Two sea days... then a snippet of Lima, Peru
Trip Start Feb 28, 2012
14Trip End Mar 20, 2012
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Monday, March 5th... the sea day forecast called for partly overcast skies, with a high of 75°. Dress for the evening was Formal.
In the morning, beside the usual activities, there were 2 Scholarship@Sea lectures... at 9:45am was "All You Want To Know About Callao", and at 10am was "Rescued, The Epic Story of 33 Chilean Miners" At noon was the British-Style Pub Lunch in the Crown Grill. In the afternoon, there was Trivia, a Basic Photography Seminar, a Gemstones around the World Event, pool games and another Scholarship@Sea lecture, "Nasa's Future Vision". In the evening, the Princess Theater presented "British Invasion" (which was excellent). I the Vista Lounge, was Comedian, Al Brown
Tuesday, March 6th... the sea day forecast was for partly cloudy skies with a high of 78° Dress for the evening was Smart Casual.
In the morning and afternoon there were more Scholarship@Sea lectures, an afternoon movie in the Princess Theater, "Bridesmaid", Snowball Jackpot Bingo and afternoon Trivia. In the evening, the Princess Theater had the comedy and skills of Los Gauchos, and the Vista Lounge again had comedian, Al Brown.
Wednesday, March 7th... if all had gone according to plan... the Star Princess was to arrive at Callao Port at 6am. The day's forecast was partly cloudy with a high of 82°. It was announced in the Princess Patter that H Stern would be operating a shuttle to their store from dockside at 8am, 10am and 12 noon, that shuttle space was limited and the store was 25 minutes from dockside. The dress for the evening was Smart Casual.
What actually happened that morning was Callao Port was closed by the local Port Authority, due to heavy fog. The Star Princess dropped anchor just outside the port
We were supposed to have met our private tour, peruincawonders.com, at 6:45am, for an 8 hour tour at $100 per person, including lunch. Instead, we met them at 1pm, for a 5 hour tour without lunch. After some negotiating, we agreed on a fair price and we were off toward Lima. We drove passed the Plaza Dos De Mayo, with it's distinctive beautiful blue buildings. Our first stop, was the large and well-kept Plaza de Armas, the historical center of the city. We began a walking tour of the area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One one side of the Plaza was the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace, with its' ornate facade and wooden balconies. On another side was the Government Palace. On still another side, was the Town Hall, which houses a library and art gallery. We walked further and passed Lima's stately pale yellow San Francisco Church. Walking further, we stopped at a look-out point where we viewed a stark comparision from the Plaza, low-income housing on a hillside
We were back at the dock by 6pm. The tour operator and guide were wonderful, giving us a broad sampling of a very large city, in a very short time span. We all agreed we were very lucky... the fog eventually lifted so we didn't miss Lima all together