We (Mr. Scottie Dog, Liz & Steve & Sydney and myself) spent Thursday night in Seattle at a Park 'n Ride hotel. Up early and breakfast in the room, we convinced the Hotel Shuttle driver to take us to the pier early. We'd been told we could board between 1 pm and 3 pm, but we thought if we got there early...... We had our personal luggage AND 10 pieces of luggage from the store.....3 foot lockers, 4 cardboard boxes, 2 duffel bags and one very large, flat cardboard covered piece with cutting mats and rulers in it. (on the way home this multiplied to 16 items!).
Crystal and Rob were at the pier with us and we were allowed to check in about 10 am. We were shown to a waiting area and although they said we couldn't board until 11 am, I think we were on the ship by 10:45.
We had our carry-ons (including sewing machines!) so we went to the pursers' desk to meet Maria, the best Group Liaison you could ever want. (every part of the shop was beautiful!)Maria got us into the Conference Center....it was totally reserved for our group for the entire voyage! We dropped our luggage and made our way to Deck 9.....home of the Windjammer Cafe where we ate most of our meals buffet style(Dinner's we ate in the Dining Room). Then out to the open deck so we could say goodbye to Seattle and Hello to the first ever Scottie Dog Quilts Alaskan Quilting Cruise.
With Sydney as we leave port.
Sydney doing a little jig as we leave. Kaia is another of the 3 little girls we had with our group.
I couldn't resist putting one last picture. Here are Liz and Larissa (with the Space Needle in background)...they look so beautiful and so very excited to be going on a cruise together. Friends since 3rd grade, roommates right after high school, their children are friends....heartwarming.