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Discovering Alaska Part II: Leaving Vancouver for Ketchikan

Sail Away from Vancouver, Canada toward Ketchikan, Alaska

We woke up to an overcast sky on our second and last day in Vancouver. I wanted to get an early start before we had to leave the hotel for the Port of Vancouver later in the day. A tip from the doorman of the Four Seasons directed us to a lovely little cafe a few blocks away for an enormous as well as delicious breakfast. As my husband and I devoured the Breakfast Special of the day, I looked around at the Jazz inspired cafe decor and the busy street outside and had a difficult time remembering that I was actually in a foreign country. The weather changed to rain as we walked back to the hotel, so I headed for the Pacific Center Mall where I found a multitude of shops including the familiar Sears department store. I hurriedly bought a large umbrella, since I forgot to bring one from home and sorted through more Canada memorabilia before finishing my shopping for the day. Leaving the Mall, I stepped outside and found once again that the weather had changed, this time to warm and sunny. Sensing a preview a things to come, I walked down the street and took a few last photos before heading back to the Four Seasons to check in for the cruise.

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Vancouver Street scene
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Vancouver Street Near Four Seasons hotel
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Princess Cruises makes Embarkation very easy for passengers who use their host hotels and transfers to the ship. Reginald and I found a ballroom near the lobby where Princess representatives were set up to take our cruise documents and passports and issue our cruise cards for the Diamond Princess. All that was left to do was board the transportation to the ship (our luggage had been taken on ahead early that morning) and take a last look around Vancouver as we rode to the Pier. Boarding the ship was easy and took less than 15 minutes. I looked around the Atrium area of the Diamond Princess and thought she was a right fine looking ship!

Diamond Princess Atrium
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Diamond Princess Lobby
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Stepping out on to the balcony of our mini-suite, I sighed in pleasure as I looked out over the beautiful port building and the harbor. Several ships were already sailing out ahead of us and they made a lovely sight against the gorgeous shoreline. After taking some photos and accepting a glass of champagne from our cabin steward, I started the task of unpacking so that I could relax later and enjoy the Sailaway from Canada.

Vancouver Port Building
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Vancouver Harbor
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Another ship leaving Port
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Me on our balcony
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Electing to enjoy Sailaway from our cabin, my husband and I sipped wine, took photos and relaxed in the quiet peacefulness of the sound of the ocean, watching the shoreline slowly fade into the distance. Such wonderful scenery! For more than an hour we sailed along the Canadian coastline before heading out to sea toward Ketchikan, Alaska. " What on earth took me so long to book this cruise?" I thought as I leaned on the railing to get my last glimpse of Vancouver. With a start like this, I could only imagine what wonders were yet to come!

Goodbye Vancouver!
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Next up, our first port of call, Ketchikan, Alaska. To be continued......

Gerri Grant Gipson Esq.

Posted by Gerriv 14:43

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