Wednesday (August 22, 2007) we arrived in Prince Rupert B.C. After breakfast, we went off the ship, thru customs, walked up to the bus stop and paid our $2 to ride the shuttle bus all day. The driver told us he would be making the circle from the ship thru town & back every 20 minutes or so. It was soon apparent that we had dressed too warmly. So we rode to the mall, agreeing that before we went on our planned excursion at 1:30pm, we would go back to the ship and change clothes. Unfortunately, the mall left much to be desired...several of the stores were closed, no longer in business. We did go into one store called Zellers and found it to be much like K-Mart here in the U.S. There was a Carlton Card store, a jeans store and I believe a kids clothing store, a bank and post office. We saw it all and were back outside when the bus pulled up about 20 minutes after it let us off. As the bus continued thru town , we did see some shops that looked interesting, including a Salvation Army Thrift Shop and decided we'd check them later, after getting into cooler clothes and after our excursion was over. So we came back to the Customs building, back onto the ship (all of this involves a process, that's not exactly quick at times) and while Bob went up to the Windjammer to grab us a couple sandwiches for lunch, I changed clothes. He came back to the cabin, we sat and ate our sandwiches then he wanted to go back up to the Windjammer (on the 9th deck) for another sandwich, so I went withhim this time. Somewhere, on the way down to deck 1 (where we were disembarking) he got off the elevator, saying he "was going to the rest room & he'd meet me down there." So I continued down to deck 1 to wait for him. It was shortly after 1pm and we had to be at the bus for our excursion at 1:20pm. While I waited I was finishing my sandwich & milk and when I was done, I turned, walked up about 4 steps and put the napkin and empty milk carton in a trash can. I then walked down those 4 steps..continuing to wait for him. I was gettin anxious because it was getting very close to 1:20pm...I didn't know what to do, there were 4 elevators coming down into that area and I knew if I went up 1 of them, he'd come down in another one. I tried calling the cabin...no answer...now I was really frantic. It was a little after 1:30pm...I knew we'd missed our excursion shuttle, but I was afraid maybe he'd had a heart attack in the men's room...or somewhere. I was still there waiting when a little after 2pm Dennis and Darlene came back on board, I asked them if they had seen him in town or up on the dock and they said no. Well, to make a long story short, we finally caught up with each other about 3pm. He apparently walked by and off the ship in those few moments I was walking up those steps to deposit the empty milk carton and napkin in the trash can. He didn't see me and I didn't see him. So we missed our Prince Rupert excursion but at least he hadn't had a heart attack in the men's room.
At 5:30pm our ship gently pulled away from the dock and we watched Prince Rupert fade from view. It really is a beautiful little town, situated on the banks overlooking the water.
This evening was our second formal evening and lobster night at dinner. We laid out our clothes and went to see the entertainment in the Masquerade Theater at 7pm. Once again the wonderful Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers performed for us. "Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme" was a great show, featuring songs from many Broadway productions. I was once again amazed at the beautiful costumes and the quick costume changes...I don't know how they do it. Back to the cabin for our own quick costume change and then to dinner. Lobster...last year I was a sick puppy in my cabin on lobster night, so I was looking forward to this dinner. Bob was a little confused as to what to order, as they also had prime rib on the menu. He told Suzette, he didn't know what to do, so she told him she'd bring him both. She brought us our lobster dinners, skillfully cutting the meat out of the shells for each of us. A little while later, here she came with Bob's prime rib dinner. He actually had 2 entree's 3 times that week. What alittle piggy ! After dinner, we ran into Scott & Kim (the young couple we'd met at the Meet & Mingle) and they were going to karaoke. They thought we should come along, so we went & changed clothes and met them in the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge. After karaoke, we hung in there for a late night adult comedy show, with comedian Carl Banks. It was after 1am when we finally headed back to our cabins and fell into bed. Bob set his alarm for 5:30am, so he could get up and sit in the hot tub, avoiding the crowds. Good for him, I wasn't going to get up that early.
The hot tubs and pools on the ship are filled with sea water and heated to a pleasant 86*. I'm not a swimmer, but Bob said it was very pleasant.
So day 6 of our adventure came to a close. I was already getting the "I don't want to go home feeling." But I knew we were getting closer to Seattle....