Thursday - September 17 - Anchorage to Seward and onboard Silver Shadow

 We caught a chartered bus to the airport, where we boarded the excursion train to Seward. It was a very nice trip, with some spectacular scenery – glaciers, mountains and valleys. There were also mud flats and lots of forest. A few scattered settlements. It was not really what we had pictured as great Alaskan scenery, but we enjoyed the trip. We were happy to see the terminal in Seward, and to board the Silver Shadow. 
We were greeted warmly, given champagne and shown to our very spacious and comfortable suite. We met our butler, Ricardo, and Suite Attendant, Cecilia, both from the Philippines. I know they’ll take very good care of us. The safety drill was fun as always, especially in the damp chilly air of the open deck, but it was soon over and we had a briefing by the staff, along with more champagne. Dinner later was wonderful. It’s clear that all of our clothes should have been at least 2 sizes bigger, since the ones we have will not fit when we leave this ship! We were warned it would be rough overnight. I’m told it was, but I slept right through it.
[Lots of Photos of the Day]