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Adventures in Alaska and Canada

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Sorry it's been so long but the internet on the cruisehsip we were on was very, very expensive. So we decided to wait until we were firmly attached to dry land before we would write.

So, to begin...
The day before the cruise departed, Lesley and Angus ventured into Seattle downtown with a couple we had met at the hotel outside the city. Rod and Colleen from Ormeau took great care of the two adventurous Robbos and a great time was had by all. Angus is particularly keen to see Seattle again especially as he didn't go up the Space Needle because he wanted to wait for Giaan and Robbo so we could all go up (isn't he a sweetie?).

Boarded the Norwegian Star in Seattle around lunchtime on Saturday 17 September. There was a party atmosphere as people danced and boogied all around the seimming pool on the top deck of the ship as we departed Seattle. There was food everywhere and the cruise was off to a good start.

Come Saturday, however, the party was definitely over for a lot of the passengers. There were pretty rough seas (12-20 foot waves apparently) as we sailed in the open water. Lesley and Angus were pretty crook with sea sickness (they certainly weren't alone) and spent most of the day in bed or feeling very ordinary. Robbo and Giaan were not too bad and kept up their sprits by hanging around up top. The room we were in was pretty small so it was no place to hang out with sick people.
Still, about 3pm, we tucked in behind an island and things really settled down for every one. There were shows and entertainment for everyone and the crew were excellent. The food was tremendous and we met fellow Aussies all over the ship. Angus met a young bloke from Eaton's Hill named Mitchell and the two of them became thick as thieves at the kids club while Giaan met some lovely girls from Kamloops (where we'll be staying with some other friends) and will hopefully catch up with them when we get to that town.

The weather unfortunately was very rainy for the most part and so our stops along the way at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert were fairly damp affairs. Still, there were lots of shops and lesley and Angus managed to go on a bit of a hike around Skagway. The captain of the ship was able to sail us up an inlet filled with small icebergs. Th ewa ter wa svery still and the silence of the area was beautiful. The ship got about a quarter of a mile from a large glacier. It was stunning to see such a force of nature up close.

The dining was very good and we made full use of the buffets and restaurants onboard the ship. There were some very entertaining shows - a hypnotist who had everyone in stitches watching people from the audience do bizarre things; a couple of aerialists who were sensational to watch; a comedy shop with lots of improvisation that was very clever and a magic show combined with dance that was very, very good.

While the cruise was good, I'm not sure if I would be keen to do another as there was a lot of time where you felt a little trapped because we wanted to get out and do things but were, of course, at sea. A cruise for the sake of it would be fun, but I think I'd rather get to my destination quicker so we could do things there or on the way. The seas were pretty rough on occasion and the second last night threw 150 kmh winds at us!
Will write about Canada soon!!
Best to all

The Robbos

Posted by The Robbos 11:07 Archived in USA Tagged cruise

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Great to hear about the cruise and Alaska. Food does sound great,Angus.What about the iceberg?WOW. I think it must have provided a bit of breathing space .We now look forward to Canada .What fantastic experiences You are having. Love you.. Grandma B XXXX

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