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Cruise Diary: Embarkation

Mike Faust, editor of Cruise Currents, recently sailed on board Zuiderdam for a seven-night Alaska cruise and chronicled his trip for us. Have fun cruising with him on his journey!

After a great couple of days at Cruise3Sixty, I’ve finally boarded the beautiful Zuiderdam in Vancouver, Canada.

Embarkation was fairly easy and we were aboard the Zuiderdam in just a short amount of time. The Port Metro Vancouver terminal is built to berth four ships at once and two ships were in port today: Zuiderdam and Diamond Princess. The terminal is located in a great spot in downtown Vancouver. It’s right along the waterfront and easily accessed by the Canada Line train from Vancouver International. There are also plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops near the port so you can plan your stay just feet from the terminal.

DAY 1 -1

Once aboard the Zuiderdam, we headed straight to the Lido Restaurant to grab a bite to eat. It had been a few hours since eating breakfast, so I hustled to the salad bar and sandwich station. I was happy to once again enjoy a delicious Caesar salad with Holland America Line’s special Caesar dressing. Along with my salad I also enjoyed a grilled Reuben sandwich and refreshing lemonade.

DAY 1 -2

Sail away was up next and Captain Turner promised a scenic and camera-worthy departure from Vancouver. His words lived up to expectations with a scenic pass by Stanley Island and a close sail under the Lions Gate Bridge. Similar to sailing under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York City, passing under the Lions Gate Bridge gives you the thrill of wondering if your ship will make the clearance, luckily we did.

Dinner followed our sail away and was taken in the Vista Dining Room. I once again enjoyed another delicious, specially designed Caesar salad along with a seafood cocktail in a light mayonnaise sauce. My main course was a crispy and warm filet of rainbow trout, served over spaghetti hair pasta with slight lemon dusting. A great first dinner to start off an inevitably great sailing.

DAY 1 -3

My night ended early as a result of my jet lag and my non-stop running around at Cruise3Sixty. To end the evening, I simply sat back on my balcony and took in the beautiful passing landscape that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Simply put – I’m stunned and can’t wait to experience more of the same whilst sailing the Inside Passage tomorrow.

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