Boarding The Ship

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Avenida 9 de Julio

Though we set no alarm, we were up at 7:30 and had breakfast on 17. We waited until shortly before 10 so the shops would be open, then headed for Avenida 9 de Julio and turned right. After several blocks, we crossed to the center to take pictures of this fabulous avenue. I stopped at an Internet place and checked and sent e-mail for only 40 centavos; less than 15 cents US! At the Obelisk, we turned right onto the Diagonal and walked to Calle Florida, turned left and followed it all the way to Plaza St. Martin. Other than another CD, we bought nothing but had a good time and took a taxi back to the hotel.

After hanging around the room and even dancing a bit to the new CD, we headed for the ship. We'd all agreed to take taxis but to do so separately rather than try to coordinate.

Galerias Pacifico
As it happened, we saw Frank & Pat in the lobby so they rode with us and as we got to the dock Gus & Val were a few taxis ahead of us! The place was a zoo as is always the case and it was 2:30 when we passed through security. The cruise company who figures out how to do this well is likely to get all my business. I needed to go to customs for a VAT refund on my leather jacket but was told they were closed until 3:00 so I deferred that until later.

After dropping the bags in the room, we headed for the Horizon Court for lunch, after which Lin explored while I went to customs to collect my 270 peso VAT refund. I explored a tad when I returned and found Lin in the room. We just chilled and unpacked the 3 bags that had been delivered. By then it was time for the &@+*#$ lifeboat drill.

Leaving beautiful Buenos Aires (sigh!)

For the sailing, we could not follow our norm of watching from the Viking Crown since this is a Princess ship so we sat in "Skywalkers Lounge”, a poor substitute. By the time we got to the room, the other bag had arrived so we unpacked that and headed for dinner.

We were headed to the Wheelhouse Lounge for dancing but ended up inadvertently at the Explorer Lounge where there was a great dance band. Lots of people were dancing and it was obvious some had had a LOT of lessons. When we did head for the restaurant, the crowd was backed up as it always is on the first night so we checked out the Wheelhouse and actually struggled with a Tango, much to the amusement of the few spectators. A few people actually clapped but I'm sure to acknowledge our bravery rather than our skill!

At our table were Frank & Pat, Gus & Val and Vic & Jean. Due to a small scheduling problem, we were seated at a table other than the one to which we had been assigned for this one evening but that was certainly no problem. After dinner, we all went our separate ways with Lin and me going to the Explorer to dance some more. We didn’t dance long, though, because we were tired, had an early start in the morning, and had to set the clocks back yet another hour.

We made the mistake of leaving the door open and it was really to hot during the night so neither of us slept well.

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Avenida 9 de Julio
Avenida 9 de Julio
Galerias Pacifico
Galerias Pacifico
Leaving beautiful Buenos Aires (si…
Leaving beautiful Buenos Aires (s…
Avenida 9 de Julio
Avenida 9 de Julio
Avenida 9 de Julio
Avenida 9 de Julio
Avenida 9 de Julio
Avenida 9 de Julio
Calle Florida
Calle Florida
Golden Princess
Golden Princess
The dock in BA
The dock in BA
Leaving beautiful Buenos Aires (si…
Leaving beautiful Buenos Aires (s…