New Orleans to Home

All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go…

We awoke early, traveling up the Mississippi River towards New Orleans.  Breakfast included coffee and some cereal; neither of us wanted to partake of the buffet with a day’s worth of car travel awaiting.  By the time we returned to our cabin, we had docked in New Orleans, and people had begun lining up to disembark.  We joined them to avoid the elevator rush, and besides, it was more fun watching disembarkation from the railing.  The line moved quickly, including U.S. Customs, and we were in the parking lot loading our luggage, in just a few minutes.

We departed New Orleans for home at about 8:30 a.m. and made several requisite stops before arriving in Memphis at 2:45 p.m.  After dropping Jenny and Brian off at their house, we drove to our favorite box store, Costco, to shop for bulk items, then headed north and west for home.  We arrived home at 7:30 p.m., just 11 hours after leaving the parking lot at the Port of New Orleans.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY—This was our second cruise on Norwegian, and was much better than the first in almost all categories.  The entertainment was excellent, and the best we’ve seen on any of our 3 cruises.  The buffet was good, and the restaurant excellent; we should’ve eaten there more often.  The ship has seen a lot of use, but was well maintained.  We were surprised at the number of smokers, and unruly children.  In addition, some of the adults were not very polite, but were likely doing the best they knew how.  Norwegian offers free-style cruising, and many of the folks on our ship took it beyond the limits—coarse and a little rough around the edges—and were a little too informal, in both action and dress, for us.  Surely, some cruise line offers a middle-of-the-road alternative.  We’ll cruise again—but not in the near future—and will likely try another cruise line, though Norwegian has treated us very well; it wasn’t the cruise line as much as the passengers (Kay said I had to be tactful and diplomatic).

We’re really glad to be at our mountain home, with rivers, streams, woods, and animals—home, sweet home!

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