Ahhh, day 5. We're more than halfway through our Alaskan adventure, but there's still so much more to see and do. In this Part 3, we'll be visiting Sitka, eating dinner at Pinnacle Grill, taking in a show, and fattening up at the Dessert Extravaganza.
Our boat docked near Sitka at about 8AM. I say "near" because unlike our other stops, disembarking would not be quite as easy. A bit of planning was necessary as we had to catch what was referred to as a tender, which was basically a small boat that took us to the shores of Sitka in style.
Animation of catching the tender off of our cruise ship to Sitka
According to our newsletter, Sitka is known as "Alaska's Little Russia," even though at a glance, not much about the port looks Russian. Its most treasured asset, however, is its natural scenery and many people consider Sitka to be Alaska's most beautiful seaside town.
Wifey and I slept in and got a bit of a late start so we didn't really a lot of time in Sitka (last tender left from shore back to the ship at 4:30PM). We were able to catch some of the highlights of the town though, like...
View of Sitka Hotel from The Sitka Pioneers Home lawn
... before heading back to the ship for din-din.
We took a break from the norm and decided to splurge on dinner that night. Skipping the "included-in-the-price" Vista Dining Room, we dressed up and hit up Pinnacle Grill for an extra $20 per person. Still not bad for a change of scenery.
Pinnacle Ocean Platter - Carpaccio of lightly smoked salmon, accompanied with hot smoked salmon, sea scallops and wasabi cream. I think they replaced some items on this one.
(Broiled or) Poached Lobster Tail - On a bed of wilted spinach and argula, with mustard seed and "mangochurri" pesto sauce or melted butter
Warm Grand Marnier Chocolate Volcano Cake - The ultimate chocolate experience
Pinnacle Crème Brulee - Flavors of chocolate, coffee and vanilla bean
The fam during din-din [Photo Credit: Lee Kojima]
Ed's Tip: Eating at the Vista Dining Room requires seating at specific times and is often crowded. If you'd like to avoid the crowds and try some of the ship's varying dining choices, opt to pay the extra money and treat yourself to some yummy kine grindz once in a while. Sure beats the repetition.
Following dinner, we caught a show. Yeah, they actually have mini-Broadway type shows. I was surprised too! On this night, we watched what was called "Showtime: Stage & Screen" and it starred some of the ship's talented singers and dancers.
The brother-in-law's sole photo below is the only evidence we have. LOL!
Showtime: Stage & Screen - starring the Westerdam Singers and Dancers [Photo Credit: Lee Kojima]
With a well-rested tummy, we headed straight to the Lido Deck for an event they were billing as a "Dessert Extravaganza." Talk about setting a precedent for themselves. But, even for a non-sweet-toothed person like myself, they definitely lived up to the hype.
Dessert Extravaganza on the Lido Deck
Various Cakes and pies at the Dessert Extravaganza
Fruit carvings at the Dessert Extravaganza
Display at Dessert Extravaganza
White chocolate fountain with a dragon ice sculpture in the background at the Dessert Extravaganza
Ed's Tip: Bring your camera. Scheduled for a 10:30PM release, they actually opened it up for photo opportunities at 10PM. Those dessert chefs did amazing work.
Aww, is that really the end of day 5? Just a few more short nights on the boat and we'll be heading home. How sad.
Dat's a-ight. Tomorrow, we've got an exciting Ziplining adventure in Ketchikan lined up to start off our day. Should be fun! See you in the next (and final?) part in the Alaska series. Shoots!
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