Another sunny day — we’ve been so lucky this cruise, as the weather forecast was rain, rain and more rain. But other than the first sea day and Juneau, it’s been dry and often sunny. Hardly warm (mid 50s to low 60s) but that suits us Pacific Northwesterners … we start melting when it approaches 80. 🙂 So it was perfect day to sit in the cabana, have a Bloody Mary and pizza for lunch and just take in the sun.
Karin went to a matinee performance of the Lincoln Center Stage playing only classical music (Brahms) while I simply read on the veranda, sipping coffee and sweets from the Neptune Lounge.
Karin did her initial packing, and then off to a final evening of cocktails and dinner as we sailed into Victoria.
Rather than open seating for dinner (there is no fixed seating since we arrived in Victoria at 6:00 pm), we opted for another meal at the Tamarind, where the food is delicious and the views outstanding.
Getting back to our cabin, one more good piece of news – I’m now a 4-star Mariner.
I threw my clothes into the suitcase and Karin wheeled our bags out to the hallway, where we’ll be reunited with them in Seattle. (Speaking of Seattle, disembarkation was a mess. With both the Eurodam and the Ruby Princess offloading passengers, there were 5,100 passengers milling through Pier 91. To top it all off, the escalator was out of order, so it was either stairs or elevator. So the elevator got a thorough workout … and by the time I finally got downstairs about 10 minutes later (I was tempted to throw the rollator over the railing and take the stairs, but figured that was probably akin to cutting off your nose to spite your face), the lines to clear customs were huge. There was an officer from the Eurodam with 4 stripes on his sleeve (Karin says possibly the Hotel Director) in the midst of the mayhem looking rather grim and barking into his comm unit. I’m thinking the pier officials may be getting an earful!
Made it off the ship in Ketchikan — shopping can be a powerful motivator! We were in Berth 1, so it was an easy trip. Of course, I brought the rollator, because it makes for such a convenient way to cart purchases!
We had to visit our favorite store, the Arctic Spirit Gallery, to add to our respective collections of Alaskan Native art. For me, it’s the birds of Alaska. For Karin, it’s a little bit of everything. Then over to visit Maida Kelley, a wonderful watercolor artist, and add another print to my collection. She captures the colors and feel of Alaska and her art reminds us of our trips.
And of course, no stop in Ketchikan would be complete without popping in to Blasphemous Bills or Sam Magees for Alaska goodies for my hubby and mom. And well, a jar of the Kahiltna Birch syrup and caramel topping for me. It’s fantastic over cobbler, ice cream, on a scone or frankly, just spooned out of the jar.
Short stay in Ketchikan, but the afternoon was bright and sunny and the views just keep coming.
Off to listen to the Lincoln Center Stage and the fabulous quintet, then music and drinks in the Ocean Bar, met some friends for cocktails in the Pinnacle Bar, and finally, to the Tamarind for dinner.
And the 2nd Gala Dinner menu:
We spent today aboard a ship nearly devoid of passengers, as most of them went ashore to spend the (overcast but dry) day in Sitka. There is something to be said for roaming about with a ship nearly entirely to ourselves – quiet, peaceful and lots to see.
We saw no whales from the ship, but there were several seals, heads periodically bobbing above the water. If they managed to catch themselves something to eat, down would swoop the seagulls, hoping for a scrap to scavenge. Also swooping in for a piece of the (salmon) pie, were eagles. One poor seal had to fight off 3 seagulls and 2 eagles to keep his breakfast.
A never-ending parade of boats — fishing boats heading in and back with their catch, tour boats picking up and returning passengers, personal boats with owners and the occasional dog running into town with errands — we saw it all from the Sea View pool (best vista on the ship!).
Almost felt guilty eating lunch with all the activity in the water around us. Almost but not quite!
And my drink today
Then back to the cabin to relax for a bit (because we’d worked so hard today) before changing for dinner. We’ll be checking out the new Sel de Mer.
Tonight’s Dining Room menu
A fairly lazy afternoon, giving our sun-reddened cheeks a bit of a breather. Yes, I at least, have a bit of glow. Karin, the sensible one, put on sunscreen.
The 10 foot seas arrived as we left Glacier Bay, accompanied by wind gusts up to 50 knots which gave the Eurodam a decided list.
Since we were walking a bit sideways anyway, we headed for the Pinnacle Bar. The Pinnacle Bar is our favorite this cruise; Tony knows we want appetizers; Alvin makes our drinks fairly potent (or do we just have too many of them?).
Off to dinner, and the food was delightful.
I think “clod” should have been applied to one of the other dinner guests, who (for reasons unknown and which really don’t matter) got up and dumped a glass of water into the bread basket of the next table. On purpose. While the 2 ladies who were eating at the table were in the powder room. And before you ask, yes alcohol was involved as he fell asleep over dessert. What a putz.
We went to the late show of the BBC Earth/HAL program on Alaska, which is accompanied by both the Lincoln Center Stage quintet and the members of the Band. A fun way to do a documentary.
Then to the last show of the night for the Duelling Pianos, before heading for bed.
Our day in Glacier Bay doesn’t need words — and since the Captain says we’re headed for 10 foot seas and 30-40 knot winds on our way to Sitka, I figure to post just some of the 350+ photos I took today.