Sunday, August 26, 2012

Alaskan Cruise 2012: Part 1

7-Day Glacier Bay, Roundtrip Seattle

Just returned from a cruise to Alaska aboard the Norwegian Pearl.  Our cruise began and ended in Seattle in the second week of August 2012.

Ports of call
This is our third cruise. Our first was to Hawaii aboard Holland America's SS Independence in May 1996.  The last two cruises were to Alaska aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines.  In 2004 we took a cruise aboard the Norwegian Sun via Vancouver.  There was some difference between that cruise and the one we took last week in ports of call (Wrangell instead of Victoria, B.C) and a visit to Sawyer Glacier instead of Glacier Bay, both located near Juneau.

The Ship

Norwegian Pearl

Children's Aquatic Area

One of several lounges

Shops galore
Our Suites

Our aft-facing mini-suite with balcony on deck 11 was adjacent to our nephew's and his family.


Sitting Area

Our Party

My husband and I were accompanied by our nephew, his wife and daughter.  It's much more fun to cruise with company.

Pre-dinner R & R
Ordering beverages at Java Cafe
Shortly after embarking
Enjoying a buffet lunch at Garden Cafe on the open deck
Dinner at Summer Palace
Ready to order
Niece and hubby
Mother and daughter at dinner at the Indigo
Hubby and nephew
Enjoying view from our balcony
So relaxed!

My birthday fell right in the middle of the cruise.  We enjoyed dinner at Lotus Garden.  The food was incredible throughout the cruise, and the menu at Lotus Garden was outstanding!

In Part 2 of this travelogue, I'll cover our activities aboard the ship and ports of call.

Until then,