Posted September 22nd, 2013, 06:52 PM
I woke up way too early this morning, I guess because my body was still on Texas time, but it allowed me to get up and grade some papers for my online class that I teach as well as to just chill. I also took the time to take a long bath in the HUGE tub in the suite that we were in. Nice!
We also took a walk up to Safeway to get some last minute items. It was a nice walk, not too hot, not too cold and it wasn’t raining. Only came across two homeless people, one sleeping in a doorway and the other begging for money when we came out of Safeway.
We also took the time to grab two geocaches while we were out and about. One was at the Holland America
building we visited yesterday when we met Lori. I didn’t know that it was there yesterday! It’s hidden on the big Veendam anchor outside the building.
This is me and hubby hear the anchor where the geocache was.
And here is a picture of the TINY geocache that is under the anchor...see it?
We then met my dad for breakfast at the hotel and then had some time to kill before we left for the ship. I took a nap.
Gotta love being on vacation.
We took a taxi to the ship at pier 91. My dad had no idea there WAS a pier 91, which made me laugh because he was flabbergasted that he didn’t know there was a pier 91! It cost about $12 from the hotel, with tip. Not too bad and at the very least it was convenient. We left the hotel around 1130 and got to the pier around 1145-1150am. It was pretty crazy, but the lines moved pretty quickly. We overheard one of the pier workers telling a cruiser “Sir, I’m not allowed to argue with the passengers, but they will not let you drop off your bag without a luggage tag”. Lol. At least he was being honest. We dropped off our bags (we didn’t drop off the 12 pack of coke like we could last year in San Diego, we just carried it on ourselves).
We got through security, my dad almost left his ticket and passport at security. WHOOPS! Luckily he was slow in getting himself repacked after going through security and was still standing there when they started asking if everyone had their passport (um….why didn’t they LOOK at the picture/name to see who’s it was rather than yelling out if someone left it? Lol)
There weren’t too many people there yet. The longest line was for the non-Americans for checkin. We went to the line and asked the lady if there was a “suite” line checkin, she asked what kind of suite. I didn’t take offense because a lot of rooms are called suites now a days. We were able to go to the special suite check in line, and went right up to the counter (although honestly we probably would have done the same with the “regular” line). Had no issues checking in and we headed to the ship right afterwards. They had just started letting people on so we didn’t even have to wait in the lobby.
We found the rooms and hopefully my dad was suitably impressed with his. The room is smaller than our Neptune Suite room last year on our cruise to Hawaii. We had a room in the “middle” of the ship near the Neptune Lounge. But of course the balcony is huge and a wrap around. We didn’t bring the power strip and we should have. There are only like 3 plugs in the entire room.
My dad's balcony (7142)