Coastal Cruise - Sep. 2009

Day 1
It's so quick and easy to get over to Vancouver to pick up a cruise. We arrived at Canada Place to find a long lineup for embarkation, but the line moved quickly enough though and soon we were on board. The Star Princess was picking up many locals for the short 2 day cruise to San Francisco. Our obstructed view room was a bit roomier than we were expecting, and the "partially obstructed" view just had a few metal pieces which barely blocked the view.
Once we dropped our bags in the room, we went out to get lunch. The lunch buffet was a perfect place to start, and we had a great view of the harbour. We made our way to the pool at the back end of the ship, and enjoyed a quick dip while the ship began to depart Vancouver. It was exciting to pass under the Lions Gate bridge with what looked like very little room to spare. After the lifeboat drill we had a wonderful dinner in the Portofino dining room. The rest of the evening was spent watching a comedy show in the theatre, checking out the nightclub and also the crew bar. My friend is working as a photographer on the ship so it was great being able to see behind the scenes!

Day 2 was to be our only full day on the ship. We picked out some activities from the newsletter and set to accomplishing as many as possible. Breakfast was followed by an origami class, then shuffleboard (we won a silver medal!), then Wii bowling and then had lunch while watching a movie by the pool on the huge screen. In the evening we watched the theatre show, went to a hoe down and then watched some other passengers participate in a "Newlywed" game. All very entertaining!

Day 3
We were excited to watch our arrival into San Francisco harbour, however it didn't end up being very scenic as we encountered the famous fog. Visibility was so bad that even when we were right underneath the Golden Gate bridge you could barely see the cars on the bridge deck. It cleared up a lot as we got closer to the pier and was perfectly sunny for the rest of the day. After disembarking we made our way on foot to see Pier 39, the sea lions and Fisherman's Wharf, also finding two geocaches along the way. We then hurried off to get to the Segway tour that we had prebooked. If you've never been on a segway before, it's so much fun! It only takes around 5 minutes to get comfortable with operating, and after the group is all set up you're off into traffic  all over downtown San Francisco touring around. Afterwards, we waited in line to catch a cable car to the nearest BART station which then got us out to the airport. A short flight later, nonstop San Francisco to Victoria, and we were home.

It was a whirlwind trip and I had a blast!

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