S: Alaska Cruise 2011
BC: With love, gratitude and appreciation from your daughters, son-in-laws and granddaughters. We love you!
FC: Alaska Cruise 2011: Anchors Aweigh!
1: Dedicated with love and appreciation to Daddy/Keith, Darla, Grandma and Grandpa It's been said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away. By that definition, you have added exponentially and immeasurably to all of our lives with the gift of this cruise. The moments that took our breaths away will stay with us forever: the stunning scenery, the memorable shore excursions and the extraordinary experiences we were privileged to be a part of. Our most cherished memories, however, are the times we all spent together. You have given all of us a precious and priceless gift - the gift of spending time together as a family in exquisitely beautiful surroundings. We celebrate the fact that you're our parents and we honor and love you with all our hearts. Thank you for the cruise that is locked into our fondest memories forever, but most of all, thank you for your generosity, your kindness and your love. We love you!
3: It all started in Vancouver... | Let the memories begin!
6: Finally! On board the Seven Seas Navigator, our luxurious home for the next seven days. The cabins were beautiful and spacious, with iced bottles of champagne, fresh fruit and a refrigerator stocked with bottled water, sodas and beer.
7: Deck 11, included the pool, hot tub and the Pool Grill.
8: Life Onboard the Ship
9: First on the agenda was the compulsory emergency drill followed by the Seven Seas Navigator's Block Party.
10: Scenic Sail Away Party. Goodbye Vancouver, here we come, Ketchikan!
11: Captain's Welcome Reception
12: Julie's 48th Birthday | Happy Birthday Julie!
14: Whether it was dinner at the Compass Rose or Prime 7, lunch at La Veranda or a chocolate extravaganza in Galileo's Lounge, mealtimes were a time of getting together and sharing the day's adventures with each other. | Onboard Dining: Gastronomical Indulgence
15: Patrick was a bit flustered when he thought Julie was laying her head on his shoulder during dinner. In reality, she was leaning in for a picture. | The girls with Demosthenes: our favorite and most handsome waiter!
16: Snacking on sushi
17: Chocoholic Teatime in Galileo's Lounge | The Eiffel Tower was made entirely of chocolate!
18: Galley Tour Remember how the chef ran out of duck, got mad, punched a wall and broke a bone in his hand?
19: Galileo's Lounge The Chartiers wowed everyone with their bingo expertise and cocktail hours whetted our appetities for the extraordinary dinners.
21: More lounge scenes | Grateful for strategically placed blankets on the deck.
22: Anticipating the night's entertainment in the Seven Seas Lounge
24: More memories from the ship
28: Misty Fjords and Wilderness Explorer
29: Next stop: the Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier cruise, exploring Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier River Float and the Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Hike.
33: Patrick came down with a nasty stomach bug and, after suffering on the Tracy Arm Cruise that morning, opted out of the Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Hike in the afternoon. We missed him!
34: Skagway | Our adventures in Skagway consisted of the White Pass Scenic Railroad, exploring the tiny town of Skagway by foot and on a streetcar, hiking and zoomin' on the Zipline.
38: Sitka | The fun in Sitka included a ride with Ocean Rafting Adventures, the Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest and an Advanced Bike Trip.
42: Beautiful, breathtaking Alaska
47: Last stop: Anchorage June 1, 2011...a sad day.
49: All good things must come to an end, as they say, so with heavy hearts we bade our farewells to Alaska and each other, flying off into the "not-quite" sunset of a June night in Anchorage. Bound for lives far removed from a luxury cruise ship and the ruggedly beautiful state of Alaska, we all reflected on and are so grateful for the amazing trip we were blessed to experience with each other. Thank you!