The water surrounding Sea Gem is colder than ever before:
Currently, the finger pier leading to Sea Gem is lopsided because the water on one side of the pier is completely frozen. Due to the angle at which the finger pier now rests, the staircase is now actually pulling away from the boat, which means that "stepping" aboard can longer can be done in one swift, graceful step--it now requires a leap.
|Leap of Faith|
Leaping over ice-filled water from an ice-covered staircase onto a (sloped) ice-covered deck is not exactly safe. Doing this while holding a squirming toddler is, of course, terrifying.
There isn't a whole lot of room for error. As you can see, the staircase is just inches away from the water...
...one misstep and we'd land here:
Neither which is a plunge we hope to take.
Thankfully, the boarding situation has been remedied. More on that later...