What an amazing holiday and why did we wait 30 years to do a cruise?
We were awake early (4am) due to time difference so grabbed a coffee and made our way day to a viewing deck to watch the Pacific Dawn come in from its previous cruise. With the sun shining behind her, it was a sight to behold and well worth it. We met a few fellow passengers at the same time. Excitement levels were building!!!
You can drop your bags off early which we did at 8am and then went and had breakfast at a local café watching the loading of supplies and bags and the unloading of passengers.
Best advice for cabin selection if you are susceptible to motion sickness – pay extra for the middle of the boat. You hardly feel it and well worth the investment. The cabins may be dated but the bed is comfortable, extra pillows available on request, good shower pressure, plenty of room for two and our room stewards were more than helpful and accommodating with our requests. I have stayed in far worst hotels/motels, it’s not a five-star hotel and remember you are not in the cabin 24/7. We choose a window cabin on level 9 away from restaurants, casino, pool deck, party areas and lifts. Be aware of the location of the laundries, what’s at the end of your corridors and what is above and below your deck. Our room was quiet, and we hardly heard anyone outside, above or below our room. It was nice to look out in the morning at the new scenery or Port as we arrived. Level 9 is ideally located to everything and we made sure we walked up and down the stairs for some exercise to offset eating and drinking.