Saturday, January 9, 2016

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – Quebec City – Party Cloudy – 40F

Embarkation Day

Caribbean Princess Information

      Length: 947 feet

      Beam: 118 feet

      Tonnage: 113,561                                                           

      Service Year: 2004

      Max Passengers/Crew: 3573/1227

The ship is just like the Grand, Star, and Golden Princess Ships.

We just couldn’t make our 8:00 AM breakfast time today so I called down and made it for 9:30 AM.  No problem.  I should mention that the room has been very quiet our entire stay – we did hear someone in the room above us last night but nothing after lights out.

Even on the third day, the breakfast was still OK.

We called for a cab to pick us up at 11:45 AM and he was right on time.  The ride to the port was short and cost $10 CDN – the driver wanted cash (perhaps we should have specified a cab that takes credit cards) so I gave him $15 US and he gave me back two “Loonies” (I think I got the short end of the exchange rate on that ride). 

We found someone who had a manifest and saw that we were in room E103 – I gave the porter the two Loonies I just got and we went through security (a little more intense than in the US ports) and then checked in.  All in all, not a very long process.

We found our room, Emerald 103 on Deck 8. 

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Emerald 103 – Our Private Oz

It is the last forward cabin on that deck and very nice at that.  This means no neighbor on one side.  We dropped our carry bags in the room and I called “Micca”(aka Michael Reitano), the Deputy Cruise Director, to let him know I was on board. Micca will be replaced mid cruise by Martin Cookes Handover.  The Cruise Director is Paul Chandler Burns.  Micca didn’t want to meet or shoot a video and just told me that I would be doing five lectures on sea days around 10 AM.  All set.

The Caribbean Princess is essentially the same ship at the Star, Golden, and Grand Princesses so getting around was no problem.  We had lunch in the Horizon Court (Deck 15) and then settled in for some reading and relaxing.  It was too cold to go back to Vieux Quebec.  We checked with the Dining Room and were told that “Anytime Dining” would be at 5:15 PM today.  The menu items looked good so we planned to eat there tonight.

I went down first and got a nice table for two. We ordered Salmon on a Cesar Salad, Fettuccini Alfredo, along with Cream of Artichoke Soup and a Cesar Salad.  We both had the Spring Rolls, which seem to be offered on every first night on Princess.  The food was good and I finished off my meal with the cheese plate (a first), which was very good.

Passengers are embarking both today and tomorrow so there is no “Welcome Aboard Show”.  Instead we attended the “Quebec Folkloric Show”.  The show featured about 8 girl dancers and two guys, all dressed in very blah (pas de offence) outfits.  While the music was different, the dances were almost identical to Irish Step dancing.  Members of the audience went up and learned how to play the spoons and there were a few numbers from a Quebecer band. 

We found our piano guy in David Williams, who sings and plays in the Crooner Bar mid to late evening. 

The ship is staying overnight in Quebec City so the seas will be smooth.

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