Cruisin’

imagesSo, your favorite butch blogger leaves in a few weeks for Seattle and then an Alaskan cruise.

I’m excited/terrified because …

Well, we’ve met.

Note to self: Pack extra flannel and those Superman socks that you wear when you’re feeling scared or nervous.

images (1)Looking for tips on what to do in Seattle. We’ll be there for Seattle Pride, which is super cool. We have brunch reservations for the restaurant in the Space Needle and plan on visiting the market. I told W we should get coffee at a Starbucks in Seattle, but she just kinda rolled her eyes at me.

Also looking for suggestions on what to see and do in Alaska. We’ll be making stops in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria, British Columbia.

It’s Olivia’s “Literary Adventures at Sea” cruise, featuring Dorothy Allison, Lee Lynch and many other esteemed lesbian authors and publishing professionals. (If you’re going to be on the cruise, give a shout.)

We’ve never been on a cruise, let alone a lesbian cruise. It’s all so overwhelming. The cruise part and the lesbian part. W tells me there’s already drama.

“I think I want to go to the white party,” W says to me the other day.

Like in that episode of the L Word, I think to myself. Finally, we will get our official lesbian cards. Maybe at a special lesbian ceremony at the white party. Maybe the Indigo Girls will sing, even though they’re not on the official cruise line-up.

Note to self: Look into buying all white flannel shirt for party.

Whatever you want, hon,” I tell her.

 

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17 responses to “Cruisin’

  1. I’ve cruised to Alaska twice. FYI, everything is expensive there and it’s basically a wilderness. So “suggestions on what to do” really depends on your budget and your outdoorsy-ness.

    For cheap/on-your-own: rent bikes if you can handle the hills and go on a self-guided scenic tour, visit the governor’s mansion and take their tour, ride the tram up into the rainforest (yes, rainforest!) and hike the trails.

    For a liesurely, not-terrible-price shore excursion, you can take the train tour in Skagaway. For something more robust, try snorkeling in Ketchikan.

    Salmon is the big thing up there, so if you’re into fish – catching or eating – there are a thousand ways for you to do so, across all ports. And if you want to spend big but get a lot of bang for your buck, do a dog sledding adventure.

    Seattle is my home port, but it’s hard to know what to recommend. If the Mariners are at home, maybe try to snag tickets? The downtown waterfront has changed a lot in recent years, but it’s popular with tourists. There’s a small aquarium and a walkable large sculpture park near Pike’s Place. Buy donuts if you’re at the market! They’re fresh, fattening, and delish.

    Some unsolicited advice for both destinations: wear layers, plan for rain, and expect everything to cost double what you’re used to.

    And for the cruise: if anyone in your party has dietary restrictions or needs ADA accomodations, tell the cruise line asap. Also, you will likely have daily surcharges for fuel and/or gratuities equaling approximately $15/day per person. If you drink a lot of soda, buy the week-long unlimited refill package or you’ll be paying $5/drink per person, which gets ridiculous quick.

    Onboard, definitely take advantage of the many and varied entertainments. There’s everything from Bingo to Broadway shows, so there are plenty of options for fun.

    Annnd…

    ENJOY! 🙂

    • Thanks, Fever. Lots of good information there. W is the vacation planner, so I’m sure she will incorporate some of your suggestions in our itinerary. Mostly like your last tip … enjoy. Trying to keep that sage advice in mind as I feel myself getting stressed.

  2. If you can’t find an all-white flannel shirt, here’s hoping you find a comfy pair of white boxer briefs!

  3. The market is a must see and the original Starbucks is just a couple of blocks down the street from there. We didn’t stop in because the line was about a block long.

    • Ah, so I’m not the only one with the Starbucks idea. For some reason, I want a Seattle Starbucks mug, even though we already have way too many mugs for a four-person household.

  4. If you want to do non touristy things I Seattle

  5. Oops, sent by accident…
    In Seattle, it depends on the days you’re here. But, the underground tour can be fun, or check out some of the parks. I live here, as well.

  6. A literary lesbian cruise? There is such a thing! That’s awesome!! Have fun!

  7. A lesbian ‘Literary Adventures at Sea’ adventure …. what a wonderful concept … take lots of pics …. have a blast. 😀

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