Wow. I don't really know where to begin. We left Seattle and got our coach to Vancouver. The coach crossed the border from the US into Canada so along the way we had to get off and go through customs. We finally arrived in Vancouver which looks like a really interesting city. No time to stop though, we had queueing to do!
We got to the cruise terminal and queued for hours. We had to go through immigration again as our ship was going to sail back into the US. We finally made in onboard our ship at 4.30 and we set sail at 5.00. We found our cabin which is lovely and the window looks right onto the sea. Our ship is mid sized and when full it has 1400 passengers and 600 crew. It has everything you could ever need.
The other people on the boat are mostly American and mostly retired folks. On the coach we were named the "young English pups". I like being on a cruise with mostly older people, they behave themselves and they don't make too much noise.
On our first night we explored the ship, had a
great dinner and found a library which is a nice place to hang out. Books and amazing sea views plus amazing coffee. Day two was a day at sea making our way further into Alaska.
Day three woke up and opened the curtains to find that we had arrived in Ketchican. A small town that is famous for its salmon. We had a quick breakfast and then went out to explore. We went to the Alaskan discovery centre and then headed to Creek St which is the old red light district. We walked around the house of "Dolly" who was a working Girl from the age of 18 to 70! It was a very interesting house. Dolly didn't stop work for the day until she had earnt 100 dollars. She charged 3 dollars for her company....she was a very busy woman!!!!
In the afternoon we got back on board and sailed towards Juneau. That's where we woke up this morning, in the capital of Alaska. This morning we went whale watching and saw loads of humpbacks including one with her calf. We have also seen loads of bald eagles and last night an Orca swam past when I
was eating dinner.
After whale watching we went to the Mendenhall Glacier. I'm not really sure how to describe it. It took our breath away. We took a trail to walk to it. As we walked we came across signs warning that black bears had been on the trail that day. Black bears kill plenty of people in Alaska each year. I was half hoping to see one and half really hoping not to!
Anyway we arrived at the glacier and huge waterfall which is the melted ice running back to the sea. It's twelve miles long and it's the most amazing thing that either of us have ever seen. Look at the photos, it's just totally awesome.
So now I'm here in Juneau in a traditional Alaskan bar. Ash is sampling various beers and I'm trying the cider. There is a man with a banjo and he is pretty good. We set sail at ten tonight and tomorrow morning we will wake up in Skagway. Tomorrow is husky sledding day which includes puppy cuddling!!! Very exciting. It's six degrees here, after the bad British weather we had lately we are both finding it quite fine.
Right back to my cider,
Love from us both xxxxxx
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