Cruising: Day 1 – Departure

Thanks to a friend of ours, we were given a ride to the port in San Francisco and arrived with plenty of time to check in and spend some time walking around Pier 39. It was a beautiful sunny day, but we noticed that the Golden Gate Bridge was shrouded in a thick blanket of fog. Typical of the summer months so not too unexpected. We had a pretzel to tide over our hunger since we were saving our appetite for the ship.

Around 3:00pm we made our way back to the ship to see if our bags made it to the room. We were pleasantly surprised that they were waiting for us at the foot of our door. On cruises in the past we’ve had to sometimes wait until well into the evening to get our bags. We unpacked and then attended the muster drill required by all passengers. At approximately 5:30 the ship started to pull out from the pier and we were slowly heading out past Alcatraz towards the Golden Gate Bridge. By this time, the fog had lifted and it was clear sailing all the way under the bridge and out into the Pacific Ocean. I’m sure there was more room than it seemed, but as we passed under the bridge it looked as though there was only maybe 20 to 30 feet of clearance. Having walked across the bridge just about 2 months ago, it gives you a great sense of how large these ships are.

We spent the evening walking around the ship getting familiar with the layout. We’d been on the ship several years ago, but it took a bit to have everything come back to us. We had a nice dinner in the buffet and even ran into an old colleague of mine and his wife. I hadn’t seen or heard from them in nearly 8 years. It’s always fun seeing a familiar face. After dinner we went to see the welcome show in one of the theatres. The cruise director and his staff were introduced, and then a comedian came on to do a short show. He was pretty good so we look forward to catching his show in a few days.

It was a long day and we were ready to get some sleep by 11:30pm. The rocking of the boat always make it easy to fall asleep. One day down, 30 more to go!

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