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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 15th 2014

Here's Ketchikan ~ the Salmon Capitol of the World! I should think that's great, if only I eat salmon. It was drizzly there, but not the whole time. We walked around. First stop, the Totem Memorial Park. While on the way there, we saw some totems, some cool looking benches, walked down the famous Creek Street, and saw the University of Alaska Southeast. And the slugs, all over the sidewalks and plants, we HUGE and fat. I've never seen them so big. The say things are big in Texas, but in Alaska, they're even bigger. The totems were tall, very tall. The backs of the benches that we saw, were shaped into a dolphin and a whale. It was pretty neat. I don't know how comfortable it is, as it was sprinkling and I didn't want ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 13th 2014

Woken up by the Captain's announcement this morning telling us that we were all fixed and on our way to Ketchikan (even though we were there when we actually had taken off). As usual, the announcement was told, then repeated - word for word..... Arriving 5 hours late due to late departure and all shore excursions had been cancelled - not a problem for us but some others would be mortified as today was going to be one of several peoples highlight trips. Bugger.... But as the captain said (twice) - safety is our paramount decision...... At sea for most of the day but in the inner passage now - tight bits everywhere, along with whales and porpoise. Interesting views, then a message that says that some of the excursions are back on - hmm, not ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 23rd 2013

Each time we heard the ding dong over the past few days we braced ourselves for the news. The ding dong was followed by the captain of the millineum updating the crew and guests about our fate. Organising some 2000 people off this ship was an enormous job. 30 staff were flown in from Miami to assist with the task. Trust me it got ugly several times. Guests were angry and frustrated. The refund was not enough we all wanted to get off and go to our final destinations. We were given promises and then they were taken away as quick as they were given. Having said this I must once again say that the crew and staff are so friendly and helpful. The ship is great and if the problems with the motor haven't have ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 22nd 2013

Day 8 of our Alaska journey starts with a dose of reality. A cruise ship has been stranded in Ketchikan for several days, and as a result, we will be tendering to shore. There have been several cruise ship mechanical issues in recent months, and this is another on the growing list. However, we tendered to shore, located the visitor center, and completed a walking tour which included three excellent museums and some salmon-watching. The first museum had a focus on the development by settlers who came to the area in the early 1900's. The second museum was more historical and explained the totem pole messages and cultural significance. The third museum was the National Park Service museum. The telescope view into creek street waters was a different perspective than at street level. There were interactive ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 20th 2013

Well..the news we knew that was coming...our ship s not able to be repaired. She needs to be taken to Victoria BC to be repaired in the dry dock! Kinda thought this was going to happen! The news came through about 9am this morning. Captain has advised that all guests will be receiving 100 % refund of the fare paid and will receive a voucher for another cruise with Celebrity for the same mount. Looks like we will be back for the summer cruise season 2014. This is the only cruise Geoff and I wanted to do so we won't be giving up this offer! Must say that the staff are all fantastic people. They don't get paid a lot but they always have a smile and are very helpful. We really don't realise how lucky ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 19th 2013

Boarding onto the ship went smooth considering we had to go through USA customs and everything. We were very happy with our choice of stateroom on the ship. Room 7003 with a forward facing porthole. No people traffic as we are right at the front of the ship. Spent the afternoon exploring the ship...wow it's huge. We have never cruised before so this is a whole new experience. The food is great..so much of it everywhere you turn. They serve over 9000 meals a day on this ship. We went to a show this evening at the theatre then dinner at the restaurant. Good service and great food. Next day was a sailing day so we relaxed and watched the view from the deck. Food is so plentiful..you roll into bed every night! We also did ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan July 16th 2013

The next day, our last small town on the cruise was Ketchikan, home to Totem Pole park where replicas of many the lands Totem Poles reside. This struck us a more of tourist gimmick, so we elected to take a nature walk out at one of the hundreds of small islands in the area. We had hoped to see more Bald Eagles and we were not disappointed. The shuttle took a group of about 25 out to a small harbor north of town. We jumped out and into life jackets. As we walked down the gangway, I noticed our boat resembled a large 25 foot, rubber life raft with a center console, and twin 200HP outboard motors. “Strange”, I thought, but this is probably a good way to get around up here from island to island. ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan May 31st 2013

After nearly a week of fantastic weather, we arrived in Ketchikan and could see that the weather was foul. We made our way to the Lido for breakfast, and again, French Toast seemed to be the preferred choice. Sharon’s blight of chocolate croissants finally came to an end; although there was just one when she first checked the pastry section, I came back with another two after I had finished eating. Sharon’s mom had said she didn’t want one, but after eyeing that one left on the plate, she finally couldn’t resist. She did complain that there was only a paltry amount of chocolate in hers; while, Sharon shrewdly chose the one with the double dose. We were a bit early getting off the Oosterdam for our tour. Before the gangway, they were making sure everyone ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan September 23rd 2012

All got a little active during the night. Woke up at 1.30 am and found the ship doing its own little version of the Samba. Probably wasn't particularly rough but after the smooth sailing we've enjoyed so far, doing what old men do several times a night became just that little more challenging and requiring just a little more attention to detail! But with resolute attention to detail managed to avoid embarrassment. Was a little bit concerned as it is not a well kept secret that I am not the worlds best sailor, but as it turned out went straight back to sleep. Another disaster averted. Awoke at 7am and Sandy's first words were 'man the ship was getting thrown around last night'. The fact that it woke Sandy is a testament to the fact that ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan September 12th 2012

We had such a fun day with our trip. Our excursion on the Aleution Ballard started right from our dock, which was nice since it was down pouring. One of our captains was Derrick Ray who took over for a while after Capt. Phil Harris of the Corneila Marie passed away during Season 6 I believe. We headed out to open water and they passed out raingear to those who were in the line of fire with the rain/winds. The captain and crew shared stories of their lives on the crabbing waters of the bering sea. We saw two different kinds of nets pulled up containing king crab and snow crap, similiar to Orphelia crap. We also saw dungeness crab and cod nets pulled on board. What was really neat is they took pictures with everyone ... read more
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