We had to wait a while to disembark this morning but then we got our baggage and proceeded through customs which was really easy. I had prepared a spreadsheet with our purchases and we thought we might need to show receipts or items, but no, they only asked about jewelry and the only thing that was of much value was the pearl necklace and bracelet, so I pointed that out on the spreadsheet, and he waved us through. I think they really are looking for the very expensive stuff.
We were met by a stretch limo (courtesy of Oceania because we were world cruise travelers), and the driver took us to the Hertz rental center where we got an SUV to go up to West Palm Beach to drop off some bags (we will be there in 2 weeks for an ICF Board meeting so it wasn’t worth taking that warm weather stuff home with us). The other 3 were sent by the luggage free service and will arrive in Philadelphia on Wednesday. We didn’t realize we were missing one until we got to the Hertz place. Thankfully Alper, the executive concierge on the ship, had it also shipped to us via luggage free and that one will get here on Thursday. That service was also provided by Oceania and I would highly recommend it. Because of this, we traveled home from Miami after 6 months with just carry on luggage. Amazing!
And now we are back home – it was an uneventful flight. And it is COLD here. I am well and truly spoiled – weather wise as well as now having to cook, clean and do laundry! I said (jokingly, I think) that the first time in a restaurant we would probably walk out without paying! Force of habit. I did go to Trader Joes to buy a few things and the line was the longest I have EVER seen, it wound all around the store! Ah yes, reality bites.
So, next January 6 – 2017, we will do our second world cruise. 180 days – this time traveling west through the Panama Canal and doing Hawaii, French Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand, and lots more. We will go back to some countries and add some new ones, lots to learn and explore. So now begins the planning and the countdown.
Stay tuned, we will keep this site online and add to it when we do our next world cruise (or perhaps before as we travel in 2016.)
As Henry Miller said: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
And Hans Christian Anderson: “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.”
And we saw and learned so much. Thank you for traveling with us. And thanks to Oceania Insignia crew for being such a class act and making our travel so special.