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Eastern Caribbean 2009

Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 9 – At Sea

by on Aug.21, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

Caribbean Princess has continued to maintain a northerly heading since leaving Port Canaveral. We will maintain this heading throughout today bound for the Sandy Hook Pilot Station. We will embark our local pilot tomorrow morning. With the pilot onboard, we will make our way along the approach channel towards New York, passing under the Verrazano Bridge at 06:00 and soon after the Statue of Liberty will be visible at about 06:20 on our port side (left side of the ship). Caribbean Princess will swing off Governor’s Island and proceed astern toward her berth.
It’s the last day on the ship today. We woke up at 6:00AM and watched the sun rise. Dad came out on his balcony and shortly thereafter Mom did as well. We all watched the sun come up together and it was really nice. I’m amazed I was able to get up since we were up late last night watching the movie. I may have to watch it again as I don’t understand all the bad press about it; Heather and I both loved it.

We did have pizza and french fries during it which may have helped a bit. ūüôā Anyways, we had our normal breakfast, but today, they had Corn Flakes-encrusted french toast, so we had to try that incredibly deliscious item. After breakfast, we took it easy. We walked around and then bought our professional photos from the cruise. That’s always somewhat of a nightmare due to the number of people who want to buy photos, but surprisingly, it wasn’t bad. We then had lunch. I had a steak, some fries, and ice cream. After lunch, we entered into the slot machine tournament that Heather won an entry for on the first day. We lost horribly, but at least it was free to enter! We started watching a movie called “Sunshine Cleaners” but didn’t get to finish it as Heather also had won entry to the final Bingo game, which we also lost. The movie was very good for what we saw and we will definitely look into it if it’s on DVD when we get home. It stars that girl from “Enchanted” but in this movie she’s naked and swears a lot. It’s quite comical as I kept tihnking that she was going to bust out in song and have birds flying around her cleaning up these crime scenes that she was at. So tonight is the last night on the ship, as I said in the first sentence, and being the last night, they have the best dinner. Tonight I had beef consumme soup with dumplings, pepper pot soup, romaine hearts, more steak and fries, and then a full turkey dinner. They always save the best for last though, as tonight we had the famous Baked Alaska. It’s just absolutely amazing every time, and this time was no exception. After dinner, we walked around the promenade deck and took some photos of the last sunset of this vacation. Dad and I, especially I, take way too many pictures of the strangest things, and we must look really funny doing so together. So now I sit here, finishing up this saga, and looking forward to both the comedian at 10:15PM, and seeing a certain feline tomorrow afternoon. We will be getting up early to see the Statue of Liberty in the morning and then boarding a bus back to Worcester. Awww yeahhhhh.

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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 8 – Port Canaveral, Florida

by on Aug.21, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

We will embark our local pilot before proceeding into the Reach Channel and then we will make the final approach alongside our berth. With all on board, Caribbean Princess will slip her lines and leave the dock making our way out through the Reach Channel. Once the local pilot has disembarked, we will set a northerly course towards New York.

Heather and I did not leave the ship today at all. This was supposed to be the first of two “at sea” days, but due to the “stupid weather”, we were in Florida, which not many people were too psyched about. We didn’t really mind it. We woke up early at about 6:30AM and went up to the spa, where they have a pool with a wave maker. Being so early, we were the only ones there, and it was awesome. It reminded me of when we were able to swim on the Royal Princess by ourselves, and it made us feel really good. We swam for about 45 minutes, then showered, and went to sit-down breakfast. ¬†

I repeated my breakfast from the other morning of ham steak, bacon, a hash brown, and buttermilk pancakes, and Heather had poached eggs. She really loved them. The crew was doing drills so as we sat there, we would randomly hear someone on the loudspeaker say something like “Man Overboard” with no reflection in his tone of voice. It was a bit comical. I guess they usually do these drills when we’re off on a tour or something. After breakfast, Heather went to the spa and I sat in the room and played Mega Man on the DS for about an hour. We then had a small lunch of chicken, pasta, cheeseburgers, and fries, and then walked around a bit. In the afternoon, Heather and Mom had their hair put in things called “up-do’s” and I went to the gym and sat in the steam rooms, before our final formal night. For dinner I had pheasant and Heather had lobster tail. We planned on seeing the nighttime movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine at 8:30, but when we arrived at 8:25, we found out that it had started at 8:00. We are now going to go see the 10:30 showing of it. I haven’t heard good things about the movie (but have of the video game). That’s about it for today…it was a slow and relaxing day, and we fought with the photo guy about photos. Tomorrow we will be at sea and are going to use the gambling money that Heather won on the first day.
[update] The movie wasn’t all that bad. It was a bit over the top in many areas, but still entertaining.

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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 7 – Nassau, Bahamas

by on Aug.20, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

Early in the morning Caribbean Princess altered her course to port and entered the north-east Providence Channel towards our destination: Nassau. Upon departure we will set a northwesterly course through the north-west Providence Channel and once clear from the Grand Bahama Island set a northerly course to Port Canaveral.

Today is the first time that this ship has ever been to Nassau, and we’re only here due to the hurricanes altering our course. I’ve been here many times but not since the 90’s as my high school roomate grew up here, and we visited often during my high school years. This morning we got up, skipped breakfast, and went on land. We got a taxi over to Atlantis to look at the fish tanks. The taxi driver crammed 13 of us into his little van, and then attempted to start the engine. It wouldn’t start. He just revved it over and over again, but eventually it started. This van has no air conditioning and it was getting a little warm inside. Atlantis has changed a lot since I was last there. The Miss Universe pagent is going on and I think I saw one contestants while walking through the hotel. We looked at some of the glass walls in at the fish, which are still very spectacular. ¬†

I saw a cave entrance but was told that we had to pay $35 per person in order to see more of the aquariums. Instead, I walked our little group over to another entrance on the other side of the hotel and was stopped again. We walked into the hotel, where the rooms are, and saw a door that didn’t have a security guard standing there, and we found ourselves out by the pools, so we had basically gotten around security and where we wanted to be in the first place. We walked through the tunnels and looked at the fish, which are incredible. We saw a stingray that was about 12 feet in diameter. I didn’t know that they even got that big. We did notice however that this place was rather dirty. There was algae everywhere and dirt all around. For such a big place, they really need to maintain it better. After about an hour or two, we left and headed back to the ships. There are two other ships here today; the Norwegian Sky and the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas, both of which we tower over. It’s a pretty cool feeling to be on the biggest ship, but after going through the Canal on the Royal Princess, we prefer the smaller ones. There is no waiting on them and they are much more relaxing. Also, the staff seems happier on them. The only thing we dislike about the smaller ships is that there are no real good walking tracks, as there are on the larger ships. I’m still hoping to lose weight on this cruise! So now we’re back on the ship after walking around the straw market, and we’re going to relax this afternoon, go to the gym and spa, and just chill out. The ship leaves for Port Canaveral in about an hour. That’s a port that seems rather useless to me and we may not even get off the ship.
[update] We saw a comedian by the name of Phil Tag last this evening. He was really funny; easily the best comedian on the ship. He was brought on last minute to make up for the port changes, and I’m glad he was. I am looking forward to seeing him again on the last night. What was almost even funnier than the comedian was when the cruise director was announcing him. He mentioned that tomorrow we will be in Port Canaveral and the whole room started booing. Nobody wants to be in Florida. After the comedian, we went to the buffet and I had a 2.5 foot long breadstick.

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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 6 – At Sea

by on Aug.19, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

Since departure from Grand Turk, Caribbean Princess set a northwesterly course towards Nassau. We will remain on the same course throughout the day. We will then pass on our port side the San Salvador Island at a distance of about 15 nautical miles.

As I type this, I’m sitting on the balcony having a cigar and Fosters. It is very humid out. Today we’ve been at sea going about 2 mph as we only have about 60-80 miles to get to Nassau and a day and a half to do it. The sea is the roughest we’ve seen it, but still not too bad considering there are multiple hurricanes all around us. I need to say that I may have sounded a bit negative towards New Yorkers earlier in the week, but I think that was a bit harsh. ¬†

I’ve gotten to know some of them and they’re not all that bad; I think my main complaint is the fact that the ship is overbooked, so there are just a ton of people everywhere, and they just happen to mostly be from New York. Today we slept in until about 8:30AM and then went downstairs to walk 5k for breast cancer awareness. Heather did it in honor of her aunt who passed away from the disease. It made us both feel good both mentally and physically and is something that we will do on every cruise going forward. I even jogged half of it if you can believe that! After the walk, we had some fresh-squeezed orange juice and fruit kebabs. We were planning on repeating the crazy breakfast we had the other morning but decided against it. We did sit-down lunch however that was nice. Dad and I had onion rings. Heather had a hamburger with blue cheese on it. We sat by the window and watched the ocean. Our waiter was Ukranian and loved to talk. After lunch, I went to see the afternoon movie with Mom and Dad, and it wasn’t a chick flick! It was Frost/Nixon, which is a great movie. I then came back here and wrote most of this up. For dinner I had lamb and it was good. Tomorrow will be rack of lamb, which is the best lamb all week. After dinner Mom and I went to see the comedian named Roland Jay Moore (I think) and was pretty funny. I think the other comedian was better though as this guy was too hyper for me. That’s about it for today.

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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 5 – Grand Turk

by on Aug.18, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

Caribbean Princess reached the Bahamas Islands and made her approach towards Grand Turk through the Turks Island Passage. She will then proceed to our berth safely along the pier. With all passengers onboard, Caribbean Princess will slip her lines and once clear of the berth, set a northwesterly course to Nassau.

Today we’re at Grand Turk, and it’s incredible. We weren’t supposed to be here for another few days, but due to the schedule change, we came here early. Unfortunately, there’s another ship here (Carnival Pride) so our horseback riding tour was not available. Heather and I woke up at 6:00AM to see just a tiny part of the island in front of us. We had a quick breakfast, put on our swimsuits, put the camera in its waterproof case, and headed off to the shore. ¬†

There’s nothing really here, just a beach, so we decided to head towards a deserted portion of this beach, and when I say deserted, I mean it; we were the only ones there and it was spectacular. There are over 7000 people here today, and we were all alone. The sand here is white and fine, and Heather remarked about how she would rather be walking barefoot than in her sand shoes. This beach is also covered in conch shells, one of which Heather took against my caution that there might be a conch in there that might smell in a few days. We’ll see. We’ve now left Grand Turk a bit late as people on this ship don’t seem to know what time they should be returning. I don’t mind it but Dad had a few choice words about the matter. There was a Carnival ship that was waiting for us to leave in order for them to get in there. We’re now at sea and will be all day tomorrow. Heather is going to get her nails done and then we hope to walk 5k for cancer I think. I didn’t use any suntan lotion today and I think that may have been a bad idea. This afternoon’s chick flick is He’s Just Not That Into You which we’ve seen already. Return of the Jedi is a much better movie. For some reason, this ship just plays chick flicks in the afternoon. Hopefully we’ll get something a little more manly tomorrow, but I doubt it. I’m very excited because tonight we get french onion soup, and Dad and I will have two of them. Watch out everyone!! ¬† ¬†Then we’ll probably see the show and party it up as we don’t have to do anything at all tomorrow, which is nice. You may or may not be able to tell from my tense, but I’m starting to catch up on my little writeups here! Maybe tomorrow I’ll have a cigar.
[update] Something to do with the two french onion soups made Heather make me open the balcony door. I won’t say what, but we had to open the door. I went out there to see a rather crazy lightning show off in the distance. I opened the shutter up for 15 seconds and tried to take some long exposure photos. Some of them came out fairly incredible.

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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 4 – At Sea

by on Aug.17, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

I have nothing from the navigator today since the ship’s course has been altered. ¬†Today started out in a strange way. ¬†I waited at the shore excursion desk at about 8:30AM for it to open at 9:00AM with a bunch of angry people. ¬†When the desk opened, we were told that they haven’t finalized any tours yet and our horseback riding tour in Grand Turk might be cancelled. ¬†The horseback riding tour was the only tour that we were really excited about, but since there will be another ship in port tomorrow, they get priority since we weren’t even originally supposed to be there. ¬†After the fiasco at the shore excursion desk, we decided to just chill out for most of the day and in doing so, I only took 91 photographs total the entire day. ¬†We had a wonderful breakfast of buttermilk pancackes, ham steak, bacon, sausage, and hash browns. ¬†The chick flick of the day was Bride Wars which got a few chuckles out of me, but overall wasn’t that great of a movie. ¬†I still think that The Empire Strikes Back is way better. ¬†Before going into the theater, which has been nicely redone by Princess with a huge screen and nice sound system, we walked through the casino. ¬†There was an asian family there playing the game where you put quarters into the machine and they push more quarters down and sometimes a bunch fall. ¬†

That’s the only real way I can describe the thing, so maybe I’ll put a photo of them up to help with the description. ¬†There was a stack of $50 in there that they were going for. ¬†After the 90 minute movie, they were still there. ¬†It was really funny because they were so into it and were very vocal. ¬†Heather and I watched them along with about ten others and they eventually got the $50 down, but they definitely spent more than that in the process. ¬†It was all in good fun though. ¬†For dinner I had some of the best spaghetti I’ve ever had. ¬†After dinner we saw a comedian, had some pizza, and then went to bed as tomorrow we’ll be in Grand Turk very early in the morning.

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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 3 – West End, Bermuda

by on Aug.16, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

Caribbean Princess will make her final approach into Bermuda in the early hours of the morning. Once having embarked the pilot we will cruise through the channels for a total distance of 14 nautical miles before we make our final approach into West End. Once all onboard, Caribbean Princess will slip her lines and once clear of the berth, will proceed through the channels to the open sea. After having disembarked our local pilot, Caribbean Princess will set speed and a southerly course heading for San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The above statement is mostly true. Let’s start this writeup in the evening of this day to explain why. Last night we never made it to the show, so we decided to head to a repeat performance of it tonight. The show is called “Do You Want to Dance?” and we saw it on the Royal Princess last December, but the production value on this ship is much higher due to its size, so we figured that we’d check it out again. The show started at 9:00PM and we were sitting in our seats around 8:30 when the captain came on the speaker system (I was actually in the nearby bathroom, but that’s no surprise really right?). The captain told us that due to Tropical Storm [insert name here] our entire itinerary will be changed. We would not be going to San Juan or St. Thomas at all. I’m not a big fan of last minute changes, so it took a little while for me to be okay with this. We were signed up to go on the Canopy tour in San Juan, something that Heather and I try to do in every port where it’s offered, as we have a lot of fun on the zip lines, but we were okay with skipping out on it. St. Thomas I could care less for. I’ve been there four or five times and it’s always the same thing: Cheap huts selling crap and cigars I don’t care for. This time however we were going to take a trip to nearby St. John which is supposed to be incredible. Again, I’m not too upset about this as it seems that every cruise we take to this part of the world stops in St. Thomas, so we’ll hit it up next time. They replaced the two ports with two more northernly ports which I will talk about when we get there, but I’m indifferent to them. I’ve been to both previously, but Heather will be visiting one of them for the first time, so that makes me feel good. Ok, let’s rewind to the beginning of the day, which started out at about 6:00 AM.

I woke up on my own and looked outside to notice that we weren’t moving. I assumed we were on dock, but that wasn’t the case. We were just sitting there and I’m guessing that it was to wait for the local pilot to board. Heather also got up and we went out onto the balcony to see just a sliver of the sun peeping up in the distance. 44 photographs later and we headed for breakfast. The lines in the buffet were miniscule and we were happy about that. I’m learning now when to go where at what time to make it more relaxing. We met up with Mom and Dad in the buffet room, but they took off while I was getting food, so I didn’t get to talk with Dad about the photos that I had just taken. Today we’re in Bermuda, a first for me and Heather, and Mom I think. Dad was last here in the 1960’s and told me that a lot has changed since then! Originally, we were not signed up for any tour, but yesterday we went to the tour desk and were told that there really is nothing to do where we dock and we should look into a tour that heads to Hamilton, which is where this ship was dedicated. We signed up for a tour that leaves the dock on a ferry to Hamilton, then to an aquarium, and some caves, then a ferry back. It’s a 3-4 hour tour and was very nice. When the ferry dropped us off in Hamilton, we boarded a bus with a very nice and funny bus driver named Swayne who had a big pony tail. He talked about how it’s okay to wear pink in Bermuda and still be a man. He gave us some history of the island on our drive to the aquarium. The roads are VERY skinny here and everyone beeps their horns at each other, but in a nice way. The aquarium was very small, but nice. They had an enormous tank at one end of with sharks and larger fish, but attached to it on one side was a large tank with smaller fish in it, so when you looked at that tank, you could see the smaller fish close up, and the larger fish in the background swimming around. It was a very cool design. We also saw harbour seals, parrots, monkeys, turtles, a lemur, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some of the animals. We were there for about 45 minutes and it was nice. We got back on the bus and went to the Crystal Caves. This place was really cool! I guess some children were playing cricket one day and their ball went down a hole. They took some rope from their neighbor and went down the hole after the ball, and discovered this huge cave. Heather was very excited to see all the stalagmites and stalagtites, and we saw some of them that were over 1.5 million years old. They were underwater and about 20 feet tall, back before the water entered the cave. It was difficult to take photos in there, but I did my best. We then got a Diet Coke and headed back to the ferry. It was a very fun and informational day, but we were now very hungry! Heather and I made our way up to the buffet. Here’s what I had:

Cheddar Cheese bowtie pasta
Cheesburger
Onion Rings
Lamb kabob
french fries
Vanilla ice cream
Belgian waffle with chocolate sauce
Oyster crackers (Heather had Clam Chowder)
and an oatmeal raisin cookie

So now I’m full, and probably overfull. We walked around the deck a few times. It’s only two hours before dinner. Oh boy. At dinner, I had a braised lamb shank that was very good; much better than the kabob, which was so-so (man, the onion rings were incredible however). After dinner, we took a few more laps, and headed to the show, which I talked about previously. After the show, we went to sleep, as I needed to digest the whole itineray change thing.

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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 2 – At Sea

by on Aug.15, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, General, Vacation

Since Departure yesterday, Caribbean Princess set a south-easterly course along the coast of New Jersey and Delaware.  Caribbean Princess will spend the entire day at sea cruising the North American basin.  We will approach the Islands of Bermuda in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

We slept so well last night.  Not knowing that the clocks changed, we woke up and everyone was an hour ahead of us.  We went up to the gym and worked out for a bit.  We then walked a mile (three times around the ship) and sat in the Sanctuary for about a half hour.  Heather loves this Sanctuary.  It is a bunch of steam rooms that have different scents in them and big things you can sit on that are really warm.  I get bored after a little while but she could sit in there all day.  When we were done in there, it was about 10:30, so we had breakfast.  The breakfast buffet was very full and it pained us to be in there.  We decided that for the rest of the cruise, we were going to try to avoid it.  

This ship is packed full of people, many of whom are New Yorkers, but we’ve been over that already, so I’ll let this subject die off. ¬†Anyways, after lunch, we walked another mile, decided on what shore excursions we were going to do this week, and then came back to the room and I wrote up yesterday’s log entry, and this one up until about now. ¬†Tonight is the first formal night, so in about an hour or so, I’ll be throwing the tux on. ¬†We might see a show tonight as well, but I’m not sure. ¬†Tomorrow is going to be a really early morning and our tour starts at 9:15AM. ¬†No time for the gym beforehand!

[update] – We never made it to the show. ¬†Heather and I got one formal picture taken. ¬†We would have gotten more but the lines were pretty long. ¬†For dinner I had pork with applesauce sauce (I know, it sounds weird, but that’s what it was) and two filet mignons. ¬†By the time dinner was done, there was no way that we’d make it to the show, so we went up to the top deck and watched a Julia Roberts movie called Duplicity. ¬†It’s somewhat of a spy movie, and since we walked in about 15 minutes late, we were lost. ¬†I still enjoyed it, but my father did not. ¬†Heather didn’t either. ¬†She said that it was as bad as Funny People. ¬†I thought it was still better than that piece of trash. ¬†So that’s about it for this day. ¬†Tomorrow we’ll be in Bermuda. ¬†It’s my first time to Bermuda and I’m excited. ¬†We signed up for a tour of some caverns, so that should be cool.

Since Departure yesterday, Caribbean Princess set a south-easterly course along the coast of New Jersey and Delaware.  Caribbean Princess will spend the entire day at sea cruising the North American basin.  We will approach the Islands of Bermuda in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
We slept so well last night. ¬†Not knowing that the clocks changed, we woke up and everyone was an hour ahead of us. ¬†We went up to the gym and worked out for a bit. ¬†We then walked a mile (three times around the ship) and sat in the Sanctuary for about a half hour. ¬†Heather loves this Sanctuary. ¬†It is a bunch of steam rooms that have different scents in them and big things you can sit on that are really warm. ¬†I get bored after a little while but she could sit in there all day. ¬†When we were done in there, it was about 10:30, so we had breakfast. ¬†The breakfast buffet was very full and it pained us to be in there. ¬†We decided that for the rest of the cruise, we were going to try to avoid it. ¬†This ship is packed full of people, many of whom are New Yorkers, but we’ve been over that already, so I’ll let this subject die off. ¬†Anyways, after lunch, we walked another mile, decided on what shore excursions we were going to do this week, and then came back to the room and I wrote up yesterday’s log entry, and this one up until about now. ¬†Tonight is the first formal night, so in about an hour or so, I’ll be throwing the tux on. ¬†We might see a show tonight as well, but I’m not sure. ¬†Tomorrow is going to be a really early morning and our tour starts at 9:15AM. ¬†No time for the gym beforehand!
[update] – We never made it to the show. ¬†Heather and I got one formal picture taken. ¬†We would have gotten more but the lines were pretty long. ¬†For dinner I had pork with applesauce sauce (I know, it sounds weird, but that’s what it was) and two filet mignons. ¬†By the time dinner was done, there was no way that we’d make it to the show, so we went up to the top deck and watched a Julia Roberts movie called Duplicity. ¬†It’s somewhat of a spy movie, and since we walked in about 15 minutes late, we were lost. ¬†I still enjoyed it, but my father did not. ¬†Heather didn’t either. ¬†She said that it was as bad as Funny People. ¬†I thought it was still better than that piece of trash. ¬†So that’s about it for this day. ¬†Tomorrow we’ll be in Bermuda. ¬†It’s my first time to Bermuda and I’m excited. ¬†We signed up for a tour of some caverns, so that should be cool.Since Departure yesterday, Caribbean Princess set a south-easterly course along the coast of New Jersey and Delaware. ¬†Caribbean Princess will spend the entire day at sea cruising the North American basin. ¬†We will approach the Islands of Bermuda in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
We slept so well last night. ¬†Not knowing that the clocks changed, we woke up and everyone was an hour ahead of us. ¬†We went up to the gym and worked out for a bit. ¬†We then walked a mile (three times around the ship) and sat in the Sanctuary for about a half hour. ¬†Heather loves this Sanctuary. ¬†It is a bunch of steam rooms that have different scents in them and big things you can sit on that are really warm. ¬†I get bored after a little while but she could sit in there all day. ¬†When we were done in there, it was about 10:30, so we had breakfast. ¬†The breakfast buffet was very full and it pained us to be in there. ¬†We decided that for the rest of the cruise, we were going to try to avoid it. ¬†This ship is packed full of people, many of whom are New Yorkers, but we’ve been over that already, so I’ll let this subject die off. ¬†Anyways, after lunch, we walked another mile, decided on what shore excursions we were going to do this week, and then came back to the room and I wrote up yesterday’s log entry, and this one up until about now. ¬†Tonight is the first formal night, so in about an hour or so, I’ll be throwing the tux on. ¬†We might see a show tonight as well, but I’m not sure. ¬†Tomorrow is going to be a really early morning and our tour starts at 9:15AM. ¬†No time for the gym beforehand!
[update] – We never made it to the show. ¬†Heather and I got one formal picture taken. ¬†We would have gotten more but the lines were pretty long. ¬†For dinner I had pork with applesauce sauce (I know, it sounds weird, but that’s what it was) and two filet mignons. ¬†By the time dinner was done, there was no way that we’d make it to the show, so we went up to the top deck and watched a Julia Roberts movie called Duplicity. ¬†It’s somewhat of a spy movie, and since we walked in about 15 minutes late, we were lost. ¬†I still enjoyed it, but my father did not. ¬†Heather didn’t either. ¬†She said that it was as bad as Funny People. ¬†I thought it was still better than that piece of trash. ¬†So that’s about it for this day. ¬†Tomorrow we’ll be in Bermuda. ¬†It’s my first time to Bermuda and I’m excited. ¬†We signed up for a tour of some caverns, so that should be cool
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Eastern Caribbean 2009 – Day 1 – Boarding

by on Aug.14, 2009, under Eastern Caribbean 2009, Gaming, General, Vacation

After casting off Caribbean Princess will proceed out of Buttermilk channel passing to the east of Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty. ¬†We will transit the narrows, a stretch of water separating Brooklyn and Staten Island, passing beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. ¬†Once clear we will enter the Ambrose Channel which forms the main traffic route for vessels entering and leaving New York Harbor limits. ¬†Soon after, the local pilot will disembark and Caribbean Princess will set various southerly courses off the eastern coast of New Jersey on passage towards West End.

This is my ninth cruise aboard Princess ships, and my third on the Caribbean Princess. ¬†The last time I was on this ship, Heather and I were on our honeymoon in May/June of 2007. ¬†since then, the ship has gone under some changes to the deck plan, mostly in the interior center of the ship. ¬†Princess has “updated” this ship to mimic the Crown Princess’ restaurant styles, a change that I personally don’t care for. ¬†This ship used to have an incredible steakhouse, but they’ve replaced it with the Crown Grill, which is steak/seafood and Sabatini’s, which is italian seafood. ¬†If you know me in the slightest, you know that I don’t really care for seafood. ¬†A nice change however is that I can now connect to the Internet (supposedly) from my cabin, which was updated the week after our honeymoon. ¬†Anyways, we left Worcester on a Princess-chartered bus heading to New York City. ¬†The bus picked up my parents in Hartford and the trip down was nice. ¬†I got about 3 hours of DS playtime in and made a flipbook movie on the DSi of a chicken getting his head chopped off. ¬†I used to make similar flipbooks as a child. ¬†The day was cloudy, and driving into New York was nice. ¬†We did see an accident on the other side of the highway that looked rather severe, so that kind of stunk. ¬†We arrived in Brooklyn at the pier, south of Manhattan. ¬†As we exited the bus, the longshoremen told us that we should give them $2-$3 per bag as a tip. ¬†I’m usually a good tipper, but when someone blatently asks for one, AND tells me how much I should give him, I usually tip worse, and this was no exception. ¬†Getting through Customs was not difficult, but I did notice a large amount of people getting on the ship (I am writing this a day later and just found out that there are 3500 people on this 3100 passenger ship). ¬†When we boarded, they took our picture like they always do, and gave us a Treasure Hunt to go on. ¬†This hunt took us all over the ship to different shops and areas, and if you visited all ten of them, you could turn your card in at the sailaway party and possibly win a prize or something. ¬†After we ran all over getting stamps on this card, we went to the room and I saw the Statue of Liberty right outside! ¬†It was awesome as I’ve never really seen it up close before. ¬†I mean, I’ve flown (and crashed) a helicopter around the one in Liberty City, but that’s not really the same thing. ¬†At 5:00, Heather and I went up on the top deck, got our customary sailing away drink (she got a mojito and I a Foster’s) and watched as we sailed past the Statue. ¬†It was rather amazing, and was easily the best part of leaving out of New York. ¬†What’s the worst part? ¬†The sheer amount of New Yorkers. ¬†I generally don’t mind New Yorkers, but man, this ship is PACKED with them. ¬†I’ve seen many hoodlems in gold chains and Yankees hats with flat brims. ¬†I am looking forward to seeing how they dress on formal night. ¬†There are many Mets hats too, but for some reason, I think they are actually Mets (and baseball in general) fans, not just using the hat as a fashion statement. ¬†Anyways, the cruise director was calling names out for winners of the treasure hunt and he called Heather’s name. ¬†She wasn’t paying attention so I grabbed her and told her to run up there. ¬†This would have been much funnier if she hadn’t have actually won, but that also would have been mean. ¬†She ran up there and won some casino money, so we’re going to use it in the casino in a few days. ¬†For dinner I had Prime Rib, and we planned on watching the movie (Star Trek) but ended up going to bed early as we were tired. ¬†Sleeping on a cruise ship is one of the best feelings. ¬†Tomorrow (which is actually today as I write this) we will be at sea all day.

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