Sunday, April 08, 2007

Coral Princess Cruise, April 2007 -- Embarkation

Sunday, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Deck 15 on the Coral PrincessTwo weeks ago we headed south for a cruise. We left home on Friday and drove to Fort Lauderdale arriving on Saturday afternoon. The hotel was just six miles away from the port. On Sunday morning we dove to the Park'n'Cruise lot, left the car and took their van to the dock. Somehow the driver got lost on the two mile trip, but we told him where to go. And how to find our ship.

We got to the ship earlier than we meant to -- about 12:30 P.M. -- and much earlier than the Princess boarding pass said to be there -- 2:30. But we missed the early birds who had already checked in and there was no crowd at all. We were in our room before 1:00 and our bags arrived at 1:35. The fastest delivery ever.

We had a mini-suite with a balcony and it was all very nice. Big balcony, a living room area with a sofa and easy chair, two TVs and, instead of the usual tiny bathroom with a tiny shower there was a big bathroom with a bathtub even!

Ships in Port Everglades
There were five other ships waiting to sail out of Port Everglades on this Sunday. Above are the Costa Magica and the Carnival Liberty. The others were Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, Caribbean Princess and Costa Mediterranea.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and at 5:10 we sailed away for a 10-day cruise to Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Mexico.

Click here to see the current view from the bridge of the Coral Princess.

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