North to Alaska


It may seem strange to begin a trip to Alaska with a flight to Miami!. But here we joined the Regent Seven Seas Navigator. A hotel overnight and a wonderful lunch with Pat Higgins (my ‘booker’) by the waterside, watching the ships come and go into the city, and we were once again boarding the ship on which we have spent a good few weeks recently. And so to work. With a series of lectures ranging from ‘The Rules of Cricket’ (we were in the Caribbean!), the British attack on Cartagena, the history of the Panama Canal, the Last Emperor of Mexico, the Maya, and Alcatraz etc. we made our way via stops in the Cayman Islands (great visit to new found friends in the ‘antique shop’, and trying to run over feral iguanas on the highway on the way to their gorgeous home!), Colombia (a trip out a nature park and waterfall which involved wading across several streams and small rivers, and the hop-on, hop-off bus around Cartagena), the Panama Canal in all its usual glory and activity, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica with a mangrove boat tour, many crocodiles monkeys and exotic birds etc and Mexico with the famous cliff divers of Acapulco, a bucket of beer and food in Cabo San Lucas, and under the Golden Gate bridge and past Alcatraz island into San Francisco to meet up with good cruising friends Bruce and Kim for a full day in this amazing city, complete with cable car ride and a great meal in the Italian quarter. We moved on up the coast to Astoria in Oregon and engaged in an ‘ale tour’ of three breweries, tasting 9 different beers – all before 10.30 in the morning! A walk around the harbourside in Victoria on Vancouver Island in Canada was so pleasant and on to our changeover stop in Vancouver and a meeting with Wendy and George – Wendy we had not seen for about 23+ years, so a lot of catching up over a bottle of wine and a great meal. With a new group of guests we headed off for Alaska. Able to look back on a job well done – 3 cabaret shows (including a sell out ‘Ain’t Patricks Night’ party, and lectures so well attended. The weather forecast is not too promising…..but after all what do you expect in Alaska!


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