On May 5, 2007, The Norwegian Pearl left the dock in Seattle, Washington for a seven day journey to Alaska. The Hintz family, plus an extended family member, boarded the ship and explored it to every corner. The first day was a day at sea and many things were to be seen on the boat. There was singing and dancing, games, and shows that could be experienced, but most importantly, PLENTY of food. I, the youngest of the Hintz family, was excited to be on my first cruise to one of the most beautiful places in the United States. The ship was immaculate and all of its interior design was amazing. The water was clear and sparkling, and as the boat pulled away from the dock, the Seattle Space Needle looked as small as a pin. I knew I would be experiencing a trip I would never forget.
The Crystal Room was my favorite place to visit on the boat. It had bright blue and purple furniture with crystals everywhere. The columns were lined with round crystals and the stairs were made of glass. A glass-blown structure was located under the stairs with mirrors behind it to reflect its beauty. There were windows all around that allowed the boat passengers to see what was around them. Once arriving in Alaska, people always surrounded the windows to see the enormous glaciers surrounding the boat.
The weather in Alaska was beautiful and the water was calm, for the most part. There was ice all around and mountains everywhere I looked. It was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen and have seen since. I was able to take many pictures to capture the sights that will forever be etched in my mind. Many of the pictures served to be visuals for an art project I had been assigned prior to the trip. The surroundings also made for an interesting background to my Spanish video project. Although it was vacation for my family, it was not a vacation for me from school. I’m certain that I was the only fifteen year old speaking Spanish to a video camera.
I had the opportunity of spending time with my aunt, who I don’t see very often. I shared a room with her which allowed us to spend time together away from everyone else. The rooms of the ship were very small and difficult to move around in. The bathrooms were about one-sixth of the size of the room and the rocking of the boat made it difficult to stay on my feet. It took a few days to get adjusted to the movement of the boat and many times, I tripped, almost falling. While on the boat, I saw quite a few people lose their balance, which served as my entertainment every so often.
I learned a lot from my trip and had a great time with my family. I learned different things about the towns in Alaska and their history. I learned about the Indians that live/lived in Alaska and I visited a small museum while in Juneau. The ship sailed through Glacier Bay, where I learned about how glaciers are formed and how what you see is not all that there is. Glaciers are thousands of feet deep in the water and they constantly form over time. I also learned that you don’t need your friends to have fun and that quality time with your family is important. My family provides for all of my needs and they give me opportunities to experience things that not many people can, such as this cruise.
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