Cruising with Friends: Days 20-29

Well, hello again!  I hope you’ll forgive my absence this week.  As I mentioned, I had friends come cruising with me (they were official passengers and everything!), and so the time I usually spend blogging was spent talking with my husband – because the time usually spent talking with him was spent hanging out with them!  Not that I minded too much – it was wonderful to see friends and to share Alaska with them.

So, in lieu of the couple of posts I would have written this week, here’s a whole bunch of photos over that period, including some shots my friend Celeste took of me performing!  (Not pictured: the three of us eating amazing food.  Often.)

Sea Day – “Stardust” show

Stardust Magic MomentCandace, Max, and three dancers (Jess, Kori, and Paige, from left to right) with me in the “Magic Moments” medley – such a gorgeous number!

Ketchikan – Hiking and “Once Upon a Dream” show

I took Celeste and her boyfriend Marc on the Deer Mountain trail I hiked in the rain last week, fortunately under relatively clear skies.  So this time, when we reached the Scenic Waypoint, we could see things!  And wow, did Alaska deliver.  Just look at this:

DeerMountainWaypointThe hike itself was much more enjoyable in dry weather.  On the way back down, I snuck off the trail into what I call my Mossy Glen, which is pretty much a little girl’s imagination of a fairy habitat – covered in soft, spongy moss in lush shades of green (the camera color isn’t quite right).

The Mossy GlenCeleste and Marc played shutterbug a lot, which was welcome both for the break for my legs and for the opportunity to engage more closely with the world surrounding the trail – last week, I was all about moving through that forest. 🙂  I can’t wait to see some of their shots!

ShutterbugsThat night was my favorite show, “Once Upon a Dream.”  Here’s a picture Celeste was able to snap of Max and me in a number called “Now I’m Following You.”

Dreams ShotTracy Arm and Juneau

For the first time since cruising (what’s the point without friends, hehe), I got up early for the Tracy Arm scenic cruising we do each week.  Tracy Arm is a lovely fjord that ends right near an enormous glacier, with some beautiful views.  So we rolled ourselves out of bed and up to the Lido Deck just in time to see the glacier before the ship turned around and cruised back out to the Inside Passage.

That icy mass in the middle of the mountains is the glacier.
That icy mass in the middle of the mountains is the glacier.

Afterwards we had breakfast and watched the fjord glide past the windows of the dining room – I could get used to that view while dining!  (Though I admit this particular shot is from down in my stateroom later.)


I didn’t end up getting off in Juneau, since we did an extra show of “Once Upon a Dream” for the creative staff that had come up from L.A., and I was pretty tired afterwards.


I took exactly one picture while in Skagway.  Too busy savoring my lavender shortbread and enjoying the touristy shops with Celeste.  In honor of my husband (who is obsessed), I give you Russian-nested penguins.

PenguinsSea Day – “Motown Medley” piazza performance

I haven’t mentioned this fun Motown Medley we do in the piazza, but we performed it for the first time this cruise!  It’s ten minutes of great songs like “Reach Out,” “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” and “ABC.”  And Candace and I get to wear Tina Turner-style dresses!  Whee.

MotownNot pictured: me unable to keep myself from dancing like an absolutely FOOL at the 50th anniversary balloon drop after our “Colors of the World” performances that night.  This is in part because Celeste and Marc left before I lost all inhibition (smart ones, they are!).  I REGRET NOTHING.

Victoria, British Columbia

It was a beautiful, if slightly chilly, evening for a two-hour walk along the beach and boardwalk of Victoria.  After two days at sea, I relish the time to walk!  The Empress Hotel was gorgeously lit, and I couldn’t resist snapping a picture.

Which reminds me that I didn’t share my pictures of downtown Victoria from last week!  If you’ll forgive the time jog, I explored the harbor and downtown area, including the Parliament building…

VictoriaParliament…the town’s famous flowers…

VictoriaFlowers…the super-fancy Empress Hotel…

EmpressHotel…and Victoria’s shopping district, including this very creative street busker, Darth Vader the Fiddler:

Points (and tips) for originality
Points (and tips) for originality

Finally, as I walked home (two trips ago), I was treated to a stunning sunset with the crescent moon and Venus ornamenting the beautiful cruise ships.  (Last night’s sunset was also beautiful, shocking orange clouds against a dusky periwinkle sky, but I didn’t capture any photos.)


Okay, so this week, I have to remember how to cruise without my best friend onboard.   I think the newness of everything is starting to fade into routine, which is a good thing, but it means I’ve started to feel more loneliness, homesickness, and just emotion in general.  I don’t mind, particularly, as I admit I’m one of those dramatic types who enjoy ALL THE FEELINGS, but it will be interesting to see how I can keep it in check and stay focused on enjoying the moment.

Though I am an employee of Princess Cruises, all opinions are mine only and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

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