12th Aug2011

Alaska Day 2 – Onward to Seward

by Jeff McNeil

After our long and relaxing morning Jenn and I left the Courtyard Marriott and went to the Anchorage Airport to meet our shuttle bus that would take us to Seward, where the cruise ship was docked.  The scheduled time of the pickup was 1pm.  Jenn and I were there at 12:30 to be sure we didn’t miss it.  1pm came and went, 2 pm the same.  I called at exactly 2pm to see where the bus was, the guy on the other side of the phone said to be patient he was sure the bus was around the corner.  I waited another 20 minutes before calling again and getting a different person who said the same thing.  She said he had some drop offs that were very far out of the normal area and that took longer.  Well the bus arrived at 2:30pm and when the group of us asked where he was and why it took so long he said, “I know, I have been getting a lot of calls.”  He didn’t apologize or say sorry or give a reason why he was late, just that he got a ton of calls. According to my confirmation email, gratuities are not included in the price of the ticket, yeah and they will stay not included.

The trip took us just shy of 3 hours to get from Anchorage to Seward.  Once at the docks we went right through the ticketing line and were on the ship in less than 5 minutes.  We went to go look for Denise and Spanky and found them in their rooms on the deck above ours.  Folloing a short hi and hello, Jenn and I went to explore the ship.  We climbed the rock wall and had the drink of the day, Summer Breeze.  It was a good drink that I wish I could have tons more of, but on cruise ships, all alcohol costs $.

That night the 6 of us, Denise, Spanky, Elise, Bruce, Jenn and I had a lovely dinner in the main dining hall here and then retired to our cabins for some much needed rest.  It has been a wild trip to get us to the cruise but we are happy to be on it.  I am sending this post to you from the internet café here on board, and then plan to go check out the shops while I wait for Jenn to get done with her massage and facial.

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