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Cruising Alaska:
Celebrity Infinity ("Ultimate Alaska" 11-Night)

by Murray Lundberg

Cruise Day 12: Vancouver to Whitehorse

Page 1, & Trip Index

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Thursday, May 20: I missed sailing under the Lion's Gate Bridge - it seems that my post-trip "crash" has begun. This photo of downtown Vancouver was shot from our cabin at 06:26, as soon as I woke up.

To fly on points we had to take a 9:45pm flight back to Whitehorse, so had a lot of time to kill. While we had originally intended to rent a car at Canada Place and drop it at the airport, actually booking the rental had somehow never happened. To allow wandering on foot easily, we had our luggage sent to YVR with this company - $35 for up to 4 pieces (which is what we had, including my SLR and laptop). You walk right by their counter on the way off your ship at Canada Place, and the process at both ends is quick and simple.

We spent a few hours in historic Gastown, exploring galleries and gift shops, and having lunch at The Olde Spaghetti Factory. We added a beautiful soapstone Dancing Bear sculpture by Cape Dorset Inuit artist Tony Ohotaq to our collection - we've been looking for one for a long time but hadn't yet found one that spoke to us.

This is now the best way to get to YVR (the Vancouver airport) from downtown Vancouver (or vice versa, of course). The Canada Line of the SkyTrain costs $3.75 and is very quick, right from downtown (2 blocks from Canada Place) to the Departures level at the airport. Cathy thinks that it would be okay with cruise-size luggage, but I'm not completely convinced of that - it certainly works well with smaller luggage, as the cars are spacious.

Looking back at the Canada Line YVR station. Most of the line is underground - not until starting down the final slope to the Fraser River does it go elevated.

On board our CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet) waiting for push-back, at 9:24pm.

Cathy and I both went to sleep almost immediately, and woke up as we were descending into Whitehorse. This was shot at 11:47pm - back in the Land of the Midnight Sun! :)

Our Alaska cruise vacation is over - we got home just after midnight. Spending 11 days on the Celebrity Infinity now ranks as our best cruise yet - a great itinerary and excellent service, with incredible weather. The surprise bonus was the people that we met on board - we met more people that we really enjoyed being with than on all of our previous cruises combined.

This photo shows the pile of paper that I brought back with me. This is what I use to expand the blog posts made during the cruise into a proper cruise journal and review.

Inuit art collection The dancing bear on the right is the one that we bought in Vancouver. The ulu with a caribou antler handle came from Skagway, and the soapstone otter from Sitka.