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Cruise Diary: Monday, May 4

On board ms Ryndam in San Diego

Yesterday was a busy day. We anchored offshore of Catalina Island during the night, and tenders started running into port promptly in the morning.


Joan and I went into the small town of Avalon and strolled around the waterfront area for a bit. Then we left the beaten path and walked through an interesting residential area where the houses are built on extremely steep slopes. Most have motorized lifts to get the occupants into their homes. Once there, they must have magnificent views. We capped off our visit with a beer and fish & chips in the Catalina Cantina as we watched the people passing by.

Back on the ship, our captain announced that we would do some scenic cruising around the island before heading back south to San Diego. Catalina is a rocky, rugged island with a few small communities or possibly private estates tucked in coves with sandy beaches.



Dinner was great fun as it was the Master Chef’s Dinner. Guests donned chef’s hats and our waiters entertained with a parade through the dining room, juggling salad veggies and spinning plates. The dinner ended with the traditional Baked Alaska for dessert.


Today, those guests who were on for the 10-day portion of the cruise are departing, but we are staying aboard all the way to Vancouver, B.C. About 800 of our fellow travelers who are Canadians will also make the rest of the trip. We’ll have two days at sea and a day in Victoria before we have to once again return to the real world.

I’m not going to think about that for a bit longer …

Jan Hinman is a writer in Seattle, Washington.

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