VACATION DAY ONE: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Well…the initial plans on “Day One” didn’t quite work out as we had planned.
Sunshine and I got up at 2:30am and, after picking up my dad and my little brother at their hotel, arrived at Halifax airport at 4:00am. It turned out that the previous night’s Delta flight into Halifax had been canceled because of dense fog. What that meant is that there wasn’t any plane around in the morning (Delta doesn’t run much into the area) and the flight to New York’s JFK airport was canceled.
We waited THREE HOURS before even getting a chance to talk to one of the two ladies working the counter. The problem was that there were large families ahead of us who needed to catch flights and connections…so you can imagine the re-working these ladies had to do in order to accommodate these last minute changes during one of the busiest months of the year (one family of six had to be re-routed together all the way to Australia…yikes!!).
Once we finally got to talk to somebody, they hooked us up with a flight to Boston…then Memphis…then Miami. The only problem was that we were stuck in Boston for SEVEN hours and weren’t able to get into Miami until almost 11pm, basically nullifying our first day of vacation.
But we didn’t really care, to be honest…we just wanted to get there and where our ship didn’t leave until the next day, all was still good.
Once we arrived at Logan airport, we tried to book a standby scenario…Boston to Washington, Washington to Miami. Unfortunately that one didn’t work out. Then we tried Boston to Atlanta, Atlanta to Miami. Unfortunately, that one didn’t pan out, either. So we ended up there seven hours and didn’t get into our Miami hotel until almost midnight.
After a long, stressful day we almost immediately fell asleep. It was a good thing, too, because we got up first thing on Sunday morning and went outside to realize that we were staying in a beautiful hotel…
I’ll call this an end to Day One of our vacation because, quite frankly, the real Day Two didn’t take place until we boarded our ship.
To be continued tomorrow…