Room service woke me up at 6 am promptly. My brother had ordered coffee for all us with sliced bananas, croissants and his breakfast.
We weren’t arriving in port until 1 pm so there was a full morning of activities. We had breakfast in the Lido where I had a omelette to order, fruit, juice and a danish. Afterwards, we visited the casino and I won even more money back. I’m only down $20 for the cruise now.
At 10 am I went to culinary trivia. Learned all kinds of new facts. Then it was time for the digital workshop where I learned how to make movies with MovieMaker. It was quick, interesting, and informative. Everyone attending could take a Windows hat if they wanted one. You can find the handouts for all the Digital Workshops HERE.
We took care of paperwork as well. Had to turn in a Grand Turk visitor survey and the disembarkation form. My brother and sister tried the Dive-In Grill. One had the Dive-In Burger and the other the hot dog.
I had manicotti with french bread and a chocolate ice cream cone.
We were the fourth ship in port and downtown was pretty busy. The other ships were the Carnival Glory, Disney Fantasty and MSC Davina. They all
left within an hour of each other starting at 4:30 pm.
We walked to the Starbucks and bought Puerto Rico mugs.
I noticed the pastry selection was quite different than the stores in the states.
We walked to Christopher Columbus square and saw an impromptu performance.
We loved the music, the costumes, colorful buildings and architecture.
My brother returned to the ship while my sister tried to take advantage of the free trolley. It was literally standing room only with so many ship passengers in town. We gave up and found a city tour for $10 per person outside the cruise terminal. It was well worth the money and lasted about 90 minutes.
We drove down Paseo de los Presidentes which has statues of presidents who visited San Juan while in office. There were only eight which was surprising to me. The first was Teddy Roosevelt and the last is Barack Obama. I captured a shot of two of them as we drove by.
We stopped at the Capitol building and the interior was absolutely stunning.
It was filled with trees from every district in the country and decorated by school children.
Next we drove by old forts which are always beautiful. On a previous trip, my husband, son and I had hiked to the San Juan National Historic Site which includes several forts.
We ran into one more street performance during our tour.
It was an interesting tour after which we returned shopped for souvenirs on the way back to the ship.
Since we passed the house where pina coladas were invented…
I decided to have two at happy hour in the Crow’s Nest.
We watched the other ships leave before heading to dinner.
The dining room was sparsely populated tonight and we were out of there by 6:45.
I tried the crab cake but didn’t care for the preparation. I think this was the only I didn’t finish all week.
Other appetizers included potato lobster soup, chilled berry soup, garden salad and french onion soup.
My entree was curried short ribs. My sister tried the pork and my brother had the NY strip.
The dessert menu for today resulted in three selections.
Chocolate avalanche, peach crisp, and creme brulee.
We watched the movie “The Express” before hitting the sack and none of us noticed a thing when we sailed away at 11 pm.
Click on the image above to see today’s On Location program. If you missed the other parts of this cruise the links are below.
Dec. 13, 2014: Travel Day
December 14, 2014: Embarkation
December 15, 2014: Sea Day 1
December 16, 2014: Grand Turk
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