Victoria and disembarkation Seattle

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.

A final Bloody Mary in our cabana, complete with heart. Guess we made a friend of the bartender!

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.

Tea time goodies in the Neptune Lounge.

Karin did her initial packing, and then off to a final evening of cocktails and dinner as we sailed into Victoria.

Wine Country Collins – I rather like this one, but it’s too sweet for Karin.

Pilot boat in a hurry

Tug boat interception

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.

Satay sampler

Rice pudding and caramelized pineapple.

Watching the Black Ball Ferry arrive . We’ve ridden on her before but much prefer the Eurodam 😀

The view of Victoria from the Tamarind

Getting back to our cabin, one more good piece of news – I’m now a 4-star Mariner.

Thanks Karin, for drinking enough cocktails with me to push me over the limit 🙂

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!

And Victoria night’s dinner menu:

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