Miami: 21st March 2015
I can’t say I enjoyed Miami 100%. True, the airboat ride through the Everglades, where we saw alligators and various birds was an experience not to be missed.
That wasn’t the only tour on offer. Miami was always a big draw for the rich and famous. There was a city tour which promised you peeps into the houses once owned by Paul Newman, Boris Becker and Oprah Winfrey … even a visit to the honeymoon cottage of Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher.
I was initially attracted to the walking tour of the Art Deco district … it’s long been one of my favourite architectural styles. But, the alligators won. The only other alternatives were beaches and shopping. You can do those anywhere. And, there was the Famous Miami Skyline. We could see that from the deck of the ship.
Getting through US immigration wasn’t the hassle I’d expected, and we got through fairly quickly. But, it would seem not everybody had the same experience, for we had to wait nearly an hour in a drab, sunless corner of a utilitarian concrete jungle for the bus to depart. And, when I got out for a ‘virtual smoke’ and a leg-stretch, I was told we were waiting for ONE person!
When we got back to the ship, we had another lengthy wait before we could re-board the ship, for the authorities hadn’t finished ‘clearing’ the ship. Although this wasn’t Costa’s fault, maybe the tour could have been extended to deal with this?