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A Tribute to Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, 2018, from my postcard collection ...
5 Days Aboard MS Zaandam
May 1, 2018, I departed Seattle on a morning flight to San Diego where I boarded Holland America's Zaandam for a short 5-day coastal cruise up the West Coast to Vancouver BC. This is a fun way to get out on the water and take in the full cruising experience for a few days at an economical price. As usual I took a lot of pictures and have selected a few to share here on the blog. The first pic below was snapped after a very smooth boarding, dropping the bags in the stateroom, and starting a tour of the ship. The photo is looking from the Promenade Deck of the ship toward downtown San Diego. The Cruise Terminal is off to the left and, on the other side of that, another Holland ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam.
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|Downtown San Diego and the Cruise Terminal|
from the deck of the MS Zaandam
|Nieuw Amsterdam departed in the afternoon,|
hours before our ship.
|Little U. S. Coast Guard boats provide security, and, I guess,|
insure controlled access to and from cruise ships while in harbor.
Hopefully, they won't need to use the machine gun. :-)
|Speaking of security ... the Zaandam has new cameras to|
watch just about anything. I was impressed with the "windshield
wiper" (lens wiper?) and the mounting which allows looking in just about
|Promenade Deck provides a wonderful wide deck all the way around|
the ship. Signs indicated that 3 1/2 laps = 1 mile.
|Very early morning, May 2nd, on the Prom Deck.|
No, it hasn't been raining, but crew washed the deck very
early in the morning before walkers got busy.
|At first glance I thought these guys were looking for whales.|
Nope, they are looking for rare sea birds.
If they see them, they hope to get photos to share online.
|My preferred level of activity.|
|Main Lobby of the Zaandam|
|One of the Main Dining Rooms|
|Future Cruise Desk in foreground,|
Destinations Cafe in the distance.
The cafe is sort of like a Starbucks.
The Future Cruise Desk, when open, allows travelers to make
future reservations with discounted deposits.
|Wonderful model on display near the Library|
|Info plaque for the model|
American Steam Yacht Corsair -1890
Yacht Owner: J Pierpont Morgan
|Pretty neat mural near the Library|
|One of many relaxing entertainment areas.|
Live piano music in the afternoons and evenings.
|Carpets in the elevators keep you on schedule.|
This one, Thursday, May 3rd, we are scheduled for
a port stop in San Francisco.
|Early in the morning we pick up a Pilot to help|
the Captain guide the ship into Port.
This is one of the more elaborate pilot boats I've seen.
|Site of the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition|
The domed building is the Palace of Fine Arts.
More about this in the next section of this post.
|A spot I visited later in the day ... Alcatraz Island.|
|Here is how the Tractor Tug is connected to the ship to|
provide additional control and positioning.
|Approaching the Port|
|Getting tied up at the dock.|
The ropes that hold the ship to the mooring are actually quite heavy.
|Out for a tour which begins with a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge.|
We just happened to see the Zipper in action.
|Looking East across the Golden Gate Bridge|
|The Bridge is constantly being repainted ... all year, every year.|
|This pic and the next are from a visit in 2007.|
This is a cross section of one of the cables holding
the bridge in place.
|Closer look at the cable shows some of appx. 27,000 smaller wires inside.|
This had to be an engineer's dream.
|Next it's off to Alcatraz.|
Don't expect to walk up and get these tickets.
They are often sold out far in advance.
Buy tickets online or through a travel agent.
Read about and see my photos of Alcatraz here.
|Returning from Alcatraz after our tour.|
|Relaxing in the afternoon sun.|
|After two more days at sea we are headed into the|
Strait of Juan de Fuca
which separates USA and Canada.
Perfectly clear day provided a nice sunset from the ship.
The land on the right is British Columbia, Canada.
|Next morning, May 6th, approaching Lions Gate Bridge which|
defines the entrance to Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia, Canada.
|Lions Gate Bridge|
|I have arrived at Canada Place ...|
my destination for this voyage.
|Another Holland America ship is tied up behind us.|
It is the Noordam. Holland America carries on a Dutch tradition of
naming its ships with the suffix dam. What it boils down to is the
ship separates you from the water.
|Downtown Vancouver and the Waterfront|
This weekend the theme at Postcards for the Weekend is "Festivals." California welcomed the World to San Francisco in 1915 for a festival known as the Pan Pacific Exposition. Here are three old postcards, from my collection, celebrating the event. Note the 2nd and 3rd cards feature the Palace of Fine Arts, which is still in existence, and shown in my photo above as we approached San Francisco.
|San Francisco was home to the Pan Pacific Exposition|
|Beautiful Views of the Jewel City|
|Palace of Fine Arts at the Pan Pacific Exposition,|
San Francisco, 1915.
|Modern day photo Palace of Fine Arts|
from website Curbed San Francisco
|Panama Pacific Exposition San Francisco 1915|
Chicago Milwaukee & St Paul Railway
|Map of San Francisco in the Travel Brochure|
Copyright 1913 by Poole Bros. Chicago
See Enlargement Below ...
|Note: Golden Gate near top center.|
No Bridge ... It wasn't opened until 1937,
22 years after Pan Pacific Exposition
As usual, a few photos of ships coming and going here in Seattle ...
|I'd like to call this "Business and Pleasure"|
Bulk Carrier at anchor.
Cruise ship above and sailboats below.
May 19th 4:46 AM
|Container Ships Coming and Going|
May 25th 6:42 AM
|Tug and Barge headed to (probably) Alaska|
Container Ship Arriving Seattle
May 25th 6:41 AM
|NYK Line RoRo, departing from Port of Tacoma|
(RoRo = Roll On, Roll Off - Vehicle Carrier)
Port of Tacoma = Major Vehicle Import Center for USA
May 25th 5:41 AM
Arriving in early morning sunshine.
May 25th 5:40 AM
|Italia Container Ship|
May 26th 5:44 AM
|Matson Container Ship|
May 26th 1:05 PM
|M O L Container Ship|
May 26 6:25 AM
Bulk Carrier - Logs
Headed to Asia
May 26th 5:47 AM
Photos below show all 3 of the cruise ships arriving in Seattle this morning. They will disembark passengers and resupply the ship with fuel and food. Later, in the afternoon, they will embark with mostly new passengers on cruises to Alaska. The whole process is a tremendous boost to the economy in the Seattle area. According to an article in the Seattle Times, the Port of Seattle projects more than 1.1 million cruise passengers this year.
|May 27th 5:03 AM|
Will dock at Pier 66
|May 27th 5:15 AM|
Will dock at Pier 91
|May 27th 6:05 AM|
Holland America Amsterdam
Will dock at Pier 91
From my location the sun is nearing the northern end of its journey along the western horizon. Solstice is just a few weeks away. On May 20th, date of the photo below, daylight in Seattle was 15 hours 21 minutes. On June 21st, summer solstice, 15 hours 59 minutes. Latest sunset in Seattle, June 25th, 9:11 PM. Thereafter, sunsets are earlier and length of daylight begins to shorten.
|May 20th 8:36 PM|
Orange sky at night, sailor's delight?
|May 27th 4:39 AM|
The almost Full Moon setting in the Western Sky
Clipper Race Update - Extraordinary Whale Encounter
Since our post of Sunday, April 27th, perhaps you have been following the fascinating Clipper Race Around the World.. The West Coast Leg of the race is complete and the sailboats are now nearing Panama City, Panama, and will soon be transiting the Panama Canal. Just in the last few days the Race released the video below of an extraordinary whale encounter. I think this addition to the post will qualify us to link up with Eileen's excellent meme, Saturday's Critters. Check it out. Thanks, Eileen for hosting!
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.