Shortly thereafter we boarded the Catamaran in Valdez and it was a good thing I sent my last post during lunch because we had no data service on the phones when we got to Whittier. As we cruised for 4 hours through Princess William Sound we saw otters sea lions, birds, and a humpback whale. We mostly sat indoors on the lower deck and played cards, but we did venture up top side to the outdoor viewing area to enjoy beautiful views, crisp sea breeze and spray, and spot wildlife with the binoculars. It was a good dry run for dressing for the glacier viewing days on the cruise! Inside they were serving hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps at the bar, so that was my drink of choice to warm back up.
|Map of the cruise across Prince William Sound|
Since the first two days of the cruise (Days 12 and 13 for those keeping track) were at sea days they have been fairly relaxing with trivia, movies, and art lectures, etc. being our activities of choice. Carl, Tom, and I drank ourselves from one of the ship to the other on Sunday starting with a pint at the British pub lunch, then the champagne art auction, followed by a scotch tasting as we learned about watches, and finishing with a vodka tasting. Carl and I really liked the smoked salmon vodka - would be great in a bloody Mary for brunch! We capped off the evening dressed to the nines for the first formal night. I got a new necklace on board that is a replica of the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was perfect with my black dress, just wish I had packed my elbow gloves!
|Tom spotting tiny icebergs from the lounge where we played trivia|
|My fabulous new necklace from the Audrey Hepburn collection|
|Santa's doppleganger was on our cruise. He wore a red hawaiian shirt with surfing santas (or a similar motif) and red short every single day, no matter the weather|
|Bundled up to survive the elements and get up close and personal with the glacier faces|
|Face of the Marjorie Glacier|
|Tom and Ellen enjoying the view from our perch behind the windscreen. Binoculars were very valuable on this trip as a whole, but in particular while viewing the glaciers and wildlife.|
|Face of the Lampugh Glacier with its electric blue coloring|