Day 1 and 2: fun days at sea
Getting onto the ship was something that I never thought I'd do. Airplane, waiting for a shuttle to the ship, going through the ship check in (getting our keys, filling out H1N1 forms), until finally we were going across a zig zag walkway onto the 3rd Deck of the Carnival Destiny. After finding food we walked through each deck starting with the top and working our way down, covering what we thought was everything--boy, were we wrong (many floors, as we later discovered, had things that were only accessible from one end of the ship).
Going to the Lido Deck (where the 3 pools and the majority of the restaurants are) provided us with a lovely view of Miami: a little harbor with sail boats; the skyline of Miami skyscrapers, juxtaposing working life with the view of our ship: deck chairs lined up making a wave of silver; other cruise ships. It was here that S, TSO, RugbyGirl and I ran into B1 & B2, who'd had separate travel plans. We watched as we sailed away from Miami for open ocean.
The rest of that day and the second "Fun Day at Sea," were spent in wandering around; laying poolside; sitting in the hot tub; having an awesome dinner, then going to ship activities: games, shows, a comedy act, movies under the open sky. Nothing in those first two days but the promise of miles of ocean ahead of us to think about. No worries, no thoughts of work. Life felt good.