Alaska 2020 Cancelled

As I write this paragraph, it is now three months since the Conovo-19 pandemic was announced for this part of the World and we are now into June 2020 . Our expected cruise season for Ogden Point Victoria Canada of May – September 2020 is fully cancelled as the Canadian Government deemed October 31, 2020 as a potential start of the cruise season but in our part of the World, an impossibility. As in other ports our whole tourist season is closed. Princess , HAL, RCCL, Cunard NCL could not make a short season work and the USA CDC has essentially closed all ports.

We in this part of the West Coast on Vancouver Island look forward to welcoming all of you back to our port in 2021. It will be a new way of cruising , more safeguards and health precautions, hopefully a vaccine available. I predict smaller cruise ships will be used, balcony cabins to be favourites, less crowded dining rooms, buffet to be where you are served , masks to be worn in embarkation and disembarkation procedures and perhaps in main theatre though that might be seating separation.

Especially look forward to the return of our wonderful crews from all over the world and time for all of us to appreciate the world and people around us.

Happy Cruising / Rob Holloway aka RobBar

Land Cruise – Barbados Wedding May 2019

As I ended our QE Alaska June 2019 blog I alluded to we had just come back from a wedding , month prior in Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง

After we had booked our cruise mid 2018 we then were informed my Niece in Barbados had decided to get married in May 2019, well one cannot ignore that invitation.๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง๐ŸŽ‰

Though married to a Barbadian for many years we had always stayed with family either on the East Coast or Sunset Crest or in my in-laws house in the countryside.

Liz and I decided we should stay at a five star resort for part of the short stay so with our daughters we shared a suite at the Crane Resort

The Crane Resort has its own shops, restaurants, bars, numerous private sun bathing and pool areas.

Our suite had its own private pool and garden lounge area.

The master bedroom had a 12 inch mattress on top of its bed frame such I needed a step stool to get into the bed๐Ÿ˜‚

It had its own washing / dryer unit as well as a stove and microwave

My sister-in-law also came to the wedding so Charlotte had her overseas family who all traveled from Vancouver Island

it was great to give her Mum support and to enjoy the wedding.

Here are some pics of the wedding

We being the older generation left about 10 pm while we heard the wedding party went into the early hours of the next day.

Their was music, food , dancing and people just having a great time.

Queen Elizabeth Alaska June 20 – June 30 2019

It has been two years 2017 since our last cruise on a Cunard ship Queen Victoria thru the Panama Canal and two years prior that 2015 on the QM2 for its TA 175 Anniversary voyage.

So must be a pattern now we are on the Queen Elizabeth 2019 for one of its four 10 day cruises in Alaska Vancouver – Vancouver

Cunard after 20 years has returned to Alaska and for 2020 will be operating a full May – September Alaska cruise season out of Vancouver with the QE such the demand exceeded their expectations.

Liz and I were surprised when one of our daughters and her family ( 2 granddaughters) plus her mother-in-law decided to join us

Cunard has a wonderful kids club so that helped plus I learned to sample a lot of Gins from the Gin Bar

Our first cruise was Vancouver return on Celebrity Infinity August 2001 to Alaska

It included us visiting Hubbard Glacier again

And visiting Skagway again ๐Ÿšข๐Ÿ˜Š

Course the town has grown a lot and with four ships in very crowded.

We decided this time to take a return ride on the WhitePass railway which is about 3 hours long. Not for the faint hearted if heights bother you looking down from the side of the carriage

I had to add a mascot to my collection of Cunard bears so this time bought Mr Bobby or should I say “Constable ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Rob ”

We only had two Formal nights of the ten nights

First night was Black/White and second Formal was Roaring Twenties

Here is my daughter and granddaughter dressed. We were unable due to ships cough , will explain later on

icey Straits is a private island opened up to cruise companies and offers all thing Alaska. A days tender port

Here are some pics around the ship

Easy to walk and find

Our favourite spot was Garden Lounge and to enjoy a midday Hot Chocolate with Cognac and such


Not to forget the Library with its two decks and drop off a book and take one in return

I had forgotten I get a few free hours internet being now Gold but I used my $8 CDN daily mobile roaming plan instead when in port

That way I could easily post pictures

Finally the Fanzine members got a picture together at the World Club drinks event

Mr CC Paul Cunane, myself , Liz and Gillian Heard

Cunard just informed us we only have 31 more nights to move to Platinum status

We have cruised on the three Cunard ships in the last four years for a total of 39 nights. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿšข๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง

Our family and granddaughter did get to the Commodore Club early in evening after a show and being Alaska one could enjoy late sunsets

Of course we enjoyed leaving Vancouver and the Inside Passage day

At one point early in the day I saw a mast outside our Cabin Window 1105

Turns out it was the Canadian Pilot boat come to collect the pilots and the waves were choppy

on about the last few days Liz came down with a dreadful cough and fever such she missed the Roaring Twenties Ball and had even bought a special gown which is now gathering dust.

I thought I had escaped but on the day of disembarkation I was now with such plus a fever

When we got here home I slept from mid afternoon till following day and it took 2 weeks to get back to normal, still cough stacks at times

Our final port visit before Vancouver was Victoria and due to Marine shore rules we could not leave the ship. QE is deemed leaving and arriving a Canadian port for the 10 days

Who says kids do not enjoy Cunard. Here is my granddaughter waiting for desert, outside on deck

To close our cruise

The dreaded luggage in the corridor

The only issue I had was changing our meal times to 5:30 pm especially as tour times did not close earlier

They say it was done to satisfy a group but that group had left three cruises prior to us

Of course we had a great family time together

Now I just have to work out how not to get the dreaded Cunard cough in the future

Did I mention we had just returned from my Nieces wedding in Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง month prior ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿท

Queen Victoria April 2017 Panama Canal WV Segment

Here we are in San Francisco a day prior to boarding QV for our 17 day voyage

San Fran walkway

QV at SF pier day prior to boarding

Lovely gift of flowers

QV Art shop, lovely but expensive

Liz reading and waiting for full warmth, happy camper

Only 600 feet more to go to end of lock

Day through the Canal

Ready for second lock

Mr Charles QV enjoyed the voyage

It was Fashion Week on QM2 a month or so ago

This was the second year in a row that Cunard brought together USA and U.K. Designers to show case their creations and talents.
The voyage from Southampton to New York themselves with start of NewYork Fashion week.
This time Cunard invited Bloggers from UK who review and try out fashions that the average person can afford, to challenge themselves and us as to what might wear on a voyage or such
Attached is a lovely review of her first QM2 voyage with pictures and outfits.
To review the whole trip also check out her part 1 where a link is provided
Under an outfit picture will be tabs that if tapped will take you to the actual company


Local Crafts at Ogden Point, Victoria Vancouver Island 2017

One of the joys of coming down to take pictures of cruise ships at Ogden Point is discovering the many local crafts made by local artists. You will not find this type of quality at your local mall for sure. If you do come into a port , please take the time to visit port crafts which are normally in the dock area. Majority are reasonably priced and majority will take credits cards or your currency . My problem is I cannot resist at times so end up supporting local artists and of course my family end up with surprised presents  ๐Ÿ™‚

The below picture is the large tent now used by our local artists. IMG_3017




At Ogden Point July 15th 2017
First local Artist and Jeweler who makes lovely products 


Next vendor at  Ogden Point July 15th 2017
This is PolyGems who use Polymer Clay to make a lot of their products. Newest are soaps and small paintings.

Next  at Ogden Point July 14th 2017
A new local vendor selling at the cruise port, course I bought an item for Liz ๐Ÿ™‚
– Fused Wood & Resin Jewelry –
Instagram = @arteakjewelry –


Liz now has a lovely Burl wood and resin necklace.. check out her above website.

Next  at  July 7, 2017 Ogden Point -Cruise Terminal
One of our Local Craft Vendors Handcrafted Honey , scented honey candles and more. #ogdenpoint #theyoungwildandfreeshop


Now have some honey at home ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Next at July 7, 2017 Ogden Point -Cruise Terminal
One of our Local Craft Vendors Handcrafted Leather / Stone bracelets and more. Ready to serve you #wovenstoneco #ogdenpoint


Well I now have two men’s bracelets , one is brown leather and wood (Handcrafted with Genuine Leather, wood, Grainstone, and Fancy Jasper gemstones) .while other is black with lava stones as in (Genuine Leather, Lava Stone, Hematite, & Black Agate gemstones.) Course Liz, grandchildren have benefited.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Ogden Point July 28, 2017
A cool but sunny evening with three ships in, 
 HAL Eurodam. Ruby Princess and NCL Jewel.
Here is a new vendor , come on down and shop
Sweet Silver Sea Shells Sweetsilverseashells Handmade Jewellery with a Beachy Boho Style


As I discover more vendors ,  I will add to this section.

For the moment here is one of the cruise ships moored near the Artists Craft tent

HAL MS Amsterdam on July 16, 2017



Sorry about not posting for a few months .. Stay tuned / Rob  (aka RobBar)



Ogden Point Alaska Cruises ๐Ÿšข 2017

The Cruise ships have started to arrive at our port

As we were on Queen Victoria from April 4th to April 21 2017 I missed Star Princess arriving on April 10th followed by HAL Zaandam April 25th and Eurodam , Nieuw Amsterdam that same week

I finally was able to get down to Ogden Point this week and though the weather was cloudy and windy the sun came out so I saw Coral Princess,  Ruby Princess, Eurodam and NCL Jewel

Even saw new emergency loos