When our time on the Explorer of the Seas was over, we had plans to stay in the Pacific Northwest for a few more days before flying home. Our next stop after getting off the ship was the Seattle airport, where we’d pick up a car, so we didn’t need to be in a hurry.
We packed up the rest of our things in the morning and went to breakfast in the Main Dining Room, which is usually served early (and for a short amount of time) on disembarkation day. I was a little surprised to find that the MDR was only serving a limited menu – this was the first time I’d seen this happen on a last day, but I guess it made sense. I was mostly interested in the coffee, anyway, and fortunately they had plenty of that!
We picked up our bags and settled into a set of comfortable chairs to wait for the dreaded “last call” to get off the ship. We had plenty of time and watched a movie while we waited. One by one, we watched the other people sitting nearby pick up their bags and leave. Finally, I could tell it was getting to be about that time, so I decided to make one last bathroom stop before we left the ship to go through immigration, which can sometimes take a while.
Imagine my surprise to find that all of the bathrooms nearby were locked! I was able to, um, hold it until we got off the ship, and things were fine. But it was a good warning not to wait until the last minute for things like these.
Finally, we took our bags and faced the reality – our cruise was over. On to the next adventure!