Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vancouver departure

Pacific Coach Lines takes us from Victoria across the water on BC Ferries to the Canada Place Cruise Terminal in Vancouver without a hitch. They drop us off right inside the terminal, and our bags are delivered to our cabin aboard ship…what terrific service!

Boarding the Volendam is pretty easy, despite having to go through three stages to actually step aboard: security screening (like airports), US Customs and Immigration, then Holland America's own check-in.

Somehow I manage to leave my dress jacket at home, so I make a quick dash to Dunn's Tailors on lower Georgia Street and quickly buy a new dress jacket. So now I have two…but at least I will be ready for the seven formal nights we have on board this cruise. I arrive back on board just in time for the compulsory lifejacket drill just before departure.

The Volendam slips away from the dock at 5PM, and we are on our way! There are some folks who boarded today in Vancouver and will leave the ship tomorrow in Seattle – a one day overnight cruise! No doubt they will party hard tonight to take advantage of all the fun stuff aboard.
Sailing under Lions Gate Bridge is spectacular this evening, with great views of the North Shore Mountains, the harbour, and Stanley Park. It brings back memories of when I sailed under the same bridge in 1981 aboard the Cunard Princess bound for the Caribbean. Everyone is very excited as we pass under the bridge, but then it is time for dinner. We opt for a BBQ dinner served alfresco on the Lido deck beside the pool as the sun sets over Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island.

1 comment:

Hu Filleul said...

Every time you pass under the Lions Gate bridge outbound, it is a new experience. I have done it seven times and it has always been exciting, especially with good companions and a drink on the rear deck.
I will follow your blog with interest as it will be like living old times.