What a day! I awoke early this morning and thought, “It is so dark”. I stepped out onto the balcony around 5:45am to dark skies and thick black clouds that seemed so close they would touch the water.
I stayed on the balcony for over an hour marveling at the cloud formations even though it was wet, damp and cold. Today we drop anchor in Newport, Rhode Island.
The skies remained gloomy until the time the ship made its way into the harbor. We were in no hurry today since the forecast for the day was off and on rain. We made our way up to the concierge lounge for a light breakfast and talked about what we would like to do.
The rain finally started and was on again, off again throughout the morning. We spent our time doing a little packing, spending a little time on the internet and trying to make a decision about going ashore. I spent a good deal of time watching all the sail boats that were in the harbor.
We finally made up our minds to remain on the ship and do some reading. We were on our way up to the concierge lounge to settle in for the day when we ran in Frank and Judy. We met Frank and Judy in while visiting Portland, Maine and had a great time. Evidently, they were grappling with the same decision about going on shore. After talking with them for a while, we made the decision to go ashore together and find a nice restaurant to have lunch then return to the ship.
We caught a tender over to the pier and walked over to Thames Street and thought we would like to have lunch at the Brick Alley Pub but there was a half hour wait and we were all a little worried about the rain. There was another restaurant upstairs owned by the same company called Plumbey’s Upstairs Burger Bar with no wait.
We decided to go upstairs and look over the menu. Satisfied, we placed our orders and found a table. We had a great time just talking, laughing and enjoying our choices for lunch. Of course, I ordered a bacon cheeseburger. The burger was served with Applewood bacon and cheddar cheese and it was absolutely delicious.
Finished, we started to make our way back to the pier and catch a tender back to the ship. As we turned onto the Long Wharf, Judy mentioned that she needed to stop to buy a postcard. While we waited, Randy and Frank talked a bit and I people watched. Just as Judy came out of the store, little spits of rain started to fall.
We hurried along and made it to the tender before the skies opened up. Oh my, the rain fell in earnest as we motored our way back to the ship. Our tender was a lifeboat from the ship. The entrances to the boat were open and everyone that was sitting close to the doors was getting pelted by the rain. A crew member worked diligently to zipper the openings only to become soaked himself.
By the time we made it to our cabin it was raining harder and lightning could be seen everywhere. We were glad to be back on board.
We spent the rest of the afternoon finishing our packing, buying our souvenier photos and dropping coins into the slot machines in the casino.
Before we knew it, it was time to prepare for the evening activities. The last night on the ship is always a fun time. The dining room staff puts on a show for the passengers singing songs of thanks for spending time on the ship and in the dining room.
It is also a time of goodbyes to our wonderful servers and dinner companions. Trust me when I say, having good servers and dinner companions make all the difference in the world on your cruise experience. This cruise our dining experience was exceptional.
We opted not to go to the Farewell show returning instead to our cabin for a little relaxation and a good night’s sleep.
Tomorrow we dock at Cape Liberty, New Jersey early in the morning. After a quick breakfast we will board a bus for the transfer to the airport and fly back home.
The 42 days we cruised on the Vision of the seas was just wonderful. We enjoyed all the activities on board, we enjoyed all the beautiful places we visited and most of all we enjoyed all the new friends we made along the way.
Until next time,