Saturday. Cruise day!
After a simple hotel bagel and cream cheese breakfast, it was pack up time. We checked out of the hotel and went shopping for some long pants for John to wear on the ship. Sometimes jeans just don't cut it. Shopping success, then back to pick up bags and head to the wharf, about 2km away. The whole boarding procedure was like an international flight check in, with scanners, passports and immigration, as we were sailing out of Canada and back into US waters.
The ship was enormous, with multiple restaurants, bars, swimming pools, gyms, theaters and of course staterooms,( but no wifi unless you were willing to pay $1per minute and it was extra slow). And thousands of people. About 3000 passengers and 1500 staff!
After a quick walk around the ship, It was time to unpack and prepare to relax for the next week.
The ship set sail about 4.30pm, with most people on deck watching the city recede into the distance and full of anticipation for the days to follow. And the food of course! A huge choice of food and drink was available from 5am till 11pm at restaurants on board, and even later at some of the bars. And did I mention Happy Hour? Needless to say, the first night on board was a late one!