Day 1 of the Cruise - San Juan, PR
Trip Start Dec 13, 2008
9Trip End Dec 21, 2008
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We had a buffet breakfast back at the Caribe Hilton and took a taxi back to the pier. Our cab drive was
awesome - he jumped a curb and drove over a few places that he shouldn't have in order to get us to the ship quicker. We got to the embarkation site at the port a bit after 12:00pm and there were hardly any other people there with no line-ups. Checking in was a breeze and we were happily in our stateroom by 12:30pm.
only), and the one floor directly above us is the Horizon Court / Cafe Caribe buffets. Our room is also in a great location right across from the elevators - very convenient!
swimming around with him in my arms to embarrass him! We swam around together and sat in the sun for a little while, and then went back to our room to unpack. We met our room steward, Alvin, who is very nice and friendly. He helped us figure out the dry-cleaning since some of Poolie's formal clothes got quite wrinkled in our luggage - Alvin took some of his clothes to be pressed, which was very helpful! At this point, we also decided to get changed before going out to dinner and a show because the Muster Drill was at 7:30pm.
Then, the typical Muster Drill at 7:30pm in Club Fusion. After that, we threw our life jackets back in the room and went to the Dining Room for dinner, at the Palm Dining Room.
I have to say, it is the first time we have ever had bad service in a dining room on Princess - easily corrected mistakes, mind you, but I think we will try the Coral Dining Room tomorrow. We ordered the Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce, a Watercress/Radish/Iceberg Lettuce salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, and a shell pasta with broccoli florets in tomato sauce. The salad was great - the dressing was very nice. The spring rolls were very yummy too, although Poolie didn't get his until I had to ask about it - at the same time when I had to ask our waiter for new main courses because our pasta had chicken in it. He wasn't paying attention when I ordered it off the vegetarian menu (Poolie and I are both vegetarians). When he brought Poolie's spring rolls out, they didn't have the dipping sauce. Thankfully, the waiter's assistant was a bit more on the ball than he was, and was able to pick up the slack. The pasta ended up being very nice and light, and the tomato sauce was delicious.
For dessert, Poolie got the apple streudel and I got a Banana and Nut Parfait with Caramel. It was super yummy - almost a frozen banana ice cream in two slices, topped with nuts and little chocolate shavings, surrounded by caramel. It was a unique dessert and had great flavors!
After dinner, we decided to go back to the room and just chill out on our balcony. We'd like to get a good night's sleep before going to St. Thomas tomorrow!
Here is a video compiled from our first day on the cruise in San Juan. The first part is a ride up the mid-ship atrium elevator. The second part is three clips from the Puerto Rico Folkloric Showtime starring Juan Carlos.
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