Of course, Saturday September 10th dawns glorious. It's our day at sea, not the Glacier Bay day. Oh well. There's a lot of motion on the ship and we both have a slight sore throat and cough. Probably best to stay on the down low. Ray does his one gambling foray in the casino. That's a bust. We hang on our verandah in the sun and read. We do get in our one mile walk on the Lido deck, but even that's getting tiresome. We are ready to get off the boat for good. I can highly recommend Holland America. The staff has been fantastic, the shows awesome, food is delicious, etc etc. But we are not "cruise" people. We want to be on land and into the adventure.
Sunday September 11th - we say farewell to the Noordam. We have cruised. Bus trip through Seward and we learn about the great quake of 1964. It obliterated the city. Zoom on through Anchorage, Wasilla (I can see Russia from here - ha!), Willow, and finally outskirts of Denali by 5:30 - the McKinley Chalet. Nifty resort with a room overlooking mountains and a river. The yellow aspens pop - gorgeous fall colors. We are now on our LAND adventure.