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One of the most fun parts of the Alaska cruise for me (a former restaurant owner) was the “Galley tour” where we got to see the kitchens on the cruise ship Infinity.  The ship carries a staff of 950 of which 150 or so are kitchen personnel.  Everything is made on board, including all pastries and bread (and the bread was really good…ESPECIALLY these yummy bread sticks served everywhere…)  We began in the dining room with all the head chefs (note the black scarves…mid level are yellow, newbies are white)

and then off we went, down into the kitchens…

here’s some of the yummy bread

vegetable flowers…

a carved honeydew melon…

marzipan roses

directions on how each dish should look when it goes out (wish we’d had this back at the Arbor Cafe!)…

and here’s an hors d’oeuvre I actually had…”Peekytoe Crab”…shortbread crust, crab, avacado, caviar, yum…(this was a display though…I DIDN’T tip my wine glass over!)

But now on to the scenery…the real reason after all for the trip.  Here we have just left Seattle behind on our only sunny day…

and after a day at sea we arrived in Ketchikan…

where we saw totems and visited museums and then off we went…

Juneau bound…

but the most amazing scenery was the glacial Tracy Arm Fjord…

leaving Juneau…

we headed for Skagway…(note the ship at the end of the street)

and took off for Victoria…

heading out into open sea…

and after a brief stop in Victoria we headed back to Seattle…and the world of real coffee….ahhh.

Good to go, good to come home….