Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cruise Day!

Up and down to walk to the ship!  We were supposed to be there by noon and had no trouble getting there.  It is like a cattle herding operation with several stops. Check the ticket, check the luggage, check the passports, check your carry ons, sit and wait for boarding.  Check your ship card – check it every time you move.  Anyway, we got on. But you can’t go to your room until they announce it and that was after they let us eat lunch on the ship. 

Forgot to mention, there are pianos all around downtown that people just stop and play.  All decorated. 08-22-16 sailing day 1 01Some of those lines…08-22-16 sailing day 1 0208-22-16 sailing day 1 0308-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 0208-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 1508-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 23Our room. Huge porthole with unobstructed view. Yay!08-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2408-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2508-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2608-22-16 sailing day 1 0408-22-16 sailing day 1 0508-22-16 sailing day 1 06Sailing underway under the bridge. Day two was also spent at sea.08-22-16 sailing day 1 0708-22-16 sailing day 1 0908-22-16 sailing day 1 1508-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2908-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 3808-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 4008-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 4608-23-16 behind ship 1

Ketchikan – our first port.  Lots to see and do. We did not purchase any excursions but had fun with all there was to see.

08-24-16 Ketchikan 0108-24-16 Ketchikan 02Our ship.08-24-16 Ketchikan 0308-24-16 Ketchikan 0508-24-16 Ketchikan 0708-24-16 Ketchikan 0908-24-16 Ketchikan 1008-24-16 Ketchikan 13We did see the museum.08-24-16 Ketchikan 1508-24-16 Ketchikan 1808-24-16 Ketchikan 19This area was at one time the red light district and the houses were up on pilings.  Wow. 08-24-16 Ketchikan 2008-24-16 Ketchikan 2108-24-16 Ketchikan 2208-24-16 Ketchikan 2308-24-16 Ketchikan 26Great piece of art on the river.08-24-16 Ketchikan 28Can you see the salmon? They were still trying to swim upstream but not for long.08-24-16 Ketchikan 3108-24-16 Ketchikan 4408-24-16 Ketchikan 3208-24-16 Ketchikan 34We also went to the totem pole museum. This houses some very very old totems.  Great history. 08-24-16 Ketchikan 3608-24-16 Ketchikan 37They have several lying down with explanations of the symbols. 08-24-16 Ketchikan 38And other native art.08-24-16 Ketchikan phone 0408-24-16 Ketchikan 41More of the river through town.08-24-16 Ketchikan 4208-24-16 Ketchikan 4708-24-16 Ketchikan 4808-24-16 Ketchikan 52

Time to move on – to Juneau – the state capitol.

It was a bit foggy, wet and chilly but not too bad. No real rain.08-25-16 Juneau 0108-25-16 Juneau 0308-25-16 Juneau 07Wasn’t this the best?  Loved the costume and of course it was to pull us into a store.08-25-16 Juneau 10The tram.  Probably not the best day for it so we did not ride it. 08-25-16 Juneau 1108-25-16 Juneau 13Governor’s Mansion08-25-16 Juneau 1708-25-16 Juneau 2008-25-16 Juneau 24Some great views from around Juneau that our shuttle bus took us to.08-25-16 Juneau phone 0208-25-16 Juneau phone 0508-25-16 Juneau phone 04Mendenhall Glacier.  You can walk to it but it takes quite a trek to the left side and over the hills.  The colors were awesome.08-25-16 Juneau 25This waterfall was hikeable (is that a word??) but we had limited time to get back on the shuttle so decided to just look from afar.  Not sure I wanted to get sprayed on a cold day anyway!08-25-16 Juneau 30See the people.08-25-16 Juneau 3308-25-16 Juneau 3108-25-16 Juneau 37Bald eagle in flight.08-25-16 Juneau 40Went into this old bar and had a drink.  The Red Dog Saloon.  Pretty neat.08-25-16 Juneau 4608-25-16 Juneau 4708-25-16 Juneau 4808-25-16 Juneau 45

Next stop – Skagway – my favorite town on the cruise ports. 

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On to the glaciers.  We were in Glacier Bay and we had guests on the ship of the rangers that managed this area. Very good presentations.

In Glacier Bay the main Glacier we visited was Marguerite (I think that was the spelling).  After that I am unsure of the glaciers but do know it was quite impressive.  Everyone needs to see them. And yes it was cold and very windy.  Our captain did a great job of turning the ship 360 degrees about twice so everyone on board could get  great view.  This glacier was calving some (breaking off huge chunks of ice) and was like cannon shots when it happened. 

08-27-16 Glacier Bay 0108-27-16 Glacier Bay 0208-27-16 Glacier Bay 0508-27-16 Glacier Bay 0708-27-16 Glacier Bay 0908-27-16 Glacier Bay 1108-27-16 Glacier Bay 1308-27-16 Glacier Bay 1708-27-16 Glacier Bay 2308-27-16 Glacier Bay 2408-27-16 Glacier Bay 2508-27-16 Glacier Bay 3008-27-16 Glacier Bay 3108-27-16 Glacier Bay 3208-27-16 Glacier Bay 4108-27-16 Glacier Bay 4208-27-16 Glacier Bay 4408-27-16 Glacier Bay 4608-27-16 Glacier Bay 6308-27-16 Glacier Bay 6508-27-16 Glacier Bay 6708-27-16 Glacier Bay 7108-27-16 Glacier Bay 7408-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 0608-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 0908-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 1608-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 2208-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 2408-27-16 Glaciers 00208-27-16 Glaciers 00908-27-16 Glaciers 05808-27-16 Glaciers 087

We were at sea another day and sailed to Hubbard Glacier.  This glacier is very active and was calving a lot.  We even saw them crash into the sea.  Very impressive.

08-28-16 Hubbard 00108-28-16 Hubbard 00408-28-16 Hubbard 00608-28-16 Hubbard 00908-28-16 Hubbard 01408-28-16 Hubbard 01608-28-16 Hubbard 01908-28-16 Hubbard 02108-28-16 Hubbard 02308-28-16 Hubbard 02508-28-16 Hubbard 03008-28-16 Hubbard 03108-28-16 Hubbard 04208-28-16 Hubbard 04708-28-16 Hubbard 04808-28-16 Hubbard 06208-28-16 Hubbard 063We came back to our room with an elephant towel one time and a swan another. Oh and once it was a frog. Guess I need to find that picture. 08-28-16 Hubbard 06808-28-16 Hubbard 072

OK now we will get into Anchorage. More later…

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Up and down to walk to the ship!  We were supposed to be there by noon and had no trouble getting there.  It is like a cattle herding operation with several stops. Check the ticket, check the luggage, check the passports, check your carry ons, sit and wait for boarding.  Check your ship card – check it every time you move.  Anyway, we got on. But you can’t go to your room until they announce it and that was after they let us eat lunch on the ship. 

Forgot to mention, there are pianos all around downtown that people just stop and play.  All decorated. 08-22-16 sailing day 1 01Some of those lines…08-22-16 sailing day 1 0208-22-16 sailing day 1 0308-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 0208-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 1508-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 23Our room. Huge porthole with unobstructed view. Yay!08-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2408-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2508-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2608-22-16 sailing day 1 0408-22-16 sailing day 1 0508-22-16 sailing day 1 06Sailing underway under the bridge. Day two was also spent at sea.08-22-16 sailing day 1 0708-22-16 sailing day 1 0908-22-16 sailing day 1 1508-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 2908-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 3808-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 4008-22-16 sailing day 1 camera 4608-23-16 behind ship 1

Ketchikan – our first port.  Lots to see and do. We did not purchase any excursions but had fun with all there was to see.

08-24-16 Ketchikan 0108-24-16 Ketchikan 02Our ship.08-24-16 Ketchikan 0308-24-16 Ketchikan 0508-24-16 Ketchikan 0708-24-16 Ketchikan 0908-24-16 Ketchikan 1008-24-16 Ketchikan 13We did see the museum.08-24-16 Ketchikan 1508-24-16 Ketchikan 1808-24-16 Ketchikan 19This area was at one time the red light district and the houses were up on pilings.  Wow. 08-24-16 Ketchikan 2008-24-16 Ketchikan 2108-24-16 Ketchikan 2208-24-16 Ketchikan 2308-24-16 Ketchikan 26Great piece of art on the river.08-24-16 Ketchikan 28Can you see the salmon? They were still trying to swim upstream but not for long.08-24-16 Ketchikan 3108-24-16 Ketchikan 4408-24-16 Ketchikan 3208-24-16 Ketchikan 34We also went to the totem pole museum. This houses some very very old totems.  Great history. 08-24-16 Ketchikan 3608-24-16 Ketchikan 37They have several lying down with explanations of the symbols. 08-24-16 Ketchikan 38And other native art.08-24-16 Ketchikan phone 0408-24-16 Ketchikan 41More of the river through town.08-24-16 Ketchikan 4208-24-16 Ketchikan 4708-24-16 Ketchikan 4808-24-16 Ketchikan 52

Time to move on – to Juneau – the state capitol.

It was a bit foggy, wet and chilly but not too bad. No real rain.08-25-16 Juneau 0108-25-16 Juneau 0308-25-16 Juneau 07Wasn’t this the best?  Loved the costume and of course it was to pull us into a store.08-25-16 Juneau 10The tram.  Probably not the best day for it so we did not ride it. 08-25-16 Juneau 1108-25-16 Juneau 13Governor’s Mansion08-25-16 Juneau 1708-25-16 Juneau 2008-25-16 Juneau 24Some great views from around Juneau that our shuttle bus took us to.08-25-16 Juneau phone 0208-25-16 Juneau phone 0508-25-16 Juneau phone 04Mendenhall Glacier.  You can walk to it but it takes quite a trek to the left side and over the hills.  The colors were awesome.08-25-16 Juneau 25This waterfall was hikeable (is that a word??) but we had limited time to get back on the shuttle so decided to just look from afar.  Not sure I wanted to get sprayed on a cold day anyway!08-25-16 Juneau 30See the people.08-25-16 Juneau 3308-25-16 Juneau 3108-25-16 Juneau 37Bald eagle in flight.08-25-16 Juneau 40Went into this old bar and had a drink.  The Red Dog Saloon.  Pretty neat.08-25-16 Juneau 4608-25-16 Juneau 4708-25-16 Juneau 4808-25-16 Juneau 45

Next stop – Skagway – my favorite town on the cruise ports. 

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On to the glaciers.  We were in Glacier Bay and we had guests on the ship of the rangers that managed this area. Very good presentations.

In Glacier Bay the main Glacier we visited was Marguerite (I think that was the spelling).  After that I am unsure of the glaciers but do know it was quite impressive.  Everyone needs to see them. And yes it was cold and very windy.  Our captain did a great job of turning the ship 360 degrees about twice so everyone on board could get  great view.  This glacier was calving some (breaking off huge chunks of ice) and was like cannon shots when it happened. 

08-27-16 Glacier Bay 0108-27-16 Glacier Bay 0208-27-16 Glacier Bay 0508-27-16 Glacier Bay 0708-27-16 Glacier Bay 0908-27-16 Glacier Bay 1108-27-16 Glacier Bay 1308-27-16 Glacier Bay 1708-27-16 Glacier Bay 2308-27-16 Glacier Bay 2408-27-16 Glacier Bay 2508-27-16 Glacier Bay 3008-27-16 Glacier Bay 3108-27-16 Glacier Bay 3208-27-16 Glacier Bay 4108-27-16 Glacier Bay 4208-27-16 Glacier Bay 4408-27-16 Glacier Bay 4608-27-16 Glacier Bay 6308-27-16 Glacier Bay 6508-27-16 Glacier Bay 6708-27-16 Glacier Bay 7108-27-16 Glacier Bay 7408-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 0608-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 0908-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 1608-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 2208-27-16 Glacier Bay iphone 2408-27-16 Glaciers 00208-27-16 Glaciers 00908-27-16 Glaciers 05808-27-16 Glaciers 087

We were at sea another day and sailed to Hubbard Glacier.  This glacier is very active and was calving a lot.  We even saw them crash into the sea.  Very impressive.

08-28-16 Hubbard 00108-28-16 Hubbard 00408-28-16 Hubbard 00608-28-16 Hubbard 00908-28-16 Hubbard 01408-28-16 Hubbard 01608-28-16 Hubbard 01908-28-16 Hubbard 02108-28-16 Hubbard 02308-28-16 Hubbard 02508-28-16 Hubbard 03008-28-16 Hubbard 03108-28-16 Hubbard 04208-28-16 Hubbard 04708-28-16 Hubbard 04808-28-16 Hubbard 06208-28-16 Hubbard 063We came back to our room with an elephant towel one time and a swan another. Oh and once it was a frog. Guess I need to find that picture. 08-28-16 Hubbard 06808-28-16 Hubbard 072

OK now we will get into Anchorage. More later…

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