Our last evening
This being the last evening of the cruise the programme for the ship was very busy. Our ‘Anchorage’ suitcase had to be placed outside our cabin, there was the balloon drop party, the ‘On the Bayou show’ and dinner all to be fitted in!
We ate dinner again with our Canadian friend. We sat on a table for eight but no one came to joiner us. The restaurant was only half full. We had passed the speciality restaurants and they looked very busy for the first time in all the cruise.
My meal was disappointing as the New York strip steak was tasteless. This was sad as this meal is usually very good on Princess Cruises. I had started with a Caesar salad (to try and get at least some greens) and I finished with rum and raisin ice cream.
We then had to make a way forward to the Theatre for the show. The sun was still shining as we passed the doors on the Promenade Deck. We all went outsidefor some last selfies.
Our plan for the evening was to get to the Theatre early as the show had been so popular on Coral Princess. On the way we passed the Atrium as the balloon drop party was winding down.
On the Bayou
To our surprise the Theatre was empty and even as show time approached there was still lots of empty seats. Being early was not as important on this cruise it seems.
The show was as good as on Coral Princess despite having a smaller stage. We did miss the marching band coming through the theatre and out into the Atrium though!
To make up for this and not having rotating stages, a lot of use was made of lowering and raising parts of the stage. At times I did worry about all the dancing taking place rather close to a the large gaping hole in the centre of the stage.
For me this was the highlight of the entertainment on board and the show did not disappoint.
Back in a cabin for the last evening we had to finish packing our ‘Denali’ suitcase and put it outside the door. The Coral Princess was sailing slowly up the Passage Canal to Whittier.
The ship by now was already close to Whittier and would be docked just after midnight.
This was our journey from Vancouver.
From the Captain’s Log
Throughout the morning. Island Princess steamed across the Gulf of Alaska at an average speed of 20 knots.
Noon Position: 6o°l2.3′ N – l46°40.6′ W
Temperature: 5°C (4l°F)
Wind: Westerly Northwesterly Light Breeze
Barometer: 1015 mb
At 13:00* the vessel was abeam Cape Hinchinbrook and we altered course to starboard to enter Prince William Sound.
At 14:45* two South West Alaska Pilots boarded at Bligh Reef pilot station. Throughout the early evening Island Princess cruised the scenic waters of College Fjord before setting a westerly course through Wells Passage into Passage Canal towards Whittier