Thursday, 6 August 2015
We arrived in Seattle, Washington yesterday for a 3+ week trip to the Pacific Northwest: five days in the State of Washington; four days in Vancouver, British Columbia; seven days on an Alaska Northern Glacier cruise; and ten days in Alaska.
The five days in Washington will be family- and friend-oriented as that is where my husband Bob grew up. Vancouver is a beautiful city that we visited briefly in 2013 and are looking forward to further exploring. We actually booked the Alaskan cruise toward the end of our New Zealand cruise earlier this year–we were on the Celebrity Solstice then, and will be on the Celebrity Millennium this time. Departing from Vancouver, we will cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage and make stops at Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Skagway before disembarking in Seward.
After spending two days in Seward, we will be taking tour buses to Anchorage and Talkeetna, and a dome-top train to Fairbanks. I am especially eager for a Kenai Fjords tour to see how they compare to those we cruised through in New Zealand. Also, although it’s a little early in the year for that phenomenon, we’re hoping to view the Northern lights.
Yesterday morning we walked along the Seattle waterfront and rode the Great Wheel. Although smaller than the Melbourne Star in Australia (175 feet vs 394 feet), it is more picturesque and offers wonderful views of the waterfront and the cityscape.
The waterfront was extremely noisy due to a huge reconstruction project. So much so that we decided to board the Bainbridge Island ferry and go on to our next destination, the Suquamish Clearwater Casino, where we would be attending Bob’s 50th high school class reunion.