Sunday, September 28, 2014

North to Alaska [2014 - Day 2]

Thanks for joining us for a look back 3 weeks ago today ... Day 2 of a voyage Seattle to Alaska and return. The photo above is just before sunrise looking out to the east on starboard side of Golden Princess. The mountains along the coast of British Columbia make a nice backdrop. The GPS tells us we are moving north at about 20 miles per hour. This day is called a "Day at Sea" since there are no port stops. Itinerary and map are below.

We stopped by the Horizon Court (buffet dining area) for a cup of coffee and then went out for a walk to explore the ship.

Too early for a dip in the hot tub?

It's still early so the crowds haven't gathered around the pool on the sky deck. The giant screen is on day and night with movies, sports events, and commentary on what we will see in the port stops ahead.

On Promenade Deck you can walk all the way around the ship. There is a little sign that tells you how many times you need to go around to equal a mile.

If you are wondering, here is how a typical interior hallway looks ...

A popular misconception among those who haven't cruised is that there is nothing to do on a cruise ship on days at sea. The truth is there is actually more to do than you can probably do. There are all sorts of events scheduled throughout the day, movies on TV, a full gym for workouts, trivia contests, seasoned travelers present information about future port stops, shopping in several onboard stores, go for a swim or hot tub, etc. etc. ... AND, always dining!  In the afternoon we walked to the back of the ship for the shots below ...

On Day 3 we will arrive in Juneau about noon time.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Looking forward to more shots/information about your cruise. Something I haven't done...yet!

  2. Looks like a nice ship, John. Is there sound blasting from that big TV? I hope not! :-)

  3. John, aren't those ships amazing? Once I got my sea legs, I really enjoyed the boat, but was a little nauseous at first. There is always a big crowd in the gambling room. Thanks for the pictures.

  4. Gorgeous scenes.I am one who has often thought that it might be boring on board ship,but I have come to realize that it likely would not be.

  5. It looks so close on that map! (alaska and Seattle)

  6. Looks very lovely. I've never been on a cruise ship. I have heard that there is lots to do but that you have to pay to use things like the salons, fitness center etc. I guess that makes sense since we also have to at home on land but it would be nice if they have some inclusive "goodies". Some day I may like to take a cruise. I've thought of the one to Alaska so will look forward to the rest of your trip.

  7. Hi John, I am back to see the rest of this series. Thank you so much for sharing!


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