We drove to the Port of Houston the morning we were supposed to go aboard. Our car was packed full of suitcases, and anticipation was running high as we met our friends we were traveling with.
Because of heavy fog, the entire Houston Ship Channel was closed!! Instead of arriving at 11:00 a.m., there was a four hour delay. We were very blessed that our friends had family living nearby, as that kindly allowed us to hang out in their living room for three hours!
Then we decided the head to the Ship Channel and see what was going on.
Chaos. The other thousand people traveling on the boat had had the same idea, and were lined up at the channel. There were tons of cars. We were so close that we could see the ship, but because of the delay, passengers were still disembarking, and we couldn't board.
|so close and yet so far...|
However, eventually, we got through, went through customs and walked up the gangplank.
|The view from the gangplank.|
There were eight restaurants,a giant Movies Under the Stars poolside movie screen, a large theater, a spa called The Sanctuary, a Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, a casino, a Wedding Chapel,a sports deck, Kid's and Teen's Centers, a Library, an Internet Café, an Art Gallery, boutiques, and a Medical Center!!
|Leaving the port of Houston.|