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Heading out to sea from Ketchikan


In Ketchikan

Going to be a sunny day in Ketchikan to do some shopping.

Heading out

The forward view from our cabin as we leave Seattle behind.


lunch in the Main Dining Room with some champagne is a lovely way to start our cruise.

Boarding the Eurodam

and we’re already boarding!

We’re in Kodiak

Any day that starts with this view is going to be great.

Though this isn’t bad either.


Running at better than 18 knots from Icy Strait means we also outran the sunshine. We may see considerably fewer glaciers than our 26 Glacier tour suggests if the mist doesn’t lift.

Icy Strait…sunny and 69

The sunshine continues to come along with us as we dock at Icy Strait Point/Hoonah early this morning. predicted to reach 69 today. Shirt sleeve weather! Last time we were here we tendered in, but no longer. Here’s a picture of the new layout. 

There is a little white golf cart thingy that will shuttle those with mobility issues aling the walkway. I do believe I will take advantage of that.

HOW many days until August 29?

Well, the sisters are at it again.  Karin twisted my arm (which consisted of “Hey Lisa-Ann, do you want to take a 2 week cruise to Alaska this year?”) and we’ll be headed north again aboard Holland America’s Maasdam, a new ship for both of us, round trip from Seattle.  Along the way, we’ll be visiting Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Hubbard Glacier (yay – it’s been a while since we were last there), Sitka and Victoria, B.C.

Karin is in full excursion planning mode, and I’ve got my eye on a new camera.  The countdown commences.

205 days and counting.


On Location Guides

Being strangely disinclined to catch up on work, I scanned the On Location guides. All 6 pages of all 18 of them. Why yes, yes I am shirking.

September 26 – Welcome Aboard – Seattle
September 27 – Vancouver, BC
September 28 – At Sea
September 29 – At Sea
September 30 – San Diego
October 1 – At Sea
October 2 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
October 3 – At Sea
October 4 – At Sea
October 5 – Huatulco, Mexico
October 6 – Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
October 7 – At Sea
October 8 – Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
October 9 – At Sea
October 10 – Panama Canal
October 11 – Cartagena, Colombia
October 12 – At Sea
October 13 – At Sea

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