We arrived in PR at aboout 11:30 and had our luggage at about 12:00. We went to the taxi stand as we did not purchase the RCI transfer. The taxi was 17.50 for two people with 3 pieces of luggage. We arrived at the port at about 12:30 ish. At this time there were two lines, one for those who had luggage to give to porters and one for people with no luggage (those wth the RCI transfers). Since we had luggage we had to get in that line first then the other line to get into the Pier. ONce in the Pier there were lines every but since I checked in online, after waiting to be checked before you could actually enter the pier about 5-10 mins., we walked right up to get our SeaPass cards and were on our way!
The ship was AMAZING!!!!!! We went to the Windjammer and becaause of a tip I received here, we went straight to the Island Grill, the only difference I saw was the the always had two soups, but one was in the Windjammer and the other at the Island Grill and of course the hamburgers and hotdogs. After having lunch, we explored the ship---it was beautiful!!!!!! We were also looking for a few family friends who worked on the ship to no avail! By this time, the rooms were ready so we headed up there and it was nice enough (it was a promanade). We were SOOO tired, the night before we attended a family cookout to very late in the am and still had to pack and be at the airport by 5:00 by out 7:00 flight! So we took a nap and awoke with the aid of a wake up call for dinner. We had early seating, somehow we managed to get a table for two, not by our request, but we went with it! We acutally enjoyed it, no worries about being late, not showing up and holding anyone else up, we were in and out faster than the other tables. We were also by a window which was nice to see the ocean as we ate!
After dinner we went back to our room and our luggage was there so we unpacked and again began our search for our family friend again to no avail!!!!! We then went to the welcome aboard show and then to our room, we were still BEAT (we were unable to sleep on the plane because AA has the SMALLEST seats in the business, I will NEVER fly them again!!!!!).
Monday 7/18 St. Thomas
We had an excursion planned with Godfrey Tours. We went to meet him outside the terminal as requested and he was there with a sign like he said in his e-mail. He took us shopping and all around the island, he was very nice and knowledgable, I would defiantely use him again! After the excursion, we went back to the ship for lunch, a shower, and a nap. We woke up and explored the ship some more. We went to dinner at the Windjammer--we only ate in the dinningroom 3 times, one being lobster). After dinner, we played the Love and Marriage game and the women won!!!! We then went to the Adult Comedy Show which was pretty good!!!! The funniest joke was that no one lies more than a person with a trade-in!!! This was so funny to me because my hubby recently traded in his car for a new one and boy was he lying!!!!! After the comedy show we went to bed.
Tuesday 7/19 St. Maarten
We did not have anything planned here, so after sleeping very late we ventured out to go shopping! I will never understand the island after island attraction of liquor and jewerly but to each his own!!! St. Maarten is the best island for these purchases, the shopping area was mainly----jewerly, electronics and liquor, I had a hard time finding a suvenior for my 14yr. old. It rained while we were there, the first time for about 2 min, the second time for about 4 minutes and the final time for about 20 min. not a drizzle but cats and dogs each time. We returned to the ship to try our hand at trivia, but no one showed up! We went to lunch then back to our room for our nap and shower. We awoke just in time for dinner in the dinning room, I had the jerk chicken and it was delicious. Hubby had the pasta and said it was good!!! We then went to another Battle of the Sexes that the women again won then off to the Love and Marriage Game show, it was good as well. We finally caught up with our family friends at Jester's nightclub and that is where we spent the rest of our evenings after any activities!!!!!
More to come later, I am in the process of doing laundry, any questions please ask and I will do my best!!!!