Alaska: at sea

Monday of our Alaska cruise was completely at sea.

We had quite a bit of distance to cover between Seattle and Ketchikan …. The ship was going a tad fast and the 4 of us all felt a bit of sea sickness to one degree or another.

The good news is: Julie brought Dramamine and some other sea sickness medicine so we ended up being fine.

The bad news is: The Dramamine made me super drowsy and I slept most of the day.

(which I am attributing to the little bit of Dramamine I took in the morning… but could also because I run myself ragged most of the time without a break and my brain just gave up a little once we got on the cruise ship)

Monday morning we woke up at a leisurely time and met Kaitlin and Julie at the ‘fancy’ dining room for a nice sit-down breakfast…

…. a leisurely breakfast that Kaitlin couldn’t make it through because she felt too sick.

… a leisurely breakfast that included a waiter – named Elvis who we later made friends with – singing some kind of morning song to me as he passed by :)

Then after breakfast it was time for napping reading on the deck.

I fell asleep in a deck chair.

Woke up in time for a mid-morning snack (delicious, light soup they were serving from a special cart on deck)

Then I’m pretty sure I fell back asleep, only to wake up in time for lunch.

Nope – not an exaggeration…. I must have gotten SOME reading done… but mostly just slept and ate :)



For lunch we went to one of the other restaurants on the ship that was doing a special British-themed meal. I loved (loved) the bangers and mash I had in England a couple years ago … and loved the bangers and mash I had again on the ship.

I think Andrew mostly wanted to go to get some Guinness :)

I honestly don’t remember what we did after lunch …. which means it was probably a nap! haha!

About mid-afternoon we were up on the Lido deck again …. in the ‘Conservatory’ …. Partly because it was warm but still kind of felt like being outside … and partly because this was the one part of the deck that had tables and chairs.

Andrew and I both brought our books … I tried to start working on my Alaska travel journal … and Andrew got hungry again.



Monday night was Formal Night at dinner …. so we started getting ready a little early.

Turns out we’re both a *little* too fat to be comfortable in the formal clothes we brought …. But that’s OK. It’s not like we were going to go out dancing after dinner …. ha!


Monday night was the first time we actually met our waitress Galina (she was off doing something else Sunday) …. I’ll tell you about her tomorrow. Loved her :)

If you’re interested in seeing some of what we ate on the cruise check out this post: Schubert Eats Cruise Food

After dinner Andrew and I pretty much wanted to change back into PJs and relax.

I don’t know if you know this about us … but we’re not exactly super fancy people :)

But since we were so far north already, it was still this light outside!

Andrew reading on our balcony …. but all bundled up from the cold …



(and then it got too cold so we moved inside to just sit in front of the open door)

We started seeing some wildlife off the side of the ship!

I know you can’t really tell from this picture, but we believe there were a couple of orcas hanging around….

You can definitely see the splash or spout of SOMETHING though…

and a tail :

(yes, that is too a tail!)


Monday we ended up sleeping and eating all day …. which really is the perfect way to start a vacation

You can view the whole gallery and purchase prints here: Alaska at sea

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Alaska: arriving on the ship

and here we go … starting into the wealth of Alaska photos and stories we collected over a week …

Andrew and I got up absurdly early on Sunday, June 26, headed over to the airport, and flew north to Seattle.

Julie and Kaitlin had made a road-trip of it so were actually in Seattle w/ their car and were able to pick us up from the airport….

Since our flight was *so* early, we had time to grab some breakfast before going over to the ship/dock. God bless technology – Andrew ‘yelped‘ a cute little diner called Pancake Chef on the way to the docks.

Then off to the ship…. Really – just a few minutes to do the whole check-in/security/security detail, and then on the ship with nothing to do…

And I mean that in the best way possible …

No emails to respond, to work to finish, no dishes to do …. Just hours of relaxing ahead of us.

And exploring.

(the view from our balcony: )

Once we got on the ship and had a bit of a chance to look around … Andrew started talking about if I had any interest in buying a boat and sailing around the world…

Which is funny, since he had a very similar reaction about living in Rome forever as soon as we got there.

While we were settling into our cabin we had 2 visitors.

The first was our cabin steward – Kennedy – stopping by to introduce himself and make sure we didn’t need anything. Very nice and made us feel a bit luxurious…

The other visitor was room service delivery.


After we had been on the ship 20 minutes and most definitely had not ordered room service.

Turns out my friend Ryan – who works for Princess – and helped us along the way of booking our cruise.

So being awesome like he is, he (and his wife) sent us a welcome gift + note of chocolate covered strawberries.

Um, yes please.


And then it was time to explore the ship – which is mostly just figuring out where we ‘live’ in relationship to the food :)

Our rooms were about 3 flights of stairs below the main Lido deck … that housed the buffet and the pools.








Um…. and then some more food.

This was about …. oh, 5p or so. … about 3 hours from our ACTUAL dinner.










We had an amazingly relaxing first day (once we got on the ship) and were sooo (so) grateful we got a balcony!

Thursday: Photos of our day at sea!

View the full gallery and purchase prints: 2011-06-26 Alaska arrival

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