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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Saturday in Seattle and All Aboard

Space Needle

Hey friends, here we go again.  Mary Alice and I are about to board aPrincess ship for another Alaskan cruise.  This one is a little different. It's a round trip from Seattle.

Hyatt Place: Our Hotel

Our journey started our differently this time.  Mary Alice (most of us call her “MA”) left last Monday for Los Angeles where she met her youngest sister Nola. They drove up the coast to see middle sister Maureen who is in a long-care private home in Arroyo Grande.  The three sisters had a great visit plus MA got to meet her grand-nephew and grand-niece for the first time (Maureen’s grandchildren). At the end of the week on Friday MA flew from LAX to Seattle while at the same time I flew from Houston to Seattle.  She scheduled things so our flights landed within 45 minutes of each other and we met, as prearranged, in baggage claim.

We quickly located our shuttle van downtown to the Hyatt Place, one of our favorite hotels.  We walked around checking out the Seattle restaurant scene and settled on a place called “5 Point Café”.  They had good hamburgers. MA says they also had lukewarm spaghetti!  No matter, we were both tired so we walked back to the hotel and called it a night.
Monorail and the Space Needle
I was up early this morning and explored some of the neighborhood around the hotel.  There is a REAL monorail that runs through and around downtown.  This is what Houston should have built instead of our choo-choo trains. 

At 11:30 we were downstairs and caught our van ride to the Star Princess.  After we checked in, got our cruise cards and went on board, we decided to go and have lunch.  So did 95% of the other 2500 passengers.  This created a very long line with an hour wait, the first time that has ever happened to us on a cruise ship.

Seattle from the ship:  A Beatiful City

Later we went to the obligatory Life Vest drill, MA watched me doze off but she paid attention and played Candy Crush Saga!  The ship pulled away from the dock at 4:11.  We are on our way to Alaska.  More to follow.

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