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What a Rush: Alaskan Cruise Vacation: Boarding the Ship

220px-Alaska_flag_benny_bensonHello again, if you’ve been following this blog, you know that on Day 2 we arrived in Seward Alaska. Situated at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest communities. It was named after William H. Seward who orchestrated the Alaska purchase from Russia in 1867. Founded in 1903, Seward sits at Mile 0 of the famous Iditarod Trail, and id the rail head from the port to the Alaskan interior.  It was also home to Benny Benson the Aleut boy who at age 13, designed what would eventually become the flag for the State of Alaska in 1959.

The most amazing thing about Seward was seeing our ship docDSCF6006ked beside a huge marina and ship yard.  The Celebrity Millennium loomed large and as John and I left the bus to board, we didn’t know what to expect. Never having been on a cruise before, we’d heard nightmares about line-ups and problems, but boarding was quick and easy. Within minutes we were through the check-in, sea passes in hand and sipping champagne in a welcome aboard toast. Wish I’d had time to fix my hair. Seward0002Finishing our champagne, we headed over to the elevator and up to the ninth floor to find our room ready and waiting for us along with some neat freebies, including a bottle of sparkling white wine, bedroom slipp11355443_10153030606058981_1945749377_ners, and some neat reusable bags. We had the loan of an umbrella and a pair of binoculars if we needed them. Since we had to wait for our large bags, we decided to tour the ship. Below is the grand foyer where we boarded. The Celebrity Millennium is an awesome ship, and the service was out of this world. IMG_0214 As Aqua class patrons, we had the choice of eating whenever we wanted between 6 and 9:30 each evening. The first night, we had lifeboat drill before setting sail and then the fun started. We were in awe of everything–the ship, its various areas and of course the view. Here is the outdoor pool deck and the view from sitting down having a beer, we could see the mountains towering above the ship.DSCF6010 We were on our way. It never got dark enough out to see the stars, and we sat well past eleven on our balcony watching the Alaskan coastline go by.

DSCF6016  Discovering we had an all-inclusive drinks package was a real bonus. Eventually, just after midnight,. we went to bed. Tomorrow, we’d continue with a sea day as we headed to the Hubbard Glacier!




Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have published 24 manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.

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