November 14th we checked out of Key Biscayne Marriott Hotel and boarded the shuttle, our conference committee had arranged, to take us to Port of Miami. The ride there is so much nicer since Miami built the tunnel that connects to the pier. It didn't take long before we got our first glimpse of Norwegian Escape.
There was quite a bit of traffic at the pier already, so our driver couldn't get us close to the terminal entrance. We were met by porters who took our checked luggage and we then had a short walk to the entrance.
Due to the size of our group, and since we had our opening session early in the afternoon, Norwegian Cruise Line had arranged a separate embarkation area for our group. After going through security, we checked in at the counter, got our cabin keys and proceeded to a waiting room until our group was called.
Shortly after that we had our welcome aboard picture taken and proceeded up the gangway to the ship. Cabins were still being prepared, but we dropped our carry-on bags in our cabin and headed off for some lunch. We decided to head for the buffet because it would be fastest.
Embarkation seemed to be organized for the rest of the passengers as well. That's nice to know since there are a few thousand of your new best friends all anxiously waiting to get onboard the ship.
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