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.
We walked the pier in the morning prior to boarding.
We stayed the night at the Pan Pacific Hotel, right on the pier. Here is a totem pole in their lobby.
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.
The Noordam has glass elevators at midships.
The life boats looked a lot more comfortable than those shown in the move “The Titanic”.
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.
There was some musical entertainment.
Got the song figured out? YMCA.
We finally departed. Here we are looking back at the pier and the Vancouver skyline.
Soon we were out of Vancouver and headed into the wilderness.
We had a great sunset our first night out.
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.