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Report # 1 Getting Ready to Go September 20, 2014 Saturday Still warm temps in the high 80's

 

Where has this summer gone??? We have been busy non-stop with numerous household projects since coming back from the 2014 world cruise last May. It seemed like we would never conquer the over-grown weed problem and get those vegetable gardens going. Good thing we got the tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers plants in late May, because it took until now for them to produce and ripen in time. Just in time to be canning every day for weeks now. The next time we see sliced tomatoes and sauted zucchini will be while on the ship. And the best thing about that, is someone else has prepared and cooked it for us. Hurray!

 

The summer was a very pleasant one, despite the fact we are in a drought. Hardly a day went by that we were not in the pool in the hot afternoon......much appreciated after pruning trees, stacking wood, painting eaves, taking care of the animals, and gardening. No rest for the wicked, we say. Thank goodness we took time to enjoy many BBQ's with the kids and grandkids, and meeting family and friends for breakfast and lunch as often as we could. Like we said, the summer flew by all too quickly.

 

Our next adventure will take us to Vancouver, where we fly on Sunday morning. We will board the Statendam, a Holland America ship, and sail to Alaska on a seven day inland passage itinerary. Yes, we have done this trip more than a few times, but we are really looking forward to seeing the ports again. We are not sure what kind of weather to expect this late in the season, so we are taking the raincoats and umbrellas. In the past, we have been quite fortunate to have had mild weather wth little rain, but in this part of the world the weather can turn on a dime.

 

On September 28th, we return to Vancouver, and set sail for the west coast of the USA to San Diego. From there, we head across the vast Pacific Ocean to the islands of Hawaii. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the hurricanes stay away.

 

Continuing south, we head across the Equator towards French Polynesia, where we will hit several exotic ports of call. Our final stop will be in Nuka Hiva before heading towards San Diego on November 2nd, and finally back home.

 

Just about all of the last minute stuff has been done, which is always a headache, but necessary. Like packing, for instance. Following a strict list, we have tried to keep our luggage at three bags and carryons. Hopefully, they do not weigh a ton. We have got one more day to get it right.

 

Since we have this old computer, we will continue posting, as long as it works. Still doing our research on getting a new one before next year.

 

Stay tuned...........

 

Bill & Mary Ann

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We always enjoy your postings and are anxious to hear about the Statendam as we will be on her in Nov.14.:)

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Oct. 15 on the 45 day Tales of the Pacific Cruise.:cool:

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Looking forward to read about your new adventure. Loved doing the Hawaii/Tahiti cruise. We had an awesome time on the Statendam last fall, hope your trip goes as well.:)

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Can't wait to see your postings. They are always so interesting.

We have done the FP itinerary so many times. I am sure you will love it.

We will be on the Statendam following your cruise for 31 days in SA. Very anxious to hear your opinion of the state of the ship.

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Looking forward to your reports, will your son be posting photos like he did on your last cruise?

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We are with you for the first seven days on the Statendam. Feel free to attend the informal M&G 10:30am tomorrow in the Crows Nest. Enjoy your extended cruise and I look forward to your reports. -Cliff

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Have a wonderful cruise! We have enjoyed reading all about your adventures and look forward to joining you on the Statendam as we set sail for Hawaii and French Polynesia in just over a week from now.

 

 

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Through following/enjoying your world cruise blogs in recent years, 2 friends and myself sailed on the Statendam in February to the Pacific Islands as you are about to do. We had such a great time, we are joining this lovely, old ship in January and coming through the Panama Canal - followed by a trip on the Eurodam around the Caribbean. Look forward to reading your comments again and thanks for the work you must put into your blogs!

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Report # 2 The Longest Day San Francisco to Vancouver September 21, 2014 Sunday Sunny & 80 degrees

 

If anyone asked us what we like about the traveling day of a cruise, we would have to say........NOTHING! Well, yes, of course, getting to your final destination, which for us, was the Statendam in Vancouver. That was the frosting on the cake, but the journey was tedious, to say the least.

 

The adventure began when we had to get up around 3am Sunday morning to be ready for our pre-arranged pickup with a local shuttle service. Our flight out of San Francisco was scheduled for 8am, so that meant we needed to be there to check in 2 hours prior. That is the suggested minimum time for an international flight. Normally our son drives us, and always gets us there with time to spare. Since it was a precious weekend, we did not want to bother him today. Shuttle services are different in that the ride is usually shared with others, which was the case today. Since they lived further away from the city than us, they were collected first.

 

We were waiting just like we promised well before 4:45am, our assigned time. But the minutes ticked by, and when it got closer to 5am, we began to stress about the delay. Now the good thing, was that today was Sunday, and the traffic should be light. When you have to think of other alternatives at that time of the morning, well, that just aren't any. We never had to think beyond that, because the driver pulled in the driveway, and we were off in a flash. And as promised, we were at the airport with at least 2 minutes to spare.

 

This time we flew with West Jet, part of the American Air family. Check in was a breeze, and our 2 pieces of luggage were free, included in our fare. Our third bag was a grand total of $18.08, go figure? In hind site, we should have brought our small foldable duffel bag, and we would have not had to leave a pile of clothing at home. You think by now, we should have this down to a science, but every trip is different.

 

The flight was fine, and we even got biscotti cookies and a half glass of soda on the way. On flights under 2.5 hours, there is no food service offered. If things worked out right, we should have time to make it to the Mariner Society lunch in the Rotterdam dining room between noon and 1:30pm. We have yet to take advantage of this new perk, since for one reason or another, we always seem to miss it. And today was no exception. We missed it. Darn.

 

We arrived to the lovely Canadian city of Vancouver shortly after 10am. The customs line did weave back and forth, but it moved swiftly since we all had filled out the forms on the plane. The Canadian customs line did weave back and forth, but having filled out the form on the plane, it did move quickly. We saw some HAL reps, who directed us to their desk inside the airport. Our luggage was taken, and was promised to be in our room by 5pm. Perfect. From there, we exited and waited for the bus to arrive for our prepaid transfer to the pier. And we waited, and waited. By the time the driver arrived, 2 hours had elasped since we touched down. We learned that there were three ships at the pier, and all of us were being shuttled together. The largest of the ships was the Golden Princess, a vessel around 100,000 gross tons and what seemed like a gazillion people.

 

The ride through town was delightful, with a driver who doubled as a real tour guide. We were stuck in a whole lot of traffic on the way, so he kindly pointed out all of the highlights of the city. The weather, by the way, was so nice, we should have worn shorts. Expecting cold and rain, it was much the same as the weather we left at home. Can this possibly last for a week? Rather doubt it. He got us to the pier around 1pm, but kept us on the bus for a while to get instructions from the HAL rep waiting for us.

 

We lost another hour waiting in a snake-like line attending the US Customs and Border control station. Today they were processing around 6000 passengers between the three ships, a necessary task, but oh so tedious for all of us. By the time we got through this mess, we joined the line for the Statendam embarkation process, which did move a lot more efficiently. We were onboard with working room keys (ours did not work on the last cruise), and went directly to our waiting cabin on deck A. We are situated in the same area that we prefer while on the world cruise, low and between the front and center, the better ride we think.

 

Waiting for us, were gifts from our travel agency of shipboard credit and a lovely bottle of red wine, Reynvaan Syrah 2010 from Walla Walla Washington, a gift from Captain Smit and Hotel Manager Bart G., a longtime friend of ours. Yep, things are looking better after such a long morning. The luggage had not shown up yet, but all of our pre-requests had been taken care of. We had the refrigerator, fan, extra toweling, and lotions. The bed was made with the duvet as well, and extra wire hangars were in the closet already. Our room steward, Hardi, appeared, and asked if we needed anything else. No, we were happy campers.

 

After unloading the carryons, we headed for food in the Lido. The sandwich bar was not too busy, and we soon had ham, cheese, and roast beef sandwiches on cibatta rolls with chips. That would fortify us to unpack when the luggage did arrive. Oh yeah, that and a few slices of cheese pizza, which happened to be pretty fresh and appealing. Will have to watch this, because it can become a bad habit with way too many calories. Did we mention we had to try out the ice cream? The rocky road was creamy and rich, while the lime sherbet was refreshing. So much for counting calories.......

 

The mandatory muster drill was supposed to be at 3:30pm. We were due to leave the port at 4pm. Something must have happened to delay a group of passengers, because it was announced that the drill would be at 4:15pm instead. Fine with us since the bags arrived and we in the middle of unpacking. We noticed that one of the TSA locks was missing from one of the bags. There was no doubt in our mind that we had locked all of the bags, so it must have been searched. Yep, upon opening the bag, there was a slip from security stating the the bag was routinely checked at the San Francisco airport. We know what triggered this.........the plug strip and an extension cord, which was deliberately left on top for them to see. We do not mind our luggage being inspected, but what annoys the heck out of us, is that the lock was missing. Sometimes they put it back in the luggage, but they must have broken it, and it was gone. Well that will give us something to shop for in Alaska.

 

The drill began promptly at 4:15pm, and we can verify that the room stewards go into each and every room to make sure you are gone. We were a bit late in leaving, and the fellows just pop in unannounced and remind you to go. No problem, because safety is number one on their list and ours too. The actual drill lasted for well over half an hour. Our boat station, # 6, is directly across from the gangway, so we saw the large number of passengers joining us as the drill was in process. There is no way this ship is leaving by 5pm as planned.

 

Heading for the aft pool deck with cameras in hand, we waited for the sailaway, which did not begin until 5:30pm. The sailaway from port and this beautiful harbor was really nice and relaxing. One of us pulled a lounge chair to the railing at watched from a reclining position as we slowly went under the green bridge. It had been downright hot while we were docked, but once we got into more open waters, it cooled off dramatically. To keep us fueled up, waiters were passing around salmon fingers, crab turnovers, and smoked sausages. They were also pushing the special drink of the day.......Gold Diggers Punch and Yukon Jack Margaritas. There were many takers, since this cruise offered the Explore4 package where you get $100. worth of beverages a day per 2 person cabins. That can add up to a whole lot of booze. Originally we had taken this package on the 42 day trip, but once the offer expired, the actual price of the cruise went down.....way down. Like we saved $2220 by dropping the package. We can buy our own drinks, for as much as we drink, for a lot less. They were offering a special that could be bought onboard, but we'll get into that tomorrow.

 

Dinnertime came in a flash, and we found that our table was 65, the same as the one we had last year. We have chosen the fixed late seating, upstairs at 8pm. The room was pretty full for the first evening too. We were joined by two couples and one single lady, all very nice folks. There were two seats empty, and if they remain that way, we will ask for them to be removed, as it is hard to hear everyone talk unless you close the circle. We had such a nice time getting to know each other, we did not leave the dining room until almost 10:30pm. Showtime in the lounge was at 9:30pm, and was Listen to the Music with the entertainment team. So there was no rush to leave.

 

We walked the promenade deck briefly after dinner to work off the conservative servings of salad, soup, and entrees of sweet and sour pork. Thank goodness the serving portions have gotten smaller. Saved a smidgen of room for the hot fudge sundaes we had.

 

Time to turn in for the night. Trying to begin this blog at 11pm turned out to be futile, because we got the dreaded "blue screen" shutting us down. Just as well, with such a grueling day, sleep was really needed. So much for the Longest Day. In the log run, it turned out good.

 

Bill & Mary Ann

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Thank you for great report. Will be looking forward to your future reports. We love to travel with you through your reports

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Sorry you miss the Mariners Lunch again but there is always next time. Yeah, Vancouver checkin with 3 ships in can be a zoo getting thru US Customs but now that your on board you can relax and enjoy Alaska.

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Report # 3 Sailing Towards Alaska September 22, 2014 Monday Chance of rain & 44 degrees

 

Well today was a good one. With everything finding a place in our stateroom, we were free to enjoy a day to relax or stay as busy as we chose. We did a bit of both. One of the best ways to begin a day is going to a proper breakfast in the dining room. Seemed like a lot of folks had the same idea, because, just like last year, there was a line waiting outside the room to be seated. It's just a guess, but we think that most of the wait staff is up in the Lido, and that is the reason for the wait. Because we know that has been the case here, we try to arrive later, like 8:30am instead of the opening time at 8am. Did not matter today, there was still a line.

 

Finally we were seated at a nice table for two. More waiters showed up, and we were served rather quickly. The coffee sure tasted good, and went well with the fresh cinnamon rolls they passed around. They presented such a nice array of pastries, that we may be forced to try a different one every morning. Anyway, the food was hot, even though the portions seem to have gotten smaller since our last trip in May. They are really doing us a favor, we guess. If you really like something, then we have learned to order doubles. Not a problem here.

 

Boy, did the weather take a big change since leaving the protected harbor in Vancouver. There may have been some drizzles in the wee hours of the morning, but no rain like what was predicted. There was a chill factor in the wind however. Went right through all the layers of clothing we had on. We could have brought our arctic jackets, but since we are in the area for only one week, we chose not to overload the luggage with the weight. It simply limits the time you want to stay outside. The Captain has taken us up the coast, weaving in between islands and the mainland all day. There were some spottings of whales, but they were in the far distance.

 

We ducked into the ship from the promenade deck to hunt for the Hotel Director, Bart, to say hello and thank him for the wine. Knowing that this ship will be going to P&O next year, we inquired if there will be a special final sailing on her. Bart said yes, they are working on some special events and perhaps collectable cups or plates of Delft tile for the occassion.

 

The rest of our morning was spent going online and creating an account. It took some time to get it going, and took even more time to update our computer with the Norton antivirus software. This ship has also switched to the new system, and even though the librarian said it may be slow, it will be way better than what we have at home.....dial-up. It took a half hour here, where it would take days at home. So we are not complaining.

 

There was a flyer from the ship's mail folks advertising a special Signature Beverage Package, only available yesterday and today. For $44.95 per day per person, you can get any beverage at a $7. or lower menu price drink. You are allowed up to 15 beverages a day. A 15% gratuity is added on too. This is a similar offer we had on the Explore4 deal when we booked the cruise. If one drinks a lot, then perhaps this deal is worth it. As for us, we are not interested. Wonder how many folks took this package? Only time will tell.

 

The one and only meeting of the Cruise Critic group met in the Crows Nest at 10:30am. There was a whopping grand total of eight of us, and, you know what? It was nice. This has to be the first time that the entire group connected with each other, probably because of the size. Gail, our tablemate, was the only one we knew, but within a few moments, we all shared info. The most interesting piece of info was one couple who had an outside guarantee on this sailing, and were able to upgrade to a Navigation verandah suite for a grand total of $199. each. Now that is a deal. Bet they wish the cruise lasted longer than 7 days.........

Lunchtime came quickly, and we went back to the dining room once again. We ordered sandwiches.....a pulled pork and a cheeseburger. Both were very good.

 

At 2pm, we had been invited to a complimentary Navigator wine tasting in the dining room. Usually we do not drink wine, but we are always willing to learn more about the popular passtime. Ron, the Cellar Master, was really more of a showman, which was great. With the six samples of wine right after lunch, it would have been difficult to stay awake if Ron were not vivacious and funny. Of course, the main object of the tasting, we believe, is that we were sampling some of the wines they make available in their packages to purchase while onboard. Ron suggested that two 7 bottle packages would be about right for a couple........one bottle for your room, and one for dinnertime. That could run from $199. to $239 for a 7 bottle package. Unless you are a 2-3-4 or 5 star Mariner, which you get an increasing discount up to 50%. After all that, we still don't have the taste for it that much. We did enjoy the cheese and dried fruit plate however. Interesting how they combined with the different varieties of wine. See, we did learn something.

 

This was a good time to download some photos on the computer, and a great time to sneak a nap for one of us. Must have been the wine.......Forgot to mention that a camera cable was missing from our stash, therefore making impossible to download from the little camera. With a little clever thinking, we were able to figure out another way to accomplish this. It worked, or else we would be shopping for that cable, probably obsolete, tomorrow in Juneau.

 

We always take time for an afternoon walk, but failed to bundle up properly. Gosh, it had gotten cold outside, even though the sun was out, there was little heat in it. Freezing our butts off was not in vain. We sighted some dolphins and one fast whale, who dove quickly in the distance. We hung out until the chilly wind got the better of us.

 

Good time to check out the ship's shops to see what they were giving away. Now that the Alaska season is coming to an end, there are closeout sales with much of the merchandise going for at least half price. Knowing that there will be a shopper's paradise in the upcoming ports, the ship people know they can make a few bucks. And they did, since many ladies were packing around the shopping bags. At least they give you a paper bag here, and don't charge 10 cents for it.

 

Tonight was the first formal evening. With all the chatter going on about dropping the formal nights, we can say that it is not happening here. Yes, many folks went to the Lido where it remained casual, but those that chose to dress up, all looked nice. Perhaps the passengers don't mind wearing the warm suits, ties, and jackets, and formal dresses in cooler weather areas such as Alaska. Now going to the hot and humid South Pacific is another story.........

 

We had a guest for dinner, the ship's doctor. We did not catch his name, but he announced that he has been invited to be the ship's doctor on next year's world cruise. How convenient for us to meet him now. After spending a nice evening with him, he said it will be nice to know he will have at least two friends on the Amsterdam next year. That is fine with us, just as long as we don't need to see him professionally. That would mean one or both of us was ill. Don't want that.

 

When the Cellar Master appeared, he said we were being treated to wine, compliments of the doctor, but for medicinal purposes only. That got a laugh from everyone, especially the doctor who fully agreed. For dinner, we had jumbo shrimp cocktails, lemongrass soup, beef Wellington, and roast lamb. All of it was delicious. Dessert was a double chocolate souffle and a pineapple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So much for laying off of desserts. Maybe tomorrow...... Service was even quicker this evening because there was a show at 10pm, and most all of us wanted to attend. The theme was Northern Lights starring the singers and dancers. Will give our tablemate's opinions tomorrow.

 

Speaking of tomorrow, we should be docked in Juneau around 2pm. Sure hope the predicted weather forecast of chance of rain is not true. We seem to remember there is some pretty nice scenic sailing on the way to Juneau, the state's capital.

 

To be continued......

 

Bill & Mary Ann

 

PS Some good news..........the clocks went back one hour this evening. Yes!!

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Thanks for another great report.:) I always enjoy your blogs. Interesting about the reduced meal portions - I'm OK with that too, perhaps won't have to spend quite as much time in the gym as usual.;)

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I'm so glad you're taking us along with you once again. Reading your blog is really going to help make the next 30 days pass quickly until we leave for Barcelona for our first trans-Atlantic cruise.

 

Smooth Sailing! :) :) :)

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Report # 4 Juneau, Alaska September 23, 2014 Tuesday Overcast & 49 degrees

 

So far, the forecast has been incorrect everyday on this trip. We are almost afraid to say this, because it may jinx the rest of the Alaskan voyage. We do know that the weather up this way has been dreadful with heavy rain and fog. That was the case up to yesterday, when it rained in Juneau all day. Well, when we got up this morning, the sky was clear and the sun was shining brightly. How about that?

 

A strange thing happened while waiting in line to go into the dining room for breakfast this morning. The line thing is just the way it is here, so we don't complain. It's not like we are in a rush anyway. Well, we gave them our room number, and were told that there were no tables for two. We could have a long wait. OK, we said, we'll wait. We simply don't like the Lido, and the coffee is way better here anyway. So we drifted over to the dinner menu to check out the entrees, when one of the head dining room waiters came over to us, apologizing profusely for the delay. With that, he led us immediately to a table for two on the starboard side of the lower dining room. There were empty tables everywhere, so what was that all about? The only conclusion we came to was that someone had spotted that we were long-time HAL cruisers, and quickly re-thought that denial. Whatever the reason, we bet that will not happen again. As we ate our breakfast, we realized that this section was being closed down, and that was why we were told there were no tables for two. From there on, the service was excellent and rapid.

 

Sailing towards Juneau was a delight. We spent all morning up on deck 12 out in the open air and sun, even though it was cold. This time we layered up with double jackets, and it was perfect. The channel narrowed to the point where we were surrounded by high mountains, Sitka spruce trees, and one heck of a beautiful glacier with numerous waterfalls. We kept our eyes peeled for whales, and got lucky a few times by spotting the plumes of air and spray. Diving deep, they seldomed re-appeared. Bird life was abundant. Seagulls, ducks, comorants, and even one eagle could be seen flying over the smooth waters of the shoreline. The bald eagle sighting came with a show. It dove through a flock of gulls to hook a very large fish. It was almost as large as the eagle itself. As the bird ascended, it lost the fish to the gulls below. What a lucky sighting for us, but not for the bird, we guess.

 

Our original plan was to have a chicken Caesar salad for lunch in the dining room, but we were so close to Juneau, we hated to leave our spot on deck. We had been following the Oosterdam, and tailed by another ship, which turned out to be the NCL Pearl. Made for great photos. So lunch was delayed until closer to 2pm, after the ship was docked in Juneau by 1:30pm. A small sandwich would do, with a side of cheese pizza. Did we mention that the size of the sandwich rolls have shrunk? If you order ham and cheese, they put on 2 thin slices of each, unless you ask for more. It turns out more like a bread sandwich. This could be part of portion control, which ultimately saves money for the cruise line. Or it could be they are doing us that favor again by not over-feeding us.

 

By 2:30pm, we were ready to leave the ship. Most all of the tours had gone off, and the gangway was clear. Everything you want to see in town is right off of the ship. We have been here perhaps four times, and have visited Mendenhall Glacier, a fish hatchery, Mt. Roberts, and boat rides to see whales. Today we stayed in town to enjoy the local scenery and do some shopping.

 

Speaking of shopping, today was a paradise for thepassengers and crew of the three cruise ships in town. Everything was at least half off or more. We have been here in early September, but never this late in the season. So when they said there were sales before, they could not compare to what we saw today. Especially at the Alaska T-shirt Store. We saw folks carrying more red bags from there than anywhere else. Checking it out, we found it near impossible to walk through the store for there were scores of people in here. We decided to come back later.

 

Before starting our hike, we had visited the information desk across from the ship. A very nice lady gave us a map, and pointed out the grocery and hardware stores we were looking for. She did say there was a Walmart, but it was 8 miles away, and we could take their free shuttle there, but she did not know how late they ran the shuttles back. We opted not to take the chance, because there are not a whole lot of taxis here. In fact, we saw none.

 

We ducked into the Red Dog Saloon, finding it full of customers sitting at the small tables that were set up on sawdust-covered floors, drinking Alaskan beers. There was not one empty spot in the whole place. We navigated our way to the local grocery store, and made the huge purchase of a case of diet soda, the type they do not sell on the ship that we prefer. It came to $8.65. We did try to order a case of soda through room service to get the half off price. However, they never responded back to us nor did they deliver it after two phone calls over two days.. Now we are glad they did not, because the final total would have been $ 30.42. And that was with the half off discount. Way too much, unless you have shipboard credit that needs to be spent or lose it.

 

The only item we failed to find was the small battery-operated wall clock. True Value Hardware usually carries them, but they were sold out. We will try again tomorrow while in Skagway. There is also a small hardware store there. Wonder if they will have super closeout sales as well? We did go out later and make a pass through the t-shirt store. Came across a deal we could not resist. It was a water-resistant rainjacket with a fleece lining and full hood for a grand total of $15. That was about 75% of the original price, so we had to buy it. Just have to wear it home on the plane, because it does weigh a few pounds. But it will be nice to be warm and dry for the rest of the trip. Searching for the men's version of the jacket only came up with extra smalls. Maybe they will have these in Skagway.

 

While boarding the ship, we spotted someone walking a cute small white dog down the hallway. Now that is strange. We could not figure that out, until we got tomorrow's newsletter advertising the show with Jeff Peterson and his dog "Indy". Not that is different and perhaps will be very entertaining.

 

Dinner came quickly. One couple failed to show up, but we know why. They had booked a ride up Mt. Roberts and the zipline tour in the afternoon. Bet that did them in for the day. With only five of us, the conversation worked better. We could hear each other talk much better. We ordered a spring roll, Caesar salads, grandma's chicken noodle soup (the best), and braised short ribs with homemade mashed potatoes. Sure tasted good. This cool weather sure peaks the appetite. Did save room for dessert.....bread pudding and mint chip ice cream. With that we called it a night and headed to bed. The Statendam left the pier somewhere between 10 and 10:30pm.

 

By the way, the show last night was reported to us as OK, but not the best they have seen. One couple at our table said the dancer girls seemed to be tired of the same routine, and were glad it was coming to an end for the Alaskan season.

 

"See" you all tomorrow,

 

Bill & Mary Ann

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You really have the knack for writing an interesting diary, I am so enjoying reading it all, I feel I am doing the trip too!

Looking forward to the No.5.

Thanks

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Enjoying your adventures! Brings back memories!

 

3STAR Mariners becoming 4 on next cruise

Sailing Nieuw Amsterdam B2B western/eastern Caribbean Cruise 3/15/2015

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Jeff Peterson and his dog were onboard our last year's Alaska cruise. We ran into them on the promenade deck after dinner, and tried to engage Jeff in conversation but he evidently does not enjoy interacting with passengers outside of his act.:rolleyes: The dog was nice, however.:)

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I was a little confused about the itinerary (because I was recently on the Statendam on a NB 7-day) until I realized that you are on a 7-day RT out of Vancouver. Sounds like a wonderful trip!

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