In September, we took an AmaWaterways river cruise on the Garonne and Dordognne in France. Our itinerary was Taste of Bordeaux onboard Amadolce.
Friday, Sept 16 - BORDEAUX
We made it safe and sound to Bordeaux, as did our luggage. We were greeted by Ama reps and driven to the ship. Our room was nice, but on the smaller side. It wasn't a full sailing - the ship holds 148 passengers but there were only 120 onboard.
We had a great cruise manager named John Riley. He was really funny, and gave explanations and directions. He was also very considerate of everyone's needs and different levels of ability when it came to our excursions. Our ship stayed in Bordeaux overnight and sailed early the next morning.
Saturday, Sept 17 - BORDEAUX to CADILLAC
We arrived in Cadillac and started exploring. We toured the castle Roquetaillade and then visited a winery in Sauternes. Our tour guide at the castle was the mother of the man who owns it, and their family actually still lives there!
After a fun dinner with new friends from Atlanta and Houston, we enjoyed the wonderful trio "La Strada" in the lounge.
I managed to squeeze in a trip to Alaska on one of the last sailings of the season. I picked out a Seattle-to-Seattle sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line, and it was a fabulous time!
The ship, Norwegian Pearl has an old-style look with a Russian influence - very pretty! We ate at all of the specialty restaurants and loved them all. One of my favorite aspects of an NCL cruise is the Freestyle Dining. It's worth it for me to be able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want.
The entertainment onboard was awesome! They have music venues all around the ship that offer a wide variety of shows. Over the course of the cruise we saw a women's quartet, a rock group, an easy-listening show and a 5-piece Motown group that really had the boat rocking!
Cruising to Alaska was really an incredible experience. There's nothing like drinking champagne out on your balcony and watching the glaciers float by.
We did an excursion at every stop and managed to see a whole lot. Some of my favorite highlights were exploring the Mendenhall Glacier, riding the train in Skagway, and going "whale chasing." Technically it was whale watching, but we were in a small boat with only about 20 people, and every time a whale was spotted, our little boat would zoom over to go find it.
It was a wonderful trip overall, and I would definitely recommend a cruise to anyone who wants to see Alaska for themselves.
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