Seattle Journals

Short, Sweet Cruise of the Pacific Northwest

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An October 2002 trip to Seattle by smmmarti guide

Beautiful Scenery Photo, Seattle, Washington More Photos
Quote: Last year, I was one of the millions whose hopes for celebrating a special birthday collapsed with the towers in New York. This year my husband was determined to make it up to me and surreptitiously invited a friend to join me on an Autumn cruise in the Pacific Northwest.

Short, Sweet Cruise of the Pacific Northwest

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Overview

Beautiful Scenery Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Wanting to limit the amount of air travel in order to maximize the time spent on the sea, we settled on a short but sweet cruise out of Vancouver (note: separate journal to follow) with port stops in Victoria where tea at the Empress delighted and harbor strolls envigorated, and Seattle, which was highlighted by the exploration of the winsome Pike Place Market and lunch at the Pink Door. Equally appealing was a day spent at sea cruising ...Read More

Holland America Zaandam

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Hotel | "The Suite Life on the Zaandam"

Holland America Zaandam Photo, Seattle, Washington
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What makes a suite Presidential? Location and Service Every village has its own prestigous addresses and the Zaandam is no exception. Though the staff seem to know who has exclusive keys to the kingdom, they'll never tell! Discretion is as much a part of the specialized service as the free dry cleaning; an essential touch when attempting to maintain an unruffled appearance. Staff perspicacity is evident the moment you step inside the sumptuous quarters and find the door to the right that hides a natty little butlers pantry. Stocked with teas, snacks, stainless steel prep counters, a refrigerator and wine cooler, a secret second door allows the butler to prepar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Holland America Zaandam

Seattle, Washington

Marco Polo Restaurant

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Restaurant

Marco Polo Restaurant Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Prior to the cruise, I had learned from reviews that the Marco Polo, Zaandam’s premium alternative dining option, should be booked in advance. Having experienced this type of alternative dining on other ships I had gladly paid the premium most require. It never seemed to be too much to avoid the institutional atmosphere that is inevitable on even the best large-scale shipboard restaurants. I was very encouraged to find that this alternative existed at no extra charge on the Zaandam. Immediately after boarding, we introduced ourselves to the Maitre ‘d. He had been waiting for us, so he said. Reviewing the menu and finding carpaccio, insalate caprese, veal chops, and pasta pescatore,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Marco Polo Restaurant
204 Lincoln Ave - Mukilteo
Seattle, Washington 98275
(425) 290-7627

Pink Door

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Restaurant

Pink Door Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Although myriad dining establishments beckon in the confines of Pike Place Market, I imagined that there might be a more relaxing alternative nearby. The lady who sold me on the four colorful prints (shipping no extra charge to Hawaii) also suggested I take a hike - up the hill one block, turn left - and have lunch at the Pink Door. "You like these paintings, you’ll love Pink Door," was her conclusion. We followed directions and when no evidence of the restaurant appeared we simply tracked with our noses toward the sublime scents emanating from a kitchen somewhere. We hoped they were coming from our destination, but if they weren’t we were about to change course and eat at the source of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Pink Door
1919 Post Alley
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 443 3241

Pike Place Market

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Attraction

Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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How often do you find authentic Malaysian food, Polish delicatessens, exotic spices, chocolate-covered dried fruits, candles shaped like Celtic Crosses, coffees and teas in unimaginable variety, and original art at pre-discovery prices all under one roof? The vast assortment of foods, produce, and crafts at Pike Place Market seem to be the bounty that balances the otherwise dreary landscape that often engulfs Seattle. Like so many other memorable places I’ve encountered in my travels, places that end up being a city’s main tourist attraction (think...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

Town Of Victoria

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Attraction

Town Of Victoria Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Put on your walking shoes and head for the loveliest city this side of anywhere - Victoria. With a moderate maritime climate and veddy British love of gardens , flowers bloom profusely in window boxes, corner lots, backyard gardens, and any place at all that will support their roots. Influences of First Nations’ art and culture mingle naturally within an otherwise decidedly Victorian landscape of English gardens, while opportunities for outdoor activities are more abundant than you could imagine, from bird watching at nearby Swan Laketo horseback riding (or cycling or hiking) the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Town Of Victoria
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat)

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Attraction | "No Boredom Once Onboard"

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat) Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Will you be bored onboard? This seems to be the greatest fear expressed by non-cruisers and the obvious give-away that someone has never experienced cruising. Instead of clinging to an out-dated notion, imagine a day at sea spent doing the things described below. Isn't this just what you dream of doing on your day off? Now add a fabulous view that changes every second... Pools Water, water everywhere and bubbling hot tubs, too! The Zaandam has two pools; an indoor pool with a retractable roof, and an outdoor pool open to the elements. Though the weather on sea days was decidedly nippy, even the outdoor pool on the aft (back) deck hosted a number of brave souls. A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat)

Seattle, Washington

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat)

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Attraction | "Lunch with the Captain, Salmon Bake and Other Fun"

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat) Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Sea days are filled with activites and events, or nothing at all, which make the days roll out like the summers of childhood; languid, lazy, and brief all at once. Without preconceived notion you might find yourself moving from one flight of fancy to the next, as I did. In the midst of this flitting, I respected my duties and accepted an invitation to the Captain’s Luncheon. All suite guests and HAL Cruise Club members were invited to attend and it would be considered rude to decline. The Crow’s Nest Lounge at the top deck of the ship was the ideal place to gather mid-day with the wide bank of windows offering glorious views of the sound. A greeting from the ship’s office...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat)

Seattle, Washington

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat)

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Attraction | "Games, Games, Games!"

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat) Photo, Seattle, Washington
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"B-11!" Audience whistles wildly. "I-22" Audience quacks. "G-51" Audience gives thumbs up sign. "And here come to the two fat ladies, O-88!" I expected some reaction to this last comment but the only thing I heard was, "Bingo!" from a reticent little fellow in the back. Bingo is a big deal on many ships with some even hosting special Bingo cruises. Though I’d typically not indulge in such high-stakes gambling, while out at sea it is a ridiculously pleasant sort of endeavor. Jackpots often grow large by the end of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Holland America Zaandam (Cruise Boat)

Seattle, Washington

Fairmont Empress Hotel Restaurants

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Restaurant | "Tea at the Empress Hotel"

Fairmont Empress Hotel Restaurants Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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Without this splendid relic of the Edwardian era, literally tens of thousands of tourists will never return. This is the Mecca, this is the heart and soul of the city. It was with this plea in 1971 that the grand Empress hotel was spared proposed demolition and underwent a $4 million-dollar restoration instead. As another example of the power of local preservation efforts, Operation Teacup, a grass roots effort to save the esteemed but dowdy hotel was successful and has subsequently made the hotel a favorite for honeymooners and photographers alike with its elegant p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Fairmont Empress Hotel Restaurants
721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 384-8111