Cayamo A Journey Through Song
Miami & Cayamo 2009
Samana DR, St. Thomas USVI, Tortola BVI & Nassau

 

Saturday, February 28:

We have reserved a ride on the shuttle to the Port at 12:00 noon so we have plenty of time to hang out, have breakfast, check in the car and re-pack. 

The shuttle left after 12 pm and we were dropped off at the Port in front of the doors to the building were everyone checks in.  The shuttle was a van pulling a small enclosed utility trailer.  At dockside, the guys that handle the bags did a great job and all we had to do was take our carry-on and ourselves inside. 

The first step was to fill out a disclosure form regarding any possible sickness we may have had, especially stomach and intestinal issues. We've had none and cleared that. The second area was security screening for person and bags. We were waived on through.  We decided not to carry on wine and pay the $15 corkage fee.  Next stop was to check in with Sixthman, got our lanyards and then off to check in with Norwegian Cruise Line and sign up with the credit card of our choice to be billed for all onboard purchases.  We were now off to board the NCL Dawn and enjoy our free glass of champagne.  We are onboard by 1:45 p.m.

Our rooms were not to be ready until after 2:00 p.m.  We decided to walk around and check out the ship.  Mark decided he would sign up for the Texas Hold'em tournament at the casino. We also had time to eat lunch and get a bucket of Corona before the rooms were announced available.


Us with the bucket of beer and Mark checking out the ship floor guide.


Miami behind Mark before the ship leaves.

We were finally able to get to our room which was a balcony on the 10th floor, around 3:00 p.m. and waited for our bags to arrive.  I had pre-ordered the Anniversary Package which included sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries in our stateroom.  It also comes with dinner at Le Bistro with a bottle of wine.  We took the mini-bar items out of the the mini-fridge and placed them into a bag for safe keeping until the end of the cruise. We could now use the fridge for our beer and water.  Mark's bag arrived first and over time the other two came.  We had time to unpack and get everything situated before the lifeboat drill at 3:45 p.m.


Photos of bed area and the great Cayamo beach towels given as gifts from Sixthman.  The last photo is our sparkling wine and strawberries.


Photos while we are walking around the ship.  These are taken outside the Spinnaker Lounge.


Views of South Beach from the ship as it is leaving the Port of Miami after 5:00 p.m.  Shortly after we headed to Dazzles lounge for the message board party.

 

The first night we did not have an early 6:00 p.m. headliner show.  There are six headliners and all passengers have the opportunity to see them once.  Then each cabin gets to choose their Twice as Nice (TAN) artist that they get to see a second time in the choice seats in one of the first three rows.  Our TAN was Shawn Colvin on Tuesday.  There was still plenty to watch.  After the message board party we had dinner and then headed to the pool deck for shows.

 
Dinner at the snack bar - Blue Lagoon & later in the Atrium at the Java Cafe

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Shows we caught that night:
1. Drew Copeland, Ken Block and Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel at the pool deck
2. Zac Brown Band - so good and the reason I booked the cruise.  It was quite windy on deck.  ZBB began playing around 8:30 p.m.
3. Marc & Ted Broussard in the Spinnaker Lounge - both Mark and I really liked them.  It was neat that Marc had his dad playing with him.

By the time Marc & Ted finished playing it was midnight and we were too tired to continue to stay up and watch Shawn Mullins.  More to come the next days.

At some point we met our room stewards.  They were super nice. That night we had a towel swan on our bed, which I didn't take a photo of.

Next - Sun, March 1:  Day at sea and an amazing journey of song


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