From Vancouver to Beijing! What a cruise!

THIS PAGE covers Alaska and the Bering Sea crossing.

PAGE 2 is the Oriental part of the cruise, Sapporo to Beijing.

PAGE 3 is our post cruise tour of China

Here's to the start of another adventure!  This 22 day cruise starts in Vancouver, BC and ends in the port of Beijing, China.  We are adding some time at the end to better explore the Great Wall and Terra Cotta Warriors.  Traveling companion and dear friend Susan and I are enjoying the perks of Elite membership in the Skywalker Lounge.  Special hors'd oeuvres each evening add a nice touch to the Princess experience.  Skywalker Lounge is also a great place to view and enjoy Glacier Bay and College Fjord.   Totem Bight Park with its historic totems and potlach house have long been a favorite place of mine in Ketchikan.  Weather, while cool and overcast, was pleasant throughout most of our travels. #3
Skagway is noted for its Gold Rush atmosphere and narrow gauge railway up Whitehorse Pass.  Here's the snowblowing train used on the railway. Although we saw humpback whales, Dahl's dolphins and seals while at sea, this seal is hangining around the salmon hatchery outside of Juneau, looking for an easy meal.

Glacier Gardens in Juneau is a floral delight.  The size of the begonias is amazing.  And using uprooted trees as planters is eyecatching! Mendenhall Glacier is still impressive although it has indeed receded in the 30 years we have been cruising to Alaska. Our photo from 1986 with our cab driver shows the changes in the glacier as well as in the tourist!
Chef's Table Dinner is quite an event.  One starts with a visit to the working galley for special hors d'oeuvres and champagne then moves on to the dining room for an outstanding meal paired with wine. The undivided attention of the executive chef and maitre d' don't detract, either! The risotto and the sugar decorations were particularly outstanding. The guest list is limited to 10 or 12 so make reservations soon after boarding. It's well worth the surcharge.
Glacier Bay is always magnificent. Fortunately, we had overcast but clear weather and the ambient temperature was cool, not cold, at least for short outside jaunts. The ship is beautifully decorated.
Dinner at Savoy Dining Room Pizza at Sea
Six days at sea with our time jumping ahead an hour nearly each night as we crossed the Bering Sea gave us opportunity to rest up, eat at the various venues aboard the Diamond Princess, and enjoy the lovely ship. We crossed the International Dateline. Is it Tuesday yet?
We played morning trivia frequently  Our team included Susan, Ida and Ken, all Californians, and Paula from Brisbane. We were always bridesmaids, never the winning bride but we scored close to the winners. Land Ho!


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THIS PAGE covers Alaska and the Bering Sea crossing.

PAGE 2 is the Oriental part of the cruise, Sapporo to Beijing.

PAGE 3 is our post cruise tour of China