The captain comes on the speaker system and says since everyone is aboard we will leave a little early. The weather is not "the best" and there is a storm front and after we're clear of it, there is another one. (Hum, I think). We will have some "wind" and possible 15 meter seas. Oh well. Who hears that? 15 meters....do the math, that's 3X15...=45 FEET??? (Very few do the math or realize that one meter = 3 ft.). Ok then.
Yep. Restless seas for sure.
Dinner still goes well!
Scott, Lori, Don, Lynne, Steve and Nan enjoy shrimp cocktail all around!
Since it's going SO well, why not the piano bar too?
It's a fun evening of singing around the piano....lots of old favorites.
Upon return to our room...who should await us....but...
Steve puts our morning breakfast order on the door.
In the morning we are sure we are sailing along through the second weather front. Take a look at the waves in the pool!
Here's a little look at the sea from our balcony in the morning!
We follow our usual schedule with a visit to the gym and then the main dining room for a wonderful breakfast. There are no lines today!
We notice the daily New York Times in the holder by the elevator has been replaced by little white bags!
Next we find ourselves invited to the "Medallion Ceremony." What's this about? We have no idea, but, yes, we will be present!
First, it's about mimosas and fine music.
Wow! Then it's about the presentation of a "Copper Medallion" to passengers who have cruised on Holland America Line for 100 days at sea!? Us? All we have to say is, it didn't start that way!!?
There are also Silver, Gold and Platinum Medallion awards....one gentlemen had 1,180 days at sea on HAL!!! (He also dressed as Santa! ......Honest!)
Off to a lovely champagne brunch for all the returning customers. Can't pass up that!
Somehow the day slips by. Another fine dinner, and trip to the piano bar.
Victoria, Canada is the next, and the last, port. The wind never really "sets down" and although we are almost on time into Victoria, the docking takes extra care and patience. All clear to go ashore at 1:45 p.m.
A tug awaits our arrival, just in case the Maasdam needs a little "push" this way or that.
The gangway is down and Victoria supplies the flower lamp-post!
Our plan for today is simple. We will ride the horse drawn carriage and tour downtown Victoria....just as we have done over the years with our daughter. Jessica....since she was 11 years old! (Just had the 40th birthday in June!!)
Steve and Herbie.
Time for back aboard for us. One last afternoon to enjoy the ship...and that we do. Lunch and then off to the pool!
The breeze is cool, but the water is warm.
Then...off to our stateroom to pack....all those clothes we didn't wear! What were we thinking?
Steve says, champagne helps the packing pain.
I think he's right.
Our last dinner is great, as always...and there is a big round of applause for the dining and culinary staff.
It's the swinging napkin thing.
Of course there has to be another visit to the piano bar. Then, all the luggage is piled out in the hallway. One more sleep....although we'll have no recognition of traveling...and we will awake tied fast to the pier in Seattle.
The party's over. Wait...there's a song in that!!