San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Today was a Long day of travel starting at 5am leaving from Albany, New York to Puerto Rico to our Port of Call for the Carnival Destiny Ship. We started planning this trip November 2006 and picked a cruise that had as many port of calls as possible.
So our cruise is food all inclusive but not alcohol. We were a little bumed about that but figured we didn't need to drink that much to have fun. Right before entering through security to get onto the ship there is a duty free shop. We figured they would take it and store it under the ship if we bought any. We took a few free shots and the person serving them mentioned to us.... "you can bring alcohol onto the ship in your carry on today because it is only customs checking for weapons, not the carnival staff.
So we did what we had to do... We each bought a liter of alcohol each costing only about 7 dollars! Stuffed them in our bags and nervously went through customs thinking it would suck if they took this away...... SCORE we got on with more than enough alcohol to last the week!
We got to our cabin, the cheapest one we could get... no window, or nice balcony... 4 girls in one small cabin. But I had experience small spaces in hostels before and we didn't spend much time in our cabin so it was not a problem... it just got a little messy when it came time for getting ready for the day/dinner.
The first night on the ship started with a great dinner and a Muster Drill where we put on our flaming orange life vests and went to the deck. We met some neighbors of ours who were our age and we ended up hanging out with them. Once the ship left port we realized it was a lot rockier then we expected. I personally didn't even think I would be able to feel it. We were drinking up on the deck and the boat was rocking making us feel off balance and as if we were already wasted! Not a good feeling and it took a day or two to get used to!
We didn't stay up too late because we had a packed Itinerary with excursions on every island....