The plane ride back home was terribly shiteous, but you know what? As long as it gets me back to beautiful California, I won’t complain any further. It feels so good coming home to Pudge, my room, and to my satellite dish. Being on a cruise for a week was starting to make me a little loopy; especially when there isn’t much to do. I wouldn’t doubt it if this cruise was meant to be built only for senior citizens to enjoy (or maybe people my age just simply can’t afford it). Filipino and Thai, those two races summed up about 80% of the staff population onboard. The staff’s hospitality over-exceeded mine and my sister’s expectations. After a few days, I was starting to feel a little bombarded by their enthusiasm to help us with every little thing. I’m guessing they don’t see much people younger than forty on the ship very often.
6/6 Saturday –It turns out Vancouver isn’t in Washington. Fail. I glanced at my Google map too quickly to realize that Vancouver is located in Canada. Another mistake was that we actually flew out all the way to Alaska to board the ship (not Vancouver). Before getting on that flight, I slapped on my motion-sickness prevention patch and knocked out almost the entire plane ride. No motions sickness whatsoever, amazing. We then boarded the ship at Whittier, Alaska. The first question my family asked the staff was “Where’s the buffet?”
6/7-6/8 Sunday/Monday –In these two days, the cruise made no stops for us to get off. That’s right, we sailed the cold & lonely ocean for two long days and two long nights. My sister and I wanted to spend our time sleeping in our oh-so-comfy room. We did, however, stop to admire Glacier Bay (from a distance) on Monday for an hour or two. The mountains in Alaska are breathtaking. It looks as if a human giant artist splattered white glittery paint on the each and every mountain we passed. I’ve never seen anything so naturally beautiful.
6/9 Tuesday –Skagway, Alaska. Finally, some dry land with tons of gift shops and souvenirs galore. We took a tour of Skagway on an old, unstable-looking train that circled mountains that reached as high as 3,000 feet. How we survived being on a noisy train for 3 hours? I have no idea. Maybe it’s because everything around me was just new and mesmerizing that I didn’t mind the length of this tour.
6/10 Wednesday –Our second stop was Juneau, the capital city of Alaska (pronounced Juno, like the movie). Me and my sister were making it sound harder to read than it really was. Our first stop today was at Mendenhall Glacier; it was an hour of sight-seeing, picture-taking, and releasing our inner asian tourist. Our excursion later that day was whale watching. That’s right, we whale watched for several hours in the open ocean with binoculars in our hands the entire time. We were even lucky enough to have humpback whales (mom and baby) flip their fins about 10 feet away from our boat. This excursion was one of my favorite parts of this vacation mostly because you’re not looking at animals through glass like you would at Sea World. We’re seeing how happy they actually are in their natural habitat. It’s a win win. Among the humpback whales, we also caught sight of some bald eagles and cute seals. Man, that was a good day.
6/11 Thursday –Ketchikan, Alaska was our last official stop for any last minute souvenir shopping or anything else you would do on land. This day’s excursion was to sight-see. Not just ordinary sight-seeing by foot or by train, it was by sea plane. The sea-plane we reserved only held ten people, so that means it was just the pilot and my family in that vessel. I took a short video from my view down below. Being on that plane was so loud that I didn’t bother to say anything.
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6/12 Friday –The buffets were starting to become repetitive and home was starting to sound real good. By this time I’d have already drowned myself with margaritas, pizzas, and burgers. As a consequence, my jeans weren’t quite agreeing with me, but then again I didn’t quite agree with the gym. It was a mistake on my part.
6/13 Saturday –Arrived in Vancouver, Canada (yeah, not Washington) at 8AM. The bus took us to the Vancouver airport at around 10AM to claim our baggage and check-in with United Airlines. Did I mention that our flight was set to board at 4:30PM? That meant six grueling hours in that airport. The only thing that was keeping me sane was the free wi-fi.
My overall experience of vacationing in Alaska was a 10 on my scale. My only regret…not having more time to take it all in or to see more. The cruise didn’t do much for me except providing me with alcohol, 24 hour buffets, and night time entertainment. Okay, I’m not giving enough credit, being on the cruise was actually pretty relaxing. Motion sickness was nearly non-existent in my body and for that I thank the genius who invented the miracle patches. I also learned that consuming alcohol while wearing the patch will knock you out for a good 2 hours. Well, I know for a fact that I left out tons of things that are currently jumbled in my brain so if you have any curiosities just ask. This blog is way too long for me to go on and for you to read.