We woke up at 6am (they get you off the ship EARLY folks!) and got dressed. Put the last couple of things in our suitcases and headed up to Windjammer for breakfast. We were there by 6:50 and it was still dark! And raining! We got to our table (we were carrying our own bags for faster debarkation by the way- no looking for our suitcases in customs) and had one last breakfast on the Enchantment of the Seas.
We boarded the elevators and went down to the floor designated for debarkation. We turned the corner and WHAM there was the line. Here I thought we were being smooth getting ready so early. They won’t let you off the ship till 7:30am and we were right there in line at 7:30, with the rest of humanity. We waited in line and waited in line then finally the line started moving and we were able to make our way through the terminal to customs. At one point I got separated from the group and we didn’t get back together until we were outside. Luckily I scored a very close parking space so we were at my car in record time. We packed up and took one last look at the Enchantment of the Seas.
We paid the $75 parking fee (highway robbery!) and hit the road. Instantly we all were trying to reach our loved ones back home. I was on the phone with CSP and didn’t pay attention and missed my exit to hwy 95. Well, that was not convenient. There’s no place to turn around! There’s not another exit for over 8 miles! And that one is a toll road! So it cost $1.00 for that mistake! And I didn’t even notice the toll thingy so I blew right by it. Then everyone else in the car started yelling about it being a toll road so I stopped the car on the highway on ramp. Luckily it was early and no traffic. I backed up the car back to the toll thingy and paid the 50 cents. But I know it took my picture. So far though, no ticket in the mail ,KNOCK ON WOOD, so I think I’m safe. Maybe some poor DOT worker saw on the camera where I stopped and backed up and paid. Then we had to get right back off the toll road- another 50 cents, and drive back the way we came to hwy 95. We finally made it. I was exhausted from only getting a couple hours sleep. The ship was rocking so hard! There was thunder and lightening at sea! I’d never seen that in all my cruises. We stopped for caffeine and I totally walked in on a woman in the bathroom. She just sat there and said “Excuse me??” Then she gave me the side eye in the convenience store when we came out. SORRY LADY. Close your door next time! In other news, that convenience store had one of those machines that spits out “cappuccinos” and flavored coffees. The Almond Joy coffee was delightful! Kept me awake through Georgia!
We stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch somewhere in Georgia. We were all still a mess! The ship was still rocking for all of us, but we were on solid ground! Sara brought Divergent for us to listen to in the car so we were all about trying to get that finished before we got home. It was really good. It rained on us the entire way except for about an hour in GA or SC. We made it to Gigi’s house at about 6:15. Nice! Mark and the boys were there and that just made me miss CSP even more. I unloaded my peeps, went inside and visited for a few minutes then drove the remaining 20 minutes home. It was so good to see CSP and the pugs! And my bed! I’d been on a rocky twin for the week! I can’t wait for my next cruise though!