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CCC 2016 Day 15 – At Sea

by on Jan.18, 2017, under CCC 2016, General, Vacation

On her last day at sea Pacific Princess will continue Northwest towards the Bahamas. The ocean current in this area will help her as it also heads Northwest at a speed of around half a knot. Tonight Pacific Princess will approach the Providence Channel once again.

“First aid response, deck 9, zone 2”. That’s what we heard come through our stateroom’s speaker in the middle of the night. It was strange, as things like this don’t really ever get sent into your rooms, especially while sleeping. A few minutes later, the tones that normally begin an announcement came on, followed by the captain saying “So sorry for the first aid response. We had a small fire in the spa. It has been extinguished. It is just after 3 in the morning.” This was a first for us, and everything is just fine.

We didn’t win anything in the photo raffle yesterday, but enjoyed being in there for it. We spent the afternoon relaxing, and went to the Captain’s Circle party before dinner. We didn’t win the raffle in there either, and never have. The most traveled person onboard is on his 150th cruise, and has cruised for over 1500 days. That’s ten times what I’ve done.

For dinner I had country-fried chicken along with a specially ordered French Onion Soup. After dinner, Heather and I did about 10 laps around the track, then went to bed around 8:30. We slept very well until the 3AM wake-up call, which altered our sleep patterns a bit. The sun came up very late this morning because we should have changed our clocks back, but they’re saving that for tonight.

This morning, we had breakfast, and then toured the ship’s bridge. Mom and Dad met Heather and I, along with about 15 others outside the bridge’s main security door, and we were taken in. It’s always special to see the bridge of a ship, and we got some nice photos. In one, Heather grabbed the wheel, not knowing that it would actually steer the ship. She was quickly told to let go of it.

After the bridge tour, we went directly to the cooking demonstration, followed by a tour of the galley. We like to do this on every cruise. The head chef and Maitre d’hotel always joke around during it, and I like filming where all the food is prepared. Mom bought a cookbook, and then Heather and I started packing.

Today is the dreaded packing day. As I write this, we have one bag packed, with two more to go before 10PM. I am currently sitting in the theater for the navigational map auction. With so many very rich people onboard, I doubt that I’ll get it within my $150 limit I put on myself.

[UPDATE] I won it!

Tonight will be our last dinner onboard, which means Baked Alaska! We arrive in Port Everglades early tomorrow morning to begin our trip back home. This has been the first time away from New England for Christmas, and it was spectacular. I was so pleasantly surprised with how Princess Cruises embraced Christmas, and it’s definitely something that we’ll want to do in the future.

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