As we have done on other cruises we like to start with breakfast, then we take a take a tour of the ship and take pictures. There are multiple options for breakfast but today we choose the Horizon Court Buffet on Lido deck. If there is any food that you crave for breakfast, it most likely will be there. In fact, the choices can be overwhelming and change some each day. I have some scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, bagel with butter, cantaloupe and smoked salmon. April has vegetable curry, half grapefruit, rashers of bacon and sausage, roasted tomato and a slice of banana nut bread. Take small bits of what you like and go back for more if need be. Princess has the tables set with napkins and cutlery and waiters stand by to bring coffee and juices.
|Grand Princess Horizon Court breakfast|
|Grand Princess Horizon Court buffet breakfast|
We start our "photo walk." This serves two purposes, we familiarize ourselves with the ship and we get photographic souvenirs from our trip. We see the pool, some art work, the ocean and have a lucky whale sighting. While concentrating on photos, I hear a commotion in several languages, finger pointing and finally observe three whale spouts off the starboard aft of the ship.
|Grand Princess Pool and Outdoor Theater|
|Grand Princess Artwork|
|Grand Princess wake North of San Fran|
|Grand Princess Whale sighting North of San Fran|
After all that, April wants to take the free Zumba class taught by assistant cruise director Ryan. We both do Zumba at home for about twenty minutes several times a week. This class is an hour so I smartly elect to film video. Like in Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood says "a man's got to know his limitations!" You know what is wrong with a class of fit women in spandex rocking out to Zumba sounds? Nothing at all! In case you are keeping track April is in very front left wearing all black.
After all that excitement we head down the hall and take a free class, "Introduction to digital photography" taught by senior photographer Chris. An informative class for April and a good refresher for me. All that fun and it isn't even lunch time yet! We check out the Piazza, an ornate lobby that houses alternative venues for eating and entertainment. We admire pastries and such at the International Cafe.
|Grand Princess International Cafe Pastry Case|
It has been almost six hours since we have eaten! There in the Piazza is Alfredo's Pizza, serving hand pulled artisan pizza all included in the price of the cruise. You will never go hungry on the Grand Princess!
|Grand Princess Alfredo's Pizza|
We walk some more to work off the pizza checking out more of the ship. We visit the fitness center, wedding chapel, and the Club One Five disco. We lay out in the sun for a bit and then return inside where I notice April's shoes remind me of the ruby red slippers from the Wizard of Oz. April, just click your heels together and say, "There's no place like the Grand Princess!"
|The "ruby red slippers"|
All this activity has worn us out, so we decide to skip the free cha-cha lessons and adjourn to the cabin for a well deserved nap. Two hours pass and it is time to head off to the DaVinci Dining room for dinner. We both have the "surf and turf." I start with a Caesar salad and April, a green salad with balsamic dressing. We save a little room for dessert, cherry cheesecake and a Napoleon.
We stroll over to the Piazza for coffee and watch the Grand Princess dancers perform "Hey Mambo."
|Grand Princess DaVinci Dining Room Dinner|
Hey, we are not done yet! We are are off to "Walk Like a Man," a tribute group to the Four Seasons. We know all the words to the songs! Excited from the show, we head on up to the Club One Five disco and boogie down. At eleven, we hit the sack exhausted.