Day 1: Saturday, May 16, 2009: Seattle, Washington

After suffering through too few hours of excited sleep, we got up at about 6:00 AM on Saturday and headed for the airport. Our flight left Atlanta at 8:45 AM our time and arrived in Seattle at 11:10 AM their time. They are three hours behind us. We hopped in a cab and headed for the pier. We boarded the ship (the Norwegian Star) and found our room (Stateroom 9156). We took several pictures around the ship and then sat down to enjoy lunch. At 4:00 PM, the ship departed Seattle and headed north.


The map of our cruise. We began in Seattle, then went to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Prince Rupert, before returning to Seattle.

 

A view of Seattle from the ship. We were there three separate days and it was sunny and beautiful everyday. I think that whole rainy Seattle thing is a conspiracy.

 

Our stateroom and balcony.

 

Our stateroom from the other side.

 

The bathroom.


The fairly tight toilet room.

 

The surprisingly sized shower stall. We were glad to see it was bigger than the one we had in the Bahamas.

 

The mini-bar. We never used it, since there are 10 or so bars and lounges to choose from.

 

Our attempt at a self portrait using the mirror above the bed.

 

Two of the stadiums in Seattle (Safeco and Qwest) and Mt. Rainier to the right.


A cute fishy fountain.

 

Travis on the ship's helipad.

 

The view from the other side of the ship.

 

The pool, hot tubs, and water slides. Even in Alaska, these would be pretty busy.

 

The space needle.


The atrium, looking down from between the elevators.

 

Me and Seattle.

 

Travis, hanging over at the bar, putting out the vibe.

 

A couple of other piers. The green / gray building is the Seattle Aquarium.

 

Me and the city.


Travis and the city.

 

Now leaving Seattle.

 

Another couple was nice enough to take this picture for us.

 

Seattle's skyline.

 

Seattle fading into the distance. Mt. Rainier on the right. Did I mention this is not only the tallest peak in the lower 48, but that it is a volcano? Yep. Kinda close, if you ask me.


More lovely coastline.

 

The further we got away from it, the bigger Mt. Rainier got. I swear. It was weird.

 

Our first floatplane sighting.

 

Cliffs...

 

...and escarpments.


That evening's sunset.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

That evening, we dined at Endless Summer, which is a little Tex Mex restaurant. While we were eating, we passed several smaller boats gathered in this one area. Our waiter noted that they must be whale watching. Sure enough, in the distance, we could see the tall dorsal fins of a pod of orcas. Very cool!



Day 2: Sunday, May 17, 2009: At Sea

Our next day was a sea day. We spent most of the time exploring the ship or enjoying the views from our balcony.


Some little establishment along the British Columbia coastline. Look at the ball of roots at the end of the trees laying on the beach.

 

It's an eagle!

 

They changed the ship's pilot several times during the cruise, getting experts on that area's waters. The thing is, they never stopped the ship to pick up these guys.

 

They just pulled up next to our ship and they would jump into an open door and onto our ship. Craziness.

 

Another self portrait for "dress up or not" night.

We ate at the ship's Italian restaurant, La Trattoria, that night. Later that evening, we had to turn our clocks back another hour as we entered Alaska. They are four hours behind Atlanta time.