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Hi, it's Giaan again. The 2nd day of the cruise was a full day at sea. Angus and Mum were very sick that day as the ship rocked for hours on end (Ugh!). Fortunately, Dad and I didn't feel too bad, although we were not 100%. At lunch, Mum filled her plate to the brim and...couldn't eat any of it. Finally, Mum and Angus felt better about 5:00. They had been in bed all day while Dad and I hung around the ship doing nothing special. We didn't do much because we kept checking up on the two sickies and struggling with keeping our own lunches down.
That evening, the seas got calmer and we could enjoy ourselves more (without the two sickies looking green).

On Day 3,we visited Ketchikan - our first stop in Alaska. Mum and I loved looking at all the jewellery stores. Ketchikan is only a tiny town but because the cruiseships carry almost 1 million visitors during the summer season, big jewellery stores were everywhere selling duty-free watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. The weather was cloudy and a bit rainy. We were disappointed to not see any more shops but happy to get back on board out of the rain and back to the FOOD!!

On the subject of food, I should tell you what there was to eat:
For breakfast, there was an inside buffet which had everything - cereals, toast,fruit, hot food,pancakes,waffles,juice and milk. YUMMY!! Also, they had a smaller outside grill area where you could have the chef make your omelette in front of you with whatever ingredients you wanted.
You could get lunch and dinner at the buffet - anything you could imagine. Dinner could also be at 3 free restaurants - Aqua, Blue Lagoon and Versailes. If you wanted to pay extra money for meals,you had a choice of special restaurants - Sushi, Japanese teppanyaki (they cook this in front of you), French, Italian,Mexican, steakhouse and Chinese.

On day 3 and 4, we visited Juneau (capital city of Alaska) and Skagway. These places were a lot like Ketchikan - small, lots of the same stores and with rain,rain and more rain. Some of the stores gave us freebies to get us into them. I got some earrings, a charm bracelet, 2 northern light necklaces and matching earrings. At Juneau, we also found a shop that was selling stuff at 50% off. Because we were the last cruise ship of the season, these shops were trying to sell as much as they could before they closed for the Winter.

We saw the huge glacier. It was a beautiful blue and there were lots of blue icebergs in the water as we got closer to it.
Unfotrtunately, when we arrived in Prince Rupert, our first stop in Canada, it was raining. But this did not stop our adventure and we tok for a walk along the river in the rain. We met a nice couple from Arizona caled Marg and Roger who walked with us in the rain. Tired, cold, wet and with a sore foot, I was happy to get back to the boat.

One of the nice things when we'd go to bed was the animal our steward, Dino, would leave for us. He would make them out of a towel or two. He made a monkey, a dog, a mouse and a koala.

I liked the kids club on the boat and met some fun girls from Kamloops called Isabelle, aged 10, Anna, aged 6 and Claire, aged 8. I hope to catch up with them when we come to Kamloops.
When we arrived in Vancouver, I was disappointed to leave the ship because I'd had so much fun but I was also happy tobe on dry land again.
I'll write about the Rockies tomorrow. Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday.

Posted by The Robbos 12:42 Archived in USA Tagged the cruise

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Hi To The Robbos
Sounds like you are having an amazing time. have you seen any animals suh as: Mouse, bears, beavers, cyoties. enjoy your time in kamloops and talk to you soon

by the thomo's

Hi To The Robbos. Sounds like you are having an amazing trip. So many adventures and doing so many cool things. The rafting sounds really great fun - not to mention the wonderful chocolate bear feet. That brought back great memories. There was a great shop in Banff that sold bear feet. Sorry we have not written sooner. I forgot the password and then took my time working out how to get back on again. Anyway, we have been reading your blogs regularly and really enjoying sharing your trip. Some wonderful photos coming out of that new camera Lesley. The Thomo's

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