(Continued from Holland America msAmsterdam Day 3, Pt. 5) … For some unknown reason, I decided it would be a good idea to wake in the middle of the night. When I did, I saw that we were cruising between islands and were probably just north of the Seattle area, so I hung out by myself on the balcony for a little while. I also noticed at this time that we had at least a marginal cell phone signal from a US source, for the first time since leaving San Diego, so I checked my email (omg, that’s a lot of email). I think that I probably went back to bed for a while, as it was still dark out, and I knew that I would need the sleep.
It wasn’t much longer that we woke and started to watch off the balcony together at the Vancouver area coming into focus. The previous night, we were told that we would be cruising under the Lion’s Gate Bridge into Vancouver. We went to grab some food from the Lido Buffet, and then headed up to the upper decks to watch us go under the bridge and arrive into Vancouver.
This was my first experience sailing under a bridge on a cruise ship. It was pretty cool to see, as sometimes you do not realize how tall these bridges are. The stacks cleared the bridge with a bunch of room to spare, but I imagine a taller ship would maybe have to time it with the tide to ensure clearance.
As we got closer to “Canada Place”, where we were set to dock, we noticed that we were the last of three ships to dock there that day. The Holland America msNoordam and the Star Princess were already docked and waiting for us to join them. … (Continue to Disembarkation Day, Pt. 2 )