Well, what a fabulous cruise it has been so far. We are currently on route to Fort Lauderdale. The weather is fabulous and sailing is smooth.
Just thought i would drop a quick line and do a half-way summary:
Pre-cruise: The night in the Inter-Continental Hotel in Miami was a shambles. Three of us in a room, and just one bed - we werent the only ones either. Breakfast was very poor.
Embarkation - This was a nightmare! It took 90 minutes to get onboard, immigration was painfully slow owing to the fact that we had to fill out forms that no-one had previously been given.
Ship - Absolutley wonderful! She is in beautiful condition. The decor is truly stunning and it is easy to find your way around.
Princess Cays - Excellent! This was the first call here for the ship in a month, as Captain Nash said, we were his "guinea-pigs". The weather was superbs and the beach, games and BBQ great fun.
St Thomas - Wonderful as always! The Screamin' Eagle jet-boat was incredible - make sure you take a towel though - we were dripping from head to toe! The shopping was a little disappointing however.
St Maarten - Great! The island is beautiful, the people are friendly, the weather wonderful, and boy were there some nice shops! We were a little late leaving owing to what the Captain called "a few tardy passengers"!
Entertainment - Brilliant shows. The cruis staff are excellent and CD Graham is HILARIOUS!! His turn dressed as ballerina in a thong last night at The International Crew Show was fantastic. Most of the audience were wetting themselves they were laughing so much! I also enjoyed his joke about the how there were two kinds of Princess Smoothie - the mocktail and the Italian Officers!!!
Captain Nash - The Captain has been excellent. He has a great sense of humour, is friendly and approachable. At the Captain's Cocktail party he amused us all by telling how he came aboard to find a handbook on the bridge for his use. The three key points were 1: the ship uses diesel not gas, 2: the ship's service stop is every 25,000 miles and 3: port is left and starboard is right!! Best of all, he has blown the ships horn in all the ports - even Princess Cays - that sound makes the hairs on the back of my neck standup!
Maitre D' Nicola Furlan - This is our third cruise with him, the last being in 2002 and after three years he still recognized us and treated us to a complimentary bottle of wine. A true Italian gentleman!
Anyway, see you all soon, now im off to find some more food!
"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign" - Robert Louis Stevenson
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page" - St. Augustine
"Ones destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things" - Henry Miller