June 25—After 4 hours it was time to get up and to the taxi at 5:30am to go back to the train station for our 5 hours trip to Seward. This was the best train trip! The scenery was beautiful the whole way, plus we saw black bears, bald eagles and dall sheep as well as several glaciers. We had breakfast, which was good, just not as good as lunch/dinner. I had a croissant with reindeer sausage, egg and cheese, DD had biscuits and gravy and DH had the oddest looking omelet I’ve ever seen. When we got to Seward we walked a few blocks to the Safeway to pick up a couple of things I’d forgotten, then caught the free town shuttle back to the ship. Seward looks like a nice town, and everyone we talked to said they wouldn’t live anywhere else and love it here. The check in at the ship terminal was quick and easy, then on to the ship. We’d never cruised a Radiance class ship before so it’s fun to explore. DD”s first words were, but it’s so small. We’re used to the larger RCCL ships, so this one was small in comparison, but as we explored, and became acquainted with her, we fell in love! This is a beautiful ship and one I’d love to cruise again! I’m hoping for a quick cruise when she’s in Tampa for the winter. One of my friends/clients Ann told me a few years ago that Alaska should be done with a balcony stateroom, so we had a balcony stateroom 8110 in category E1 (blaming her, but we would have had a balcony anyway for a 7-night cruise. LOL). We had an ok lunch in the Windjammer, then came back to the stateroom for a short nap since we don’t sail until 9pm. DH & DD played mini-golf and shuffle board for awhile. We had our mustering at 8:15pm, which is nice now that RCCL has decided you don’t have to even take your life jackets with you! On this ship everyone met inside, as well, which was also a nice change as you can sit rather than stand crammed on the deck. Mustering lasted about 10 minutes, then to dinner, then the show at 10:45pm. The show was a variety show to introduce the cruise band and dancers, plus Argentina dancers Juan and Eileen. It’s a long day!
You can see pictures from the trip at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39149726@N08/sets/