Cruise to the Southern Caribbean
Last Day 9 (01/12/2008)
We woke up today, back in Puerto Rico! We had to pack most of our
luggage the night before, because the come by to take your luggage
during the evening. You then can pick it up at the dock after you
leave. I guess this helps eliminate the mess of people carrying
around a lot of luggage through the place. 3000 people trying to
leave all at once could get ugly! The disembarcation process went
faster than they expected, so we didn't have to wait at all in the
specified grouping place.
Below is a little tour of our (messy!) stateroom. Bear in mind,
we had the mini-suite, which is almost twice the size of a normal
stateroom. We had a full bathtub, and extra couch area.
|Back in PR! The view
outside our balcony. The
Dock is below, hotels in the distance.
|Gettin' ready for the day!
All my stuff was on this
little desk, which had the one power outlet available!
|The bathroom, left side.
The toilet had a massive,
power flush when you pushed the button on the
wall! You had to close the lid to flush.
|Right side of bathroom
|Closet outside bathroom (which
is on left).
The doors are mirrored, and the left one is closed.
|View into the room. Cabinet on R
has a little'fridge inside.
After we got off the ship, I went over to the Sheraton hotel and picked
up a Hertz rental car that I had reserved. We had quite a bit of
time before our plane was to leave, so I managed to maneuver my way
through the significant traffic by the port, and pick up mom and our
luggage. I had my GPS running, and we drove around PR for a bit,
going on the roads that were closest to the beaches. We stopped
at one place near some residences (or possibly time-shares), and walked
around. Saw this rather expensive car parked nearby!
Got back in the car, and drove around to another site that looked more
like an official beach, although almost no one was there. I
rented a couple chairs, and mom went for a little walk in the
water. It is alledged that I feel asleep! :-)
This was a private beach area. Beautiful water!
|I think it was a Bentley!
|Mom, checking out the water!
|Me, studying the inside of my
We ate lunch at Fuddruckers, in a plaza we came across. After
travelling around a little more, we headed to the airport. Got
there in ample time, got through security ok (aside from poor mom
always being called out for screening, probably due to her replacement
hip), and made our way back to Rochester.
We arrived safely home, and my brother Tom and his wife Sue were at the
airport to greet us. Of course, the temperature here was a little
cooler than what we were used to! In fact, after a day back, we
both felt under-the-weather for a few days - a bit longer for mom.
Can't say it was good to be back! It certainly was an enjoyable
vacation. Princess' motto is, "Escape Completely!" Indeed,
we did just that.
If you ever have the chance to go on a cruise, I highly recommend
it! Its really an inexpensive vacation, when you factor in all
that you get. I saw places I'd never dreamed I'd see.
Meeting people is very fun too! I met Nancy the first night at
the buffet. She works for Ebay security (of their buildings and
datacenters) in CA. Would have loved to have talked with her
again, but with 3000 people aboard, you don't often see the same people
twice. That's why we chose the assigned seating - so you CAN see
the same people again! :-)
Thanks for sharing this with me.
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