Sunday, February 13, 2011

Back in Miami

This morning we disembarked the Caribbean Princess for the last time on this cruise.  Since we had booked a post-cruise excursion, and we'd be leaving the ship early, we went up to the Horizon Court on the Lido Deck for breakfast -- Jac finally found his chorizo and eggs.  We said good-bye to our Stateroom steward, Runiel and headed to the Casino where our excursion group was to meet.  The difficulty of finding our bags was compounded by the fact that we were the first group to leave the ship, hence all 5000+ bags were in the staging area.  But we found them, got through Customs and headed out to our bus which would take us to the El Yunque Rain Forest.  Sue and I visited there once on a previous cruise and we were glad that Princess offered this post-cruise excursion again.  Sue got several nice flower pictures on her phone, and Jac got some good shots for the cruise movie he'll work on over the next couple of weeks.  One thing that changed from our last time on this trip is that the driver told us that Princess no longer allows the driver to stop for a quick Puerto Rican lunch on the trip back to the airport -- very disappointing. 

Right now we're sitting in the Miami airport for the last leg of our trip home to Chicago.  I checked email, and saw that Heidi asked me to send a hello to her and Makayla last Wednesday, but Sue beat me to it by talking with them on the phone while I typed this blog. 

One tidbit regarding the coffee on Princess I was able to confirm during my ship tour yesterday:  someone I met on-board said he thought that the coffee was made from some kind of concentrate.  Not true.  The coffee is fresh-ground -- in fact everything from the galley is made fresh daily by Executive Chef Antonio and his team.  Even after seeing how the galley works, I still don't know how they do it.  Also, Sue and I both were extremely impressed by the work-ethic in all the Princess crew.  They work long hours (11 hour days are typical) are away from their families for months at a time and still always have a smile and a please-and-thank-you for the passengers.  Imagine if all service workers were like those guys.

I'll have a follow-up post tomorrow, and set up the link for the cruise report and movie.

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