Thursday, January 5, 2017

Monday, November 21, 2016 – Miami, FL – Partly Cloudy – 80s

Distance from Virgin Gorda to Miami: 1071 Nautical Miles

A cloudy but nice day in Miami.

Our flight – AA242- is scheduled for 12:13 PM so are on the earliest transfer which departs around 8:45 AM – with the uncertainties in immigration and other issues, it is better to be a little early at the airport than late.

Breakfast was not crowded or hectic and we had plenty of time to eat a relaxing breakfast and still get to our meeting point.

I even had time for a final decaf latte before disembarking.

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Our group disembarked pretty much on time and our time through immigration was brief.  We boarded our comfy bus and about 30 minutes later we were at Miami Airport.  We checked our bags with “skycaps” using outside terminals.  I thought these guys were American Airline employees (they wore pilot uniforms and stand behind computer terminals) but found out later that they expect tips.

Going through Pre-Chek was quick and we were off to our gate.

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AA242 – Getting Ready

We are on a B-757-200 today – relatively speaking the 757 is one of the older models put out by Boeing.  This jet had been modified because it had huge wing tips (to improve fuel consumption).  We are in seats 9B and 9C (bulkhead) – although this is a 3X3 configuration, there is no 9A seat – no neighbor and lots of legroom and no extra charge. 

The flight home was smooth and we dined on food procured from the ship.

The cruise had its crazy moments but our pre-stay in Miami was wonderful and our cruise was enjoyable.

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