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off to Alaska!
Tomorrow my grandma & I sail from Seattle to Alaska on the Celebrity Infinity! I fly to Seattle today, I am NOT bringing a computer, and my Treo service will be spotty I'm sure, so unless I break down & pay for some internet cafe time, I won't be posting until I get back next Friday evening. I am really looking forward to this, not only to get away from everyday drudgery and spend quality time with my fun grandma, but the beautiful scenery and fun excursions!

Here's the itinerary, with more details if you click...

Celebrity Infinity
Pier 66 Bell Street Terminal, Seattle

Fri, Aug 29, 2008
Seattle, Washington
Depart: 04:00 PM

Sat, Aug 30, 2008
At Sea

Sun, Aug 31, 2008
Sitka, Alaska
Arrive: 10:00 AM
Depart: 06:00 PM

02:00 PM Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest

Join a cruise that guarantees wildlife viewing and offers the opportunity to observe sea otters, whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, brown bears, blacktailed deer, bald eagles and a variety of marine birds. An onboard naturalist will explain the workings of this remarkable ecosystem. Learn about the sea otters' recovery, following their near-extinction at the hands of Russian fur hunters in the early 1800s. Your waterjet-driven tour vessel has been designed to navigate Southeast Alaska's narrow island passages, allowing for wildlife viewing at close range. Each vessel features a warm cabin with enclosed seating, large windows and a topside observation deck for unparalleled photo opportunities and to fully experience your quest with all of your senses.

The tour operator guarantees you will see an otter, a whale, or a bear. If not, you'll receive a $100 cash refund ($50 refund per child) as you disembark the tour vessel. The tour includes complimentary admission into St Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, should you choose to explore the area on your own either before or after the tour. Guests on afternoon departures will want to visit the cathedral prior to the tour; show your tour voucher at the cathedral for admission.

Dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the observation deck.

Mon, Sep 01, 2008
Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
Arrive: 12:00 PM
Depart: 04:00 PM

Tue, Sep 02, 2008
Juneau, Alaska
Arrive: 07:00 AM
Depart: 03:00 PM

12:30 PM Sled Dog Discovery & Musher's Camp

Get a glimpse of a truly northern pastime and learn about the life of sled dogs and their musher and see these powerful dogs in action as they pull you through Alaskan backcountry. During your ride out of Juneau, your guide will acquaint you to the area's rich history and the present day community. Arriving at the dog camp, you will meet the dogs and climb onto a wheeled sled that has been custom made for running during the snow-less summer months. The husky team will whisk you along a one mile wooded trail through some of the Southeast Alaska's Temperate Rainforest. There will be time to cuddle husky puppies and take a guided walk through the musher's camp and learn about the equipment, hard work, and great husky strength that goes into the life of dog sledding in the wild, rugged North.

Wed, Sep 03, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska
Arrive: 07:00 AM
Depart: 01:00 PM

10:00 AM Alaska Queen Paddle Wheel Cruise

It's 1898 and gold fever has drawn thousands north in search of riches. You're in the bustling port of Ketchikan, a vital supply link for prospectors, loggers and fishermen. Approaching the gangway you hear the heavy churn of the stern-wheeler's steam engines. The captain tips his hat -"Welcome aboard!"

Board an authentic steam powered stern-wheeler that will transport you back in time as the exploits, deeds and misdeeds of the area's early residents are shared. Explore the three decks of this showpiece vessel. See the 1884 steam engines that power the paddle wheel. Musicians dressed in period wear entertain you as a naturalist shares the area's history and points out historic sites including Creek Street, the town's former red-light district, Whiskey Cove, where rumrunners hid their whiskey during prohibition. Get an up-close view of a cannery where bald eagles are often spotted and see a display of totem poles.

Try the Alaska Queen's signature beverage, the "Calliope." A non-alcoholic version is also available. Beer and wine are available for purchase at the saloon.

Thu, Sep 04, 2008
Victoria, British Columbia
Arrive: 07:00 PM
Depart: 11:59 PM
Victoria, British Columbia

07:45 PM Vintage Cidery & Farm

Take a drive and tour the country side of Vancouver Island. Lined with rolling hillside estates and farms, a winding country road will take you to your first destination, The Sea Cider House with its panoramic water view overlooking the organic apple orchard. Drink in the ambiance of the ciderhouse where traditional design meets west coast hospitality. A flight of critically acclaimed, traditionally-fermented ciders is paired with local delectable treats.

Take in a sea of colors when you visit Eurosa Farm Market. Discover why this 125,000 foot greenhouse has been Vancouver Island's only rose and gerbera grower since 1979. Industrial production with a down-home attitude generates pesticide-free produce and flowers grown and distributed across British Columbia and Washington State. Finish your tour by making a bouquet to adorn your stateroom!

Fri, Sep 05, 2008
Seattle, Washington
Arrive: 06:00 AM
disembark by 10am or so
I fly home 5pm-7pm

Updates when I get back! Hope everyone has a nice weekend!
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Have a fabulous trip! Look forward to seeing the pics upon your return!


You should be back with some awesome pictures for this:

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Have fun - Robert

Happy Cruising

Hello Britta, love your website, especially your great Halloween party photos. I am a web programmer in San Diego, CA and just found your site while searching for costume ideas. Have a great cruise, I went on nearly the same cruise last year on Holland America's Oosterdam. From Seatle to Juneau, to Sitka, Hubbard Glacier, Ketchikan, Victoria, then some sightseeing back in Seattle.

You'll really love it, I'm sure. Sitka was wonderful although it rained all day. Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria were all beautiful, some of the best weather they'd seen in years while we were there. We saw a bear catching a salmon in a stream at Mendenhall Glacier and got pretty close to some humpback whales while on a whale watching trip in Juneau, including a mother whale with her calf. Hubbard Glacier was fantastic, although very cold, dark and windy when we saw it, but well worth the frozen nose and fingers. Hope you have nice weather, happy cruising.


hello britta! i discovered your site of recipes and i was blown away!! i was wondering if you would be putting up any more recipes and pictures of your amazing parties. thanks!

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