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Old 01-14-2012, 09:11 AM   #676
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I am one of those. I grew up in Minnesota - spent 3 yrs in ND - we're talking 30 below on a normal day sometimes - 50 below with the wind. You would think I would never be cold, right? Well, after spending time in the tropics of Okinawa, and then a year in Calif. - I still hate the cold after living here 20 years. I think it has been the snow and wind during baseball season that ruined it for me. Anyway - this is our last winter - we are headed for Phoenix and I can't wait!
That's great! I would move to Florida in a heartbeat if I could.

And, Cynthia, that's true...humidity and the 80's are no fun without A/C. And I think I have some idea of what you mean. When I was i school, I went on a school trip to Ireland over April vacation, thinking the temps and everything would be like April here. Um...no. I was so cold. Did something similar in Chicago, too. It was freakish and in the 80s my first two days out there and then the temperatures plummeted by forty degrees, I was totally unprepared for it.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:17 PM   #679
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Great Update !!!You hit the souvenir Jackpot I love those Tees that are cheap !!!!
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Well, it looks like you had a good day in Ketchikan, weather be darned! Love the picture of Evan in the hat!! Ummmm, I'm glad you got the jacket back! I would have been a bit annoyed if I were you!
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Great Update !!!You hit the souvenir Jackpot I love those Tees that are cheap !!!!
I love tees that are cheap IF people actually wear them. Cheap isn't much good if they don't like them but since they picked out their own things...it's all been worn quite a bit.

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Well, it looks like you had a good day in Ketchikan, weather be darned! Love the picture of Evan in the hat!! Ummmm, I'm glad you got the jacket back! I would have been a bit annoyed if I were you!
I was annoyed. Would have been far more annoyed had the spot he'd left it in been farther away and had it not been there! Lucky for him it added at most 10 minutes to our re-boarding so in the big picture, pretty painless.
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Looks like it was a fun, albeit at times, soggy day in Ketchikan. You were able to score some great photos, and thank goodness you were able to retrieve the jacket. That's something that would have happened with one of my two. They lose everything!
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the town looks really cute, better add rain gear to the packing list though
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I'm almost caught up. Looks like a great day despite the weather.
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Looks like it was a fun, albeit at times, soggy day in Ketchikan. You were able to score some great photos, and thank goodness you were able to retrieve the jacket. That's something that would have happened with one of my two. They lose everything!
It was a fun day. Thank goodness for the jacket, it would not have gone well for him!

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Rain gear but you can go light, just rain pants, shoes that can get wet and a rain jacket or waterproof shell will work. Make sure they have a hood though!

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Hi! I went a while between updates so hopefully it isn't too bad! Almost have another one ready to post. It really was a good day!
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:52 PM   #686
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It's a small world and it's full of pirates!

Back on the ship we all had agendas. The boys wanted a movie, Gnomeo and Juliet to be specific. That surprised me but hey, whatever. We wanted…the hot tub! Sure it was drizzly but it wasn’t all that cold. We poured ourselves a beer and headed up to the adult pool area. Surprisingly, there were people in both hot tubs and a few more than we felt comfortable joining. The pool was theoretically only a few degrees cooler so we figured we’d check it out. And…it was warm and lovely! It was fun and very Seattle ish actually, to be out in the drizzle, in a warm pool in upper 40ish weather. Right about when we finished our beer, one of the larger groups left one of the hot tubs so we moved over. While Jeff went for a refill from Signals, I got cozy in the tub. We were alone for maybe..10 minutes.

Soon we were joined by a couple of women, a mom and her college aged daughter.

“Jeff?”

“Is that you?”

The mom asked. She recognized Jeff from a trip he’d made to Australia, about 9 years prior with a work friend. She was a friend of his friend and the families had all met up while there. He felt horrible for not recognizing her! We did joke quite a bit about the weather. They were from Vancouver BC and we joked that the only folks out in the pool and the hot tub were “local”. We all wanted to hit the ventriloquist show but they left quite a bit earlier than we did, only staying in the hot tub for a little bit, and Jeff felt bad, he wanted to catch up. Back in the stateroom we all got ready for dinner, thanks to the boys seeing a movie instead of hitting the pool we didn’t have to fight for the shower. The boys did have a little bit of extra getting ready to to…it was pirate night! Our room had been a bit pirated before we’d gotten back, the dogs had dubloons! And had been joined by an Elephant.



Prior to the cruise, I’d read a number of reports that not very many people dressed up for pirate night. It was our first one and I didn’t really know what to expect, especially in Alaska. I’d made the boys shirts and they’d packed a few accessories and more had arrived in our FE. They had fun getting ready.

After getting our Arrgh on, we headed to the Walt Disney theater before dinner for the show and we sat down, Jeff and I with a rum and coke in hand brought from the room, it seemed appropriate for the evening. The comedian/ventriloquist was hysterical! It was a wonderful start to the night. We popped back to the room for a refill and somehow, that inspired Eric to do a pirate dance.






It wore him out



This is what Evan had to say about the whole thing



Pre-dinner dance done, we headed to dinner. I was pleasantly surprised to see the vast majority of people…dressed up! Lots and lots of pirates, big and small and a plethora of wenches. Dinner was in Parrot Cay, perfect for pirate night!

The boys had fun…being boys











Personally, I liked the big pirate. You can tell he had another rum and coke with dinner.



After dinner we went to check out the pirate party. They’d moved it inside and while I tried to get the kids interested…they weren’t. It was crowded, you couldn’t see, and it was characters dancing in the lobby. Or at least that’s what they got out of it. If there was a special buffet, we missed it. Still, they had a fun dressing up and dinner was a blast. As for Jeff and I…we got a blinking pirate light up cup filled with the DOTD on some kind of buy one get one deal at far less than the normal price. Like 6 bucks for two. So…why not! It was actually on the watered down side but at 3 bucks each who cares.

The kids decided they’d prefer to do a little more pin trading and go to bed (i.e. watch TV in the stateroom) and Jeff and I decided to…go watch Pirates! We hadn’t seen it yet, though both boys had. So we tucked them in and headed to our late night show. It was a ton of fun, and perfect with our pirate drinks. I will say though, I am looking forward to checking out the theater on the Dream. The Buena Vista theater on the Wonder is so tall and narrow that no matter where we sat in it, I felt like I got jostled by people behind me and it was hard to get comfy. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it would be if you were really tall! Though we both barely made it to the end without nodding off, we said good night to Jack and tucked ourselves in knowing that the next day, would be our last full day.
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How funny that Jeff ran into someone he knew on the cruise! What are the odds?

Cute pictures from the Pirate Night -- the boys look like they had a lot of fun! Too bad you missed the dessert buffet. Oh well, there is always the next cruise!
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Pirate night definitely looks like it was a good time. And I would have probably been out there in the pool, too!
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We didn't do Pirate on our 4 night cruise because we went to Palo that night. I've now got a full on pirate outfit but I don't think i'll have room in my suitcase sadly.
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How funny that Jeff ran into someone he knew on the cruise! What are the odds?
It was funny! It is a small world and I swear, the older I get, the smaller. I mean the other family with boys on our ziplining were from our area and our table mates were from Jeff's old stomping grounds, stuff like that happened the entire cruise.

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Cute pictures from the Pirate Night -- the boys look like they had a lot of fun! Too bad you missed the dessert buffet. Oh well, there is always the next cruise!
I'm not sure if there was a dessert buffet, or a food buffet for that matter. Because it was in the atrium it was pretty darn crowded and I'm not sure where they'd have put the buffet. We just finished dinner anyway so it's not like we could have eaten a darn thing. The boys had fun getting dressed up, I was glad they weren't "too old" for that.

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Pirate night definitely looks like it was a good time. And I would have probably been out there in the pool, too!
It was fun and the pool and hot tub felt lovely! On the Alaska cruise they kept the pools in the 80's.

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Oh you should make room! Tons of adults were dressed up.
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