Pre- Cruise Prep and Things to Remember

Uncategorized Dec 14, 2019


Things not to forget (some that we forgot)

Even before it is time to pack, you want to start making your packing list.  This cruise was on the Breakaway.  NCL is known for Freestyle Cruising, and what this means is that there are not any formal nights.  You can be as dressy or as casual as you want, with some minor exceptions.  You cannot go to any of the restaurants with wet bathing suits, and if you are in a swimsuit, you should wear a cover-up in the buffet even.  You have to wear shoes and shirts in restaurants.
They recommend long pants in the specialty restaurants and the Manhattan Room, we saw them enforcing the no shorts on men at the entrance to the Manhattan room.  For this cruise, I took some nice polo shirts, one pair of slacks, and shorts.  My wife took a nice skirt and blouse combination, pants, shorts, and tops.  Whatever you are going to wear, I would make a list before packing day...
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Day 1 -Morning in Seward, Boarding the Ship, and Sailing past Bear Glacier.

Uncategorized Nov 21, 2019

Breakfast at Harbor 360 Hotel

The photo above is me sitting in the breakfast area with the Jewel behind me, a better picture is below this post.  My wife and granddaughter were sleeping in trying to recover from the long day before.  

The free breakfast was typical of many free continental breakfasts at hotels.  The things they had were all good, you could get hot pancakes, but I settled for a light start and lots of coffee.  We chose this hotel for its proximity to the harbor and the ship.  

After breakfast, I went and explored a little and then joined my wife and granddaughter for a walk around the port area.  We checked out the close gift shops and a hardware store.  Then it was time to go back to the hotel and leave for the port.

Boarding the Ship – Day 1 Afternoon

We arranged for early check-in, and we were due at the terminal between 11:30 and 12:00.  The hotel had a shuttle, but it didn’t run until noon, so we...

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Major Marine 5 Hour Tour

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2019

When we arrived in Seward about noon on Sunday, we had booked a 5 hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Major Marine Tours. I had checked in advance, and they assured me that the wheelchair would not be an issue. 

At the train stop in Seward, the railroad had a hand-operated elevator to unload my wife in her wheelchair.  We then went to the bus that they were using to transfer individuals taking one of their tours.  The coach did not have a lift, but since Cheryl can walk and climb a few steps, it was simple to put the chair in the luggage compartment. 

We went to Major Marine’s location and checked in for the tour, and we were given armbands since we had purchased the onboard salmon and prime rib buffet.  The staff was accommodating, and after we had checked in, they helped my wife down the ramp and onboard the ship in a wheelchair.  The weather was still cool, and it was drizzling.  The warm cabin was welcome,...
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SeaLife Center and our evening in Seward

Our next stop was the SeaLife Center in downtown Seward.  The Exon Valdez disaster settlement funded this facility.  It is much more than an aquarium, it is an aquarium, but its main purpose is to care for injured marine wildlife.  While it may have initially been used for wildlife at risk because of the oil spill, it now takes care of orphaned marine mammals, and also has a variety of birds and aquatic creatures.

My family and especially my granddaughter enjoyed our time here.  We looked at most of the exhibits and some of the shows.  The facility deserved more time than we gave it, but we had started at about 5:00 AM, and it was now almost 8:00 PM and we hadn’t even checked into our hotel. 

We started to wait for a shuttle bus to come by, but the weather had improved, and it was only about 1 mile from the SeaLife Center to the Harbor 360 where we were staying so we decided to walk/roll.  It was a slight uphill grade for the first half of...

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