Monday, August 13, 2012

Akaska Cruise Oosterdam Day One


Day One - Arrival Day August 12th Boarding the Oosterdam in Seattle
My flight got into Seattle at 8:30am so I took a cab to the pier to meet with a preresentive from the Port of Seattle for an interview.  It was a pleasure to speak with Jean Cox, she was very knowledgeable about the port and all the  things this particular port has to offer. After my meeting with Jean, I took a cab to the Undergroud tour.  Parts of Seattle burned and so many areas were built over the top of old Seattle.  So you can still see some of the old street, storefronts, and walkways under the city.  I’ve always wanted to see this tour, but haven’t had a chance. 

Boarding the Oosterdam was very quick.  I immediately went to my stateroom 5185 all the way at the back of the ship, to unpack. I hung up my shirts and put away my clothes, then kicked back a while in my room before it was time for boat drill at 3:30pm.  At 7pm we had a special party in the crows nest for the media people that are onboard.  It was good to meet some colleagues and meet a few new people.  I passed on dinner this evening because it was just too late after my early flight this morning.

Day TWO- at sea aboard the Oosterdam, August 13th. 

Today we are at sea all day and the Oosterdam is plowing along like she’s on a mission.  I think we’re moving about 20 knots.  I wandered into the Vista Dining room for a late lunch.  I had a delicious chicken curry salad, a cheese seafood soup, and tilapia, everything was presented to perfection and tasted great!  Today was a very lazi day for me.  I didn’t do much other than walk around the ship. I took a nap.  I participated in a board room meeting about the daily programs.  Someone from corporate was onboard conducting this survey with only a handful of passengers.  I just stumbled into this one.  It was fun to offer my two cents as to the presentation of the daily programs.  The seas are a bit choppy today, and Oosterdam is showing off her ability to keep her momentum going.   Tonight is formal night so I need to put on the suit and tie.  This really sucks traveling alone, and hey it’s only the first full day.  I hope to skyp with Terri in a little bit.  Tomorrow we’re cruising all day again, through Tracy Arm, so there will be things to see.  

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