PC – Day 13 – Disembarkation

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – Disembarkation

We got up at 7:00 and I went for my last latte. Sad. We went to the Lido for some breakfast at 8:00 and as expected, it was crowded. A more subdued crowd than on the first day.

We were still expected to get into Ft. Lauderdale at 10:00. I started seeing a lot of high rises ahead on the coastline. I assumed it was Miami. Since we have always gotten to Ft. Lauderdale by 7:00, I had never seen the coast coming in like this on the ship.

We got back to the room and started the waiting process. Holland America always lets you stay in the room if you wish instead of having to go to public areas to wait like other cruise lines have asked us. However, they made several announcements about waiting in the public areas and not crowding the hallways or gangway area. They never mentioned being able to stay in the stateroom although it was in the printed material that we received.

We chose to stay in the room until 10:30 and then we went to the Casino to wait as it was near the gangway. We were finally let off the ship at 11:30.

We found our bags and made it through Customs with very little effort. Got a taxi back to the hotel to get our car. We were on the road home at noon.

It was another great trip. Our next planned trip is in June. However, Chuck received a nice casino offer but he has to sail before May 13th to use it. So, who knows? Maybe a quick trip to the Caribbean in April?

Captain: Wouter Van Hoogdalem
Hotel Director: Ron Bontenbal
Cruise Director: Sabine van Leuken

Officers and Crew: 170 and 606
Nationalities of Crew: 41
Average Speed: 17.8 knots
Miles Traveled: 3269 Miles

Good-bye Zuiderdam. Hope to sail you again some day.

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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