Just wondered how many like to go to a deck and watch the ship you are on, sail out of port ? Or maybe if you have one you sit on your balcony and watch.
So many things to do when you board and some have cruised so many times it makes me wonder if after about your fourth cruise you still find it exciting when your ship leaves port ?
We do, if we're not at dinner. And, not just at our embarkation port, but at the ports of call, as well. I love watching the activity on the pier as they prepare for the ship to leave, and waving to those who have come to wave goodbye to us. (My favorite places to do this are St. George, Bermuda and Halifax, Nova Scotia.) We also enjoy waving to those on other ships. And, nothing can compare to sailing out of Manhattan, down the Hudson River and under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
It is just totally mesmerizing to me. I sailed out of New Orleans many years ago on the Celebration. There is a bend in the Mississippi River where you can really feel the ship list to the side. The day I got back off the ship I went back down to the pier to watch the ship take off for the next cruise. It was really something to see when the ship hit that bend in the Mississippi how much it really leaned. Other ports which I like watching the sail off are Tampa, any Alaska port, Europe ports.
The first time we had a balcony we watched from "our" balcony; but we actually missed the hoopla on deck. So ever since, we are back up on deck with the band and the fancy drinks and the party atmosphere.
We've taken many cruises most with groups of anywhere from 20 to 60 in the group. We always go to the back of the ship, take a bottle of wine and have a sail away party. It is just so beautiful and relaxing after the embarkation day rush.
Sail away is a special time and although we usually have a balcony, we prefer to be topside with the music etc. For me, even more fun is waking up and watching us come into port with dead-quiet all around except for the vibrations from the bow thrusters.
Schadenfreude - A German word meaning taking pleasure from others misfortunes
Call me crazy but I love to stand on the port side of the deck as we prepare to sail away from a port of call and watch the latecomers running like crazy to get on board.
February 1998 - HAL Westerdam E. Caribbean
January 2000 - Carnival Ecstasy - Mexican Riviera
February 2002 - Costa Atlantica - W. Caribbean
February 2004 - Grand Princess - W. Caribbean
March 2007 - RCI Voyager of the Seas - E. Caribbean
May 2007 - RCI Voyager of the Seas - Western Mediterranean (Mrs. E. & daughter only - I had a medical emergency)
October 2007 - RCI Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean
I agree, that is great sport. I kind of feel bad for them because I don't know their circumstances but I also think to myself, "you spent that much to take a cruise and you lack the discipline to get here on time?" Of course once you know their story, (if you ever find out) you can then make your judgment.