We arrived back in Fort Lauderdale around 5:30 am. Since 28 passengers from the Grand World Voyage were staying on board we had to wait until 10:30 am before clearing Customs/Immigration and getting back onto the ship. Most of the other World cruise passengers had already been cleared and were on their way home.
Once the ship was refueled, supplies loaded, and new passengers boarded, we were off at 4:00 pm for our first port, Cartagena, Colombia, on this three week cruise to Seattle.
Since this is no longer a Grand Voyage, the “feel” of the ship and passengers is very different. We have a new captain, a new Cruise Director, and quite a few new staff members. Most of the passengers are new to cruising with the Panama Canal transit the major attraction. It was fun watching them try to find their way around.