While we were near Seattle we decided to see about going on a cruise to Alaska. We had talked about driving to Alaska, but we just didn’t feel we had the time to devote to this endeavor right now. We checked to see if we would be able to store our camper where we were and they said sure. We researched a few kennels in the area and after touring Cascade Kennels we were certain Cloe would be well cared for. Marc had been researching cruises for a few weeks and we just weren’t sure the almost $4000 price tag was worth it. Well our patients paid off. We were able to book a cruise on Holland America with a veranda for $2240 (the 3rd and 4th passengers in a room only had to pay the taxes.) We were so excited!
I can’t wait to share with you all the sights we saw, but I just wanted to give you an overview of our experience on the boat. First, we really wanted a room with a veranda so we could go directly outside from our room. For the couple hundred dollars more it was well worth it. Our room was small, but we are used to small spaces. Ever night our room steward would pull out the couch and put down the bunk bed and every morning they would disappear as if they had never been there. You had three main choices for eating on the cruise ; the buffet, the dining room and room service. We tried them all. I would say the formal dining room was our favorite and we ate there the most. We decided adequate portions of really good food was better than unlimited portions of just good food. They also did have a place that only served burgers (one of the best burgers you have ever had) and hot dogs. We ate lunch there a few times. We also did order breakfast in our room on the mornings we arrived in port early to save time. The service on the whole ship was just fantastic! We swam in the pool, played chess in the crow’s nest, attended lectures on the things we were seeing, watched cooking demonstrations, went to musical shows and marveled at magicians. When we weren’t busy, Marcus and Caroline’s favorite activity on the ship was the kids club. It was well run and provided them with relevent activities. With the sights, the service and the food it is one of the best vacations we have ever been on.