Day Three – Our First At-Sea Day
Customers always ask what can you do on a ship when it’s just at Sea. Wow ! there was so much to do and so many different varieties of activities that it was a bit challenging in selecting. Many times passengers may not always understand why there is even a seed for sea days. Well, chiefly there is the distance requirement. What I mean by that, is that there is a large amount of nautical miles needed to reach our major destinations such as in our case Seattle to the Glacier Bay area of Alaska. It is actually several hundreds of miles and we need that travel time (or sea day) to be able to reach our cruise’s area of focus or destination region. While I did my normal daily ritual of being at the casual dining room as one of the first patrons of the day for an eye-opening breakfast. Often, many first time cruisers are interested in just what type of breakfast foods are available in the Casual (Buffet) Breakfast. Check out the photo (right) to get an idea. You can basically enjoy everything from a custom-made omelette, to pancakes, waffles, eggs (to your liking), and all kinds of baked goods, fruits, juices, coffee, ice tea, and yes its all FREE. My wife enjoyed a very much-needed late sleep in for her (I think the jet lag had struck). But that’s what’s cool about cruising, you get to sleep while the ship is moving towards it’s next destination.
Then we were once again a couple and it was off to Lunch for the both of us. We enjoyed ourselves immensely just lunching, talking, making use of our special value soda card for our favorite glass of bubbly carbonated beverage, and just soaking up everything that makes cruising so wonderful. Here’s a Tip: Holland America has a great deal where you can purchase a $50 value Soda Card (pre-cruise online purchase only with HAL) for $25. So if you’re cruising anytime in the future on HAL, be sure to check this deal out!!
After enjoying our leisurely luncheon we were off to the Queens Lounge to catch the movie “The Miracle” which was a true story centered around the events in 1988 where the family of three grey whales found themselves ice-bound in the arctic region of Alaska while our nation and with some help from the USSR (as it was then known as) came to their rescue in a massive rescue effort. It kind of reminded me of sitting inside a huge rec room area while kids grabbed popcorn and found a good viewing spot up in the very front on the floor in front of the viewing screen.
The rest of our afternoon was occupied with floral and other craft demonstrations, wine tastings, drink mixology sessions, culinary exhibitions, and a host of so many other activities that they are way too many to even attempt to mention here. But take if from me, fun was had by all to be sure. Evening time finds us off to dinner in the Vista Dining Room where we are thoroughly entertained by Lalu, our amazing assistant waiter and unbeknown to us happens to be a skilled and funny magician who spellbinds us with just a bit of his wizardry while awaiting the arrival of our dinner meals.
After a wonderful dinner and dessert everyone bids each other ado as we each head of for a sundry of various evening activities including Broadway Shows, or Music performances (see right insert) to suit any taste and age group; and of course the always challenging casino games (left), or just taking a leisurely stroll around the deck for a sunset view. However I should warn you that you have to stay up pretty late to catch such a viewing as we are nearing what many refer to as the land of the midnight sun, as it doesn’t get dark around here until around 10:30 pacific time, as we haven’t yet entered the Alaskan time zone, but shall do so sometime while we are sleeping.
Be sure to check out the picture (at right) of the wonderful Alaskan Sunset, which begins around 9:30 and goes well past 11pm in this area of the globe. So for all of you romantics at heart it certainly makes for an enchanting backdrop to an evening spent either on-board the many lounges or as can be viewed from your own stateroom, so enjoy! I hope you find it as enchanting to watch as I did. I also hope you are enjoying coming along with us on our 7 Day Alaskan Adventure aboard the Holland America MS Westerdam.
Well, I shall be signing off for now, as thoughts of tomorrow and expectations of our stop in Juneau and doing some whale watching thoughts dance in our heads. Till tomorrow.- “CruisewithMike”
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