The ship and stuff – Alaska Cruise 2017

Edited to Add: the caca Block Editor’s Paragraph Block is — for some probably stupid coding reason — highlighting all the text in yellow. I’ve tried to fix it a number of times, and I’ll keep trying, but if you see the distracting and unwanted yellow highlight, please curse whoever coded the editor (I do).

Edited to Add: Apparently, per the response I received, this is a recent and known bug. They are “working on it” without a current estimate for when it will be fixed. Yes, yes . . . the caca Block Editor is great!.

Edited to Add: One of the support people sent me this email, and the fix appears to have worked (except the text color is not what I had specified when I created the post); the yellow highlight is no more. Below, I include the directions and the piece of code to add to your site (use the customize link provided) as directed by the support team:


Can you add the following CSS code to your site?

/* -- fix text highlight issue | 4377763-zen (DZ)-- */
mark {
  color: unset !important;
  background-color: unset !important;

Please browse to Customizer ( ) > Additional CSS and add the code at the bottom there below any existing code.


This post continues my documentation of our 2017 Alaska Cruise which began in November 2017 (the documentation began in November of 2017 — the cruise was in September of 2021 2017). How’s that for running a bit late?

Anyway, current and previous posts relating to this cruise are HERE(link).

There’s a SmugMug gallery HERE(link). Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size.

You can click on the photos in the body of this post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. I should also mention many of these photos are of lesser quality than I would like as they are primarily taken with my then Note II. Not that the Note II didn’t take excellent photos; the poor quality is a combination of low-lighting and a bit of carelessness on my part.

From the ship’s souvenir shop . . . reminders of excursions (we did not take any of those).

These photos were taken at various times during the cruise and as such, they may be duplicates to other photos that were taken with the P900 (photos of better quality, I might add).

I won’t fret too much about the quality of these shots because . . . well, because the Coral Princess is the same ship we sailed on during our Panama Canal Crossing cruise at the beginning of 2019, and when I start documenting that cruise, you’ll realize I photographed the crap out of pretty much everything in the ship using my then Note 8 (just on the Note 8, I probably have something like 1,500 photos from that cruise) . . . OK, I exaggerated; there are only 1,283 Note 8 photos from that cruise. 

As this does not refer to any particular day, there is no Princess Patter to share, nor does it make any sense to include a map.  

There will only be one more post for this cruise, and that will cover our arrival and subsequent stay in Vancouver. It will feel good to finally put the documenting of this cruise behind me.

Right, that be enough background stuff to bore even the staunchest readers to tears. Many — I’m sure — have already tuned out and left. 

As I’ve said, I’ll repeat that these are not great or even good photos, but they serve to give an overview of various parts of the ship and some of the decorations adorning it. I mentioned the above were little souvenirs of excursions passengers can take, and the one regret we have about this cruise is that we opted — for fear of the weather — to cancel the scenic Whitehorse pass train excursion.

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This first section is what I call ‘the ship’ . . . meaning, it shows various locations on the ship. Some of these shots may have previously been shared, like, for instance, outside locations like the promenade and the Plaza, the main gathering place for events.

Side note . . . I attended exactly one balloon drop (and ensuing celebration) out of all the cruises I’ve been on . . . and it was during the Panama Crossing cruise, so you’ll have to wait for that spectacle.

Anyway, the ship has a number of restaurants and eating areas, but it also has many places one can just plop down and watch the world go by. Sure, you can walk all over the place, but you can also sit and relax all over the place, often with a drink or snack from a nearby location.

There is a smoking room that had interesting decorations and where one can go to breathe in concentrated amounts of second-hand smoke, but I passed on it (but I did photograph some of the stuff on the next cruise). One neat place is the Library. It has a number of places to sit and read, but it also has game tables for playing cards (or other games) and has tables for doing jigsaw puzzles. They have a number of them, but I can’t imagine that any of them have the complete set of pieces . . . maybe they do, but I’d be surprised.

I know, you don’t see any books, but, trust me, they are there; I just didn’t snap photos of them. They are mostly fiction and travel books, but other stuff too. Not a ‘proper’ library, but enough reading material to keep one occupied for the few minutes when they aren’t eating or drinking.

One might notice that almost everywhere one goes, decorations abound. There is a proper art gallery on board — with some fairly expensive paintings and art pieces for sale — but there’s lots of stuff adorning walls, tables, and the outside of restaurants.

You might think some of those are from the art gallery, but no . . . but these next offerings are. It’s a very small sample of a fairly extensive collection.

Of all the places on the ship, as far as interesting decorations go, the Wheelhouse Bar is my favorite because of all the ship-related paraphernalia on display, as well as the paintings of various ships. Again, I took a lot more photos during the next cruise . . . which I will eventually document. I apologize again for the poor quality, but it’s good enough to give one an inkling of what the place looks like.

One thing I wanted — and failed — to do is document the regular and fine dining on the ship. I failed miserably for the buffet (I messed up pretty much every photo). Here’s a small sample of the ‘better’ shots (which are still crap).

I did a bit better with desserts . . . somewhat . . .

We did have one sit-down restaurant meal at the Italian restaurant . . .

There are snack places on the ship and other restaurants, and I’ll document them in other posts (for the next cruise), but let me finish with . . .

Not sure when the next installment will go live, but I won’t say it won’t be too long . . . because last time I obviously — if unintentionally — lied.

Note: the caca Block Editor has been especially recalcitrant during this post creation. I don’t know what was going on, but colors got changed, galleries misbehaved, and I published stuff only to find out what I thought I had updated reverted back to being wrong. I’ve tried multiple times to edit various blocks, and even deleting them and recreating them . . . I’m tired, it’s late, and I’m pissed. Needless to say, but the caca Block Editor remains . . . well, caca because it looks like they tweaked the block editing interface (some options are moved around) and I’ve not figured out the new hierarchical sequence between settings in the floating menu and those on the sidebars. Sometimes one overrides the other, sometimes it’s the opposite. Whoever coded this latest update, may their hemorrhoids itch greatly and their nose hairs grow out of control.

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