Monday, January 16, 2012
Update: View from Our Backyard
Well we finally left Ft. Lauderdale and headed on down to one of our favorite places to hang out, Miami. The wind has been blowing fairly hard and it’s a little too chilly to do much other that hang out on the boat. The forecast is for warmer weather this week so we will see about hitting Lincoln St. for lunch and people watching one day and getting some food supplies from Publix.
Currently our backyard has a view of the Port of Miami, billed as the busiest Cruise Ship Port in the world transporting over 4 million passengers per year. The ships ease into port between 4:00 and 6:00 am and dock at the terminals to drop off some 4 and 5 thousand passengers per ship. Once the passengers are off, the ships are cleaned, fueled and restocked for the next 4 to 5 thousand passengers to board. Around 4:00 pm we hear the sound of the horns declaring their imminent departure. Like a parade, as many as 5 cruise ships depart one after another. As we watch their departure it comes to mind the enormous amount of preparation and organization to make it all happen in less than 12 hours. Mind boggling the amount of food, water and booze that must go onboard just one of these ships. Hell Ginny and I can barely provision “Wind Dust” in 12 hours so our hats are off to the men and woman who make it happen almost every day like clockwork.
Since we have been here 4 ship came in a departed Friday, 5 on Saturday and another 4 on Sunday.
Here’s some of our pictures from Ft. Lauderdale. We are amazed at how many Art Galleries there are in the City (lol). Some even come with water art (yachts).
Now Miami and the Cruise Ships