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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 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
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.