdale. We’ll see many more beautiful ports in the next several months, but it seemed appropriate to document the sail-away.
I knew things seemed to be going a bit too perfectly when I realized that I left my phone on the bus. I am not sure what the final verdict on that is, but I will let you know when I know.
What do I need a phone for anyway? I am on vacation – right.

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