The First Day at Sea on Our Alaskan Cruise

The first day on an Alaskan cruise is quite often a full day “at Sea”. Although we were excited to get ashore and to begin exploring Alaska on foot, it was the just right beginning to our trip. The ship sails up the Inside passage on its way to Ketchikan so we had shoreline on both sides of the boat for the entire day.

View from ship's bow as we travel north up the Inside Passage

View from ship's bow as we travel north up the Inside Passage

We were staying in a large outside state Room, aka standard exterior suite, and had a great view of everything we were passing by. After a very restful night, we awoke to the most calming scenery and couldn’t wait to get out on the deck. Well we couldn’t wait to go grab a cup of coffee first, but the deck visit followed shortly thereafter.

I think packing correctly was key for this trip. Although we were visiting Alaska during its warmer season, we definitely needed the layers we had http://www.alaskacruises.com/what_to_pack.asp

We grabbed our coffees, windbreakers, cameras and spent most of the morning on the deck chairs.

We grabbed our coffees, windbreakers, cameras and spent most of the morning on the deck chairs.

Breakfast and lunch were both very easy as well. I expected long lines, being told what to eat and who to eat it with, but we chose to eat in the open seating ‘cafeteria’ of the ship for both meals anyway. The food, although not five-star by any means, was excellent. The staff was everywhere, helping us find seating, getting us refills and letting us know when we may see a whale out the window.

We really just spent the day enjoying the ship. We found ourselves in the Spa for 90 minute massages (followed by naps).

Our stateroom on the ms Veendam

Our stateroom on the ms Veendam

We became hooked on working on the large puzzles in the library, spent some time in the indoor pool (with open ceiling), sat in on one jewelry seminar in the theater (I’d pass on that next time) and enjoyed more time on the deck with our cameras.

After dinner, we returned to our room to find our bed turned down, our towels shaped like monkeys with little mints seated in them and it was quite easy to fall asleep to the easy rocking of the ship.