FUN-video: Northwest Passage Trailer – Greenland to Nome, Alaska

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FUN-photos: Northwest Passage – Montreal to Greenland

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We started our trip on August 23rd flying to Montreal then onto Greenland for the start of our 21-day cruise ending in Nome, Alaska.

These pix feature our western Greenland adventures. Icebergs abound, some 10′ high, mixed with the colorful houses and lots of great animal viewing!

FUN-fact: Ilulissat Icefjord – UNESCO World Heritage Site – is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. It’s also one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world.

FUN-photos: Northwest Passage – Part 2 – Cruising Canada

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With Greenland having massive amounts of ice cruising Canada felt disappointing. We had hoped to see more glaciers and animals plus someone brought COVID aboard and a total of 11 passengers had to quarantine!

That limited our stops of being able to experience the culture and people in the Inuit villages. The other land excursions we had were at the settlements of the early explorers and Thule archaeological ruins.

We would ONLY recommend this trip if you have an “undying urge” to be an explorer and walk in the footsteps of Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen.

FUN-fact: Smoking Hills in Franklin Bay – Underneath the rocks are layers of combustible sulphur-rich lignite – brown coal. And when they are exposed by erosion and landslides, they ignite and throw sulphurous gas into the air – the smoking effect.

FUN-travel: Barcelona to Rosas, Spain – Day 2 – Seabourn Cruise

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Trip Day 19 – Cruise Day 2 – Saturday, July 28 – Rosas, Spain

Garden Sculpture

What I LIKE

  • the best bed & pillows we’ve had on a cruise
  • really, really good & hot cappuccino
  • 5 hr excursion to see Gala Dalí Castle House-Museum – filled with Gala’s personal items, furniture, some of Dalí’s art – extensive gardens with sculptures including her garage & 2 vintage cars
  • then on to 2 more small villages in walled cities
  • hamburger, fries, pizza, French white wine for lunch
  • take siesta
  • dinner outside @ casual restaurant
  • show in theatre – Amour – features love songs

What I DON’T LIKE

  • 8:40am departure for excursion – I love my slow wake-up in the mornings

    Gala Picture

  • go to dinner @ 8:50 & dining room closes @ 9
  • after taking 2 weeks to get on “Spain Dining Time” we have to get used to eating earlier

FF (FUN-fact) – Salvador Dalí refurbished and gave this 11th century castle to his wife (& muse) as a gift. She accepted only on the condition that Dalí only visit when given a written invitation. She rarely invited him and reportedly entertained several lovers here. He was intent on creating a place suitable for his wife’s rest and refuge. This was his last workshop and Gala’s mausoleum is located beneath the castle.

FUN-travel: Barcelona to Rome Cruise – 7 Days – Seabourn

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Trip Day 18 – Cruise Day 1 – Friday, July 27 – Board Ship in Barcelona, Spain

What I LIKE

  • board ship 1:50 pm
  • our first Seabourn cruise – have heard many good things
  • brand new ship – 1 year new
  • nice bottle of Champagne in our suite
  • having people that speak English
  • lots of salads & veggies & arugula
  • food is the best we’ve ever had on a cruise ship
  • book excursion for tomorrow
  • 4:45 sail away party on pool deck
  • dinner @ patio grill – really thin crust pizza – fresh fish

What I DON’T LIKE

  • wine by the glass selection not as good as Regents 7 Seas

FF (FUN-fact) – If you book another cruise on board the ship you save 5% in addition to any other discounts you receive through your travel agent.