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Day 1 Embarkation Day - Seattle, WA

When & Where HAL Eurodam

sunny 75 °F

This was going to be an exciting trip. First time traveling with Holland America, going to Alaska, traveling with a few friends, and traveling with my older sister who I hadn't had a chance to catch up with in a long time.

The group of us all flew up a day before the cruise. This allowed us to get into Seattle before hand and ensure any delays due to weather or mechanicals. We had a hotel near the airport, and once we settled in, we settled in our rooms, and all decided it would be nice to take the light rail downtown and enjoy dinner, and a healthy walk.

The next morning, we had a nice breakfast at the hotel, then shuttled to the port. Thankfully, we had gotten to the port early enough to be processed, get our keys, and get to our room and start touring the ship. Since there were a total of 4-couples, we all had to ensure we knew of each others room numbers in case we wanted to coordinate any coffee times, tea times, meet times, and excursion times.

Once everyone was settled in, it was time to get up to the deck for the departure snacks and drinks, and to watch the ship leave the Seattle port. The ship was a true sight to behold. Holland America's distinct White and dark Navy Blue colors really make the ship stand out. I did notice that in each corridor, there was a ship in the carpet with the bow of the ship facing the actual bow of the boat. This allowed you to know which was the front or back. Also, the elevators had the day of the week 'mats' on the floor so through-out the week, you knew which day it was.

I had a balcony room, but really didn't use it as we were on an Alaskan Cruise, and it would get cooler as the week progressed. However, having an obstructed view with lifeboats just outside didn't really matter much. (if we were on a Caribbean cruise, may have thought otherwise.

Figured out where the theater was, where dining room was, where we would meet for coffee and tea, and just places to relax.

Lots more to talk about for the upcoming days.

Until Next Time,

Posted by Sluggoaafa 16:04 Archived in USA Tagged vacation alaska america holland hal eurodam

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