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On Board!!!

July 8, 2009

Yesterday, we set off on our latest adventure with Rodney’s sister, Donna, and her husband, Peter. After an early flight out of Tyler, we waited 6 1/2 hours for a flight from DFW to Vancouver, BC.  Although delayed by an hour and a half, and although we had numerous gate changes, our flight was uneventful.  We arrive in Vancouver airport about 11 pm Texas time.  The air was cool and there was a subtle mist in the air.  The coolness was quite welcome after our 100 plus temperatures of the last few days at home.  We passed the night in a beautiful room near Gastown in the Hampton Inn, not too far from the cruise port. 

Today, after a very nice breakfast and a leisurely morning, we took a walk around the area close to the hotel, stopping at Library Square.  I really liked that.  This building is several stories high and encompasses about 1/2 a block.  It houses the Vancouver public library but also contains book stores, small stationery stores, tiny cafes, and coffee shops.  We had a most excellent cup of Joe and then returned to the hotel lobby where our luggage was waiting for us.  We and it were loaded onto a van shuttle to the cruise terminal.

The lines were long but fast moving.  There’s nothing like a cruise crew to move things right along.  After passing through customs and showing our passports lots of times, we had our pictures made and were give our sea pass cards.  Then…at last…we entered the ship via the deck 3 gangway. 

It’s always fun to get on board a cruise ship.  In Vancouver the area around the cruise terminal is also a park.  Canada Place has several levels.  The port level has driving lanes and loading areas for the ship.  The second level is for loading passenger and the upper levels allow local folks to walk and shop, while waving to the passengers as they hang off the balconies like Rodney and Peter are doing as we speak.  They are fascinated by all the activity below as luggage and foodstuffs are placed on board by cranes and forklifts running at top speeds to get it all in place before our 5:30 sail aweigh time. 

Still left today is the lifeboat drill, dinner in the dining room, and a show in Pharoah’s Palace. … Who would have thought about being over 50 as so much fun?  More tomorrow from the inside passage, Alaska.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 9, 2009 1:42 am

    Have fun. I love Vancouver.

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