Today is SAIL day on Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach terminal. All packed, called the taxi for an 11:00 pickup and we were off. Took about 15 minutes to reach the terminal, loaded with people also going on the cruise. This cruise was headed to Cabo San Lucas for 2 days, then Puerto Valatta for a day. We have 3 days at sea, making the trip 7 days.
The cruise terminal at Long Beach is the old hangar for the Spruce Goose. It is a large geodeditic dome, in dire need of paint or washing.
We lined up to check in along with some 2000 others. It was hot outside, unusual for Long Beach. The area was shaded but still not pleasant.
After securing our room key and assignment, checked out baggage we then had to wait to enter the building for security. This is where it got rediculas.
They said I had a Leatherman tool, which I had forgot was in the bag. Everything had to be emptied. They didn't care about the folding knife I had with a 3 inch blade, but was intent on the Leatherman: with a 2 inch blade. It is not like I was going to hijack the ship. Once found I had to take it to the ships store, BUT no one knew where it was. Finally after asking 3 people the 4th said he thought he knew. SO I made him take me in case he did not know. Once place in bond I was able to continue boarding.
Our room was on the starboard side (right) side of the ship on the 7th deck. Not a bad location, with a balcony, After everyone stood muster for the emergency briefing we were able to set sail. Off for a day at sea.