Thursday - May 29, 2003 - Embarkation Day
After the comp breakfast at the hotel, we checked out and drove to the two parking garages to see which one we would be using. Even though pier 27 would be less expensive, we decided on 55 Francisco Street - the guys were nice and it was covered parking. We parked, dropped our luggage off at pier 35 then walked around pier 39 until it was time to board.
Sea lions have taken over many of the docks at pier 39. Legally, no one can touch them, so they just have to let them be. They're fun to watch, and quite a tourist attraction.
Pacific Princess was in dock at pier 35 getting set to go!
Earlier in the day, a Princess rep told us to show up for embarkation at about 11:45am, which is what we did. We ended up waiting in a very long line. It took about an hour to get checked in and to our cabin.
Our first impression of the ship is that it is small, but nice. The decor is not gaudy at all. We took a look around, went on the spa tour then unpacked. They were very prompt delivering our luggage.

Like most of the passengers, we stopped by the buffet before sailing.
Our cabin was on the aft (rear) of the ship. Our friends were in the same location - one deck below.

The passenger emergency drill took place at 3:15pm. We sailed at about 4:00pm.
We were surprised that a tug was needed to leave the dock. We found out later this is a requirement of the SF Port, not the ship.
Everyone was looking forward to sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. But, by the time we got to the bridge, it was pretty well socked in by fog.
The first night aboard was a very rough ride. Even so, we went to the dining room for dinner. I tried the Pina Colada cold soup. It came in a Pina Colada glass and tasted just like a Pina Colada (I recommend this one!). After dinner we went to the show and stayed for the trivia contest. After a walk on the jogging track, it was time to hit the sack.
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