Thursday, April 28, 2016

[Day 05] Welcome Back.... Everyone!

Finally, it was warm and sunny, and we were ready to get our tans on!

Notice how many available pool chairs there are? It was like this the entire cruise! There was absolutely no issue with chair hogs, and it seemed that the majority of the passengers preferred to stay inside. We never had to wake up early to claim deck chairs. We could hit the pool deck at any time of the day and find a chair right beside the pool. It was wonderful!

Pacific Princess

Rachel and I liked the tenth deck, forward, for tanning because there was a nice breeze.



My entertainment for a good bit of the morning was watching this clock get fixed.

Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess

Rachel and I beat Mom and Dad in getting ready for the evening, so we cashed in her Bingo winnings in the Casino.

Big winner...

Big Winner

Eh, a little bigger!

Big Winner

The Captain's Circle loyalty party for all tier guests was being held in the Cabaret Lounge that evening.

Now, none of the ship's events were well-attended the entire cruise. The theater and guest entertainer's shows always had plenty of available seating. The nightclub was always empty. And 90% of the ship went to bed after dinner.

The loyalty party was an exception! It was by far the best-attended event of the entire cruise (second place being the galley tour at the end of the cruise). It just goes to show - if you want people to attend your event, make them feel like they're special. And free cocktails don't hurt, either.

The irony is that probably 90% of the ship was invited to this "exclusive" event. With this being a 17-day-cruise, almost all passengers had sailed before, and most with Princess. I mean, who says, "Oh, cruising might be fun! I'd love to give it a try.... how about 17 days?"

Welcome Back Party

Welcome Back Party

Welcome Back Party

Rachel's a huge fan of the pub mix. We were super hungry, and the hors d'oeuvres weren't cutting it.

Welcome Back Party

By now, we had made great friends with EJ and Reggie from the Casino Bar. I think one of the best things you can do on a cruise is make friends with a bartender. (And this cruise, we had so much time that we made friends with four bartenders!)

With so many people attending the event, it was taking a while to get drinks. But... it turned out that Reggie was serving at the party, and she made sure to bring us lots of cocktails. Really, she was awesome.

We made out -
Welcome Back Party

If you've been wondering how I remember the names of all of the dishes served so precisely, it's because each night I photographed the menu. It's something new that I hadn't done before (normally I'm Googling menus and trying find the match), but I knew that with 17 days, I was going to forget what I ate.

Maybe due to all of the free beverages and my pre-dinner buzz, I forgot to photograph the menu tonight. So you can guess with me as to what the dishes are.

I think this is fried cheese....?

Dinner?

Well I see some black beans there...
Dinner?

Mac and cheese, right? Haha!
Dinner?

Looks like scallops!

Dinner?

Pie... chocolate pecan??

Dinner?

I remember this dessert because its appearance is deceivingly delicious. Take one bite, and you'll taste paper! Princess does not know how to make a brownie.

Dinner?