Alaskan Cruise Day 1 – Vancouver

Rose and I finally were able to take our Alaskan cruise.  We started planning in 2019 and had the trip postponed twice due to Covid.  This was the year.  It was a wonderful trip.  I will share some photos from the trip, a few at a time, starting in Vancouver and our first day at sea, Sunday, August 21.

We had some time before boarding the ship, the Holland America Line Noordam, to look around Vancouver.  It was an interesting mix of old and new buildings.

Vancouver - Old vs New
Vancouver – Old vs New

 

Vancouver - Old vs New
Vancouver – Old vs New

We walked the pier in the morning prior to boarding.

The Pier in Vancouver
The Pier in Vancouver

We stayed the night at the Pan Pacific Hotel, right on the pier.  Here is a totem pole in their lobby.

Totem Pole in Pan Pacific Hotel
Totem Pole in Pan Pacific Hotel

Here is the Noordam.  It has the capacity to carry 1900 passengers plus 800 staff.  It is hard to capture the entire ship from the pier.  This pano was show with my cell phone and distorted the  bow of the ship.

Holland America Lines Noordam
Holland America Lines Noordam

The Noordam has glass elevators at midships.

Noordam Midships
Noordam Midships

 

Noordam in Port
Noordam in Port

The life boats looked a lot more comfortable than those shown in the move “The Titanic”.

Noordam Lifeboat
Noordam Lifeboat

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the temps were in the 70s.  This is the party at the outdoor pool at the back of the ship.

Noordam Outdoor Pool Prior to Sailing
Noordam Outdoor Pool Prior to Sailing

There was some musical entertainment.

Entertainment Prior to Departing
Entertainment Prior to Departing

Got the song figured out?  YMCA.

We finally departed.  Here we are looking back at the pier and the Vancouver skyline.

Vancouver Pier as we Depart
Vancouver Pier as we Depart

 

Another View Behind Us
Another View Behind Us

Soon we were out of Vancouver and headed into the wilderness.

View Heading Out of Vancouver
View Heading Out of Vancouver

We had a great sunset our first night out.

First Sunset at Sea
First Sunset at Sea

Well, that was Day 1.  So much more to see in the coming days.  Join me for time as sea,  shore excursions, train and bus trips, and more.

Mark

2 thoughts on “Alaskan Cruise Day 1 – Vancouver

  1. Heck, yes, I’ll follow you on your trip! Looks amazing so far. So happy you two could take this trip. Vancouver is a fun city – Louie and I were there once and enjoyed it. Great shots so far, I’m sure to be amazed at your future posts, Mark.

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