The Golden Princess is heading toward Juneau. Off the balcony is the hazy outline of the mountainous Queen Charlotte Islands. It’s one of those places you see on a map and never give a second thought. It is wilderness in a far away and often inhospitable place.
It’s 9:20 PM PDT. There’s still an hour of daylight to go! You get that when you’re this far north and west.
Today is the lazy day on this cruise. We’re in transit at sea. The noontime announcement from the bridge said we were making 22 knots and over 6,500 feet of ocean beneath the keel. It’s tough to estimate, but I’d say we’re at least ten miles offshore.
Helaine and I got up early and headed to breakfast. There’s a large buffet on the Lido Deck. By law all ships must have a buffet on the Lido Deck, right?
I loaded bagels and lox on my plate and set out looking for somewhere to sit. A couple seeing our plight asked if we’d like to share their table. Breakfast with Joe and Michelle from San Francisco was very nice.
There was a poker tournament this morning. I placed second. $60 in, $150 out. I’m happy.
We’ve done a lot of walking, both vertically and horizontally. This ship is a few city blocks long and in spots goes to Deck 17. We walk everywhere… even to get pizza (Deck 14 24 hours a day) or coffee.
After dinner tonight we headed to the theater for Alexander, an illusionist. He was very good. The audience not so much! I felt his pain when the act was strong, but applause weak.
Tomorrow around noon we arrive in Juneau. We’ve got reservations to go whale watching with Harv and Marv. We’re psyched. Pictures we’ve seen lead us to believe we’ll be up close and personal with the whales.
To guarantee success I’m bringing a bag of Purina Whale Chow… and there’s always Photoshop.