Saturday 20th January

Today is embarkation day. There are 6 cruise ships in the port such as The Queen Elizabeth, Harmony of the Seas, which at the time of construction was the world’s biggest, capable of carrying some 7,000 passengers.

Our ship, the Coral Princess, is not as large but still provides one with plenty of exercise to get from bow to stern and especially if one uses the staircases to reach the ten additional decks above our stateroom!
At the time of writing this section it is 3:00 p.m. we have had lunch on Deck 14 with a view of the port and other ships, and are waiting for our call to our Muster Station where we will be informed of the emergency procedures.
Our cabin is light and airy, well equipped and has an ocean view – or it will have when we get on it!
At 4:00 p.m. we were on deck to witness the departure of cruise ships, interspersed with a bulk carrier and container ship, at high tide. The bulk carrier was interesting because at the bow was a tug moving sideways with one at the stern keeping it in the deep water channel. All of this happened whilst cruise ships were moving forward, turning around and pulling away from docks to navigate the narrow channel into the Atlantic Ocean. All of this took about an hour which we followed up with dinner. Our table is next to a window offering views of Miami and the Florida Keys before sunset at about 5:45 p.m. We are now in pitch darkness and making good progress to the Cayman Islands.

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