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Checking in and Checking Out the Pacific Princess

The Love Boat


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We left the motel around 8:50 - I called our daughter first and she said everyone was up (out of bed so it would not be too early to come over). The traffic was not nearly as bad this morning. When we got to there, she was packing for her trip deadheading to pick up a flight which was to Raleigh (I think). We talked to our granddaughter until she left to have her nails done. She is going to spend her winter break in Japan. Bob consolidated his suitcases and he did not leave his coat in the car like I did - he kept it. I did not think I would need a coat in the Caribbean. Our daughter got packed and we got to talk to her in a relatively quiet place.
Our daughter's neighborhood

Our daughter's neighborhood


Our son-in-law took us to the ship - we left at the same time our daughter did - about 10. We got to Port Everglades with no problem and they were checking IDs (of drivers) and tickets at the gate - they gave him a drop-off tag to put on the windshield so they would know that we weren't parking at the port. We knew that Pacific Princess was at dock #19 and we could see that there were 9 cruise ships in port total. We had a little diversion when we missed the turn to Dock #19, but we backtracked and gave the checked bags to the porters, and then Bob got the the scooter unfolded, and I sat on it with my pocketbook and carry-on, and he took his carry-on. We said goodby to our son-in-law and headed into the terminal.

We didn't really have to wait anywhere. The hard part was going through security - I had to get all the stuff off the scooter to go through the scanner, and then they patted me down. We went up the elevator and got on the ship and we were even able to go right to our room.

This is a handicapped room, in that it is a little bigger than most cabins, but the cabin door does not stay open the way the door did on Grandeur of the Seas - we have to use a chock or Bob has to hold it. There is a shower with a seat
shower seat

shower seat


and an emergency cord at the toilet, but very little in the way of space to put stuff in the bathroom.
Small sink

Small sink


We eventually hung a bag on the bars next to the toilet so we would have access to wipes etc.

In the cabin there is a window with a big shelf
Our window (which was washed later)

Our window (which was washed later)


and the beds were separated with a night table with light on each one.
Beds - mine had my cane on it

Beds - mine had my cane on it


But the night table next to the bed by the bathroom had a phone on it, and the phone did not fit because the light was fixed in the middle of the night table and it did not leave space for the phone. So we unhooked that phone and gave it to our cabin steward Mychele. She put it in a cupboard. In each night table was 2 shelves. Later, I had a problem with dropping stuff (like a separate hard drive or my phone) between the bed and the wall. So we figured out that if we took the little table that was next to the chair and put it between the wall and my bed, we could put the phone on that table and it would fit there and also if I dropped stuff off that side of the bed it would be easier to get.
Blue princess bag hanging from the closet handle, Safe cabinet under the TV and fridge under that

Blue princess bag hanging from the closet handle, Safe cabinet under the TV and fridge under that


There is a big unit in the corner with a tiny narrow closet close to the wall, with drawers at the bottom and the catty corner to that there is a TV with a shelf over it, a cabinet with the safe in it, and under that the refrigerator. Then a huge mirror over a desk with some plugs over the desk and on one end four little drawers. There's a chair under the desk and next to it a big arm chair which originally had a side table. There is also a small closet back of the door on the bathroom wall.

There is really very little storage. Bob has the narrow closet and the drawers under it. I have the four drawers at the end of the desk - underwear, tops, formal night tops and bathing suits. I have no drawer to put miscellaneous stuff in.

I made Bob leave and go to the dining room for lunch.
Mirrors on the dining room wall

Mirrors on the dining room wall


It was good but the service was very slow. We both had the
Avocado and Bay Shrimp with lemoncello aioli

Avocado and Bay Shrimp with lemoncello aioli


This was a bunch of baby shrimp in kind of an avocado ring with a half a cherry tomato on top Then Bob had the broiled salmon and I had the
Beef tenderloin

Beef tenderloin


which was three or four slices of beef with gravy (it was suppose to be natural jus, but it was gravy - not that I didn't like it - I did. But it wasn't just au jus). Then we each had
Nutella ice cream for dessert

Nutella ice cream for dessert

When we got back the room the suitcases were there and we put the scooter to charge and Bob unpacked his suitcase. Then we went up to the lifeboat drill which was in the main dining room (Station B) which on this ship they call the Club Restaurant. They had everyone go back into the main dining room and not stop at the tables along the way which for the drill were for just people like me who had a problem walking. After the drill which was at 3:30, we went out on deck for a little bit thinking we would see the sail-away which was scheduled to be at 4.

First to leave was Carnival Conquest - she backed out and turned around to go out the inlet starting at 4,
Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest


and then the Royal Princess which was out by the bridge left at 4:15.
Royal Princess

Royal Princess


I think both those ships were out on the container ship docks. Majesty of the Seas which was on one side of us left next at 4:25
Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas


and then the Captain came on the loudspeaker and said that the Coral Princess (on the other side of us) would leave next and then we would go. But it was cold on deck and so we didn't wait

We finished unpacking, and I finally signed on to the internet. Bob was very impatient and wanted me to leave as we would be late. The other two couples were at our table when we got there, but no one had ordered yet. One couple was Ann and George from Houston (near Katy). He has been working in Tanzania on vaccines for stuff like hemorrhagic fever. The other couple was John and Joann from Florida - well they were from Massachusetts but they live in Florida now.

We both had the Pina Colada soup which was served in one of those glasses that Princess uses, but there were no straws - they gave us spoons. And it is difficult to eat the soup in a glass with a spoon and also difficult to drink it. Bob also had the shrimp cocktail. He had the
Prime rib with corn on the cob

Prime rib with corn on the cob


and I had
Steamed mussels

Steamed mussels


which for some reason came with separate fries. Then Bob had the make your own sundae, and I had the
Princess Love Boat Dream

Princess Love Boat Dream


which was chocolate mousse on a very thin flat thing that they called a brownie - it was more like a cookie. The mousse was good. Then they brought my scooter to me and I think they wanted us to leave as the late dinner people would be coming in.

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