Well, at least that is what it looked like from the helm position of Stray Cat last night at 2020hrs off Quayside Marina in Yaletown. Calvin Cheung chartered the Lagoon 380 for a private cruise to join the Carol Ships off of Stanley Park and around and through False Creek.
This surprise cruise for Beverly Chan started as we navigated the docks to the boat at Granville Island's Maritime Market where Stray Cat sat warmed up and waiting. We actually got off the dock a little ahead of schedule, allowing some time to get all the way around to near the Lion's Gate Bridge to find other vessels taking place in the parade of Carol Ships. In fact, with the concept of lead, follow or get out of the way, we ended up with the carol ships lining up behind us and had the opportunity to get into False Creek with all the other boats seemingly in tow!
As some of the parade headed under the Cambie Street Bridge, we pulled away - next to the promenade of Yaletown's Quayside Marina. Now, we couldn't get under that bridge if we wanted to, but spinning around and holding station gave a great backdrop of the bridge and the various Carol Ships either continuing under the bridge or turned immediately in front of us.
Now, I felt sort of like a one person cheering section back at the helm as the couple gathered forward and to starboard on the vessel. Thankfully, it is pretty impossible to hear anything from back there, but I can tell you that chivalry is most certainly not dead. Calvin came to his knee at one point and if the bouquet of flowers were any bigger, we would have had to get a cargo manifest to have it aboard! Body language and a happy couple getting off the boat some time later indicated that by all accounts, the trip was a success.
Our own version of the Love Boat - from 1977 to 1986 Captain Steubing took the Pacific Princess to tropical ports of call and, apart from a bit of a chill in the air and an urgent need for a little hot cocoa, those stories had nothing over the warmth of last night as these two enjoyed their own private cruise at the lead of the parade of Carol Ships.
A winter Love Boat story right here in False Creek. It's now permanently recorded in Stray Cat's log and the happy couple can visit the Quayside Marina anytime they like to be right where it occurred. Our whole crew (more of the cheering sections) We love being part of the special times in people's lives!