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Our cruise to Alaska - Rocking back home

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And so, suddenly, we found ourselves back where we started exactly one week ago: in Vancouver. The time had gone so fast, but it did feel good to be back again.

Our cruise to Alaska - The ms Zaandam

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The amount of details, art and expense that went into the ship are just incredible, and I decided to dedicate a blog post to just the ms (ms stands for motor ship) Zaandam before I tell you about our journey home.

Our cruise to Alaska - Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage

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The last full day at sea already, time went so fast! According to the weather report, it was going to be a wet, gloomy and windy day. In other words: perfect to walk around the ship and take lots of pictures of the luxurious interior.

Our cruise to Alaska - Ketchikan

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To our surprise and delight, we woke up to a cloudless sky! We were well on our way to Ketchikan, our third and last stop. But first, we had breakfast served by the lovely Ria and Mulyono.

Our cruise to Alaska - Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm

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When we woke up in the morning, we quickly found out our activity sheet for the day had been correct: it was a dark, gloomy day with grey skies and wet decks. We couldn't complain though after the two delightful days we had had!

Our cruise to Alaska - Skagway

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The next morning we woke up and the ship had already docked, we hadn't noticed a thing. Guess we had been tired!

Our cruise to Alaska - Juneau

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In the morning, the sea was so smooth that we felt like we were sailing on glass again. This time we went to the Rotterdam dining room to have breakfast, which is exclusively for suite guests so it was bound to be peaceful and quiet. What a difference with the madhouse we experienced in the Lido yesterday!

Our cruise to Alaska - Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage

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The first full day of the cruise, and a full day at sea! Not having had time to explore the ship yet, we went to find a place for breakfast. So up we went, to the Lido bar, not realising this is the busiest place of the ship!

Our cruise to Alaska - Canada Place Pier

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It's finally going to happen! Being all excited, we were up at 6am and ready to go. Suitcases packed and tagged, ms Zaandam, here we come!

Our cruise to Alaska - Vancouver Airport

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On Wednesday we put our cats in boarding, and Thursday we were ready to leave!

Our cruise to Alaska - Introduction

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Murray and I haven't had many vacations since we got married, in fact, none (not counting our honeymoon at Disneyworld and the more recent trip to Toronto).

Buh bye, bear :(

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Never having dealt with wildlife in Canada apart from what we find on our own property, I had no idea what to expect when we called the ministry of environment.