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The Key West Express part 2: The Journey
As soon as you board you can take your luggage to the back of the boat where it will be stowed until the end of the journey, so remember to remove anything you might require en route.
The first deck is home to the cocktail bar and snack bar, seating is lounge club style and the seating filled quickly, although people were spread out across several seats initially until an announcement came over the tannoy that the boat would be at full capacity and it was to be one person to each seat and no baggage on seats.
On the second deck the interior seating is airline style seats with tray tables and through the doors to the rear there is an open air deck, part of which is covered and part fully exposed to the elements. The uppermost deck is outdoor seating only.
Despite the early start the March morning was warm and we decided to sit outside on the second deck.
Once the journey got underway we went down to the snack bar as having had no breakfast we were starting to feel a little peckish. There was a fair selection of both hot and cold goodies including bagels, breakfast sandwiches, burgers and hotdogs, and a selection of hot drinks and fruit juices. Of course there was also a full service bar selling beer, wine and cocktails and I could hardly believe how many people could imbibe in alcohol so early in the morning, not that the boat was full of people drinking alcohol, far from it.
On the first deck there were large screens showing sport and the area definitely had a sports bar feel about it, the second deck had also had large screen Tv' s showing a film which you could listen to through headphones plugged in to the seats (not sure if they were provided or if people were using their own. . . sorry! ) there were plenty of bathrooms on the first 2 levels which were spotlessly clean and remained so throughout the journey.
I' m not the best sailor in the world but the journey was very smooth and although we had been told by others to watch out for marine life, sadly we saw none on this particular trip.
As we approached the ferry terminal people started to gather their belongings and various announcements were made about collecting baggage, not wanting to be involved in the rush we hung back and collected our bags as we left the boat by which time there was very little luggage left and they were easy to locate. There was a small delay in leaving the ferry and a bit like on an aircraft, people were standing inline to get off the minute we docked so there was a short delay as we all disembarked.
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