This cruise seemed to go fast! I did shore excursions in Astoria, Monterey, and Victoria. They were great. I’ve included a brief review under each city. For me the mood of the ship was noticeably down beat versus my previous three cruises on the Ruby. No doubt due to the dry dock that starts later today in Victoria. My room stewardess was outstanding. I sail on Ruby in November. I’m looking forward to seeing the ship refurbished.
5 out of 5
I cheated! I was part of the BVE group with Bonnie n Mike Perry. We got on right away.
Food and Dining
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I only watched the activities in the atrium and they were fun. The egg drop is one of my favorites to watch. There was a group of ladies celebrating their 75th birthdays, all same high school class of 1961. They won with a group of balloons that floated down nice n gentle.
I’ve been here countless times since my company is based here. Lots n lots of cool stuff up here to check out. In my humble opinion if you can only do one thing in Seattle, go to the Boeing Aviation Museum. Give yourself several hours to explore.
Did the coastal cruise that included the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Tillamook Aviation Museum. The coast amazingly was clear and it was gorgeous. The cheese factory visitor center has been remodeled since I last went and it looks great. I went years ago to the Tillamook Air Museum and it was a great museum. But then the owner of about half the planes took his planes elsewhere. It’s not the great museum it used to be. But still worth the visit. I think this excursion was well worth the price.
I was utterly stupid! I didn’t take warm clothes on the whale watching excursion and froze. But I’m glad I went. I thought I’d only see sea otters. We saw two sea otters and A LOT of whales. There were some long stretches between seeing the whales. Just have to be patient. Another excursion worth the price.
Butterfly garden and Butchart Garden. Well, first the butterfly garden name is a bit misleading. I never got to the butterflies. In fact I didn’t get past the first quarter of the exhibits. The place has some really cool insects and I was fascinated. I was observing and reading the info signs and next thing I know my alarm was going off to go back to the tour bus. I want to go again and spend a few hours there.
The Butchart Garden has a stellar reputation that is well deserved. Highly recommended.
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