DAY 13 ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Monday, January 20): Today was an interesting day. It had its ups and downs. Proceeding chronologically makes sense.
The ship was scheduled to dock at 11:00 AM. The captain made an announcement that overnight repairs on the diesel generators slowed us down and we would now dock at 1:00 PM. Although we sail at 8:00 PM, this wasn’t an issue. We planned to spend the day on the ship.
Upon entering the first US port, procedure requires everyone to disembark and be processed through Customs and Immigration. Tours left first, passengers on their own were in the second tier. For us, arriving in the theater at 1:00 PM and being given a group number, this meant about a two hour wait until we cleared Immigration at 3:00 PM.
There was a free shuttle bus to Coco Beach, but no staff to tell you where it was. After wandering, we eventually found it. We decided not to take it, heading back into the terminal to reboard the ship. We thought we might be able to reboard at 3:45.
This was about a two hour wait, reboarding at 5:00 PM. This was because everyone aboard needed to leave the ship before people could get back on. Technically, we could have taken the shuttle, walked around and made it back aboard the same time. However, we expected a wait. We brought our books. The iPhone and iPad were out of the ship’s WiFi world and back into the Verizon cellular network.
We had tea aboard the ship and set to work getting packing done. Bags needed to be outside the cabin door by 11:00 PM at the latest.
We got white envelopes from the purser’s office and changed bills into smaller denominations. Although tipping is an automatic charge, we also hand out tips to our cabin steward and restaurant staff.
Onto a great part of the day. We asked in the Chart Room about getting champagne and caviar. We scheduled it for 7:30 PM and showed up at the proper time. This was excellent. It was also a good deal. 50 grams of caviar ran $69.00 inclusive of service charge. It came with all the trimmings.
We had our last dinner of the voyage in the Britannia dining room at 8:30. We handed out our envelopes at the end of dinner and thanked the staff for their excellent service.
On Tuesday, we are up early and off the ship and onto our shuttle bus at 8:15.
It has been a good voyage.
Cover Photo: Bryce and Jane dining at end of Queen Victoria voyage 2020
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