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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony

Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier

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Our voyage north in the inland passage continues this morning. We again had two enrichment lectures.

First up was Rob Caskie describing the incredible building of the Alaska Canada Highway during the early stages of World War 2. It was a truly remarkable effort is some of the worst conditions possible.


Following Rob, Dr Jay Wolff continued his stories of the history of Alaska and its personalities with a talk titled "Dangerous Dan, A Dog Name Balto and the Rest of the Story". Jay is an amazing storyteller of history and he entertained all as we learned some rather obscure history.


After lunch we spent the rest of the afternoon transiting Endicott Arm to get to Dawes Glacier. We were blessed with great weather and spectacular views. Dawes Glacier was named in 1891 by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for Henry Laurens Dawes, lawyer and statesman from Massachusetts. The glacier was originally called "Young Glacier" in 1880 by John Muir for Reverend S. Hall Young, his companion.


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony

To Sea from Vancouver

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After the mandatory muster drill we headed to sea from Canada Place with typical Pacific Northwest weather. The drive out from Vancouver is wonderful, very scenic. Dinner tonight was at the Brazilian Steak House Churrascaria. A great experience!


Sunday is the first of two sea days. Crystal's enrichment program may be the best at sea. We had three superb lectures.

First was "The Alaskan Gold Rush" by Dr. Jay Wolff, on the Faculty at Florida Gulf University and a commentator on the History Channel. This was the first of three lectures he would give.

The second lecture was "The Dilemma: Privacy or Security in the 21st Century by Tom Ridge, former Governor of Pennsylvania and First Secretary of Homeland security. It was well done and very thought provoking.


After a light lunch we had our third lecture of the day: "Tales of Alaska Marine Life" by Rob Caskie, a professional safari guide, storyteller and expert in Arctic exploration.

We had another great dinner tonight at the Japanese specialty restaurant, Umi Uma.

Another day at sea tomorrow with hopes of seeing some of the Alaska marine wildlife.

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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony


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We woke up early today after a superb dinner at the Five Sails Restaurant in the hotel. it is rated in the top 12 restaurants in the city. The weather is cloudy and we expect light rain this afternoon. Typical for the Pacific northwest.

After a leisurely morning, we boarded the ship at about 12:30pm. The rest of the day was spent unpacking, resting and wandering around. As predicted, it rained!


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony


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Today's project was flying from Charleston to Vancouver BC for the start of our 10 night Alaska cruise aboard Crystal Symphony. We spent the night at the Pan Pacific Hotel, which is situated directly above the cruise terminal. In addition the hotel offer a complimentary service to take your checked bags directly to the ship, so you don't have a lug them downstairs to the terminal.

The flights were all early, which is nice, and we say a huge Russian transport plane in Seattle. The US does not have enough heavy lift aircraft to satisfy the demand, so companies often charter Russian planes for the task.

As always, flying in the Pacific northwest is very scenic, even on a partly cloudy day.


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Celebrity Edge

Final Day

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Celebrity Edge is truly at the cutting edge of cruise ship technology and design. Last night we ate at our third specialty restaurant - Eden - which may be the best culinary experience I have had at sea. The ambiance is unique and the food was exceptional.

This ship has by far the best food in the Celebrity fleet. The menu's are exceptional in the dining rooms and the assortment of expertly prepared dishes in the Oceanview Cafe was superb.

For those of you who have not made plans for the summer yet, Celebrity is offering some great value adds for the Edge sailings in the Western Mediterranean, this summer!


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