Thursday, May 31, 2012

Alaska Cruise Vacation Day 10 - Seattle

When we woke up Sunday morning, our ship was docked in Seattle. We had participated in a program that took our bags off the ship and to the airport. From there, they were put on our flight and were waiting for us in SLC at baggage claim when we arrived. That was so nice because then we just had one carry-on bag so we could see some of the sites in Seattle without having all our luggage with us. We were one of the first to get off the ship as well since we had participated in this program! We got off the ship around 8 a.m. and from the pier, we walked up to the Space Needle.

View of the Space Needle from our ship.

We paid to go up in the Space Needle and we were able to get a picture of us at the top of the Space Needle with our ship docked in the background. I thought that was pretty cool since I have been to Seattle several times, but I had never come in on a cruise ship until now!

There was a Color Me Rad run going on in Seattle that morning and from our viewpoint on top of the Space Needle, we were able to see the runners throwing their colored corn starch as they finished the race. :)

From here our group split up as Andrew wanted to stay at the Seattle Center and see if he could check out a Nirvana exhibit that was going on down by the Space Needle. Turned out that we didn't have enough time to see it before we had to be at the airport, but he did get a Nirvana shirt as a souvenir.

From the Seattle Center we took the monorail to the Westlake Center Mall and had lunch and then below the mall, underground, we caught the light rail that took us all the way to the airport. Josh & Savannah and Todd & Randi met us there before we boarded our flight home.

It was such an amazing vacation and I had such a blast getting to experience it with our good friends. It's something we talk about all the time now and I'm sure we will for years to come!


Alaska Cruise Vacation Day 9 - Victoria, B.C.

Saturday was mostly a day at sea, however, we did get to pull into port in Victoria, B.C. in the early evening for a short stay.

During the day on board, Andrew and I checked out the last of the ship that we hadn't seen and we found this picture on one of the stair landings. It's our ship when it was still under construction.

Andrew also got his chance to do karaoke that afternoon. ;) The ship had karaoke almost every day, but it was always when we were at dinner or some other time when we couldn't make it so we were glad we could find this time. Josh and Savannah also sang a few songs so it was fun!

We pulled into port in Victoria at 6 p.m.

We were outside on the deck looking at the scenery while we waited for the announcement to disembark when we spotted a harbor seal and then we were greeted by this fun group of people.

Our ship's "parking spot" and we pulled right up to it. ;)

For our excursion, we were going on a horse-drawn carriage for an hour tour of the city.

We saw beautiful gardens and historic houses.

Representing the Canadian provinces and territories.

We also saw the British Columbia Parliament Building and a statue of Queen Victoria.

The last stop on our excursion was Beacon Hill. A beautiful park with a lot to see and do and everything is free to the public. We saw many things there, but among them was a squirrel, a peacock, a redwood tree, an extremely tall totem pole and the views were incredible.

The land you see farthest in the distance is the United States. I thought that was pretty neat to think about.

Once we were back on the dock, we took a taxi over to an area called Fisherman's Wharf so we could meet up with Josh & Savannah and Todd & Randi.

From there, Andrew and I walked back into downtown Victoria.

We shopped a little and were able to see the Parliament building all lit up at night.

We took a taxi back to the ship after we were done shopping and had a late dinner at the buffet on board. Then we spent the rest of the evening packing because the next day we would be docked in Seattle at the end of our cruise.