Sailing out of the Harbor
25.10.2017 - 25.10.2017 37 °C
We don't have to check out of the hotel until noon. I got up and wrote up the previous day (because I expected - correctly - that the internet on the ship would be crappy) and showered and finished packing. I decided that I did not want to check the scooter bag without the scooter in it, as I was afraid it would be crushed by heavier luggage. I did not want to check the scooter and use a wheelchair because then I would be without a way to get around the ship until the baggage was delivered. So I put all the carry-on items into the scooter bag - my computer bag went in there and all the other miscellaneous things. I went down to the lobby with the scooter bag and Polly ferried the other bags down. We spent some time in the lobby talking to the people who had come down from Vancouver on our ship on the previous cruise.
We were scheduled to go on the 12:30 shuttle, but we went early. The baggage guy at the curb tried to make us check the scooter bag, but we (mostly Polly) resisted. We went to check in - the people at the door said we would have to check the scooter bag because it was too big to go thorough the scanner. But we did not. We kept the bag. First they gave us our cards (blue for Polly as a first time on Princess and gold for me with one previous Princess cruise). There was a lady there in a wheelchair and from overheard conversation it seems as if she did not have a passport even though her travel agent to her to get one. Since the only foreign port we are visiting is in Mexico, she may still be OK to travel.
Next they send us through security. Polly and I got separated here because she had the scooter bag and as I was on the scooter I had to go be patted down separately. Polly got the scooter bag through security - it was not too big. Then we went to another desk to have our photos taken. After that we could get on. The large brown bag that I shipped FedEx through Princess was outside the door of the room. We unpacked the scooter bag and I stored it under my bed and we hung up my dresses that were in the brown bag.
Our room is set up a little differently than most. Instead of a hall with the closets on one side and the bathroom on the other, there is a side hall with the closets and bathroom off of it.
The bathroom is quite small. I can sit on the toilet and get my toothbrush and brush my teeth while sitting there.
But the are are lots of nice shelves and plenty of space to put things on the counter.
The shower is on the other side of the toilet and is just big enough to stand in. I was supposed to have a stool to sit on, but the shower head is not detachable and there would be no room for a chair there. The closets are big and have plenty of hangers. This picture was taken when we were still partly unpacked.
The room steward came to see us. Polly had gotten a drink of water out of the water bottle where you have to pay for it in spite of the fact that I warned her not to. I asked the steward to take away a chair and the little table. He took the table, but put the chair in the closet. Polly insisted on keeping the blue chair which made it very very difficult to turn the scooter around.
This also shows the phone and the hairdryer, and the scooter charger is on the desk.
We have an obstructed view cabin - we can see what is outside past the lifeboats that are hanging outside our window.
We tried to eat lunch in the Amalfi dining room but we were too late because it took us too long to get the elevator down to it, so we went up to the Lido. Here someone came to help me and I lost Polly (temporarily). I got a croque monseiur, a meatball, a piece of roast beef and a blintz with blueberry jam.
We had to go to the safety drill at 3:30 which lasted quite a long time. I called Bob after the drill. I heard a lot of static.
We went up with George's group for the sail away (all of us wearing our blue group shirts)
I took a lot of photos of the harbor
And pictures of the boat we took the tour on yesterday.
Including a police boat which was doing wifferdills behind the ship
and I got a better picture of the lighthouse
I also got some better photos of things like the Iowa,
and the Coast Guard cutters
I even got a photo of Point Fermin
Then we went to dinner - we were late. They assigned us to Amalfi dining room. This is a terrible dining room for anyone with a wheelchair or scooter. The dining room is in the stern and only two elevators go down to it. If you can walk down the stairs it isn't a problem but if you can't, it is.
I had pina colada soup (which came in a glass) and Polly had the red snapper
and roast pork. I couldn't eat all the pork but it was good.
I had chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. This was chocolate ice cream with chips in it. Polly had the Pineapple brulee which was on the Anytime menu and it must have been good because she had it again the next night
When I returned to our room on the 25th, the rest of the suitcases had been delivered, but we did not have the Princess Patter yet. This is the plan of the day for the next day. So I called Guest Services about it and also because there was a message on the phone with a flashing light and I could not figure out how to turn the flashing light off (just listening to it did not work) They said it was 9#9 to erase the message light and they also told me that the Princess Patter would be delivered between 9 and 10 each evening.
I looked at the TV before I went to bed, but they had not updated the ship time -- it said it was 11:00 even at 5 in the morning and the ship on the display never left the harbor.
We were too tired to finish unpacking so we just went to bed.