Alaska weather is getting more typical — rainy and foggy — but the kids are having fun anyway

INSIDE PASSAGE TO ALASKA – We departed Seattle for this seven-day cruise to Alaska on Sunday. The weather was actually pretty, sunny and clear.

Today is Tuesday and the weather totally different. Rainy and foggy. I fear this will be typical of the rest of our time here. This afternoon we are going to have our first real sightseeing. In about an hour we will be entering Tracy Arm and will get an up-close look at the Sawyer Glacier. At least I hope we do.

Jennifer signs Vivian, Cynthia and Dominic up for Club HAL

Jennifer signs Vivian, Cynthia and Dominic up for Club HAL

So far all has gone well. Chet and I have done many cruises over the years but we have not traveled with grandchildren in 11 years. It does take some getting used to. Your life is not quite your own. But the rewards are great. Coordinating the whereabouts of seven of us is tricky.

Yesterday was a full day at sea and the children spent the time delving into the children’s program, Club HAL. The 9-year-olds, Cynthia and Dominic, took to it immediately. They love being with other kids and all the organized activities.

Vivian, who is 12, is a bit on the fence….as a “Tween” she is a bit old for her group, yet too young for the teen club. But she seems to be adapting and spent the entire morning in the Club HAL program today, while opting to go to the gym with her mom after lunch. She is pretty adaptable – she is also our roommate!

baked alaska

Vivian soon developed an appreciation for Baked Alaska

The verandah cabins on the ms Oosterdam aren’t any too large. They definitely don’t qualify as family cabins. Chet and I have a king bed and Vivian sleeps in her own little nook in a small chaise that converts to a single bed. It is working out pretty well.

Next door the twins, who are still small enough, are sharing the same size single bed. But they are so exhausted at the end of the day that it is working out.

We have also been figuring out the dining options. We have discovered that the twins do not have the patience for long dinners. Last night we had a lovely meal in the ship’s specialty restaurant, The Pinnacle. The food and service were superb. We kept the meal sane but feeding the twins earlier at the Lido buffet and then taking them to Club HAL so the five of us could eat in peace.

Vivian is enjoying her special time with the grown-ups, and she likes lobster, too!

So let’s hope the humpback whales appear this afternoon. That would make for a perfect day.

 

 

 

 

INSIDE PASSAGE TO ALASKA – We departed Seattle for this seven-day cruise to Alaska on Sunday. The weather was actually pretty, sunny and clear.

 

Today is Tuesday and the weather totally different. Rainy and foggy. I fear this will be typical of the rest of our time here. This afternoon we are going to have our first real sightseeing. In about an hour we will be entering Tracy Arm and will get an up-close look at the Sawyer Glacier. At least I hope we do.

 

So far all has gone well. Chet and I have done many cruises over the years but we have not traveled with grandchildren in 11 years. It does take some getting used to. Your life is not quite your own. But the rewards are great. Coordinating the whereabouts of seven of us is tricky.

 

Yesterday was a full day at sea and the children spent the time delving into the children’s program, Club HAL. The 9-year-olds, Cynthia and Dominic, took to it immediately. They love being with other kids and all the organized activities. Vivian, who is 12, is a bit on the fence….as a “Tween” she is a bit old for her group, yet too young for the teen club. But she seems to be adapting and spent the entire morning in the Club HAL program today, while opting to go to the gym with her mom after lunch. She is pretty adaptable – she is also our roommate!

 

The verandah cabins on the ms Oosterdam aren’t any too large. They definitely don’t qualify as family cabins. Chet and I have a king bed and Vivian sleeps in her own little nook in a small chaise that converts to a single bed. It is working out pretty well.

 

We have also been figuring out the dining options. We have discovered that the twins do not have the patience for long dinners. Last night we had a lovely meal in the ship’s specialty restaurant, The Pinnacle. The food and service were superb. We kept the meal sane but feeding the twins earlier at the Lido buffet and then taking them to Club HAL so the five of us could eat in peace. Vivian is enjoying her special time with the grown-ups, and she likes lobster, too!

 

So let’s hope the humpback whales appear this afternoon. That would make for a perfect day.

 

 

 

 

INSIDE PASSAGE TO ALASKA – We departed Seattle for this seven-day cruise to Alaska on Sunday. The weather was actually pretty, sunny and clear.

 

Today is Tuesday and the weather totally different. Rainy and foggy. I fear this will be typical of the rest of our time here. This afternoon we are going to have our first real sightseeing. In about an hour we will be entering Tracy Arm and will get an up-close look at the Sawyer Glacier. At least I hope we do.

 

So far all has gone well. Chet and I have done many cruises over the years but we have not traveled with grandchildren in 11 years. It does take some getting used to. Your life is not quite your own. But the rewards are great. Coordinating the whereabouts of seven of us is tricky.

 

Yesterday was a full day at sea and the children spent the time delving into the children’s program, Club HAL. The 9-year-olds, Cynthia and Dominic, took to it immediately. They love being with other kids and all the organized activities. Vivian, who is 12, is a bit on the fence….as a “Tween” she is a bit old for her group, yet too young for the teen club. But she seems to be adapting and spent the entire morning in the Club HAL program today, while opting to go to the gym with her mom after lunch. She is pretty adaptable – she is also our roommate!

 

The verandah cabins on the ms Oosterdam aren’t any too large. They definitely don’t qualify as family cabins. Chet and I have a king bed and Vivian sleeps in her own little nook in a small chaise that converts to a single bed. It is working out pretty well.

 

We have also been figuring out the dining options. We have discovered that the twins do not have the patience for long dinners. Last night we had a lovely meal in the ship’s specialty restaurant, The Pinnacle. The food and service were superb. We kept the meal sane but feeding the twins earlier at the Lido buffet and then taking them to Club HAL so the five of us could eat in peace. Vivian is enjoying her special time with the grown-ups, and she likes lobster, too!

So let’s hope the humpback whales appear this afternoon. That would make for a perfect day.

 

 

 

 

 

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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