Vancouver & Bon Voyage

Monday, May 31, 2010
We awoke just in time to see our ship pulling in to the harbor in the early morning hours. Unfortunately though, it looks like rain so it doesn’t look like we are going to get to bike around Stanley Park again this year.

With a morning to burn before we board our ship, we make a stop at Tim Horton’s (fourth time in eleven months at this store), and take a short gallivant around the town. Since it’s raining, we can’t do too much. We head over to Canada Place and check out where we need to go to board our ship later. We check out what is left of the Olympic gathering area along the waterfront. And back to the hotel to get our suitcases and make the 4-5 block walk to Canada Place.

Check-in for the cruise goes pretty quick–about 15 minutes, and we head right to our room. Although we only booked an obstructed oceanview room, we got upgraded days before departure to a balcony. Not just any balcony, but one of the bigger ones on the ship.

We take a short tour, go through our muster drill, and head up to the top deck to check out views of the city, and get some food. I wanted pizza, but I have to behave myself for a few days until we get to Juneau for our helicopter ride to the Mendenhall Glacier. If I’m over their individual weight limit, the ride cost and extra $250. So Kelli gets me some fruit.

As we’re eating and waiting to shove off, we can see the storm rolling it. It made for some cool photos, but it poured just as we left port, for about 10 minutes. Then the rainbow came out and I was soon squinting with the sun in my face.

We changed and went for our first meal and I wasn’t prepared for it. What am I going to do with a martini glass with fruit? The tenderloin made up for it and we met some nice people from Wisconsin who we spent some time with throughout the rest of the cruise.

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