Thursday, August 3, 2023

The Great Alaskan Adventure, Part 3, July 28-30

On Friday, we arrived in Ketchikan. Our excursion was to the Totem Bight State Historical Park, which has a large collection of totem poles. Learning the history and symbolism of the poles was fascinating.

Our ship was so large that we docked 7 miles from town and had to take a shuttle in.

Since we had been in Ketchikan two previous times, we headed back to the ship for lunch, as we sailed again at 1:15 p.m. anyway.

Everyone spent the afternoon relaxing. Then we got ready for "formal night," to celebrate our anniversary. Charlotte made this sign for our door.

Norwegian does not have any specific formal nights--it's all "freestyle dining"--you choose what time you want to eat and where. We did have reservations for dinner again in the formal dining room, the Manhattan. Prior to dinner, since we were all dressed up, we had photos taken.

We sailed all day on Saturday, and everyone did a variety of things on the ship. I spent a lot of time reading on the balcony of our room because the weather, and the water, was so beautiful.

We docked in Victoria, British Columbia, at 8 p.m. Our last excursion was the Butchart Gardens at night, complete with fireworks.

We arrived back at the ship at 11:30 p.m. and the next morning, the cruise was over. 

This week was exactly what I was hoping for--time together as a family and do-your-own-thing time. Alaska is an amazing state, and I could return again and again. Sharing this time with my favorite people was the icing on the cake. I hope they all have many special memories of this time together.


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FlourishingPalms said... #

I read all three of your blog posts about your 50th anniversary celebration and travels, and I'm green with envy. At one time, we too planned to take such a trip with our family - even also going to Alaska! - with everyone, which would have been 11 of us. I am truly happy for you to have been able to share your milestone and make memories with your family. You are more blessed than you may realize.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

Happy anniversary and what a great way to celebrate it. I agree that Alaska is a state that I could return to again and again!

Cheryl said... #

You have such a beautiful family! the older the kids get the harder it is to get everyone together, so it's extra special you had this time. Thank you for sharing!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Lots of good memories formed and such a wonderful example for your grands to help celebrate your 50 years together. It's good for them to see strong, lasting marriages. I remember visiting Butchart Gardens when I was pregnant with Emily some 30+ years ago. I thought it was fabulous then.