Good morning. I had a great night’s sleep as we head north rocking ever so gently.
The ship has a dedicated navigation and weather channel. We’ve traveled 335 miles since Seattle and are now abreast the northern tip of Vancouver Island. If you’re keeping score we’re at 50°22’ north 128°52’ west.
The sea is calm with hardly a ripple. The sky is overcast–thick, low overcast with a few sunny breaks miles east. The island’s mountainous terrain is dimly visible through distant haze. It’s unusual to see this kind of low stratus without rain, but there is none at the moment.
This kind of weather is what’s expected. The west coast of Canada and Alaska are wet! There are rain forests (not tropical) here. Last night as the Sun set we sailed alongside a well defined fog bank,
Yesterday was our departure day. At 3:15 PM, before we left, the ship held a muster drill. We’ve cruised before. Those drills are usually held at sea.
Post Costa Concordia the drill has become a scary affair! No, we aren’t scared of this ship hitting a rock and sinking, but the folks running the drills surely are! We were instructed in everything including the proper method in jumping off the ship.
We have ‘anytime’ dining. As it turned out that doesn’t work when everyone comes at once. We waited a half hour for a table with Helaine holding the kind of large beeper you’d get at Olive Garden.
The food was very good. She had fish, I had prime rib. For dessert Helaine had a soufflé and I had carrot cake.
We will eat well! In order to combat that we’ve turned the Golden Princess into our own gigantic Stair Master! We did at least 50 flights yesterday as we went to the large atrium, shops and public areas on Deck 5, the pools and casual dining on Deck 14 (there is no Deck 13) and everywhere in between.