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It all ends, back to reality

February 13, 2009 - Friday too!

The disembarkation day is always always a pain, unless you are staying on, but we are not we are getting off.

We had arranged to do walk off, which means you meet in a designated lounge at your time with all your bags and you are the first off. We chose this because we had a flight at 11:15 am and we wanted to get off first.

And yes were off first, and in a taxi by 7:45 am! Very smooth, no problems. When we got to the airport (which is only 15 min. away - with traffic) we both said, now what. Sure we could of booked the 8:30 flight but who would want to risk it. So we grabbed a coffee, got our our Ipods and waited for our flight.

The entire trip was very uneventful, we made it to Houston, then transferred to our flight to Seattle. We arrived in Seattle on time and we in the parking shuttle 10 min. after getting our bag.

We were home around 10:30 pm, which is 1:30 am Forth Lauderdale time, it was a very long day but we are home, and now we have t…

Last Day - At Sea

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February 12, 2009 - Sea Day

Can't believe it but this is the last day! Am I ready to go home, well yeah. I certainly could handle more time on the ship, but I am relaxed now and ready to go back to the day to day life at home.

We first had to try and figure out what was going on with our bill. As Platinum members (sailed more than five times on Princess) we are entitled to an Internet package of 250 minutes each free. We signed up for this on the first day but have had nothing but problems since we did. It seems that every time we log on we are charge $100 - we had gone up to the Purser's desk to clear up on more than one occasion and every night the charge comes back on? Today we meet up with our friend Gianfranco the Passenger Services Director and explain the situation and he takes care of it for us.

But we are leary of keeping our account open until the next night so we close the account completely at around 10 pm that night. Better safe than sorry.

Sea day -- Our favorit…

Should be Grand Turk ?

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February 11, 2009 - Grand Turk

We woke up excited because after three days of trying to get to the beach we knew today would be a lovely to just relax and tour the island and hit some beaches.

The last time we were here 2 weeks ago we spent the day at Jack's Shack. Today we planned of renting golf carts and touring the island. We really wanted to check out and see the island after last year's hurricane.

We are in an inside cabin so to get our view of the outside we turn on the t.v. in the room and put it to the Bridge Cam. We noticed the Captain was taking it slow, going to the other side of the pier. Very different from last visit. Things just didn't feel right.

Sure enough we were told over the loud speaker that Grand Turk would have to be cancelled due to high winds. Now on deck you don't notice the high winds; however when you pull along side the pier the ships' thruster go into effect to dock and we were told later that the winds can not be over 30kmh for the thru…

Santiago - La Romana

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February 10, 2009 - La Romanaand Santo DomingoOne of the ports we were really excited about was Dominican Republic and visiting Santo Domingo. Prior to boarding the cruises we pre booked a shore excursion to Santo Domingo thru Princess. Now for those of you who know us know we NEVER book ship sponsored excursions. After our first visit here two weeks prior we did a bit of research and realized that the trip to SD (Santo Domingo) would take approximate 2 hours to get to each way and taxis were $150. The ship was offering a tour on a bus, with guide, many sites and lunch for $99 each. Bernie had always wanted to see SD the first city in the Western Hemisphere and tons of history. For me I could care less -- but I was excited because I was looking forward to seeing the architecture, the people and getting some great photo shots.We got off the ship early! Found our bus, a large greyhound type bus that was pretty much already full. We found seats right at the back!




Our view from our seats

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St. Thomas

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February 9th (I think) - Charlotte Amalie



I find it funny because everywhere I go on the ship people keep saying "hey I saw you on the morning show" sometimes they don't even say that they just say "Vickie can I ask you something?" Then I have to wonder, how do I know this person. Funny

We pull into St. Thomas, and we are docking at Havensight. We are disappointed, many are happy though they love all the shopping available at Havensight. We prefer Crown Bay, it is quieter and we wanted to go to Emerald Beach or perhaps back to Water Island.
We took our time getting ready and left the ship after the crowds/tours got off. We hadn't been to Havensight in about 7 years and we noticed that a lot has changed. A lovely Marina has just been added and a walkway all the way into Charlotte Amalie.


First even though you can see major clouds in the distance it is HOT, MUGGY and we are sweating like crazy when we finally get to town (about 20 min walk). And wouldn't you…

St. Kitts

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February 8, 2009 - Basseterre

We really wanted to do a beach day, especially since we missed the beach the day before in Barbados, but the weather was not cooperating again. We figured it was just cloudy and that the sun was going to come out in the afternoon so we packed up our bathing suits in our knapsack and went to the gangway.

Low and behold who do we run into.... Sandy and Carole who are up to no good... he he he so we hooked up with them and wander the streets a bit.



Can you hear me now


Piccadilly Square but in St. KittsWe decided to do a tour to kill some time -- now we've done island tours here but we thought heck we can see it again. We negotiated a tour with a taxi ($20 per person for 3 hours). He took us north past the veterinary hospital, up to RommelyManor and the Batik factory. The gardens are beautiful.



Bernie and I


What a hoot Carole and Sandi are






A woman doing Batik

We wandered around the gardens for a bit and went into the store and looked around. I already have a B…