Sea Day and Saying Goodbye to New Friends

A day at sea: the perfect way to end the Best of Alaska cruisetour. A day cruising on the Crown Princess in Alaska certainly isn’t a bore, though. I admit, exhaustion took over me on the last full day of our trip. I could’ve gotten up at my standard time, but I wanted to catch the 10 o’clock comedy show the evening before. The first night we saw the comedian’s show, he was hilarious and I’m glad I caught him the second time around. So I slept in on this last day, and it felt good.


Bored at sea? Not on the Crown Princess.

However, there were a few fun activities I missed like Zumba fitness dance class at 9 am and morning trivia at 10 am. There was also line dancing at 10:45 am and Bingo at 11:30 am.

After enjoying my last sit-down lunch served by Princess’ hardworking waitstaff (I finally had the burger I was contemplating since the start of the cruise), I made sure I would attend the Princess Grapevine Wine Tasting event. Elite members may attend this event free. A $9.50 fee applies to other guests.

Grapevine wine tasting on the Crown Princess August 1, 2014

A list of the wines we tasted.

As a wino, I think this event is worthwhile for those who seek to learn more about wine, but don’t know much.

Grapevine on Crown Princess

Dessert wine is served in the Princess shot glass, which you get to take home as a souvenir :)

Note, if you’re serious about wine already, perhaps a visit to Vines in the Piazza is a better option for you. Tapas and sushi are included with a purchase of a glass of wine. Not sure what to pair with what you’re eating? Ask your waiter for recommendations. We ended up going there later this evening to experience it. This is something I’d do over and over again on my next Princess cruise.

Today was also the day our Best of Alaska group met one last time to socialize. All the way at the top aft of the ship is Adagio, a bar and lounge that not many people are aware of. Thinking about it now, it would’ve been the perfect place to get some writing done! We learned that one of our guests won Bingo that day and at the beginning of the trip, she won a free facial! What a way to start and end a cruise!

We exchanged stories of our shore experiences and what we did on the ship. It was bittersweet. I was excited to get home to see my cat, sleep in my own bed and get back to my regular routine, but I realized I’d be saying farewell to our friends the following morning.

Best of Alaska group July 2014

We gathered at the end for one last photo. Four of us aren’t in the photo :(

I can’t say what the other Best of Alaska groups are like. Looks like they had a fantastic time, too. But I bet I had one of the best set of travelers with me. That is one of our goals on our Best of Alaska trips, though. At the end, we want everyone to feel like they’ve made new friends. I’m also willing to bet the other groups feel the same way we did.

As this trip comes to an end, I want to thank my new friends for joining me and Ian on this trip. Some of my best travel moments happened with you.

For photos of this trip, check out the album on our Facebook page.

About Vanny

Vanny is Cruise Experts Travel’s Social Media Coordinator. She is a passionate world traveler and has been given an exciting opportunity to share experiences, tips and advice on everything cruising and travel in Alaska.
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