When you think about that 1 hour late, it doesn't seem like much until you factor in that chomping on our heels are approximately 2,000 more people waiting to board to go on their Caribbean/Panama adventure!! The ship is cleaned, emptied of refuse, black water and then filled up with approximately 200 tons of fresh supplies!! When talking to one of the officers on board the other day, he told us that the cruise ships are no longer allowed to dump grey or black water in the ocean like they used to. Pretty amazing that they ever did that. In fact, since Los Angeles, we have carried every drop of refuse and water with us. It is unreal that they take on 200 tons of supplies and they never need to stop for anything else until we arrive in Fort Lauderdale. When I got a chance to look out the window of the ship about 10:00 a.m., I counted 7 semi's unloading. I am sure that there were lots more that had already delivered earlier. I can't even imagine what the logistics are like or what the ordering process is like! The officer that we spoke with even told us that all the glass from the restaurants and bars (i.e. beer bottles, wine bottles) is actually ground up below and then sold once we arrive that our destination. Pretty impressive!! He said that we start out as a cruise ship and end the voyage as a cargo ship!!
As far as the personnel on board, we can't say enough good about them. Without exception, each and every one of them smiled and said hello, every time!! Some were real superstars, going above and beyond with their attentiveness. Gerardo, our purser who looked after our room. He has worked for Princess Cruises for 15 years. He hails from Mexico and has a wife Claudia, and a 3 year old daughter, Fernanda. He did an amazing job on our room and gave us lots of helpful tips about some of the ports and on our Spanish too!! Thanks Gerardo!!
Then there was Ratchanova (Ratcha) and Prasert, both, co-incidentally, from Thailand. I talked about them before but they continued for 18 days to make our every meal very enjoyable.
Ratcha and Prasert in the dining room
We swam, explored, took our niece, Lacey to bingo and slot machining (...if that is a word).
Oh, did I mention the family shuffleboard tournaments??
Mark & Susann, strategizing....
Nice form, Carmen!!
I will do the next few postings, in order of the ports and include the photos. I will actually start back at Cabo, where we were on the 1st of October. I really hate it when I can't do this the "normal" way but bear with me and it will all seem just like we are going through it now!!