Saturday, August 29, 2009

Alaska Here We Come!

One week to go until the Alaska cruise and I am getting ancy to go!

The whole thing got started with a brochure from Princess offering 2 for the price of one balcony fares on Alaska cruises. I have wanted to go to Alaska for years, but Mr. “It is 70 degrees out I am freezing” was not too keen on the idea. However, true to motto “Happy Wife.. Happy Life” he agreed.

So here are the typical steps
1) Book Cruise
2) Join Cruise Critic roll call for this sailing.
3) Gab for months on-line in anticipation of meeting everyone.

The Cruise Critic roll calls are wonderful. You get to know something about fellow passengers before you leave. You get lots of good ideas for excursions and tips about the ports and do’s and don’ts no matter where you are going. I learn a lot from people that have already been on cruises in the areas. Usually a “meet and greet” is scheduled early in the cruise to meet face to face and sometimes it works out so well you form friendships that go beyond the one cruise.

I often think that planning for a cruise is about 1/3 the fun of a cruise. It makes the time go faster and helps to build the anticipation. I learn a bit about all of the places that we are going, if it is a foreign country I try to learn some necessary words and of course I shop for the appropriate clothes depending on the cruise line and the climate that we are guessing in advance should be typical of the time frame.

So, it is a week before the cruise. I have printed all of the cruise documents that we will need from Princess’s website. I have done the banking and have some cash for incidentals and shopping in ports. I have had the dry cleaning done. I have lists of what I absolutely cannot do without. I have gotten a cat sitter. I am finishing up any deadlines at work. I have discussed details of getting to the port and parking with the other couple going to Seattle with us. And I will think of at least 5 more things to NEED to do before we leave

More to come .. Kathy

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