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#21
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Ken & Darlene --- I didn't see you at the SPAM Jam Festival. I got there at 3:15 and stayed till 4:45 when it got too crowded to walk and the lines for food, way too long. I did try the Portuguese Sausage Spam sample and Spam Mac/Cheese Fried with Honey Mustard Dijion-BQB sauce. It was delicious. I got bump twice by strollers, waiting to buy my Foodland Market Spam reuse shopping bag. I left before the Maunalua singing group performed. They were on an earlier Princess Hawaii Cruise performing in the Princess Theater, when Halau Hula 'Olana Dancers were not available. Were you two on the Carnival Cruise ship at Pier 2? Miss you two.
H20skibum/Mark is a great photographer and he kept our Cruise Critic Rollcall members spreadsheet for our Meet & Greet. Stan (Gimer)
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Mark, I bought a Spam Jam Festival T-shirt to. Glad you had the time to experience the Festival. Thought I would post a picture of me paddling the spam wave.

Cheers - Ken & Darlene

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#25
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Originally posted by Gimer
Ken & Darlene --- I didn't see you at the SPAM Jam Festival. I got there at 3:15 and stayed till 4:45 when it got too crowded to walk and the lines for food, way too long. I did try the Portuguese Sausage Spam sample and Spam Mac/Cheese Fried with Honey Mustard Dijion-BQB sauce. It was delicious. I got bump twice by strollers, waiting to buy my Foodland Market Spam reuse shopping bag. I left before the Maunalua singing group performed. They were on an earlier Princess Hawaii Cruise performing in the Princess Theater, when Halau Hula 'Olana Dancers were not available. Were you two on the Carnival Cruise ship at Pier 2? Miss you two.
H20skibum/Mark is a great photographer and he kept our Cruise Critic Rollcall members spreadsheet for our Meet & Greet. Stan (Gimer)
Stan, what a shame, I didn't realize you were on this cruise. We could of met up for some spam delights! Darlene and I flew out for a week and stayed in Honolulu the whole time from April 24 to May 2. We had a great trip. If interested I posted a lot of pictures from our Hawaiian vacation on our future California coastal cruise on the Ruby Princess for the March 10, 2018 roll call. Were cruising with several friends on that cruise next March, it's like a reunion cruise for us. I actually have quite a few Spam Festivals pictures posted there. I'm loving Mark's review with the pictures.

Cheers - Ken & Darlene
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#28
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Hi Ken, just checked out your Ruby March 10 cruise, Man, great photos. The photo of you eating Spam, reminds me of having a late dinner (10:30pm) up in the Horizon Court with our Hawaiian Ambassadors, Brian & Rowena. They had the Chef cook up his Spam, along with his two kinds of Poki and white rice he got in Hilo. Two nights they had Spam cooked up for their dinner and it was the Portuguese Sausage Spam flavor. Good stuff.
#29
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It is the last night before the cruise, so we plan to go somewhere we can get a bill for food, since that will not happen again for a while. We like the variety of food choices in the Bay. They are much more varied than what we have back home, and tonight will be Korean night.

We make the drive across the Richmond Bridge to a little place in El Cerrito called Gangnam Tofu. If you are looking for some good Korean food, this is the place.



Gangnam Chicken



Teriyaki Chicken



Tofu spicy soup



Seafood pancake



Our stomaches full, we make our last minute preparations for the trip to the ship in the morning.





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#30
Western PA
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The date for the cruise has finally arrived. I was awake early, checking the web cams for the arrival of the Grand. The ship tracker gave the position as it made it's way under the Golden Gate Bridge and headed to Pier 27. The ships lights were are as it made the turn to back in to the pier.






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#31
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Mark, the Korean food looks wonderful. You sure the two of you ate all that? Love you photos and keep the review coming. Thanks Stan
#32
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Originally posted by Gimer
Mark, the Korean food looks wonderful. You sure the two of you ate all that? Love you photos and keep the review coming. Thanks Stan

Stan,

We had to share with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. Grandson is just learning to use chop sticks, something Susan could never master.




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#33
Western PA
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Since we were staying with our son in the North Bay Area, we caught the 11:20 ferry from Sausalito to the Ferry Terminal in San Fransisco. We were dragging our two 40 pound spinner suitcases, plus a carry-on bag. The only struggle, was to carry them up one deck on the ferry. In Sausalito, you board on the lower deck and disembark on the second deck.

Today was "Opening Day on the Bay" which marks the official start of the San Francisco boating season, so we were treated to front row seats to the parade of boats, as well as water views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz as the ferry made it's way to the Ferry Terminal.

Leaving Sausalito on the ferry









And we pass by the Grand, awaiting our arrival.




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#34
Wisconsin
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Mark, still following along, love your review and pictures. Stan, glad you had the chance to check out my pictures from Hawaii. Some folks would never try spam, I don't have a problem with it at all. Love the different flavors.

Cheers - Ken & Darlene
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#35
Western PA
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The Sausalito ferry is a short 30 minute ride to the Ferry Terminal in San Fransisco, so we arrive at 11:50.



From there, it is about a 3/4 mile walk up the Embarcadero to pier 27.



We were walking into a strong wind, but it was an easy, level walk that got us to the ship check-in by 12:20.



Check-in went very fast to get our cruise cards, but then we had to wait about 25 minutes for our group to be called to board the ship. By 1:00, we already have our lunch from the Horizon Court.





All in all, check-in was fast and smooth, but there appeared to be gaps in the line as they called groups to board. It could have been a little faster, but it wasn't that long of a wait, and the terminal did have wifi.




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#36
Western PA
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We headed to check out our cabin and drop off our carry-on bag, and we're surprised to find our bags had already been delivered less than an hour after boarding the ship. This was probably the fastest we have ever got our bags.

Our cabin is a Caribe Deck (deck 10) balcony, just aft of the rear staircase and elevators. Caribe deck has the large, half covered and half uncovered balcony, so you do have areas of privacy on the balcony. The deck below (deck 9) is completely uncovered, and you could see everything on them when standing at the rail. The balconies above us were half the size of ours, and could look down on our uncovered part. Our balcony had two loungers with foot rests, and a table.





There must have been a sale on carpet and furnishings, because everything here looked eerily similar to our cabin on the Coral Princess we had three years ago.

Grand



Coral



There may be a few boring cabin shots and info in the next couple of posts now, but some of this may be helpful to new cruisers, so that is who it is intended for. Feel free to skip ahead. But before I get to that, we can play "one of these things doesn't belong" with the photo below. Can you spot it?






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#37
Walnut Creek, CA
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Mark, I'll bite! NO people in the photo. That's looking forward in the Calypso Reef & Pool, toward the Coffee & Cone Bar.
#38
Western PA
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Originally posted by Gimer
Mark, I'll bite! NO people in the photo. That's looking forward in the Calypso Reef & Pool, toward the Coffee & Cone Bar.

Hint

Enlarge it, and look on the roof.


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#40
Western PA
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Maybe someone can't deal with missing all those par 2's.



It was there the entire cruise. I wonder if they had someone retrieve it before the Alaska cruise?


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