by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog
All I can say is wow! 35 days later, 19 ports and 15 sea days and our Viking Voyage has concluded. The memories we have made will be with us forever of our time on the Zuiderdam.
Over 35 days the cruise ship becomes like home, the crew and the friends we made become like family.
The day before departing from the ship is hardest day because of the emotions of saying goodbye.
Unfortunately, I was still getting over the stomach problem and the sniffles that I have been fighting took over.
I didn’t want to have my last day on this cruise in bed so I left the room to say goodbye to my bridge group and play our last hour of bridge together. They really helped me enjoy learning bridge. One lady is from Canada, and the other couple are from North Carolina. We exchanged info and will hopefully connect again.
Besides saying goodbye to passengers, it is also time to pack up everything, and say goodbye to the staff, especially our room stewards and table wait staff.
We always like to give something above the tip that is daily calculated for all the staff. We believe these positions have gone above and beyond for us and we like to do the same for them.
We couldn’t leave the Zuiderdam with out having our last happy hour with our Australian and South African friends. We are going to miss these sea day gatherings and hope our paths will cross again. Goodbyes are never easy.
John had the last night dinner with our table mates and I continued to recuperate in our room.
The hallways of the ship fill up with luggage by 11 pm and we will retrieve them in the morning in Boston.
It will about a three-day journey of driving through eleven states to our home. We have one last special night to celebrate in Atlantic City, with a complimentary room John earned with his casino credits, a new system he was exploring before we left.
For our readers, we are so glad you can join us on our adventures. Keep an eye out for our next journey.