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One Thing Lost and Two Things Left on Embarkation

Beginning of a Back to Back on Enchantment of the Seas


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 Back to Back Enchantment of the Seas and Lighthousing Driving South & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Our next trip after my trip to Yellowstone and Hawaii with my grandson in June of 2010, was a back to back on Enchantment of the Seas out of Baltimore. We love cruising out of Baltimore - it is easy for us to drive to and the port is efficient so embarking and disembarking is swift and easy. But the ships that can do Baltimore are a precious few.
Baltimore from the ship at sunset

Baltimore from the ship at sunset


Our cruises out of Baltimore:

Enchantment is the same configuration as Grandeur, but Enchantment was "stretched". Which in this case anyway means that more cabins were added but there was no additional room added at any of the restaurants or the theater or any of the public spaces. So the ship is much more crowded.
Enchantment of the Seas in the Caribbean

Enchantment of the Seas in the Caribbean


Getting Ready To Go

We had a disagreement to begin with about suitcases. I had been using my mom's little red carry-on bag, but it was only good for about 10 days. The first time we took the big black bag, they wrenched the pull-up handle off and I thought it was way too heavy when packed and did not want to travel with it where it had to be moved by either of us. The kids gave me a slightly smaller and more manageable brown bag. Bob thought that had been given to him. He thought I should take the black bag and he would take the brown bag.

Well I gave in. I used the black bag and put everything in it except my computer and my medicines. Bob used the brown bag, a hanging bag and also a carry-on bag. After we got back, Bob admitted that I was right. That bag is too heavy when packed.

Bob was packed by Tuesday 4 January 2011. He took a wind-up alarm clock. He tested it before we left to see if it would work. The last time he took one, it went crazy.

Thursday 6 January 2011 after respiratory rehab, I got my list made and got the clothes out and put everything except shoes and underwear in the black suitcase and shut it.

7 January 2011

Throughout Friday I was rearranging the packing to include the shoes and underwear. Some stuff I decided not to take and put back. I did the computer bag and put all the stuff in it that is usually in my pocket book. That is until it was time to leave and pick up the rental car when I took my wallet (which has my driver's license in it) out of the computer bag and, as I usually do, I stuck it in the center console.

We got a blue Ford Focus with a Maine license plate from Avis. Because I took my big water battle out of the car and also my big hat, I thought I had forgotten and left my wallet in the car. Most of my cash and my credit cards were in it. I did have my passport and about $55.00 in cash. When we got home, Bob found my wallet where I had left it in the room with the copier when I had gone in there to copy the luggage tags.

Bob bought us each a special $5.00 water bottle that can be washed in the dishwasher and is supposed to have no bad chemicals and be a one-hand operation. However it is too big to go in the side pocket of the computer bag and I had no room for it anywhere else. Although it has a ring to hang it from, I have no place to attach it to. And it takes me two hands to drink.

Anyway the black bag when packed was almost too much for Bob and it didn't have the normal roller bag handle - just a strap to pull it with. He put it into the car Friday night because he was afraid it would snow and be difficult to handle.

8 January 2011 - Embarking

Saturday we got the rest of the luggage in the rental car and after I finished checking email, I turned off and unplugged the modems and TVs and the satellite receivers and Bob turned down the furnace and turned off the water and turned on the alarm. We were underway by about 8:50. We went up Route 4 instead of going by Croom Road because of fears about the weather. Varying amounts of snow were predicted, and we did have some snow showers. No problem.

I did not take any pictures on the way up. About the time we were getting to the airport, Bob asked me how much the car cost, and I told him it was $46 - that there were no $20/day rentals anymore. He was annoyed at the price, but it is still cheaper to rent a car and drive it up and take a taxi to the cruise terminal than it is to pay $15/day for parking. But it isn't as much of a deal as it used to be.

Even if we drove up and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, the parking would still add up to more than the rental car (if my figures are correct) because we still have to figure in the cost of the hotel room. At $15.00/day it would be $315 for a 21 day cruise. Parking at the hotel would be free for 7 days and $5.00/day for the other 14 days ($70) plus the cost of the hotel room. The actual cost of the rental car, plus the taxi from the airport to the port, plus the tip for the bus driver from the rental car place to the airport was $91.00.

Again, Bob refused to listen to me and he would not take the luggage to the ship first. So we got out of the car and turned it in and then had to walk across the width of the garage and across the lobby to get the bus to the airport. Bob couldn't do the two roller bags as he had thought he could do. I couldn't do his roller bag with the way he had his other bag on it. So I took his bag and my computer bag and walked as well as I could. I had to stop and gasp for breath a couple of times. I finally got to the lobby and just sat down there exhausted. Bob had already loaded the bags he had (big black bag, his hanging bag and his carry-on) onto the bus and he came back to me and chivvied me along. The bus was waiting for me he said.

Everyone on the bus got off at the Southwest terminal, and then we went to pick up people to go back to the rental garage. He unloaded us fairly near the taxis. We got a good taxi driver who knew where the cruise ship terminal was, and he also knew how to get luggage tags. I didn't have the luggage tags. I left our luggage tags in the copier. When we got back we found them there along with my wallet.

Bob thought I should go get the luggage tags but I did not see any reason why I should do that. I was still resting up from the walk with the luggage. So he took the papers and did it, and I drank some water. Then we gave the luggage to the longshoreman people and Bob did not remember that we had to tip them and was annoyed when I told him to. Since I put it down to get out of the cab, I also left the very expensive $5.00 water bottle in the taxi - I was pretty sure that was inevitable given my experience with water bottles. If it can't be attached to me somehow, I will put it down and forget it.

I wanted a wheelchair but the wheel chairs were not supplied until after you checked in. We had to show our passports and then go through a security scan (Bob beeped) without a wheelchair. This of course included taking out the computer. This time I managed to keep from having the ball of the trackball roll off across the terminal like the last time.

We checked in very quickly and I snagged a wheelchair as we were about to board the ship when I hardly needed it anymore.
Centrum

Centrum

Lounge from balcony in the atrium

Lounge from balcony in the atrium


The wheelchair person said that our rooms on deck 3 would be open at 1300 and it was 1230, so after a long wait for the elevator, we went up to deck 3 where our room was.
Art in the stairway near our room

Art in the stairway near our room


But the notice on the board said they weren't open until 1330. I gave up the wheelchair and sat on the steps. It got to 1330 and I needed to use the bathroom and was hungry. They were telling people that to use the bathrooms they would have to go to deck 6.

I went up to deck 4 and checked on our table (we have a table for 8 which is good), and used the bathroom there - I knew they would have bathroom next to the restaurant. The main restaurant was not open which it would have been on NCL..

We got into our room and there is even less room in the bathroom, less storage and less clearance at the foot of the bed than I remembered. (On RCCI ships of this class, if you have the bed together, one side of the bottom of the bed is right up against the cabinet with the TV in it.
Our cabin

Our cabin


This means that the person on that side has to leap over the end of the bed to get to the bathroom.
TV pulled out of the cabinet

TV pulled out of the cabinet


And it is also hard for the room steward to make the beds.) We did manage to store all the suitcases under the bed this time. Also there seem to be no bow camera (I found out at the Cruise Critics meeting the next day that it was not working) I do not understand the maps where it shows the ship' progress either - they are too small to see anything on.

We went up to the Windjammer Cafe and the food wasn't very good and there were crowds of people of course. I got spaghetti and couldn't find the cheese. It wasn't as good as an ordinary cafeteria, and it was also harder to find things as it was disorganized.
My lunch - spaghetti with no cheese

My lunch - spaghetti with no cheese


We sat with some people from Toronto and they drove down because they said they couldn't get a direct flight and would be very expensive in the bargain. They and many others have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express where they have free parking for 7 days
Ship Model - locations for Deck 8

Ship Model - locations for Deck 8


Anyway, we took the elevator up deck 5 to the boat drill which was outside on the promenade deck but we didn't need to take the life preservers with us. We checked in and stood in formation like good children for the announcements. Afterward Bob went down to the room and I.went to see about the internet.
Computer Cafe

Computer Cafe


There is no one to help you in the computer cafe. I logged in there and set my name and password on their computer and the next step is to take my computer to a hot spot and log in and pick a payment plan.

Our bags all came. Bob's suit bag came first - the guy rapped on the door and left it outside. So Bob said the others should be around, and he went out to the elevator lobby where the bags were being left and found them.

Someone said this morning that someone put their bags in their room, but they were the wrong bags.

We unpacked, but we really don't have very much storage space and the space in the bathroom is tiny.

Bob cannot put his shaving gear let alone the toothbrushes anywhere in there. So far we figure that we have left two items behind (my wallet and Bob's toothbrush) and lost one item en route (the water bottle)
Bob in the bathroom (reflected)

Bob in the bathroom (reflected)


In order to put the hanging things in the closet, you have to stand and thread the little metal button on the end of the hanger into a slot. It is hard to see and above my head, and I just couldn't stand there and hang my dresses up, so Bob had to do it for me.

We couldn't see the sail-away because the bow camera was not working, but I went up and out on the promenade deck and found we were just about ready to go under the Key Bridge,

Going under Francis Scott Key bridge

Going under Francis Scott Key bridge

305fa810-ceb1-11ea-bf61-577b29acd649.JPGKey Bridge

Key Bridge


so I went out on deck and took photos of it and the sunset
Sunset

Sunset

Skyline

Skyline


and the skyline and also Fort Carroll- there's nothing on the island anymore except the old lighthouse - no trees and no other structures at all.
Fort Carroll

Fort Carroll

5009412-Fort_Carroll_Baltimore.jpgOld lighthouse on Fort Carroll

Old lighthouse on Fort Carroll


Bob thinks that there weren't any other structures there to begin with, but I thought there were other walls, but I can't find any of my other pictures to show him.

We watched the first part of the New Orleans game, but had to go up to dinner before it was finished. We are at a table for 8 - an older couple from Allentown PA (Jean and Sam), a younger couple from Springfield MA (Barb and Vinny) and for a long time the other two seats were empty. Finally Carmen and Chris who are the dance instructors from Australia came and sat at our table. It was very noisy and hard to hear people on the other side of the table.

We both had the
Spinach salad (94 calories)

Spinach salad (94 calories)


which was OK, and then Bob got the
"Vitality" menu sea bass (405 calories)

"Vitality" menu sea bass (405 calories)


and I got the
Vegetarian quesadillas

Vegetarian quesadillas


There were only two slices and no sides - I was still hungry. I should have ordered the prime rib which looked really good. So I made up for it with two desserts
Low calorie blueberry peach cobbler with ice cream

Low calorie blueberry peach cobbler with ice cream


which was OK and a
Strawberry Pavolova

Strawberry Pavolova


which was delicious.

After dinner we came back to the room and watched the Colts and Jets, but was too sleepy to stay awake to see who won. There is no way to program the TV with sleep timer or to go on in the morning. I've been able to program the TVs on other ships.

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