2014 Inside Passage to Alaska

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We started our trip in Vancouver BC after driving from home in Anacortes WA. We left early, 9:00AM and we were scheduled to leave port at 5:00 PM. Always better safe than sorry, plus we had never taken a cruise, never been to the dock area in Vancouver and had no idea about parking, customs and the amount of walking that would be involved.... We were on an adventure!

There were people from all over the globe checking in, and it was delightful finding the parking was right at the dock! Nancy had this dialed! A great travel companion!

 

The first two bins are Nancy's bags.... just kidding!
From our veranda we could see the customs area and the promenade along the dock. Great place to people watch and keep an eye on the other cruise ship docked behind us.
The size of these ships is incredible... They are like a floating city. 1928 passengers and 842 staff members. The operations of a vessel like this is fascinating in itself.
Home for the next 7 days!
Quite a bit of storage in the closets and under the bed. When we booked the bedding stated two singles pushed together to form a queen size bed. This turned out to be more like a king than a queen.
Once on board we were able to find our room with a veranda over looking the hustle and bustle below. We stowed our carry ons and headed for the top decks to get a birds eye view of what the Vancouver bay looks like from the water...
We had gorgeous weather on the day we sailed! It was actually very good for the entire trip!
Retired! Doesn't get much better than this!!!
Once we got under way the BBQ started and we were all in for a treat! Steak, salmon, chicken, salad bars, fruit bowls and gourmet deserts!
We chose Holland America as our cruise line. The princess ships took a very similar route. We were treated very well on the Zuiderdam.... felt like royalty! 24 hour room service (complimentary), casual dinning on deck 9, Lido deck (one of our favorite places!) If you want it, just ask!
Sailing out of Vancouver Bay to the inside passage along Vancouver Island.

 

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