Thursday, February 7, 2019

Travel Thursday - The Adventure of Getting There

I will start this post by saying how fortunate the Man and I are to be able to travel as much as we do. I do have dog owners guilt, leaving them at camp, but know they are in a safe place and have a better life than most people on the planet. Travel is a priority for the Man and I, and if life has taught me anything, it is that do things when you can because you never know if you will be able to later.

On Thursday January 24th, we, along with Uncle Chris, were scheduled to fly from Ottawa to Montreal and then Montreal to Miami. We were to land in Miami around 8 pm.  Instead this is what happened . . .

We were really delayed leaving Ottawa. We sat on the tarmac for over 30 minutes when we reached Montreal. The 19 minute flight took us almost 2 hours in total (we could have driven to Montreal in that time). This meant we missed the connector to Miami. The flight out of Montreal Friday morning only had room for one of us.  Sending us back to Ottawa would have us miss our ship. So the airline decided to send us on to Toronto (leaving Montreal around 10 pm, to give our luggage lots of time to get to the plane with us) and we would take a 7:30 am flight out of Toronto and be to Miami by 11. Lots of time to catch our cruise ship that we had to be on at 3 pm.

While waiting in Montreal for 5 hours, we were able to cancel our hotel in Miami (big thank you to them for refunding our money when they didn't have to) and book a hotel in Toronto for the about 4 hours we needed a place. It was a much better idea than sleeping in the airport.

We kept busy in the airport at the bar playing a favourite game, Exploding Kittens (which I won most of the time).  We also played this on the plane!

To make this long story short, we ended up in Miami shortly after 11 on Friday morning, but the airline decided to send our bags to Toronto that morning and then to Miami for 5 pm. This was a problem because our ship left at 4. There was no where on this cruise that we could get our bags (due to issues in Mexico they won't send them there). So, we had no bags (I had carry on that they convinced me to check, never again) and in my purse I had a pair of shorts for me and a pair of shorts for the Man and a bathing suit for each of us. 

We googled the nearest TJ Maxx, took a cab there and spent about 15 minutes (which included trying things on) getting what we needed as a minimum for a week on a cruise ship. We looked crazy racing around and then asking them to pack things into our suit cases.  Walmart was next door and we grabbed our toiletries we needed. Total time at this plaza was under 40 minutes (I had made a list of the essentials so that helped). We then uberred to the ship and were on it with enough cloths to live with by 2.

[For those interested this is what I bought, as I had a bathing suit and one pair of shorts - one black dress, one pair of dress sandals, 4 tops, one pair of flip flops, a pair of pjs, a bra, underwear and ankle socks - plus I added 2 dresses in Mexico. We will be making a claim with the airline. We are entitled to $150 for the first 24 hours and then $50 for each additional day - so about $450]. 

I would also like to take the time to thank the cruise line (NCL) for being so helpful with the bags. They talked to the airline daily. The Man's bag actually got totally lost at one point, but was found. They expedited a load of laundry for free (we had it back in about 4 hours), sent us a bottle of wine and treats, gave us t-shirts.  They made our life easier.  

At any rate, we were reunited with our luggage in Miami when it was time to fly home. Our now 6 bags (we each bough one) all made it home.

While this was a big stressor and I learned a lot (like how few clothes I really need and never check a bag . . .  and in case they make you have more in the purse) we had a great time.

I will share some pictures from life on the ship. I will share our ports in later posts. We had 3 full sea days so lots of relaxing time. 

In summary: I drank too much and read 4 books!

Happy to be on the ship in time

We learned to play shuffle board

I could live on a boat

Watching the sun rise as we docked in Mexico


Enjoying one of many martini's in my dress from Mexico

Spent an evening playing Monopoly. I won. Getting 3 railroads right away helped.

Did ok in the casino - this was $20 - I ended up $40 overall!

This is the biggest wine glass ever - taken at the steak house on the ship

A couple nights I even made it up late enough to go to some parties!

Next time I will share a visit to some ruins in Mexico!


  1. oh how great that you could hop on board before it was too late... I could live on a ship too... if it stays in a harbor LOL

  2. OMD, what an adventure and we are very happy to see you smiling aboard the ship!

  3. EXPLODING KITTENS!!!!! That sounds very scary if you're a kitten
    Looks like you were having a wonderful time on board your ship though
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. If my record on emergency shopping is anything to go by, at least one of those TJ Maxx purchases will become a firm favourite and be worn far more often than some item you spent ages and ages shopping for...
    So pleased it all worked out in the end.
    Cheers! Gail.

  5. Oh wow, what a start to your trip! Momma only had the airlines lose her luggage once, and it was when she was going to a friend's wedding. So she ran to a nearby Steinmart 15 minutes before closing and frantically searched for wedding-appropriate clothing! Her suitcase was waiting for her when she got back to the hotel after the wedding.

  6. OH MY! that was a true adventure, and in as few clothes as possible. you did well to shop and pack and get what you needed. hope they send your check to you soon to make up the dollars spent. hope the kids did well at camp

  7. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Word. K10 you and Man and Uncle are to be commended for your ability to manage such a nice vacation after all that insanity. My word above. Makes me not want to leave home. AND we just sent in our passports for renewal. LOL After the horrible trip to Las Vegas M&G get home to find out all their luggage had taken a trip to somewhere unknown. They were just glad to be back in nc. Next day 1 large piece of luggage was was ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL their dirty clothes. Next day their clean clothes arrived. At least they were in the USA not out of the country like y'all
    Hugs HiC

  8. I'm so glad I did my travelling when I could....when air travel was fun. My last trip....the air part was soooooo horrendous, I've decided not to travel any more. Glad you made it and were able to buy some clothing.

  9. Hari OM
    Good grief... the Norwegian Air incident wasn't enough to warn you??!!! This was a level more straining, it must be said - though you at least had had some practice at the emergency shopping... &*> YAM xx

  10. Wow! With that many problems, my humans would be sitting and sobbing! Glad you were able to still get on the boat and have a fun time!

  11. That was quite the experience. We applaud your perseverance to make the trip happen. Mom is really wanting to do another family cruise. We are glad you had a good time.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  12. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Our person says that reading four books sounds like a good time. Me? I'd rather shred the book. I bet I could shred four books! Can I try? Pretty please?

    Also, our person says that the start of your trip sounds very stressful and she understands why much drinking may have happened once you got on your boat. I think you should have brought Cousin Lee and Handsome Phod, because they would have given licks and tail wags and that always makes things less stressful.

  13. What a rocky start...but happy to see you made it to the boat and made the best of a not so good situation!

  14. That sure was quite an adventure you all had before you even left port. We're glad to hear you were reunited with your luggage finally.

  15. After all the mass confusion it
    should like you have a nice time aboard the ship.
    Glad you lost bags were found.
    Looking forward to your pot on Mexico.

  16. Great you were able to make the best of a difficult situation and still enjoy your trip
    Hazel & Mabel

  17. Dis are probably why my momma refuses to ever check a bag.

  18. Sounds like an adventure. I got Exploding Kittens (the NSFW one) for us a couple of Christmas's ago for us. What fun!

  19. With that kind of start, I don't think you can drink too much. 🍸Looking forward to seeing photos of the fun part of your trip.

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