Heading Home ( August 25, 2019)

We had covered the last of the 365 nautical miles from Cobh to Amsterdam and were tied up at the dock before sunrise on Dan’s 70th birthday. Just for grins we did a post-cruise weigh in. We were both up two well-earned kilos!

We left the ship at 7:30 and headed to the airport where Celebrity had our luggage waiting. The airport is huge and finding where to check in for our United flight took both of us to figure out. Thank goodness we had plenty of time. The terminal was mobbed, no doubt in part because our ship just turned 2,500 passengers lose, all anxious to get home.

Once we were checked in, there was no other human contact. A machine checked our boarding passes and another machine scanned our passports and let us loose in the terminal. We headed for the lounge where there was Heineken on tap, hard liquor, soft drinks, and coffee to go with cheese, pastries, ham, croissants, rolls, cold cereal, chubby pancakes, and tomato soup. We relaxed until our flight was called.

An ontime departure, good weather, a meal, a snack, two movies, and a nap made the eight hour flight pass quickly. We were home sorting laundry 15 hours after we woke up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean!


1 kilo = 2.2 pounds

In honor of the trip, one of my inflight movies was At Eternity’s Gate, the new Vincent van Gogh movie. It is a quiet, moody film which I particularly enjoyed after going to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I also watched Judi Dench in Red Joan which is a story centered on an English lady who is dubbed the Grandma Spy by the British press.
True story.


4 thoughts on “Heading Home ( August 25, 2019)

  1. Wow—your checkout process was crazy—too much automation—LOL

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