Leg 1 completed
Distance from St. Thomas: 1079 Nautical Miles
Total Distance: 2195 Nautical Miles
Even though we had a delayed departure from St. Thomas, we arrived in Ft Lauderdale early in the morning. I got these pictures on my way to the buffet zoo.
Back in Ft Lauderdale
The 100 plus passengers staying on are meeting in the Ensemble Lounge at 10:00 AM to start the immigration and re-entry process. Long story short, we went off the ship, stood in lines, stood in more lines, came back on the ship – all in about 75 minutes.
Our keys did not work so we had trouble getting back into our rooms. New keys would have to come from Esperanza. She got them to us pretty quickly so we could come and go as needed.
Port Everglades is pretty busy today; besides the Solstice, the port is home to the Ruby Princess, the Carnival Freedom, Oasis of the Seas, and the HAL Westerdam (and maybe another ship I can’t see).
It about 25 degrees warmer today than that week at this time (see below)
The Ruby Princess in Port Everglades
The Ruby Princess was the first ship to depart
and the Solstice would follow her out to open waters. The sequence below was shot from the Sky Lounge on Deck 14 Forward.
Celebrity Solstice Departing Port Everglades
After dinner we attended the second welcome aboard show. Esperanza gave both speakers a nice plug at the top of the show. Troy Thirdgill, a comedian, is on board for this leg – we have seen him before and he is very funny.
Sequence Above – Welcome Aboard Show
Top Notch (with lead singer Bonita) has turned out to be our go to band for music. Bonita can sing anything really well.
Esperanza has scheduled both speakers for five programs even though there are only two sea days. I have one program at 8:15 PM on a Port Day (we will see how that works out).
Looking forward to a wonderful day at sea tomorrow.
Seas are calm and Captain Gerry says they will remain that way.