Carnival Glory, Bimini Superfast, Vision of the Seas, Norwegian Star (II), Norwegian Pearl, Carnival Freedom, Regatta, Norwegian Sun, Disney Magic & AIDAbella in Miami

I woke at 3am and we had picked up our pilot outside Miami and the boat sped over to Norwegian Pearl while Carnival Freedom was heading the other way from Fort Lauderdale.  It was going to be a busy day in the port with nine ships in, exciting for a ship nut like me on her first call to the world's busiest cruise port.  It was pouring with rain, which was quite depressing.  Carnival Glory was in pretty early and docked at Gantry Dock to load a generator before moving to berth D. The 100,000grt Glory debuted in 2003 and was another to cross off my Carnival list but still had zillions to get.  I had seen Freedom in Fort Lauderdale back in 2011.  The 32,728grt Bimini Superfast, docked in berth H, was actually a ferry and called Superfast VI from 2001.  She was sold to Genting and crossed to Miami, intending to do daily gambling cruises to Bimini Resort but was detained for the first couple of weeks of July 2013.  We would be docking in berth G.  Norwegian Star followed us and went to turn.  It was ironic I had originally seen her in Los Angeles from the balcony of cabin 7152 the first time I sailed on Vision back in 2008 and now, on the opposite coast, was seeing her from the same balcony on what was possibly my last cruise on Vision.  Star was going to Berth B as Pearl did the same before going to berth C.  By now it had stopped raining so I went to deck 10 to find Regatta and saw Glory heading to the turning circle!  I could have stayed where I was.  Some idiot decreed the decks would be hosed from 5.30am when there are a lot of people around, jogging, walking or waiting for breakfast and self-disembarkation, creating vast pools of water and a potentially dangerous situation.  Regatta came into view after Glory was on the way back down but headed to Berth J on the other side.  As Glory was docking, it was the turn of Norwegian Sun, followed by Disney Magic, but Sun went straight into Berth E.  The 84,000grt Magic was another new one for me.  She was the first Disney ship to be built and the design incorporated the sleek lines of liners past.  In September 2013 she underwent dry docking in Cadiz.  Vision had been in the same place for a couple of weeks and both underwent internal changes as well as both getting a ducktail.  She went up to turn and then docked in Berth F, directly in front of us.  I spotted the last ship to arrive, AIDAbella, so went for a quick breakfast before checking where she was then returning to my cabin.  As I had to go ready for disembarking, I couldn't watch her dock in Berth A.

To read the review of my Vision cruise, click here.  For photos of the three NCLs at sea the day before, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 10th November 2013
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