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My father invited me to accompany him on a 14-day cruise to Alaska via the inside passage. Dad is old; glaciers are decreasing on a global scale; and the middle of August introduced itself to Anchorage because our opportunity, making a number of calls in ports coming and coming. People who cruise have an desire for those keychains, billed caps, and enormous mounds of moose memorabilia available at every port.
Each day, we obtained a schedule of those days’ offerings: Hoonah Point needed a zip-line tour, Hubbard Glacier introduced the opportunity to get up close and personal to a calving glacier, Kodiak had endure watching, Sitka offered float plane tours, and Homer had the Salty Dog Saloon. On the boat itself, an individual meditate, can take a yoga class, or create pasta. Each day at 3:00 PM, the”friends of Bill W.” fulfilled in the Neptune Lounge; while people who desired”Afternoon Tea” converged upon the deck five dining area.
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Two regrets from the cruise: I must have joined the”friends of Bill W.” at least one time, and I must have attended the day tea sooner and more frequently.
In the first dayI was scared from the day tea and curious. Intrigued by the tea but fearful it would be stale or awful or both — and nervous about meeting people who would cruise to Alaska and attend an evening tea. These misguided fears were a part and parcel of my choice to wait until the day of a 14-day cruise to attend the tea.
Cruise ships are floating cities offering shopping opportunities, a casino, library, full size medical clinic, swimming pool, gym, restaurants serving the cuisine of six continents and… Afternoon tea.
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“How can you tell?” I deadpanned. Both retired teachers, we spent a nice half hour drinking tea and talking store.
“Darjeeling, ma’am, the best tea we’ve.” Before taking a long and deep drink, I sipped. Soon a few joined me.
“Sir,” I gestured to the server,”what sort of tea is that?”
Exploring the boat — 800+ feet from stem to stern and 100 feet wide — I found all the amenities previously mentioned in addition to no fewer than five bars, a theatre offering all from stand-up comedy to chamber music, and a full basketball court around the top-most deck.
Yes, you will find the finger sandwiches with the crusts carefully eliminated, in addition to a myriad of mini scones and jam tarts. Wearing my provocative”I’m silently correcting your grammar” T-shirtI arrived at deck five in the appointed moment. As the waiter brought a menu of sweet snacks and a pot of tea, I had been alone at the dining area that is ginormous. Anxious to consume tea any tea after two weeks of coffee, I gratefully sipped the tea.