Day 1–Monday, Sept. 26, 2011–Seattle, WA

     The breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express was included and it was the typical hotel breakfast. Items included juice, coffee, pastries, breads, cereal, omelets, and pancakes. We made it just in time. Shortly after we arrived the room was packed. We finished our coffee upstairs. I cleaned up some emails and then we left for the ship. A private service arranged by the hotel took us to Pier 91. There were just the two of us in a town car for $16. It was raining when we left.

     We arrived about 11:30 am and check-in was a breeze. After we got our room key we went directly onto the Amsterdam and our room was ready! We are in cabin 3306 on the port side. We received a bottle of champagne in our room. We unpacked our two carry-on bags and went to the dining room for lunch. We met some lovely passengers and talked quite a while and went back to the cabin. Our cabin stewards are Iwan and Rasyid. Our bags had arrived so we began to unpack. I had to buy a curling iron in Seattle as I forgot to pack it and then realized I also need a razor. We found a place for everything and started exploring the ship, looking for crew that we knew. The Maître D’s recognized us and remembered our names. They are amazing. Sail-away was delayed a bit because of some paperwork. The captain, Fred Eversen, told us that because of rough weather crossing to Russia, we would spend time going through the inside passage before heading into the Pacific and Bering Sea.

     Our dining is at 5:30 pm on Deck 5, Table 46, a round table for six. There were only four of us tonight. Bonnie and Rich joined us. Our waiters are and Indri and Toni. Dinner was very good, but the service was a little slow but we didn’t mind because there was only one late show tonight. Ray had roasted chicken and I had veal cordon bleu. Each lady received a red-long-stemmed rose at dinner.

Postcard and Stationery, AA 11 Cruise  Inside Passage

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