For my first few cruises I had an itch to wake early to see what it was like when a ship entered port. I failed miserably to do so until January of 2016 aboard Oasis of the Seas. The video included here was the result of that success. This all makes what I did seem like a lot. In truth I cheated. As I had the entire cruise, I setup my tripod and camera on the balcony and with the help of my alarm, staggered out of bed and started it recording. The results have become one of my favorite lunch-time videos. It is relaxing, peaceful and as the end of any cruise sometimes feels, a little bit sad as it marks the end of another adventure.
If you have sailed out of the major cruise ports in Florida, you know leaving on a cruise is an exciting event. People watching, boats swirling around the cruise ship, festive music on-deck. However here you see the lights around Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. You hear the calm broken by water passing the ship and eventually a coast guard escort. Eventually you see a Princess Cruise Line ship at the far terminal near the 17th Street Drawbridge. The finally docking is nearly silent as the video ends with the natural gas fired power plant blinking. All of this takes place in near real-time at about 6:30 a.m. EST.
For all the bustle that would be underway a few hours later, the ship itself was quiet as well. If there is one odd feeling I always get looking out the window on day "8" of a cruise, it is that of failure. I don't want to get off the ship, I want to live the cruise all over again. The fact I can't leaves me feeling as if I've failed on some level to solve how to make that happen.