Friday, September 21, 2012

Pics of Alaska

The pictures include our visit to Bites on Broadway in Skagway (a small intimate coffee shop); our visit to the John Hopkins glacier at Glacier Bay; pics of us with Faye Leung and with chef Karen Barnaby.

Pics from Alaska 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Homeward bound!

Day 6
Spent a quiet day at Ketchikan.  Roak arranged for us to dine with the famous Mrs. Faye Leung who joined us for dinner adorned with one of her fabulous hats.  Then we joined her and some of her friends from the staff of the Vancouver Sun for after dinner drinks. What a great time we had!! 

Again Roak’s footwear have become the centre for much attention-these are the beige, camel and green shoes.  The Vancouver Sun and CC have given us a gift a day.  We have received a blanket, box of chocolates, a bottle of champagne, a video picture frame, a free photo, and a free book chronicling the history of the Vancouver Sun.   

Today is our last full day at sea.  Home tomorrow!  We have had a spectacular time and would recommend such a themed cruise to everyone.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

on our way home

Day 5
Last night at the casino we didn’t win at the machines but we won a ticket draw for a day pass to the Thermal Suite at the spa, a Tshirt and a bottle of French champagne.  

Spent the day at the Johns Hopkins glacier at Glacier Bay.  Wonderful site.  Extensive ice berg flow.  Saw eagles and seals.  

Attended a special cooking demonstration by our friend Karen Barnaby.  Dinner tonight hosted by CC and the Vancouver Sun.  On our way to Ketchikan and home. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A star is born

Forgot to mention that last night there were 600 of us from the Van Sun group at the Salmon bake.   

A reporter from the local newspaper hovered around for awhile and then he chose his “star of the night”-Roak.  Roak gave a 20 minute interview that will be featured in the local Juneau newspaper this week! 

Today in Skagway we lunched at a local eatery recommended by our friends Harry and Marlene (who we met on the Panama Canal cruise earlier this year).  We had a great time.  We recommend it as well.  

Haven’t lost all of my winnings on the slots so that feels good.  We received a complimentary bottle of champagne from the cruise company so we plan to have that before our dinner at the Pinnacle Grill tonight.  

Roak wants  to get his picture taken with Faye Leung so I guess we will be travelling with the camera from now on.   

Friday, September 14, 2012


Day 3
Won a little money on the slot machines last evening. 
Spent the morning listening to Vaughn Palmer give an overview of the past most recent Premiers of BC.  Fascinating.  He also touched on topics including the BC rail scandal and the HST. 

Drizzling and cool as we arrived in Juneau.  We got off the ship for a short while just to rekindle our knowledge of the city.  Tonight we were hosted at a salmon bake at Gold Creek.  Great time.   Tonight we sail for Skagway.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Alaska Bound

Daily log Alaska 2012

Day 1 & 2
It was a beautiful sunny day when we boarded ship and embarked from Vancouver.  The Vancouver Sun hosted an embarkation party that last for over 2 hours.  Great appetizers and drinks along with welcomes from the Van Sun hosts.  Amongst the famous guests, Ms Faye Leung mixed with the crowd wearing her first glorious hat of the day, followed by an even bigger hat during dinner.

Breakfast with Vaughan Palmer and senior editors of the paper.  Great questions from crowd followed by even greater responses from the speakers whose candour is wonderful.  

Afternoon presentation by Shelly Fralic who overviewed the past, present and future role of the paper.  Anthony Gismondi provided us with a wine tasting of great wines. 

Tonight is formal night so we will be getting dressed up in our garb.  

The weather is great with sun, fog and beautiful scenery. 
Today, we saw dolphins, gulls and dragon flies the size of gulls.    

Monday, September 10, 2012

To Alaska on the Volendam

We leave this Wednesday for a 1 week cruise on the Ms Volendam.  We will be part of the group sailing to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Vancouver Sun newspaper.  Many of the editorial staff will be sailing with us and presenting seminars etc with regard to past, present and future publications.  We'll be talking editorials, wine, food and movies.  Should be fun.  Read the posts!