Saturday July 11th
Onboard the Serenade!!!
My sister drove from Idaho to Vancouver so they picked us up and took us to Ballentyne Pier.
After dropping us and the luggage off, the husbands left the truck at CruisePark (about $130 CAD) and took the free shuttle back to the pier (about 30 - 45 min).
Embarkment was the ususal waiting. We were onboard by 1 pm.
We had connecting cabins on Deck 7. These are the cabins with the lifeboat covers right outside the balconies which wasn't really an issue until glacier day when it was hard to see some of the icebergs. But I would book them again as that was the only issue. I spent a good chunk of time out on the balcony throughout the cruise.
After MusterDrill, we grabbed a Drink of the Day (Anchors Aweigh $5.95 US -- just ok) and said Farewell to Vancouver.
There were people waving from the Lions Gate bridge which brings us to TIP #3.
TIP #3: Be on deck when the ship goes under the Lions Gate bridge. It's an awe inspiring sight and is a great way to start your cruise!