Last Day

June 6th, Northern California, At Sea
This will be the last entry that I write on the cruise ship. I mean I’ll probably write
one more entry to describe the journey back to Texas and such, but this was the
last day of the cruise. And I’m sorry to say that today was an extremely boring
day and there really aren’t any exciting stories.  The distance traveled on the cruise from San
Francisco to Alaska and back to San Francisco was 3161 Nautical Miles.
Today was the last day of the cruise, the last day is always sad, I mean the ship
sort of becomes like a mini home for a week or so… you really get to know your
waiters and you recognize people that you’ve crossed paths with during the
cruise, and in a way, it’s like leaving your family.
Justin and I slept pretty late today since we had nothing to rush to. We hung out in
the room, playing our various video-gaming systems until we met my parents for
lunch around noon. For lunch, I attempted to order grilled cheese. The cooks
didn’t really understand exactly what grilled cheese was, so they gave me
partially toasted bread with barely melted American cheese on it, but know
what? Cheese and bread taste really good no matter what shape or form they come
in, so it was fine. I also had some chocolate chip ice cream on top of
chocolate chip cookies for dessert and that tasted good as well.
After lunch, Justin and I came back to our room and started packing… well okay,
Justin started packing, and I played more video games, I’m very a much a last
minute type of person. I mean I ALWAYS get things done, but I find if I plan
things too early, I’m more likely to forget things, which I suppose seems
contradictory, but that’s just how I am?
Justin and I had our final massage at 3:30; we had a 100 minute seaweed wrap massage. Basically,
they cover you in this seaweed paste stuff, and wrap you in tinfoil like a
burrito or sushi or something, and then you sit there for about fifteen minutes
as the seaweed detoxifies your skin or something. It didn’t feel bad? I sort of
felt like my entire body was burning, but it wasn’t burning in an uncomfortable
way or anything, it sort of felt like your skin would feel if you put icy hot
or bengay on it or something similar, it was sort of a burning tingling
feeling. After the fifteen minutes, we showered, and washed the seaweed paste
off, and then we had a regular full-body massage, and it felt good. I like massages.
After the massage, we got pizza. Justin says the thing he’ll probably miss most about
the cruise is the ability to walk up on flight of steps and be able to get as
many slices of pizzas or diet cokes as he wants. Then we went back to our room,
and I finally started packing.
After packing, we met my parents for our last dinner with Herbert and Jasper. The
last meal is always sad to me. I had chicken fingers and mashed potatoes [yes I
eat like a six year old] and Justin had a New York Strip Steak, which he said
was good. For dessert, we had Baked Alaska, which is the best dessert in the
entire world.  It’s basically burned marshmallow surrounding chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream and it’s
amazing. Since we didn’t have traditional dining, we didn’t get the Basked
Alaska parade like I had on my Iceland cruise, but that’s okay because I’m sure
the junior waiters are probably really embarrassed when they have to dance
around with a fake dessert on their head. But our waiters, the good sports that
they are, put on a mini Baked Alaska dance for my mother complete with napkin
waving, a fake dessert, and glasses with blinking LED lights.
After dinner, Justin and I went down to the internet café so we could print our
boarding passes for our flights tomorrow. I know we can check into our flights
at the airport, but this is more for our own peace of mind. Then we came back
to the room, and packed some last minute stuff [like the clothes we were
wearing for dinner] and now we’re just killing time before we go to bed. Justin
is played Switch and I’m writing this entry.
Tomorrow we catch our ride back to SFO airport, and then our flight to Dallas is at 3:45
pm, and we’ll get to Houston around 11 pm, which really sucks since we both
have to go back to reality and work on Thursday, and not only will we be
jet-lagged by two hours, we’ll barely get any sleep before we have to wake up,
oh and we’re both getting sick and catching colds.
But overall, the cruise was a lot of fun. Justin did say he would go on another
cruise, if the opportunity ever presented itself to him. It was nice to get a
break from reality, and it was amazing to explore Alaska, I loved Alaska. I’ve
visited a lot of the states now, I think I’ve visited close to 40… a lot of the
lower 48, but I haven’t visited Hawaii yet, and we’re missing some of the northern
states like North and South Dakota, for example, and some random states in the
middle of the US like Kentucky and Oklahoma…. But anyways, out of all the
states I’ve visited, Alaska is certainly one of my favorites.
It will be sort of nice to get back to the world of internet and social media, but
it’s been really nice to not have internet and be able to actually relax and
disconnect from the world without worrying about who’s engaged or pregnant on
facebook, or what your favorite celebrities are doing on Instagram, though I am
looking forward to sharing all the photos I took on the cruise and the stories
about Alaska with my friends.
And that’s it for our cruise to Alaska. I hope you all enjoyed following along on
our vacation and that you enjoyed the stories and pictures.

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