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For the second time during our 15 day cruise, Sapphire Princess was docked alongside the pier in Singapore. This time, we would be disembarking the ship and not returning.
For the crew, this is the most dreaded day of the voyage. They only have a few hours to completely re-make each cabin and get it ready for the next group of passengers to embark on their voyage of discovery.
Since we were staying an extra day in Singapore, we didn't have any pressing need to disembark the vessel. As Elite members of Princess Cruises Captain Circle Club, we had luggage tags for one of the early disembarkation times.
After we ate, we took the elevator down one deck to the gangway. One final scanning of our cabin cards, and we were on our way to pick up our luggage. Since we had waited a bit, it was pretty easy to find our luggage, which was sorted by color-coded / numbered tags.
Since our luggage is on wheels, we didn't need a porter to assist us. Next stop was customs / immigration to scan our fingerprints and passports for the final time. Something didn't read correctly, so I actually had to go to a counter to be processed. Even with that delay, the process was quite efficient, and we were soon heading to the taxi line to transfer to Crowne Plaza Hotel at Changi Airport. You may recall we stayed there prior to the cruise as well. We were directed to a waiting mini-van for the ride to the hotel.
Once at the hotel, we checked in, expecting that we'd be checking our luggage with the bell desk. We were pleasantly surprised to find that they had a hotel room ready for occupancy. It had been 8:30 AM when we entered the lounge on the ship and we were already in our hotel room shortly after 9:00 AM. That has to be record time for disembarkation and transfer for us. We'll talk about our final day in Singapore in some other posts.
What a great cruise - we were sorry to see it come to an end. We met some great people, including our table mates and wait staff, had some awesome excursions, and for the most part the weather cooperated making for an enjoyable voyage. We would do this again in a heartbeat.
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