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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 9th 2014

Docked early in Scagway. Very low cloud everywhere - were thinking of doing the train to White Pass - but after getting off ship and talking to some people decided to do a small tour group by bus up to White Pass - train seemed a rip off $127.00 return, and the train travelled directly on the opposite side of the valley. So pleased we did the small group tour, there were eight of us, and we had a really (Harry Butler style!!) fantastic tour, Ron has lived up here for 15 years and is so into nature and the wild, treks a lot, he took us to the most amazing spots right up into the mountains, didn't see any bears but that was OK we had our bear fix down in Canada. Went for a ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage July 8th 2014

It is 10pm and the sun is shining brightly enough to wear sunglasses while walking back to hotel from dinner. Hard to give up and go to bed. Kids are all off with host families. Looked like a fun evening ahead. Can't wait to hear the stories in the morning. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 7th 2014

Mendenhall Glacier was awe inspiring. See Facebook to hear and see what we experienced Kids said it was the best day ever but they say that every day. Their energy and enthusiasm is endless. All are at Juneau homes of the Alaska Youth Choir. Having wonderful times. Off to Anchorsge in morning. That 5 am meeting to airport rill come very early. But stablest uracil be light ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska July 6th 2014

Saturday morning up early, sorry to leave gorgeous Victoria, caught the ferry across the waters to Vancouver, or probably about 40 km out of Vancouver, dropped one couple at the airport and we continued on to Vancouver harbour for our next little adventure aboard the Zuiderdam for Juneau. Took us over two hours to get through customs, two ships heading out, so 5,000 people to process. Has been a little underwhelming as weather has turned a little, nice scenery so far but mountains clouded in with mist and clouds, hope it improves over the next few hours. Sunday - day at sea. Had a nice sleep in - very smooth ride last night - but Mark is on his tablets as he thought it was a bit wonky! Lovely ship holds about 1900 guests from all ... read more
Mendenhall Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 29th 2014

On the way to Juneau, there was some beautiful views, several photo opportunities, and wild life viewings. We did see humpback whales, however, I did not have my camera on me at the time. Besides, we were inside eating lunch when the ship went past some humpbacks. They "waved" to us. On the other side of the boat, there was one that completely breach. I wish I had seen that. The captain's crew announced it over the intercom. Sea otters were in abundance, but since they only stick their heads out of the water, the pictures I have aren't the greatest. We also some some jumping out of the water and swimming along side the boat. Once in Juneau, we walked around. First stop, the state capitol building. The first question Dean asked on the tour, ... read more
en route Juneau waterfall
en route Juneau (3)
en route Juneau (4)


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 » Juneau June 12th 2014

Arrive Juneau (capital of Alaska) early. Tied up when we wake up. Today we have our first onshore excursion (and a real big one - dog sledding on the Norris glacier by helicopter). Breakfast and layer up with thermals, etc. Down to disembark and Geoffrey is waiting for us. Julie also got a late berth on this one so we have good company. About 10 others on the trip. On to the bus and fill out weights, waivers, etc. Hmm what weight do I use - gym weight or fully thermalled and layered. Short bus trip trying to keep Geoffrey under control - he is like a kid in the candy store. Get to the helicopter base and have to do real weights, safety briefing and then get life jacket and special glacier booties (great look). ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines June 11th 2014

Shore day today - Haines and Skagway. Some have early trips booked, but we decide to just take our time. Get off the ship and see the ferry to Skagway so make enquiries, booked on the 1100 ferry to return at 1600. No spare seats so lucky to get on. Interesting trip about 40 mins with great sights of waterfalls, eagles and other bits of scenery. Come into Skagway and there are 4 cruise ships in port. Lots of people do the train trip up to whites pass. We decided to give that one a miss and just wander around the town. Main Street looks like it should be in an old time western movie set. Lots of gift shops as usual... The train used to run up the Main Street but now just stops at ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay June 10th 2014

Another day at sea. Can navigate around the ship better now. We are in glacier bay today - special part of the cruise. Must be - went back to the crows nest for our preferred seats but all taken early. Get a reasonable first tier seat and settle back to the sights. Eventually get to the exciting parts where the glaciers are to be seen. All of a sudden seats become more and more - people have moved to the outer decks and the bow for better sights. When in Alaska do as the others do so down we go as well. Great viewing and eventually we find a quiet corner where we can view and not be climbed over.... Glacier behaves as expected and starts to calve. We have great viewing and get some good ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward June 9th 2014

First full day at sea. No real issues other than a rather hot room - easily fixed by lowering the temperature control. I noticed that there was a stretch class at 0700 so do the right thing and get up for that. Arrive early so do some bike work, then on to the rower for a warm up - need to wear off all that crispy bacon..... Miss the start of the stretch class and now no room so continue with some gym junkie stuff..... After half hour have had enough so leave and wander the ship. Find all sorts of areas and the other food places. Interesting time and lack of people to do a reccie.... Back to the room and have a shower - good pressure but not much room, the cat is safe. ... read more

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