Our last day on the ship - it's supposed to be a relaxing at sea
day, right? Hasn't really worked out that way, though. :-)
Ok, everybody brace yourself, because I'm about to use that dreaded
four-letter word to talk about today: PACK. Sorry about that, but
really, that's what much of today was about.
We've been in the Inside Passage all day, though when we first got
up this morning we couldn't see any land to the west of us. It was
mostly overcast today, though we did get a little bit of blue sky
We slept in (partly thanks to that hour we lost last night), and I
got up and went to the gym and did a couple of laps around deck 4.
Not too many people in the gym or out walking/running this morning -
other things to do the last morning of the cruise besides exercise!
After I showered we went to Palo for brunch - just Lee and me. There
weren't too many people in there yet, so I had time to walk around
and take pictures of everything before anyone had had a chance to
dig into them yet! :-) Our server was Toni, and he was very nice -
he kept the mimosas coming. :-) And he thought we weren't eating
After brunch it was time to do one last shopping trip, so we hit
Treasure Ketch. They had an Alaska t-shirt and hat set that we
hadn't seen before.
And they had also gotten a delivery of the totem pole statues -
those were selling FAST. They are a stock item, so should be
available on future cruises.
We also went to Shutters to see if we wanted any photos - we didn't
get as many taken on this cruise, and most of the ones we had were
only good or one or the other of us and not both.
The princesses were holding court in the Atrium - Belle, Ariel, and
Snow White. The lines were pretty long to see them.
By the time we got back we had a little bit of time to pull out the
suitcases and start with the dreaded "p" word until I had to leave
for my hot stone massage. Ahhh...that was just wonderful!
Got back and did some more of that organizing and "p" word stuff,
and then it was time for the All Ears Farewell Party at 4:00. Beci
and Deb had gotten the Cadillac Lounge for us, and we had wine and
cheese and fruit and veggies - it was very nice.
Deb had lots of very nice prizes that she gave away in a drawing.
At 4:30 we had a surprise guest - the Captain himself - Captain
Hook, that is. :-) He posed for pictures with everyone, and then we
got a group photo. It was great fun.
Thank you Deb and Beci and Michelle - it was a very nice way to end
Remember that land that wasn't very close to us in the morning? Not
an issue in the afternoon - at times it was quite close on both
sides! And you can see how flat and calm the ocean is.
Here's all the magnets on our door that we collected during the
The final night dinner was very bittersweet - so hard to say goodbye
to Balwan and Tita and our tablemates: Gail, Julian, Mary, Kevin,
Timbra, and Deb. And the rest of our extended group, too - Beci,
Carol and Gary, James and Dave, and Patrice.
Our final towel creation...
We have an early flight out of Vancouver so we will be getting off
the ship as early as we can tomorrow - hopefully Customs will clear
the ship early so we can disembark by 8:00 or so.
It's been a fantastic couple of weeks - I can't believe how fast it
went by, and I can't imagine how it could have been any better.
I'll have some final thoughts, and of course the food blogs, after I
get back home.
Thanks for reading!
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