I love the city of Seattle! It's one of my favorite places to visit, but on this visit we were just here to overnight before picking up a seven day Holland America cruise on the Westerdam to Alaska. Our good friends Carol and Chris were cruising with us, and it was Carol's first cruise, so I was really hopeful they would enjoy it.
Things got off to a good start when they were assigned an aft cabin, giving them a large balcony and a wonderful view of Seattle as we left in the late afternoon. I admit to being just the teeniest bit jealous of their aft cabin, but it did seem slightly less glorious when a man standing on the deck above dropped his can of ginger ale on Carol's deck as we were departing, and later the large "flakes" of soot weren't exactly wonderful (according to C & C). But,I still think it was a cool room...the balcony was big, the room bigger than ours, and the view was terrific!
There were three ships departing Seattle at almost the same time. Our ship was the first to leave the pier, then The Star Princess, which was also at Pier 91, followed us out, and the NCL ship you see here departed from Pier 33. Both ships followed us for quite awhile and, in fact, the Star Princess docked in nearly all the same ports as the Westerdam.
We spent a fun hour on Carol and Chris' balcony, watching the Seattle skyline disappear, checking out the two cruise liners following us, taking photos, chatting, and enjoying the scenery. Oh, and there might have been a gin and tonic in there as well... A great beginning for our coming week's adventure.