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North to Alaska: First Day on Board

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While we had been at dinner our first night, someone emptied the garbage and deposited complimentary black, reusable (Holland America branded) bags on the beds. A basket of mixed fruit awaiting our arrival yesterday included a sheet to tick off new choices. New fruit decorated the small pedestal table by the loveseat.

I woke in the night with a queasy stomach. In the early morning, it was truly upset. I wondered if it had anything to do with the food last night—not the four measly ounces of wine, surely. I managed to rally though, food again on my mind or was it my stomach talking?

                                                     Water, water everywhere

Nervous about strangers going through our things, we hung the privacy sign outside our door before going to breakfast. It appeared everyone on the ship came to eat at the same time, at the same restaurant as if all the others were closed. We squeezed in next to another couple who were from Washington State. A Michigan couple joined us: a stunning, warm, and fun loving Peruvian woman; her American husband was less so.

Talked out and full after eating—three cups of coffee for me—we explored levels four and five. Guess what we found. A lending library. I drooled over the books despite having packed my own and we each took out two. Why? Maybe because we could. When would we have time to read? No matter. Preparedness is my middle name.

After much finagling, we figured out how to plug in Mary’s phone (an ordinary plug over the room’s desk. Sheesh.) Lucky I brought my (plug) converter as the other one would no accommodate the plug for my iPad.

The hair blower hid in the desk drawer not on the shelf in the bathroom as we turned the room upside down looking for it. Success was useless as the too large prongs refused to fit any of the outlets, even the one in the bathroom.

The privacy sign had not deterred the stateroom attendants from knocking after we returned from breakfast. They insisted on doing up the room—protocol and all that—though we suggested we’d look after the room. The incompatibility of plug and hair blower developed into a hot topic with the attendants. Their efforts failed, too. They promised to bring another one and told us to put this one back in the drawer.

“Won’t the next people have the same problem?” I asked.

Mary later solved the mystery by trying the outlets over the desk again and good thing as no one brought another dryer throughout our seven-day cruise. Some things you cannot be shy about. A working hair dryer is a must.

An announcement came over the PA system after lunch:

  • 334 nautical miles from Vancouver
  • 467 remaining to Juno
  • 10:30 tonight, between Canada and U.S. border
  • At 2:00 a.m. the clock will go back an hour.
  • Naturalist talk outside at scheduled times. (Too damp to attend)

I had a salad for lunch and a pizza slice. I should have stopped at the salad. Orange cheese on pizza? Awful. Awful. The dough, black olives, onions, mushrooms etc. were okay—no, they were tasteless. This did not taste like pizza and I can make no comparisons. Mozzarella instead might have helped.

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Next on April 6th – North to Alaska: Snooping Around

© 2018 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

41 thoughts on “North to Alaska: First Day on Board

  1. This sounds more like a Chinese tour than to Alaska. Orange cheese on pizza? Whoever heard of such a thing.

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  2. I’m sorry you had such a grim start Tess and what a disappointment that the room staff didn’t honour their promise. I hope the food undergo’s a sea change before you get much further or you’re goint to starve.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Hi David! The staff was outstanding in every other way and we didn’t care that they didn’t bring a new dryer because we got it to work. Had we not, well… you can imagine the demands for attention, then.
      Massive hugs back. 😀

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  3. Seems you headed North to Alaska immersed in a comedy of errors, Tess 🙂 Hope things improved by dinnertime ❤

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  4. Not the most perfect beginning to your adventure Tess.

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  5. Not a great start? I am going to Naples later in April and will report back on the real pizza experience!

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    • Yes, please do, Andrew. I’ve only had one REAL Italian pizza when I hosted a couple young Italian girls. They made pizza for me. The pizza dough was familiar enough but then they thinly sliced potatoes on top. All I remember is I didn’t hate it but cannot recall if they added anything else as a topping. Seems not, but not positive.

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  6. So far, I’m not excited about this Holland America cruise–but I am excited to read your review!

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  7. I’m kind of waiting out this part……waiting on the exciting and thrilling part…..and the good food.

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  8. I love traveling with you Tess you just make me giggle!!Happy Easter 🐇🐰🐣🐥🐤💜💜

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  9. We have never set foot on a cruise ship. I don’t think your beginning description is luring me any closer. Hoping the journey improved over the days.

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    • I did a cruise on the Yangtze, the dirty yellow river that put me off cruising. Anyway, I’m more for being out and about on dry land, when it’s dry than held captive because of the surrounding water. I don’t do water walking. I can’t even swim that well. 😀 😀

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  10. Funny how food and hairdryers can define an experience. Here’s to plugins and bette cheese choices.

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  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    My second travels of every weekend is in the company of Tess Karlinski.. we have been to China and Nova Scotia together and she is great company… even if I am on the other end of the Internet… anyway Tess is on her way to Alaska aboard her cruise ship… slight issues with electric sockets and supper might have been a little too orange…. always a pleasure and I suggest you head over and join Tess yourself in her stateroom….

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  12. We took a cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage on a Holland cruise ship and absolutely loved it! We thought the ship was gorgeous, food delicious (I ate salmon every day), ship workers incredibly nice, we met lovely people at our table every night, and my word Alaska was amazing! I always enjoy the attendants coming in and tidying up and leaving us those cute folded towels. I believe there is a safe in the room to keep your valuables, if you are concerned or I believe even at the desk, they have something like a safety deposit box. The shows were good but I enjoyed bingo and my husband a cooking demonstration. Also, the pool and hot tub were fun to use! Oh and we got a couple’s massage and I believe the women were Swedish–great hands. I do hope you enjoy the rest of your cruise!

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    • Wow, Wanda. Sounds you had a fantastic time. We did meet wonderful people and had outstanding experiences. for the long days the staff put in, they were super friendly. Always. The air was so clean and the sunsets of colorful hues but fast to slip away. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your adventure, too. 🙂

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  13. I’ve often thought of taking a cruise to Alaska. You get to see places that aren’t accessible by land, and I hear it’s majestic. I’m sure there will be a few more glitches, but it’s going to great overall, Tess. Take lots of pictures. 🙂

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    • I don’t want to spoil the rest of this tour but mountains are indeed majestic and humbling.
      Haha. I never do anything the easy way. At least glitches make things interesting. I took this tour in May of 2017. I don’t think I could post in real time because of so many distractions and problems with internet outages. 😀 ❤

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  14. Orange cheese on pizza? Wellll, Alaska IS pretty far from Italy. 🙂 Always enjoy your travel stories. They’re real-to-life and fascinating. I’d love to take a cruise to Alaska, except for the fact that I get seasick on DOCKS. xo

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  15. I think I’m late to the party, Tess–was this a cruise you went on? Looks fab.

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    • Hiya Karen: Yes, I took this cruise with my sister last May–goodness, almost a year ago. I prefer a walking tour rather than eating too much because I don’t have to cook, clean up, or do dishes. 😀 😀
      You still like your not-so-new digs? Pretty surrounds from what I remember when you posted about your move.

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  16. Thank you for sharing your travels with us, Tess. I did an Alaska cruise, land and sea, and loved it! Didn’t run into the problems you appear to be having though. Travel did get pretty rough at couple of nights. Almost the whole ship got sick. I was one of the few that didn’t. I got a front row seat at the show that night. HA! Hope the rest of the cruise is better for you. Hugs x

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    • Thank you, Janice, for reading. I haven’t been in blog world much for quite a while. I appreciate your dropping by.
      Don’t want to spoil the surprises coming up–not exactly huge but still things were interesting.
      Did you take the Alaska cruise long ago? Any whale watching on your itinerary?

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  17. I find the first night on the cruise is the worst until you get your sea legs 🙂 may I ask what ship are you sailing? I’m about to board an Alaskan cruise myself soon, and we share the middle name ‘preparedness’.

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    • We traveled on Holland American Cruises MS Volendam. It is one of their older ships but well maintained and I have no real complaints. I prefer walking tours instead of eating too much and sitting around. You’ll understand why, if you happen along again. 🙂

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  18. Hiya. Thanks for the visit. We sailed on Holland America Line, the Volendam, an older ship but kept shipshape. Hope your weather is good. I believe that’s crucial to a wonderful holiday experience. 😀

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