June 30th: I awoke this morning to the sound of Lesley ushering in room service. We were recieving the 'Glacier Bay' breakfast that had alluded us earlier in the cruise. For I believe $25, it consisted of 1/2 a bottle of Moet Chandon champagne, smoked salmon with capers, fresh fruit, bagels, assorted muffins, pastries and juices. Lesley enjoys mimosa's so the champagne was slid her way while I sipped my java. On a coffee note let me say that the coffee onboard ship lived up to previous reviews. In other words, it really is quite putrid. The restaurant's coffee was only marginally better. In anticipation of this we had packed Folger singles and during the week ordered only hot water with breakfast and brewed our own so to speak.
After breakfast we were content to lounge out on our balcony and let the world float by. The scenery on the starboard side consisted of lush forests and small isles. At one point, sea otters by the dozen it seemed floated by on their backs. Soon after we finally saw a group of porpioses that swam with the ship for a distance breaching the water and playfully scooting about.
I thought there may be mountains to be seen on the Canadian side so we went on deck for a view. There were lovely snow capped peaks in the distance and more lush forest in the foreground. These beautiful woodlands reminded me a little bit of coastal Maine which I have always found spectacular.
There were not too many other passengers on deck and Lesley thought this would be a good time for a swim and a dip in the hot tub. Pools do not overly thrill me but I said I would join her in the spa. We selected a somewhat hidden pool area near the bow and below the Lotus Spa. It was an adults only pool bordered by two hot tubs. A statue of Buddah situated in this area suggested a sedate, zen like atmosphere but the engineers of the ship rather inexplicably placed a kids oriented netted sports court directly above, so that each thwack of the dodge ball and resulting yelp would shatter any tranquility you had managed to attain.
We slid into an empty hot tub and I hoped that we could enjoy some solitude. I am normally a very social person but I somewhat equate a hot tub with a bathtub and would rather only share it with a loved one. But of course, within a minute another couple entered, (although the one on the other side was empty) and after folding legs to accomodate one another we chatted for a few moments. They were a very amiable couple and of course had as much right to be there as we but in short order I was prepared to leave. We dried off and Lesley was gong to sun herself for a bit. I thought this would be a good time to visit the casino. We had shared equally, all costs and excursions of our trip with the exception of a massage Lesley had recieved earlier in the week. The agreement was that I could spend (invest? waste? squander?) the equivalent money in the casino. When I arrived all of the tables were nearly full and not being an expert in gaming, I felt a bit uncomfortable to squeeze in and make perhaps a multitude of ignorant mistakes. So I ended up leaving without dropping a dime. I believe I will restrict my gambling to football season where I possess at least a modicum of knowledge.
We had to have our luggage ready for disembarkation so a time was spent on that and then we enjoyed a Bon Voyage dinner. After dinner we called our friends down to our balcony for farewell cocktails and after chatting and laughing for some time we bid a somewhat tearful adieu. We also exchanged numbers and e-mail adresses for the purpose of keeping in touch.
We were docking in Vancouver in the morning and though the end of our adventure was at hand we were eager to tour what we had heard to be a beautiful city.