Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alaskan Cruise: Last Day at Sea & Victoria!

Here's Part I (Embarkation Day, First Day @ Sea, and Juneau)!
Here's Part II (Skagway & Endicott Arm Fjord/Dawes Glacier)!

Day 6 of the cruise was our final day at sea. We spent the day relaxing in our favorite area of the ship (the indoor pool area with the comfy lounge chairs, big windows, and Panera-style food). We read books and played a lot of double solitaire.

Day 6 was also the ship's second formal night, so we got all dressed up again! I'm in Royal Caribbean's "Crown & Anchor Society" because I've been on multiple cruises before, so we got invited to a Crown & Anchor Society Party where there was a band, lots of drinks, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and a Q&A session with the Captain. So fun!



Oh, and there was another towel animal. :) 



Day 7 was our last port - Victoria, British Columbia! We arrived early in the morning, on a drizzly day in Victoria.





We grabbed coffee and a quick breakfast, strolled through the mall, and browsed all the shops on "Antique Row."




I loved this bookstore! So many books!

Thursday was a Holy Day of Obligation (celebrating the Assumption of Mary), so we went to Mass at St. Andrew's Cathedral (such a pretty church!).



We didn't plan any tours or excursions for Victoria, except for a reservation for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel! We both spent a few years of our childhood living in London, so the tradition of afternoon tea has a special spot in our hearts.

The Empress!

We really enjoyed tea at the Empress. There was a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts that was just lovely. We had a table facing a window, and we got to look out at all the boats coming and going as we sipped tea. I kind of felt like I was dragging Jeff to tea (not really a guy thing), but he ended up really liking it too (and there were plenty of guys there!).





After tea, we got back on the ship for the last time. We spent our last night aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas, and when we woke up the next morning, we were back in Seattle! It was a great trip, and we really enjoyed every second of it! 


  1. What a small world you both spent part of your childhood in London.

  2. Wasn't high tea so much fun? I thought it was so neat how that china was made for King George's visit to Canada before WWII. Which is actually the first time a British monarch made it to North America! That's the history nerd in me...

  3. I recently made my boyfriend go to tea with me at a nice hotel in Singapore thinking that because he's Australian he'd be used to the idea. Apparently not! He had never been to a high tea before...oops.