Well here we are at the end of a wonderful week. We had come with reasonably high expectations but everything was over and above.
Last night at dinner Sabrina had given us breakfast tickets telling us where we were to attend breakfast on our last morning. Just to add a little confusion the time on these tickets was different to what was in the note left on our bed.
People had also been reminded to put their clocks back an hour last night, but I can tell you there were quite a few that didn’t and so turned up for the early sitting of breakfast when they were supposed to be on the late seating. Our instructions were to meet at the Animators Palate at 7.15am with whatever baggage we were going to walk off the ship with.
I got up first, as usual, and our receipt/bill had been put under our door in the early hours of the morning. It stated that we had some OBC (On board credit) due back to us so I needed to go to Guest Services. This confused me a little as they had all my credit card information so I called them. Apparently I had to go down which was strange as they confirmed that the card they had on record was the one they had to refund too made the refund and handed me back my receipt and that was it. On the way back to the room I walked through Shutters and collected our Photo CD as they were just opening and that was it, jobs done. By the time I got back to our room Kirsten and John were up and all I had to do was pack up the last few bits and pieces and then head down for breakfast.
Breakfast done I suggested we went to the Promenade Lounge on Deck 3 and find ourselves somewhere to sit. This turned out to be a good idea as everyone else had the same idea, but because we got there earlier enough we had seats whereas many others ended up sitting on the floor. From here we could also watch the screens to see the picture of the luggage tag that was permitted to disembark next. We were in the sixth group, remember Blue Donald Duck.
Now you also have to remember that to get off the ship you are having to go through Customs and Immigration as you have been on an international cruise. This is where John, Kirsten and I lucked out. We had non-US passports and I would say 90% of the ships passengers were US passport holders so instead of having to wait in a long line we had a very short one and ended up getting through the line a lot faster than expected. When we come back into the US after our trips to see the family in the UK we are always in the long line so this was a lovely treat.
Once through Immigration we opted to use a porter to help with our bags and take us to the edge of the parking lot where I left John and Kirsten while I went and found my car (I drive a Honda Odyssey). Warning trying to go the wrong way round the parking lot to get to the edge for your bags while others are trying to get out was not the easiest thing to do but I managed.
Now to find our way to the apartment. We had rented ourselves an apartment in Dana Point and we had actually paid for use from the Saturday which meant we could head straight there. If we had paid from Sunday we wouldn’t have been able to get in until 3pm in the afternoon and we just wanted to get there and settle in. Around this time I also started to receive text messages from Jennifer to say they were about to leave Cabo and head home to MI via Phoenix. Back to the apartment. It was in Dana Point at the Niguel Beach Terrace with views over the ocean. We stayed in the same complex last year just in a different apartment. Last year’s apartment was called The Lighthouse and themed appropriately. En route to the apartment we did stop at a Walgreens just to pick up a few odds and ends.
On arriving at the apartment I unloaded the car as John’s back was playing up a little more and then started on the laundry. After 2 loads we headed to Gelson’s Market to pick up basic groceries and some food for dinner. We knew we wouldn’t want too much and would rather buy it on a day to day knowing that tomorrow we would be out afternoon/evening. We took a brief walk along the front of the apartment to look out over the ocean before baths all round and an early night.