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Alaskan Cruise: Day Two

June 22, 2010

Day 2 on The Pearl. At Sea today.

We’re staying in an inside cabin. What that means is this: It is the smallest cabin on the ship–a tad larger than a walk-in closet –and didn’t have any windows to the outside world. So, when I woke up in our cramped, dark quarters, I didn’t have a clue what time it was. I didn’t want to wake the family so I lay there and lay there, until I can’t stand it any longer. Fumbling around in the dark I found an iPod that confirmed — as I suspected — it was indeed time to get up and get moving!

We headed up to the main dining room for breakfast. If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship, you know that there is no shortage of food – for breakfast, lunch OR dinner. Cruise passengers set their watches so they can be there for the “changing of the buffet.” It’s quite a sight.

After breakfast Dave and I decided it was high time to check out the amenities at the spa. The sign at the entrance read “Excuse me? May we take your tension, please?” “Why of course you can,” I said to the sign. “It’s all yours. I’ve had it long enough. I’m ready to let it go.”

The spa did indeed take all my tension, leaving me barely able to walk. I was certain that the bones in my body had been replaced by one of the many jello desserts set out on the breakfast buffet, as I walked out onto the deck. It was pure heaven. Whirlpool and therapy pool; heated lounge chairs made of stone; saunas and steam rooms — We spent the entire morning just relaxing. Snoozing even!

The weather was beautiful, so after the spa we cruised back through the buffet line (now an array of lunch selections) and enjoyed a quiet meal outside on the deck. The scenery was slowly changing as we cruised Alaska’s Inside Passage.

It was early afternoon before we ran into our boys. They shared their plans for the day — hanging out with their new friends and eating– and they were off again.

A quick trip to the cabin to drop off the camera turned into a 2 hour nap. Theme-o-day? Rest and relaxation. This was definitely on my “what to do on vacation” checklist. Done.

Tonight was our “fancy” dinner at the Japanese restaurant on board. The Pearl offered 16 different dining options, including an upscale steakhouse, Italian and French cuisine, and Japanese teppanyaki. Dave and I dressed in our best duds and joined 6 other guests for an authentic Asian dinner. It was fantastic! The best filet I’ve ever had in my life. Amazing — and well worth the $20 cover charge.

A quiet stroll on the deck; late night martini; and showtime in the Stardust Theatre (watching, not performing!) and our day was done. All that relaxation did us in, and we were snoozing by midnight.

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