Sunday, May 22, 2011
I had a rare weekend off from the gym and coaching this weekend (because the gym was closed for a tournament) and so I was able to spend all weekend at home with Jason....like a mini "staycation"!!
On Friday night when we got out of work we decided to go see the new Pirates movie (opening weekend) in 3-D. I have to say that I liked it quite a bit----I'm not an avid fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise...but this was probably one of my favorites of the films. I'm pretty sure it's because mermaids were a big part of the story and film and I love mermaids...but whatever...it was a nice way to spend a Friday night.
After that relaxing evening out....it was time to knuckle down and get some work done...
So here goes....a few of the things that we got to remember this trip by:
Friday, May 20, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
- First, and most importantly, a huge THANKS (& hug) goes out to my dear friend (and fellow Disney cruise enthusiast) Hadley. I haven't mentioned it previous to this post, but the only reason any of you were able to read this blog during our trip was because when I realized that the ship's internet service was going to block my ability to blog, Hadley stepped right in and volunteered to post our blogs for us. So every day I would write out the blog in an email and send it to her and then send her a separate email with a compressed file with all the necessary pictures. She would then log in for us, piece it all together, do the necessary edits and post it. Without her not only would there not have been a blog up to this point, really---but I'm not sure I would have had the energy to come home and try to catch it all up now!
Nonetheless----the vacation had to end.....
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The seas were not entirely smooth, but they were decidedly smoother than they had been on the way North-----I'm assuming that has something to do with being in a slightly more land-locked waterway rather than open sea….but I may be wrong. Also, the shore line (on either or both sides) along the way was much closer and so lent itself to more great views.
This was a unique day because it was a port day for us...but it was a late port day. We're used to waking up and the ship is either already in the port or is pulling in shortly and you get off the boat first thing in the morning. We weren't due to arrive in Ketchikan until around noon, however...so that gave everyone on the ship all morning to sleep in or find something to do.
Saturday morning found us arriving in the capital of Alaska, Juneau. Juneau is a much bigger city than Skagway was----but was still had a very Alaska feel---especially because the city of Juneau apparently has no roads into or out of it. There are roads within and throughout Juneau (I think our tour guide told us there are less than 200 miles of paved roads in the entire city)----but all of those roads dead end at the edge of the city or just beyond it. So it is impossible to drive to or from this city. You must get there by boat or plane. It's a little odd to think about as a "lower 48-er" where it feels like every city is connected to every other city in some way....but Juneau is kind of an island on land!
As was becoming the norm in Alaska, the views were picturesque. As you can see from the picture here, taken out the window of our cabin, this city (and the entire state of Alaska it would seem) is one giant postcard----and it's AMAZING! You can't really tell it from this picture either (it was taken pretty early)....
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday morning found us pulling into Skagway, Alaska. This Alaskan port gave us another opportunity to bust out a new custom door magnet (pictured here). This one is particularly fun because all the components except the lettering and the background are 3-dimensional (they're cut-outs for scrap-booking) that blend the great outdoors and Disney as themes-----so we thought they made for a great Disney Alaskan magnet!
So, we knew that our good luck with the weather couldn't last forever. We've had some blustery days and some rough seas and some gray skies....but not very many that were really kinda nasty. Unfortunately, Skagway welcomed us with rain in the morning and it was not very warm either. THIS is the Alaska weather that everyone had warned us about. Still, Jason and I weren't freezing (we're from Upstate NY after all and it was snowing the week we LEFT for this vacation----and rumor has it that it snowed in Syracuse while we were here at least once, too!).....but even still----gray skies, rain and wind are never a welcome sight on vacation!
Even still, however, we soldiered on.....
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Well it's 8:30am on Sunday morning, May 8th here and for those of us from the USA it's Mother's Day-----we're off the coast of Alaska in the Pacific where we don't have any cell service. That means we can't call our moms to wish them a Happy Mother's Day or tell them we love them (although I did send an email).....
....so we thought we'd do a quick departure from our trip report blog and send out a blog message (since we hope our mothers are reading this blog)....
As I mentioned in the last blog, our Thursday was technically a day at sea because we were not getting off the boat. We did have some sights to see, however, because it was the day we were scheduled to go through Tracy Arm. I'll warn you now that this is a very picture-heavy blog (some of you will likely love that, others will be bored with all the pictures of scenery! LOL)
Because Tracy Arm is technically in Alaskan waters (we think), we considered this our first day IN Alaska....and so we put out our first of two Alaska door magnets (our main picture on this blog today)----which we also made over 50 copies of and shared with all our DISBoard fish extender friends, as well! :) Even though Tracy Arm was the highlight of the day...we had several other things on the agenda....so I'll talk a bit about some of those before we get to the scenic view(s).....
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Well, on May 4th we were at sea making our way from Canada up to Alaska! The route we are taking is called the "outside pass" (or at least that's what WE are all calling it because we're not taking the INSIDE pass! LOL). We have a day at sea, then a second day at sea although that second day is technically a day in Tracy Arm (a fjord in Alaskan waters----more on that in the next blog) then our 3 ports (Skagway, Juneau & Ketchikan) before a final sea day and then we get off the ship in Vancouver (BOOOOO!!! lol). Here is an illustration/map of the Alaskan portion of our voyage:
Days at sea are lovely because they are relaxing.....and today fell squarely into that category....
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Greetings from Vancouver---where we spent Tuesday....the last day of our first cruise and first day of our second cruise! This picture is again going to be credited to our friend Sandi who emailed it to us----it's a picture of the Wonder in the port of Vancouver. Doesn't she look pretty?!?!
So, Vancouver day had arrived. We had a full morning and day planned because we planned on doing a Disney shore excursion in the port, then re-board the ship and get ready for another "first day" of cruising----Sail Away Party, fun with friends, dinner.....ah...this is the life!! When we awoke, this is the view from our balcony:
This picture makes it look a little dreary/cloudy...but really it wasn't...it was just early. I think this photo was taken at about 7:00am. We got up that early because we had an early excursion and we needed to eat breakfast first....
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Also....we are on our way to Alaska...we had a great day in Vancouver (which I will post soon...once I've had a chance to sort through our pictures and rest a bit and write)......but in the meantime I thought I'd post some portraits/pictures from the past several days of our trip.....
So anyway----Victoria, Canada. We were able to sleep in a bit this morning, which was nice. We had our traditional character breakfast with a chance to meet some of the world-famous Disney Characters, but it wasn't until 9:30am and our excursion was not actually until 11:45am (because we weren't even scheduled to pull into port until after 10:30 and I think we were still running a little bit late from the appendicitis incident from a couple nights ago----although I also think that the captain hauled some serious butt to pick up lost time and keep us as close to on schedule as possible! LOL).
Monday, May 2, 2011
Our Sunday was a day at sea---which means a day of relaxing and just enjoying the ship and each other and our friends on the ship. There aren't a lot of pictures in today's post since we didn't do much.....but here goes....
We woke up kind of early for a day with nothing to do really....but there was an important reason. You'll recall that earlier on in this trip, we had the chance to meet up with a woman named Deb Wills, the founder of www.allears.net when she was at DisneyLand....well she is on both these cruises with us, as well----and she had a special event planned for this Sunday morning.
Well as I mentioned....San Francisco was an overnight port for us----so after a long day on Friday, we went to bed and were up bright and early Saturday morning. On Friday we did not do an official Disney Cruise excursion, as you'll recall---we just ventured out on our own. On Saturday, we didn't do an excursion through DCL either....but we didn't exactly venture out on our own either. A friend from a previous cruise (and a mutual friend through many of the wonderful DIS people that we've already mentioned in these blogs) named Michael actually organized a group adventure for a bunch of people for this second day in San Francisco and we were invited to join them.