I debated wrapping up the end of my trip with the second half of Seattle but I figured I might as well follow how my vacation went.
Day 3 of vacation was the morning blitz mode in Seattle that I wrote about HERE in the previous post.
Second half of that day was spending about an hour or so boarding the cruise ship. During the first part of the line-up, I have to be honest that I freaked out just a little when I searched all my bags and I couldn’t find my passport. Somehow I found it tucked somewhere or another. It was just hidden. Its been so many months that I can’t even remember where it finally popped up. But that is generally how I am when I travel. Good thing I pull out these documentation in advance. Imagine the stress of not finding it at the last minute and holding up the line, I can already feel the stress 😉
So, security checks and check-in for the cruise ship, getting our Norwegian Jewel card that is technically our access and payment for EVERYTHING for the 9 days on there. I can tell you one thing, the perspective of life changes a little when money becomes this behind the scenes figure (kind of). I’ll talk about the entire cruise experience when I’ve finished with everything during a recap. For now, lets get these rather uneventful Day 1 and 2 over with.
Day 1: Boarding ship and settling in!
Here’s our room, which is the first place we went after we boarded since we chose to carry our own luggages there. We didn’t bring a lot so it was light and easy.
There were no windows. We were on the 8th floor. It was a decent size and really tidy. To be honest, I really just went back to rest here between activities or sleep at night or shower between workouts and meals. I didn’t stay in there incredibly a lot so it didn’t really bother me much. It was really comfortable and the whole no windows thing made us kind of lose track of time in the mornings when we didn’t have to wake up for a tour because we couldn’t see when it was light out 😉 That’s vacation!
There was some Sailing Away activities in the afternoon as we inched closer to the 3pm time when we departed Seattle.
When we sailed away, we walked around the ship to explore what there was and where it was all situated so we’d be able to get to wherever we wanted for whatever activities soon. We peeked into the Workout room which I ended up spending a lot of time the next 9 days between trips and whatnot, starting the next day where I went two times or something since we were at sea. There were activities on the middle area with pools, sat down and enjoyed the sun a little, then found where the theatre for all the evening shows and we ended up finding the game room where we found a set of Mahjong complete with all the tiles. Guess what? My mom and her friends wanted to kill some time doing that so we did until dinner time 🙂
Our first night at dinner was the restaurant we scouted out. My mom and her friends had already been on various cruises before but its the first time they saw Asian cuisine as free dining on the cruise ship so of course, that was our first choice. Here’s what we had at this restaurant called Chin Chin.
The service was very nice. The food was very westernized. They called it Asian fusion, but its not. Although, you will see that we did end up going back for lots of dumplings and possibly fried rice 😉
To wrap up the evening, we went for an evening walk on the deck where I discovered the Spinnaker Lounge which I will end up spending nights there checking out their game/theme nights and its kind of my way to have some alone time to relax and not be rushed from point A to point B. It was still relaxing but I do enjoy time to myself.
There was also the Welcome Aboard Show at the Stardust Theatre to end off the night.
Day 2: At Sea
I was still experiencing jet lag on Day 2. I’m telling you, as I get older, this jet lag business takes longer to settle especially those 3 hours time shifts. So, guess what? I woke up at like 5 or 6 am or something and walked up to the deck and took some sunrise shots.
Fresh air, ocean in front of the us and the dawn of a new day! That was an amazing and incredible feeling! 🙂
I had an early breakfast, headed to my first ever Zumba class then because the instructor was late and the class wasn’t long, I headed up to the gym to get in some jogging and rowing, before showering and heading down for lunch. Sadly, it seems I didn’t take many pictures of the buffet portion of the trip, which I spent mostly for breakfast and lunch. I can’t remember exactly what happened but I remember activities in the middle area with the pools slowly being opened and the hot tubs and whatnot. There was the Mr. Alaska competition which was pretty entertaining, some music that followed. We sat in the sun a little, booked our tours for the next few stops and just relaxed.
I’m telling you..I love relaxing but the first two days started getting so relaxing that I didn’t really know what to do so I walked around and explored by myself, especially after I went to do a second workout and lost my mom in the process on the ship. I eventually found her right before dinner. This night, we had already said to meet at one of the main dining halls called Azura.
Azura was very accommodating, especially for my food allergies. The service was great and the food was delicious. I can’t remember the name of the food at all but I have an idea of what it all is.
We ended the evening with a show at the Stardust Theatre called Back on the Road Show. I think it was a singing show. I can’t remember anymore. Then there was a game show called Battle of the Sexes which was really funny.
Its a calm two days and nothing much to really talk about so I put them together. We arrive at Ketchikan in Alaska for our first stop the next day! 🙂