The night before our cruise we decided to stay in San Francisco at the Club Quarters Hotel. It is comforting to me to stay within walking distance of the cruise terminal. I paid more than I wanted because there was two cruise ships in town, a Giants game and assorted events that jacked the hotel prices. It seemed a small price to pay for getting our vacation started a day early. We checked in and then headed out to find dinner. As we passed Le Meridian Hotel we spotted a hand written board touting happy hour with $5 wine. That drew us in and led to a wonderful happy hour that included a charcuterie plate and moules frites. This was a fine way to start a journey.
|Happy hour Le Meridian Hotel San Francisco|
|The view of San Francisco from the Grand Princess|
|Sail Away Party Grand Princess - San Fran to Alaska My 10, 2013|
On this cruise we elected a traditional "early" dining time because it was similar to our normal home schedule, Princess offers late dining and "anytime" dining as well. At 5:30 pm we found our table for two in the DaVinci dining room. We ordered the prime rib and savored it as the Grand Princess headed under the Golden Gate Bridge then north towards Alaska.
|Grand Princess DaVinci Dining Room Prime Rib|
We finished dinner and had brandy while we mulled over taking in a show. We decided to head back to the cabin to energize for tomorrow. I know some people are bothered by the motion of the ship. I on the other hand I am relaxed by the roll of the ship. By 9:30 I am sound asleep, a happy cruiser.