I last blogged about my love affair with Alaska way back in February! (See blog post LOVE AFFAIR WITH ALASKA: Part 8.) Leaving Fairbanks on our way to Anchorage, we flew over Mt. McKinley. We'd admired McKinley's 20,320 feet from ground level a few days earlier, but it appeared even more immense from the air. The picture below was taken through a really dirty window with fog closing in. We were flying at 30,000 feet. Remember to click, even double-click, on the pictures for more detail.
After landing in Anchorage, we boarded a bus and traveled to Seward to catch our cruise ship. The drive was gorgeous. Even though the following three pictures were taken from a moving bus through unclean and smudged windows along a two-lane highway in the rain, I didn't mind the drive at all.
We pulled into Seward in pouring rain,
turned the corner, and saw for the first time (drum roll here) . . .
. . . our ship, the Celebrity Millenium!
Built in France in 2000, she weighs 91,000 tons, has a passenger capacity of 2,449, and is 11 stories tall, not counting what we couldn't see below Deck One. That's a lotta ship! Eighty percent of the 975 staterooms have ocean views.
Although small, it had all the necessities we needed. I took many pictures through the stateroom window.
The tiny bathroom above had sufficient storage space and a good supply of that all-important item, toilet paper. The toilet is to the right, the shower to the left. Behind me is a huge closet. We unpacked quickly and took off to explore the ship and find Ron's brother Bob and his wife Nita. Below is a view of Seward from one of the decks.
We almost always ate breakfast and lunch in this cafeteria. Meals usually lasted longer than they would have at home because we could feast and watch ever-changing scenery, relax, not worry about meetings, doctor appointments, etc. And being with Nita and Bob made it even more special.
The ceiling in the cafeteria was comprised of mirrored panels. I couldn't resist taking this distorted picture of the ceiling. Note camera in my hand.
After catching up with Bob and Nita, we continued to explore the ship, stopping on each deck to snap more pictures.
Although it was still daylight, we went to bed at 11:00 p.m. Tomorrow promised to be a busy day.
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