6.29.13 - 6.29.13 72 °F
We awoke this morning to bright sun, and warm temperatures - a true chamber of commerce day. The ships in today include the Holland America Zuiderdam and our own Sapphire Princess - both are heading northbound to Alaska. After a leisurely breakfast and stroll outside we stayed in our room until checkout time of noon. Then we headed down the hotel elevator to check out, and then boarded the convention center elevator down to the cruise terminal. This is the one great thing about the Pan Pacific - you can walk to your cruise ship! We dropped our bags off, went through security and then went through US customs as is typical in many cities of Canada - more effective that keeping folks in Ketchikan for clearing US Customs. We got upgraded to Penthouse Suite (at a reasonable additional cost) and so spent the afternoon on the balcony, taking a nap and enjoying the cabin. One of the benefits of the suite is they comp you the first night dinner in one of the two specialty restaurants - Sabatini's or the Steak House. We chose Sabatini's and had a wonderful dinner including fried calamari and a grilled veal chop. Then a stroll around the ship and back to the cabin for viewing the sunset at about 9:30pm.