After a long stretch without any new ships, the Port of Miami just welcomed its fourth since July.
Oceania Cruises' new ship, the 1,250-passenger Marina, sailed past South Pointe Park bright and early Friday morning. (Believe me - it was both bright and early.)
More than 100 Oceania employees gathered outside Smith & Wollensky with signs and noise makers. Joggers and dog walkers paused to take it all in. Waiters snapped pictures with their cellphone cameras. Your blogger snapped pictures with her phone camera.
Marina is still around for now; her invite-only christening ceremony is Saturday afternoon, with Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart serving as godmother. And if you see fireworks in downtown Miami Saturday night, that's part of the party too. A pyrotechnic display is scheduled for 7 p.m. near Bayside.
Marina follows Costa Atlantica (not new, but new to Miami); Celebrity Eclipse and the towering Norwegian Epic, which started this wave of new ships in July.
Enjoy watching the ships sail through Government Cut while they're here. Before long, they'll all be Europe-bound for the summer cruising season.