Pacific Coastal Cruise


Rather than get off the ship today – well actually I might have to get off, clear immigration and get back on – I have a lovely day planned of stitching and relaxing. Failing that – I will go for a walk in Vancouver. From here, this is the first leg of a re-positioning cruise which will end up in Florida. I had looked at booking the next leg which included a Panama Canal transit, but Royal was refusing to book solo travelers into balconies. Not just wanting to charge the usual 100% surcharge, but actually refusing to book a balcony without a minimum occupancy of two people. I adore going through the canal, and the pleasure of not being packed into crowds on deck makes the balcony worth it. Unlike some other travelers, I am not willing to book it double then “cancel” the second traveler at the last minute.

Actual events –

We sailed in reasonably early –

and I watched the city and our approach to Canada Place

before deciding that my non-refundable OBC could easily be used to get a decent venti mocha from the Starbucks on Deck 5 which opens at 0600

From there I collected my new ship’s card from Guest Services and wandered off the ship just before 0800. My two missions for the morning were to find Vancouver Starbucks skinny thermos for me and postcards for Miriam.  After taking a screen shot of the map, I checked out several Starbucks before finding my prize about 10 blocks from the harbor.

In all that walking I hadn’t passed anywhere that had postcards. The lovely desk person at the Pan Pacific Hotel directed me toward GasTown where apparently the tourist shops congregate. I didn’t need to even go that far as there was an RCMP souvenir type shop just down the street (obviously not in the direction I had traveled prior). So, postcards accomplished as well.

Anyway – here is our route:

Friday, September 29 Vancouver, BC, Canada 5:00pm
Saturday, September 30 Victoria, BC, Canada 7:00am 5:00pm
Sunday, October 1 Seattle, WA 7:00am 4:00pm
Monday, October 2 Astoria, OR 10:00am 6:00pm
Tuesday, October 3 At Sea
Wednesday, October 4 At Sea
Thursday, October 5 Los Angeles (San Pedro), CA 8:00am 6:00pm
Friday, October 6 Santa Barbara, CA 8:00am 5:00pm
Saturday, October 7 San Diego, CA 7:00am

We will completely skip over the chaos in the terminal on the way back. I was in time to make the consecutive cruisers lunch. By the time I escaped the dining room, the cabins were open. This one is a smidgen smaller but the balcony is a lot bigger.

Additionally, I don’t have a significant overhang which makes taking the occasional picture of the shore line much easier.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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