07.12.2013 27 °C
Wow it's been along time since I have wrote a blog entry. We just returned this week from an 11 day cruise through the Caribbean, and I can honestly say that another cruise is not in our future. Unless its on a smaller boat, like the cruise we did in the Galapagos Island's. But cruise's do allow you to see many places in a short period of time. We had 5 ports on our cruise, Aruba, Cartegena Columbia, Panama and the canal, Limon Costa Rica, and Grand Cayman. We travelled a total of 3252 Nautical Miles or 6022 Kilometers, 1nautical mile = 1.852 kms.
We boarded the Coral Princess in Port Everglades, Florida On Satruday Dec 7th. We flew down the day before and spent the morning in Hollywood Florida, having lunch with my uncle and walking around. It was a beautiful sunny +27, a welcome change from the snowy cold -29 of Calgary the day before.
In the afternoon we boarded the Coral Princess, passenger capacity 1974.
The Coral Princess is 956 feet is length, is 203 feet tall, has 16 decks, 1000 cabins and 895 crew members on board. 4 pools, 5 hot tubs, 2 formal dinning rooms, several other restaurants, and food options. A theatre, 3 lounges a main bar, library, gym, spa, card room, shops, a casino and even a smoking room - which made you gag every time you had to walk by it. But since there is no smoking in your cabin or on your balcony, I suppose its needed.
Given the festive time of the year, there were several Christmas trees and decorations about the ship.
As we left Port Everglades and set sail for Aruba, our first 2 days were at sea, we sailed past Cuba and Haiti. During "at sea" days there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy, including lots of eating and drinking a common theme on any cruise boat I'm sure. There was even a an LGBT get together on the boat. So Miguel and I headed down the Wheelhouse bar to have a drink with our fellow gay passengers. We got to the bar and were met by a member of the crew, welcoming us onboard, after about 15 mins we seemed to be the only ones showing up. But along came 2 more gay cruiser's, fashionably late of course. They were from Florida and on the cruise to celebrate a birthday.
Our first night on the ship was quiet and uneventful, we had a great dinner in the Italian restaurant on board. Our waiter was very friendly and shocked that we didn't want to order the full 5 course meal.
Dec 8th and 9th were both sea days, so we familiarized ourselves with the ship and spent sometime in the sun.