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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Cruising in the Times of COVID

Aloha Everyone,

J.J. had to download, save and print 14 pages of documents required by the Hawaii state government and Princess Cruise. It took us an hour this morning to accomplish this at Staples. 

From where we garage Honu, the Uber driver took 20 minutes to get us to the cruise terminal. Grand Princess Cruise was one of the most efficient check in process two of us have experienced. The reason is very few passengers.

We were among the last group of passengers to board. 1250 passengers, 750 crew members for our cruise. Regular cruise number would be between 3,000 - 4,000. We were told that until yesterday 2,000 passengers were expected. However, due to wintry weather, especially flying in from the East Coast, there were a large number of cancellations.

Our room attendant’s name is Minguel Fernandez. He is from Goa, the only province in India that is a Portuguese colony. Minguel speaks Portuguese, Hindi, English and another language only spoken in his province.

Quick lunch at the Lido deck. Everything on the surface appears to be same. However there are more eyes monitoring passengers who are required to wear N-95, KN-95 or triple layered surgical masks. I am wearing surgical mask beneath KN-95.

Aloha -- Cathi