Addendum to Day 5 – since we stayed on the ship while everyone else got off, I took this opportunity to do a load of laundry. One of the things I love about Princess is that every floor has its own mini laundromat. In the past, I have always brought a roll of quarters with me to do laundry. Princess has changed to a token system, no quarters needed. In the laundromat, there is a token machine with a touch screen. You select how many loads of wash and dry you want to do ($3, each), just swipe your room card and 1 Token is dispensed for each load.
Day 6 – Grand Turk. I loved, loved, loved Grand Turk! This island is what cruising is all about, beaches, drinks and snorkeling. We docked at about 1:00 pm. I wish we had arrived earlier because we only had a few hours of sun left. Grand Turk is a small island, only 8 square miles. As soon as you get off the ship there is a Margaritaville. They have a big pool that is open the the public. It’s a great party spot, lots of people, music and drinks. We did eat lunch there, we got wings, burgers and a bucket of beer. In retrospect, we should have just eaten on the ship (for free!) before we went to the beach. The beach has lots of chairs and umbrellas that you can rent. We got 2 chairs and an umbrella for $20 bucks. We could snorkel right off the beach, which was awesome!!!! We saw lots of fish. This was my favorite day of the cruise!
Day 7 – Last Sea Day, in the morning, we went to the International cafe for coffee, cappuccino and pastries. I really like the International cafe. I’m going to miss my morning cappuccino with designs in the steamed milk! Maybe hubby can learn how to do that for me???
We spent the morning by the pool. This cruise must not have been sold out because it was always easy to find a deck chair. Although, it was getting pretty crowded by the time we left.
We went to the wheelhouse bar for pub lunch. Every sea day, Princess does an English style pub lunch (fish & chips, bangers & mash, etc.). After lunch we headed to the Piazza to bet on the horse races. It was so much fun and we even won $12 bucks. The horses are made of wood and they roll dice to move the horses. The crowd really got into it!
Early evening entertainment was done by our fellow passengers! At 5:00 pm in the Piazza, they had a steel drum band. About 15 cruisers practiced all week and performed a few songs on the steel drums. After the steel drum band, the Princess choir performed. About 12 cruisers practiced all week and sung a few songs for us. Both groups were really great!
Time to get ready for our final evening out, our last martini made by Miguel and our last dinner served by Marcin, Bayani and Magnolia! The staff of this ship were outstanding! All very pleasant, hardworking and professional.
Disembarkation – we signed up for “walk off” at 7:30 am, which means we carry off our own luggage. We went to the designated meeting spot and by 7:30 we were off the ship. By 7:40 we were in our car headed home. It was such a lovely day in Port St Lucie, Fl that we headed to the beach after we unloaded our luggage. We felt like we were in another port, which made coming back to reality much easier!