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North America » United States » Washington August 10th 2012

It is Day 22 and we arrived in Seattle this morning. We chose to leave the ship with last group group so we would have time for a leisurely breakfast and last minute packing. What beautiful weather, sun and relatively warm, not 114 like AZ today so we will enjoy our Seattle day before heading out tomorrow morning for home. Last night, we said our goodbyes to our favorite musicians on board ( the Hungarian viloinist as our favorite and we bought his CD to enjoy at home), and to some of the singers Bob performed with in the talent show.The talent show was on the big performance stage and we actually have a video of the performance. We had our final dinner at the Canaletto restaurant (see picture) with excellent Italian cuisine and finished our ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia August 9th 2012

On clearing skies, we sailed toward Victoria, B.C. arriving at 12 pm. At 9:30, we finalized our art purchase, Bob performed in the talent show, had lunch on board, and ventured off in Victoria. So, after walking about a mile from the main ship harbor to the Empress Hotel, we rested up, and reached Starbucks where I sit blogging on their free Wifi. Lots of people out on the streets, including musicians. It is a beautiful sunny day, finally feels like summer! Pictures of Bob at the talent show accompany this blog as well as pictures of beautiful victoria. We haven't been here in over 10 years. Victoria pictures include the Parliment Building and Victoria Harbour and The Empress Hotel. Tonight we'll have our final dinner at the Canaletto restaurant (if we get back in time, ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska August 8th 2012

Well day 20 of our trip and we are having a sea day having left Sitka and steaming (actally probably more like dieseling) toward Vitoria, BC. I'm actually typing this from the Starbucks in Victoria, but I'll get to that later. We attended another art auction (shucks, we didn't win the $500 credit), and are considering a couple more pictures, hey, the campagne flows freely and increases are art interest accordingly! Unlike my travelers in the Casino, at least we end up with art we like. And the purchases go toward future Holland America Mariner status levels. We had a rehearsal for the Talent Show which is Thursday before debarking at Victoria. I was talked in to participating. Will sing Strangers in Paradise. We got up really late this morning(lost an hour switching back to Arizona ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska August 7th 2012

Good afternoon all, It's Tuesday, we are in Sitka, and I'm sitting in Wells Fargo Bank doing my Blog. Free Wifi in Sitka, even on the street. Susan is shopping and this seemed like a great time to catch up. A Russian Orthodox church dominates the skyline of Sitka although there are not many big places in Sitka. (I'm having troube uploading some pictures so will try to include them in my next blog. Sitka was the ancestral home fo the Tlingit Indian Nation. Russians came at the end of the 18th century and then eventually sold Alaska to the US in 1867 for $7.2 million in gold. From 1867-1912, Sitka was the capital of Alaska. Weather in Sitka this morning is misting rain, about 55 degrees but pleasant. We tendered in from the boat to ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska August 6th 2012

Just to catch up, after coming back on board, we had a Savory & Swirl culinary event onboard (see picture) with chef and assistant. We left a soggy but delightful Kodiak Island last night and cruised today through Hubbard Bay Glacier, one of the longest at 7 miles. It is an advancing glacier, moving forward more than the combination of new snow and ice annualy produced and caling (ice breaking off) whereas Mendinhall Glacier is a receding glacier. See pictures of Hubbard. The ice was blue as has been the ice in the 3 glaciers we've seen. Not as high as I imagined but still dramatic. These pictures don't give the sense of majesty. Did hear ice breaking off in big boom sounds today. It was cold and rainy but I wasn't out long, just to ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska August 5th 2012

Greatings Lower 48'rs: We are in a McDonalds in Kodiak where free Wifi is offered so will try to catch up with the Blog. Saturay in Homer was a dreadful weather day, rainy and cold. We walked off the ship and walked right back on. We were docked a mile from town. The wind was blowing rain and people coming back on the ship said basically it was't worth it. Didn't need any more convincing than that. There is plenty to do on the ship. We rested, read and played cards, watched the movie The Iron Lady (excellent film about Margaret Thatcher) and Bob sang a couple songs with a band on live Karaoke night. Today we are in Kodiak, another cold, rainy day but we decided to brave the elements, took a taxi into town ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska August 3rd 2012

Greetings all in the Lower 48. Our best Alaska weather day yet. We docked in Anchorage about 7 am to a glorious sunny day. In the low 60s, the best ALASKA day yet. Didn't even bring our rain coats out. Had breadfast, took a shuttle provided by Holland America down town and are enjoying no sales tax in Anchorage, free wifi in Nordstroms and the convention center so I'm able to blog and charge my phone at the same time. We also found a wine store at reasonable prices (forget buying wine on the ship unless you like to spend $30 or more per bottle!). We stopped at the visitor center and talked to a volunteer who winters in El Mirage and summers up here. There are quite a few Arizona folks on the cruise as ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska August 2nd 2012

Well, time to catch up. On Wednesday, we arrived at Icy Strait Point, AK. See pictures. I'm not sure why, they must have paid off Holland America to make this a day stop. After tendering in to shore, to a cannery converted to shops, what else, we walked around, took some pictures and went back early on board. The weather wasn't bad for a change, very little rain. But essentially a wasted stop in our view. We continue to enjoy the onboard entertainment, especially the classical violinist from Budapest. After trying out several dining options on board, we also have decided the Lido deck restaurant which is a very casual buffet is fine for breakfast only. The other onboard restaurants are much better food wise and service-wise as well. Thursday was a bit of a rock ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska July 31st 2012

Arrived at 8 am, had breakfast and was off the ship by 9:30. Did a little shopping on Franklin Street, then met up with friends Kathryn and Chuck for a tour of the Juneau. The Mendenhall Glacier is right outside of Juneau (pictures) and at 1 1/2 miles wide, is a large blue ice glacier with salmon in streams and nice path ways for observation. We got our National Park stamp at the visitor's center, felt 200 year old ice (it was cold), saw some salmon and a black bear (pretty hidden in the trees) so more easily seen with the human eye than a picture. Next we drove out to a famous glacier view spot for more pictures (see pictures with flowers). On to a beautfiul spot on the water that is a catholic retreat ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska July 30th 2012

Just to finish up our Ketchikan evening, I sang at the Karaoke Superstar night in the Crows Nest and got big ovations for both songs. Performed "My Way" and "I Left My Heart." Had to choose from the song list provided, could not use my own discs. So based on feedback, I've entered the contest to be decided on the last night of the cruise. Holland America also has a talent show on last day, not a contest, so will enter that as well. A backup group is available to use for accompaniment. It occurred to me that we never showed you our cabin so here's a taste in pictures. Monday, was a cruise day...went into Tracy Arm and saw the South Sawyer glacier. We had never seen blue ice before and it is really a ... read more
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