Posted by: Diane | May 26, 2013

Last Day Of Cruising

We’re at sea all day today, landing in Vancouver early tomorrow morning.

Chris and I had our first ever couples massage this afternoon and that was an interesting experience.  After about thirty minutes, I heard some serious snoring starting up on the other bed and it was difficult for me not to laugh – Chris was sound asleep and missed the last twenty minutes of a wonderful neck and head massage.  Both of us can confidently say that that we enjoyed every minute – just differently.

Yesterday, we spent the day in Ketchikan, located on Revillagigedo Island, 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and 235 miles south of Juneau, Alaska.  This place is the “Salmon Capital of the World” and there truly is everything salmon around there, including salmon popsicles. This was our last port-of-call and it was good to get off the boat for the day. We had pre-booked a hike in the Tongass National Forest, which is the Earth’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. We were really looking forward to a long, vigorous hike through this breathtaking forest and protected wildlife preserve but we ended up strolling down a gravel path with a very knowledgeable 70-year-old woman guide who meticulously introduced us to every tree and fungi in the forest. We also learned about salmon spawning, lichen, bald eagles, black bears, snags, and muskeg. We ate the new growth tips of the Sitka spruce tree and our guide spotted and gave us a four-leaf clover, which is now tucked away in my suitcase.

Chris just returned from a hot sauna and a cold ice cream cone – he told me that we’re supposed to be on the lookout for humpback whales and killer whales this afternoon. That reminds me – this morning, Chris called me out onto the balcony to show me a porpoise head, sticking out of the water, without realizing that there were actually hundreds of them arching out of the water and diving in again. Waking up to synchronized porpoise popping was amazing!

It’s about 5:00 pm. now and I think we’re back in Canadian waters. We’ve got a long boat ride to Vancouver but there’s plenty to keep us busy tonight – ballroom dancing class, a scavenger hunt, an evening trivia contest, a Mongolian buffet and an International Crew Show to top off the evening.  I’d also like to beat Chris one more time in shuffleboard before we get off the boat but I have a funny feeling we might sidestep all the activities, head to the top deck, nestle into a couple of lounge chairs, cover ourselves with blankets and watch the sun go down behind the mountains one last time.




  1. Thanks Diane. Sounds wonderful, the makings of a good dream! Enjoy your last day at sea! Wow, the week went so fast ! Love Barb

  2. Thanks for sharing the beauty, the excitement, the fun and the adventure of your wonderful trip! Sounds as if you know how to chose meaningful ways to spend your time, admits a buffet of choices! ……though it will be so good to have you back 🙂

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