Thursday, 17 October 2013

Cruise Wrap-up (Part 1)

Hi everyone - well, we are "dry-landers" once again. We docked Sunday morning in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world. This morning was no exception. There were two other cruise ships in dock when we arrived at 6:30 a.m. Princess Cruises are very efficient in their embarkation and dis-embarkation procedures but not even they could speed up the US Customs as the US government is on a work slow down and there weren't many officers working the booths to check folks in. Oh well, we were comfy in one of the dining rooms and they worked through each colour group slowly. We were about 1 hour late leaving the ship.

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).
Casino Queen!!
Bingo Queen!!
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!!
Cheers friends!!


  1. hey nice post meh, I love your style of blogging here. this post reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: Plan For Dating Girls .
    keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.


  2. Oh, Nancy and Doug, I've loved reading your blog about your wonderful voyage. This wrap-up is perfect too - a review of the players and recognition of the wonderful employees who made sure you had the most wonderful time possible. Thank you for sharing.

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