Friday, September 19, 2014

Alaska Here We Come!

 Here is the low down or down low about this 7 day Alaskan cruise.
Brad and Kelly mentioned they wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise in August and invited us. Mark and I knew that if we ever did a cruise it would be this one, but there was one stipulation: we had to wait until September.  You just don't leave southern Alberta in July or August, or even June because these are the months we all wait for all. year. long. 
They agreed on the first week in September and we booked the cruise.  That was that.  Excitement was in the air and then the sad news came.  Kelly was too far along in her pregnancy and they had to cancel their cruise. A real bummer. 
Long story short, they got reimbursed and will go when the time is right.  You can bet your bottom dollar that we will join them. There is so much to see in Alaska!

You might think this is Alaska. It's not.  This is in the Crowsnest Pass in western Alberta, just an hour or so from the BC border on our way to Seattle.

 Yep, we were total tourists on this cruise and who really cares if we stopped to take a selfie in front of the ship before loading.  I had to document this trip of a life-time. 

 I mean, really. A spectacular September day in Seattle.

The Celebrity Solstice was so big.  There were 14 decks.  Crazy.
Oh yes. We did not take the elevator once while on this cruise.  We used the stairs the whole entire time and even had races up and down.  We boarded the ship pretty early and had to wait for our room to be ready so we just "cruised" around the ship and took pictures. 

 Brad said to get a cabin with a balcony so we did and man oh man are we glad we did. 
Why would you cruise any other way? It was worth every single penny.
This moment was heavenly!
We. Took. A. Cruise. To. Alaska. 

Sunset from our balcony on Day 1.
Highlights of Day 1-Enjoying the sunshine and view from our private balcony along with the evening weather from the top deck.  The forecast for this cruise was cloud and rain most of the time so to be surprised with great weather was an added bonus. 
Lowlights of Day 1-The dessert at the buffet was kind of bland. Pretty, but bland and Mark's luggage took forever to be delivered to our room. Oh, we can't forget the annoying man we sat next to for lunch. He was a fast talking car dealership owner who tried to impress those around him with a wad of $2 bills for tipping. 

Day 2 was a "sea day". 
We thought for sure we would go to the gym a lot, but only managed one day.  Yes, I posed for this picture. I'm telling you, this balcony was the cat's meow!
This cruise had every thing you could think of to keep everybody busy and happy.
A library. A game room. Stores to shop in. A full size theatre with nightly shows. A gym. A spa. Three pools. Grass. Real live growing grass. Ping Pong tables. A casino. Art auctions like you see on Tv and even glass blowing demonstrations.  Mark tried out acupuncture and I spent three times too much on gel nails. Super fun.

 Sunset from our balcony on Day 2.
Highlight of Day 2- While on the treadmill I saw Orcas, a whale and a school of porpoises all within 30 minutes.  It was so exciting! But what made this extra nice was that I had downloaded songs specifically for this cruise with feel good thoughtful songs so I was already on cloud 9 and then to spot the sea animals? It was great!  Another highlight was I tried frog legs! Tasted like chicken :) 
Lowlight of day 2- I won playing Scrabble, but it was a downer because we stopped before the game was finished. I would liked to have won fair and square.  


Marilou said...

I was already to read all about days 3,4,5,6 and 7! ⚓️

Christie Hunter said...

Me, too, Loulou. Want to hear more, and see more photos. Make that dying to see and hear more about the trip. I've always wanted to go to Alaska, too.

Megan said...

David lived in Alaska as a youth. We really want to do an Alaskan cruise.
Love the pictures.

MLH said...

Heavenly for sure!