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. Some of those lines…Our room. Huge porthole with unobstructed view. Yay!Sailing underway under the bridge. Day two was also spent at sea.
Ketchikan – our first port. Lots to see and do. We did not purchase any excursions but had fun with all there was to see.
Our ship.We did see the museum.This area was at one time the red light district and the houses were up on pilings. Wow. Great piece of art on the river.Can you see the salmon? They were still trying to swim upstream but not for long.We also went to the totem pole museum. This houses some very very old totems. Great history. They have several lying down with explanations of the symbols. And other native art.More of the river through town.
Time to move on – to Juneau – the state capitol.
It was a bit foggy, wet and chilly but not too bad. No real rain.Wasn’t this the best? Loved the costume and of course it was to pull us into a store.The tram. Probably not the best day for it so we did not ride it. Governor’s MansionSome great views from around Juneau that our shuttle bus took us to.Mendenhall Glacier. You can walk to it but it takes quite a trek to the left side and over the hills. The colors were awesome.This 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!See the people.Bald eagle in flight.Went into this old bar and had a drink. The Red Dog Saloon. Pretty neat.
Next stop – Skagway – my favorite town on the cruise ports.
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.
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.
OK now we will get into Anchorage. More later…