|View from our hotel balcony - Carnival & NCL ship about to leave|
After checking in at the hotel, we met fellow agents who were also staying there and headed out for some lunch. We found Polo Tropical, a Caribbean chicken and pork restaurant, just a few blocks away. This was the perfect spot to kick off our Caribbean cruise vacation.
The rest of our group returned after a hour or so of shopping and we met at the 7th floor pool. Lounging by the pool was a great way to continue transforming into the cruise lifestyle we would be enjoying for the next 7 days. The sun was starting to set as we lounged by the pool. Shadows and various colors were cast on the tall buildings surrounding us. Three or four hawks were circling overhead as we laid by the pool.
Following our relaxation by the pool, it was time for dinner. We decided to stay in and try the newly remodeled Bistro at the Courtyard. It was actually very good. The service was friendly and the food was very good. We hung out in the Bistro after dinner until more of our group arrived. We finally parted company around 10:30 PM and headed up to our room.