Day 6 – Ketchikan

Friday was port day in Ketchikan. After leaving Glacier Bay the night before, we ended up with zero visibility fog. The Captain had to use the foghorn and slow our speed for safety. My excursion was slated to meet at 8:15 am, but they announced early that 8:30 departing excursions would be moved to 9AM. Well, we didn’t actually stop at the dock until about 9:15ish. Some excursions were completely cancelled unfortunately, but mine was still a go, just late. I opted for the Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise. This was on a double-decker boat like the ferry boat to Haines except that the seats on this one were MUCH more comfortable!

Onboard the boat, they offered hot chocolate, coffee and tea complimentary and provided sodas and chip type snacks for a price. They served a cup of either seafood chowder or vegan chili and provided a taste of smoked sock-eye salmon (one little piece on a Ritz cracker).

The cruise provided lovely scenery and the skies began partly cloudy when we left and it wasn’t overly cold until he sped up so standing out on deck wasn’t bad but with the speed you did need a coat (and long hair like mine was best put up!).

After a couple of hours scenic cruising, we entered Misty Fjord. Very interesting area with the rock walls on the mountain and some that were so mossy with vibrant greens. That was my favorite rock face, with all the greens!

Then it was a two hour ride back to port. At that point I still had about 90 minutes before I had to be back onboard so I took a quick walk up to Creek Street to get a few photos, then back towards the ship and a little window shopping.

Back onboard, I went to dinner. By now I was dining with some of the same people by coincidence. Had yet another lovely dinner, then I met up with a new cruising friend and went to the show.

Another wonderful day cruising.

This will be my last post detailing each day of the cruise. I may post more photos or info as I remember it or come across photos I have not yet downloaded from my phone. The last day was a sea day. It was a nice day, spent with friends, wandering, seeing shows, dining etc.

And the last day, Sunday, was debarkation day. I was scheduled to leave the ship to transfer to the airport at 8:30 and luckily the dining room was serving breakfast from 6:30-8:30AM so I didn’t have to fight the buffet. Ate breakfast with more new cruising friends then went back to my cabin and grabbed my carry on bags. Said farewell to my room steward, who was PHENOMENAL, and headed down to the lounge to wait for my group to be called.

I arrived home mid-afternoon yesterday and began sorting photos so I could catch up on my posts of the trip.

I hope you all have enjoyed my posts as much as I have enjoyed sharing my journey. I’m not sure how soon my next trip will be, but stay tuned, I’ll be sure to share again! Until then, happy travels!!

Travel protocol changes

Travel requirements continue to change. If you are planning travel, it is SO important to continually monitor sites for changes. Yesterday Princess announced new mask and testing requirements for the cruise after mine through the CDC Conditional Sail Order date of Oct 31, 2021.

Although I don’t have to worry about pre cruise testing (even if vaccinated, which I am), they’re upping the mask requirements. This is the update I received:

“UPDATED MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR SAILING

We look forward to welcoming you on board your upcoming cruise. In an abundance of caution and in response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant, we have made adjustments to our onboard mask policy.

All guests will be required to wear face masks in elevators, entertainment venues, retail shops, the casino, and other designated areas except while eating and drinking. Guests must also wear face masks prior to being seated in all dining venues and may occasionally be asked to wear a mask in other designated areas. Masks are required during embarkation and debarkation in the terminal, and must be worn during the debarkation process on board.

Our crew will continue to wear masks at all times when in guest areas, except when eating or drinking or outdoors when not interacting with guests. As we work with our medical experts to promote the health and safety of our guests and crew, we appreciate the cooperation of all of our guests”.

I know many would want to cancel,, or be upset or even mad at these changes. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed about the change, but it will still allow me to get back onboard a cruise ship and sail away and that thought makes me happy!

Again, if you’re planning travel, particularly with a cruise line or tour company, I cannot stress enough the importance of staying up to date with the ever evolving rules and regs. Hopefully once the CDC date comes and goes, these changes will not be so frequent. Until then I wish you all safe and happy travels!

One Week To Go

Well just one week from today I will be boarding the Majestic princess in Seattle for a week long cruise to Alaska!

My medallion has arrived which is what I will use to access my cabin, purchase drinks on my account or items from the shops, and it’s my identifier for checking in-and-out of the ship when I go ashore. It is small and circular and I attach it to my Fitbit band (I will post picture next week).

Princess is currently requiring passengers be fully vaccinated, and they must wear face masks when when boarding the ship so when we’re in line at the port, as well as on transfer busses or tour busses. And Alaska has just requested that we also wear masks if we are unable to social distance or if we go indoors while ashore in Alaska. Because of this I purchased some new Princess masks that they had available at the time I ordered my medalion.

My bag is mostly packed but my mind is fully packed (with excitement lol) and ready to go! I’ll see you in a week!!