From the moment you step into the atrium lobby, with its fantasy furniture and artwork you know that it is going to be a fun cruise. An explosion of bright Caribbean-style colors set the tone in both the public rooms and accommodations. A dash of contemporary and art deco styling elevates things in some of the ship’s fancier restaurants and lounges..The Atrium is six decks tall with 3 glass elevators, two winding stairways going up 2 decks to the Internet Café with the Java Cafe is located in center. There is often live music in the Atrium. Open 24 hours a day, the Blue Lagoon offers hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, a couple of stir fried dishes, potato skins, chicken wings and so on. There are always cookies and fruit to munch on. The Star Bar is a place that a gangster would hang out. Order a cocktail. Relax. …
Once we were on board it would take two to three hours (usually about 2:00) before we could get to our cabins. The passengers from the previous sailing had to be out of their rooms by 9:00 this morning, it only makes sense that the staff needs time to get the cabins cleaned. So the first thing we did was find a dining room and have lunch. After lunch we started exploring the ship so we would have some idea where things are. This is the Bier Garten, located on Deck 13, high up midship, overlooking the pool area. Unfortunately, since it is so high, it is not a highly desirable place to be in Alaska or any other cold weather cruising. This could be the reason it was open only twice on this cruise. It was offered once during the sail away party and one other morning. bar serves …
We had a nice breakfast at the hotel this morning, scheduled our shuttle to the ship and we were on our way. This is a our Sawyer Glacier Cruise Itinerary & Cost sheet.  We were given our room keys and map of the ship to look over while in a holding area. Our credit card was attached to our room keys, so we didn’t have to carry anything around the ship except the keys.   Once we were ready to board the ship, we all had to use the Hand Disinfectant before we could continue on our way.       Save
We had dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Elliott Bay on Pier 66 at the Pike Place Market. As we were walking around the streets near the hotel we saw this building that Steve REALLY like. It was Rainier Tower a 31-story, 514.0 ft skyscraper in the Metropolitan Tract of Seattle, Washington, at 1301 Fifth Avenue. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center in New York City as well as the IBM Building, which is on the corner across the street from Rainier Tower to the southeast. Its construction was completed in 1977. The skyscraper has an unusual appearance, being built atop an 11-storey, 37 m (121 ft) concrete pedestal base that tapers towards ground level, like an inverted pyramid. Locals often refer to it as the “Beaver Building” as its physical appearance looks like a tree being felled by a beaver.          Save Save
We left for Seattle Washington at 8:00 a.m. this morning. We flew into Dallas and met Fred and Lupe at the American The Admirals Club. We then traveled together to Seattle. We checked into the Crown Plaza and headed off down the steep hill to Pike Place Market.. This is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations. The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head …
For our first play, we went to see “Jersey Boys,” which was just across the street from our hotel. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005. “Jersey Boys” is known as a jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey. The play takes you through the  formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock ‘n roll group The Four Seasons.  “Jersey Boys” has the advantage of featuring singers that actually sound like the singers they are portraying and a technology-enhanced band that approximates the original sound of their music. Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The sets are simple …
For Christmas Steve gave us a trip to New York. So we took off on February 16th for the Big Apple. We arrived at the airport and found a stretch limo that would take us to our hotel in the theatre district. This is an area in Midtown Manhattan where most Broadway theatres are located, as well as many other theaters, movie theaters, restaurants, hotels, and other places of entertainment. It extends from West 40th Street to West 54th Street, from west of Sixth Avenue to east of Eighth Avenue, and includes Times Square. We stayed at the Novotel New York.  We could see Times Square from our window. In the early morning the street was empty except for taxis. Late at night there were lots of cars and people running around like little ants. One night several fire trucks worked their way through the maze of cars and people. …
After a day in the sun in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, it was time to dress up for the formal night dinner. The food and service were always good. At dinner we celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary and my 53rd Birthday with a cake for each. At breakfast that morning, Steve proposed and place a 1.42 carats round brilliant cut diamond ring on her finger. Save Save
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