I was in Seattle this last Saturday (July 3) and saw the Diamond Princess (Princess), the Oosterdam (Hollad America), and the Norwegian Spirit (NCL). All are beautful ships, and especially impresive when we drove by them. My gripe is that I wasn't getting aboard any of them to sail to anywhere. All that they reminded me is that it will be December before I get to go on a cruise again. You know no matter the complaints people have, it seems to me that being on board has got to be better then just seeing the ships and having to go back to work . Hope you all think of that when you see the things that bother you on the cruise lines.
ms Zuiderdam - May 2006
Carnival Mardi Gras - July 1991
RCCL Viking Serenade - November 1994
Carnival Pride - September 2004
If you were in Seattle this past Saturday - you have nothing to complain about
1. Seattle is a beautiful city in the summer
2. Last Saturday it was sunny in Seattle
For people who live in Seattle - the only time to leave for a cruise is winter Why waste any time during the only two months of decent weather we have? I am out of here for a December cruise down to Mexico
Yep - I know Granite Falls - it is growing like crazy. I am in Mountlake Terrace.
If you really need a cruise fix - just hop on a ferry for a fast boat ride!!
I have been hearing good things about Carnival lately - some day I want to cruise with them.
I took a cruise to Alaska from Vancouver on the old Sun Princess in 1988. I would like to go again, and hopefully cruises out of Seattle will be so plentiful that they will cost the same as other cruises.
well, you got a pretty close-up look at oosterdam, which is the HAL version of the spirit class. CCL really got their money's worth out of it by making versions for CCL, Costa, HAL, and I think either Princess or Cunard.
Holiday 5-day Western Caribbean
Liberty 8 day Western
I've always thought it must be HORRIBLE for people living near a pier when they don't have a cruise booked.
I mean, to just see those ships and almost hear them taunting you.....
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
I work in a cubicle on the 46th floor of an office tower in Toronto. All I have to do is go near a window, look out over Lake Ontario, see the sailboats or tourist boats, and I desperately want to be a on cruise. If I lived in Vancouver or Seattle, I would just get on a ferry and go back and forth for day just to be on the ocean. Maybe I'll try the new Toronto-Rochester ferry this summer so I can pretend I'm on a cruise. My last cruise was in April and it seems like ages ago. Maybe next year????
But we in Seattle have not been taunted for very long. As a result of the Jones Act and other outdated laws, there has been no cruise industry in Seattle until the last two or three years. Until recently, anyone wanting to cruise to Alaska had to leave from Vancouver.
A ferry from Toronto to Rochester? Really? I grew up north of Buffalo-North Tonawanda,NY and we used to go to Rochester on Sunday drives. My dad lives in Toronto=way up Mt.Pleasant Rd almost to Eglington.When I used to visit, we'd go down to the Waterfront-before all the new high rises were built. We even went over to Center(?) Island.I forget, is there a little boat that goes over there?? I know, it's not the same.The new ferry boat would be a quick way to get over to the States and back.As it is now, we have to either go over the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, or the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls--or, the Lewiston Bridge.
I hope you get a REAL boat ride, really soon. Lynne
Like ESS said we have only had cruise ships for that last couple of years. On the other hand, Saturday was beautiful, and seeing 3 gorgeous ships in the harbor really gave me the cruise itch. I guess it will just have to wait until December. All that I ca say for those of you who will be sailing any of those ships is that they are very nice looking, at least from the outside.
Hi Lynne. Yes, there are three ferries operating from downtown Toronto to the islands. It's about a half hour trip and you get a magnificent view of the city, especially at night.
The Toronto-Rochester ferry went into service this summer. Apparently, Rochester has a nice ferry terminal and Toronto is still a bit unorganized with just a small temporary building for Customs. However, by next summer, we should have a nice ferry terminal. The ferry terminal is right downtown Toronto. If you come without a car, you can reach most downtown hotels by local transit or about $5 to $10 cab ride.
Right now, the ferry is very popular with Americans coming from the East as it cuts their driving time by over 3 hours and there are no major line ups at Customs. The ferry is apparently pretty fancy and offers restaurants, movies, etc. They were trying to open a small casino, but there has been some disagreement over that. The ferry is good news for Toronto as the tourism industry was devastated last summer with the SARS "scare". We were aghast at the way the non-Canadian media totally exaggerated the situation. Life went on as normal here but we were treated by outsiders like we had the plague. It is nice to see many Americans back here this summer enjoying our city. There are some fabulous deals to be had that include hotel, threatre tickets and restaurants.
Dalech -- I had the exact same sentiment this weekend on the other side of the country. I was in NYC for the fireworks. On the 4th we say the NCL Dawn & Crown in port. On Monday we say the QM2. Boy oh Boy was she huge & did I ever feel like she was calling my name. Someday. I hope.
I've been to Eaton Centre, the Exhibition/Fairground, the Science and Industry Museum/Center.When my kids were small we went to a playground off the Gardner Expressway, possibly by Ontario Place. Once, when I visited my dad, several years ago, he met me at the Airport,then we travelled by bus to the subway,then to the streetcar, then when we got off of that, we walked 6 blocks to his apt.I'm glad I didn't have a lot of baggage! He gave up his car many years ago. He and my stepmother were walkers. He's now in a motorized scooter because he can't walk well anymore. One New Year's Eve all went to a party-dressed up--by streetcar!
I'm glad to hear about the ferries, they make a lot of sense. My dad and stepmother said that the SARS didn't bother them at all.Their particular hospital was only partly closed down. The place where my grandmother lived out her final years was at a facility up near a castle. Of course, we took the bus to visit her!!
Have to go--bedtime. Have a wonderful weekend. Lynne
What I really hate is not knowing where to stay in Seattle near the cruise lines. We're doing Alaska on Celebrity's Mercury and need to find a hotel near the pier with a shuttle to the pier. Could any of you locals help me? Thanks, Ann
Hi Dalech, We love to look at the cruisehips at Canada Place(Vancouver), and we all OOH and AAH over them!
We are so excited to be going on the Valor(new ship) in Jan.(to get out of the rainy Vancouver winter) to the Caribbean(hot,sunshine'y and can swim lots!).
We don't have a balcony ,but then we might spend too much time there instead of out mingling, having fun, meeting new people(at least I try to rationalize it that way!!).
You don't have a countdown clock yet either!
At least we live in nice cities and can watch the beautiful cruisehips in the summer!
From:Brenda in Vancouver. I do not read the Gripes section often;but this is a nice gripe!!!!!
NCL Jewel March 14/08(Southern Caribb.)VALOR Jan. 7 /07(Western Caribb. again!)
VALOR Jan/05-our first family cruise was great!
I'm north of Seattle (Bellingham) and I agree.....summer has been absolutely beautiful (although I did leave for 1 week to cruise to the W. Caribbean!). I'm on the Diamond Princess to Mexico in December. I'm sure that by then I'll be glad to go somewhere sunny and warm to escape the usual rainy northwest weather.
Hi my54met - we are in Langley, B.C. We actually go down to Bellis Fair most weeks and check out Big Lots as well - doesn't take much to please us "old folks" lol. It seems the summer has changed to fall rather suddenly doesn't it? We go from drought to record rainfall in a matter of days. Oh well - we can dream of cruising. TTFN Jennifer