Fred and Judy's 2010 Alaska Vacation travel blog












Bill the Piano Guy

Saturday - July 24th College Fjord Still a little rock 'n roll going on with the ship. We will be in the Gulf of Alaska all day and expect to arrive in Seward around 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. I took 2 more Bonine tablets and later ate some yogurt and a bagel for breakfast. We attended another meeting giving details about luggage for when we depart the ship tomorrow. All the crew members from various departments were called on stage to be acknowledged. It seemed like hundreds and hundreds of them. Most of the crew members were from Indonesia or the Philippines and they did a terrific job in keeping the ship clean as well as preparing the food, setting up and cleaning up after meals, doing laundry, serving drinks, etc. I got some of our laundry done and we began to pack the "meet me in Fairbanks" bag. We loaded the biggest suitcase with clothes we would not need on the land part of the trip... our formal dinner clothes, shoes, etc. The suitcase had to be outside the cabin by 9:30 p.m. This would save us the trouble of lugging it around when we left the ship. Arrived at College Fjord around 3:00 p.m. What a spectacular sight. We were surrounded by glaciers. Again the captain brought the ship very close and slowly turned so all sides could be seen. The glaciers in here were named after Ivy League schools (Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard) that were attended by the group of scientists, artists and naturalists including John Muir, that accompanied Railroad magnate E.H. Harriman to the area. With so many glaciers crowded around a single body of water, College Fjord seems more impressive than Glacier Bay (although they are both amazing). We enjoyed a very special dinner during which we were entertained by members of the dining room crew. Did I mention that salmon was featured at every meal in the dining room. Of course there were other choices that were very good too. Every meal included an appetizer, soup or salad, the entree, followed by dessert and coffee. Food, food, and more food... morning through night. After dinner we all went to the lounge to sing along with Piano-man Bill who was doing songs about going home. We also had an opportunity to say goodbye to Noel, our friendly server in the Crow's Nest. He is from the Philippines. He told us that he has a contract for 10 months with Holland America and will probably sign on again next year. We had many enjoyable conversations with him during cocktail hours in the Crow's Nest.

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