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In June of 2006, Sandy and I joined our long time friends, Dean and Charlotte Campbell on a seven day Alaska Inside Passage cruise. The cruise line was Holland America.

For all of us, this was our first cruise. It was also the first time any of us had been to Alaska. Thanks to my career related travels, I had already been to all of the Lower 48. Now with Alaska, I would lack only Hawaii to make the Grand 50. Sandy has been to most of the lower 48 as well. Since this Alaska cruise, as of now, the Summer of 2012, Sandy and I have enjoyed two more ocean cruises; Hawaii and the Eastern Caribbean. Galleries of photographs of those cruises will be added soon.

The four of us flew from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Vancouver, BC where our cruise was to begin and end. We arrived Friday night. The cruise was to launch the afternoon of the following day, Saturday.

Sandy and I are early risers, and this Saturday morning was no exception. We decided to go for a walk around the area of our hotel and ended up walking to Stanley Park which is a few blocks away from our hotel.

A little later we were joined by Dean and Charlotte for a short visit to the park before preparing to go to the ship terminal to board MS Zuiderdam for our seven day adventure. The photos in this gallery chronicle that adventure. I hope that you will enjoy looking at them. If you have never cruised or if you have never done the Alaska Inside Passage Cruise, we certainly highly recommend it.

I am sorry that there are so many pages in this collection, but there are a lot of photos and they can't all be put on the same page without causing the load time of each page to be too long. Be sure to click on the small images to bring up a larger view of the scene.


The camera equipment used on this trip was the Canon 20D dSLR. Lenses consisted of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro. The Canon 20D was my first move away from a film SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera to a digital version. Looking back at the photos here, well some could do with a processing re-do from the orignial.

Dean Campbell shot some of the images appearing here. For those he used a Canon Rebel. I don't recall which model, but it was one current at the time.

Both of us now use Canon 40D cameras and better lenses.

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Dinner at DFW Airport prior to our flight to Vancouver, BC. Just waiting for the order to be brought to the table.

Sandy and I went for an early morning walk to the waterfront area. We caught our first look at our ship. ms Zuiderdam. The "u" in Zuiderdam is silent so the pronunciation is "Ziederdam."

Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in the West End area of Vancouver.  
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Looking from Stanley Park back to the pier area where the cruise ships dock.

Boats, water and high-rise appartments abound through out this city.

 

 
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Stanley Park features a nice collection of totem poles.   Totem Poles also known as "story poles." Often representing kinship or telling stories. They may or may not have religious significance. They themselves are never objects of worship. Our first steps aboard. On the gangway looking into the windows of the beautiful Vista Dining Room where we ate every evening when we were on board and not out on a shore excursion.
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We began exploring the decks even before the ship was ready to pull away and be on our way. This is the outdoor pool on Lido Deck. It enjoyed some use during the cruise, but not by us. It never warmed up sufficiently for us Texans!

What is a cruise liner without deck loungers? Now if the sun would just show its face. No, it's not a ship with sails. It's the terminal building and pier. We're now in the process of pulling away. A cruise ship from another line will follow our departure shortly.
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Keep that shutter clicking, Dean. The colors of The Netherlands, Canada, and British Columbia Province of Canada. We have backed away from our pier into mid-channel and now are making the turn to head out to sea.  
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Passing the Brockton Point area of Stanley Park. Under Lions Gate Bridge which connects the downtown area of Vancouver to North Vancouver. Soon we have passed under Lions Gate Bridge.  
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First dinner aboard. We were assigned table no. 75 in the Vista Dining Room. This is June 17. Sandy and I celebrate 39 years as husband and wife. Pipet,our head steward lights the candle. The crew sings Happy Anniversary.  

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      The view from our stateroom verandah.
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Looking down from our verandah to those below us. A little camera trickery. Our staterooms are on Rotterdam Deck Number Seven. Dean and Charlotte had the room next door.

All photos by Dan Dooley or Dean Campbell

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