Rain won't stop us
Sail Date: August 12, 2009
Reviewed: 1 year ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Balcony
There was 120+ people in our group with AAA and Oldies 96.1 Radio Station. We had about 40+ that left about 4 days before the rest of us to do the train ride while the rest of us would catch up with them on the ship.
We arrived in Anchorage by plane. We had to board several buses to take us down to Whittier to get to the ship. This was a wonderful bus ride that I was ever on. Right off the bat, a moose ran across a highway right in front of the bus and no one had a camera out to take a picture - who would have thought. We were able to do a couple of photo stops on the way and the driver was great with telling us information about the area. We had to wait at a one-way tunnel until it was our side's turn to go through to the ship. We finally got onto the ship sometime around 6:00 pm. We freshened up for dinner then basically bummed around for a little while because we were just way to tired to do anything - trying to adjust to the time change.
The first day woke up around 5:15 AM to see the glaciers in the Fjorg. Man was it cold as can be. So basically is was just a day at sea to do what ever we wanted to do. That evening some of us in our group got together wearing our bathrobes over our clothes for a hot tub party (only the brave ones went into the hot tub) then we went down to the adult comedy club in the bathrobes just for fun (and to stay warm). The comedian couldn't stop laughing at all of us - he thought we were just so funny and kept making jokes with us. We loved it. By the way - we did find out not to listen to a hockey player from our local AHL team that is from Alaska on type of jacket to take for this time of the year, we had to buy new coats that were warmer than the ones were brought with us.
Sitka - The first port of call and the first day of rain. Well the rain wasn't going to stop us from enjoying the sites of Alaska. We did the Sitka Cultural - Colonial Russian Tour. We first stopped at the St. Matthews Catholic Church which was absolutely beautiful. We then went to a museum that has all the historical items and info about the area which was very informative. Then we went to see a Colonial Russian Dance Show. It was really wonderful to watch and to see all of the different dances. Afterwards we walked around town and did some shopping. We took the water taxi back to the ship since it was tendered in.
Juneau - At least it is not raining today. Today we are doing the Mendenhall Glacier and Garden Tour. We started off by going downtown before getting on our bus for the tour. We started the tour with going to the Garden first. It was really beautiful to see how they do up different plants in different ways. Then we headed over to the Mendenhall Glacier. We were able to see some salmon in the salmon run and would have been able to seen a couple of bears BUT some kids started yelling at them and also their parents while people around them was asking quietly to shut up and not to scare the animals. We got to see some bald eagles also. The glacier was really beautiful. It was cool to see some people kayaking up to the glacier. If you are capable, you can walk all the way to the bottom of the glacier.
Skagway - Today we are doing the Dog Sled Discovery & Mushing Camp. This is a really cool shore excursion to do no matter what age you are. This mushing camp is run by Mike King, who is a well know musher that was in the National Geographic Magazine for when he did his 1st race and did not have the proper gear to wear. You actually get to ride in a sled type cart (that holds about 4-6 people) and is taken around on a track pulled by a dog team. Then you go down to the camp and get a lesson about mushing. You also get to meet some of his dogs and you might get lucky & get to see some puppies. We then was dropped off in town to do some shopping and boy was it ever "Windy". Skagway means "The Town Where The Wind Blows".
Ketchikan - It is really raining today. Today we are doing the Saxman Native Village and Lumberjack Show today. We did a little walking around before getting on the bus for the tour. The first stop was the Saxman Native Village where you learned about their old ways and their heritage. The did a show on dances that were handed down over the generations and they had some people in the audience join in. It was really nice. We then went outside to walk around to look at the different totem poles and to see how they are made. Then we went on to the Lumberjack show. They divided the audience up into 2 groups - one side is USA and the other is Canada. One nice thing is that they had heaters at the seats so we could warm up and try to dry off some what. It is really awesome to watch these guys do this show. Most of these guys do this show when they are off for the summer break from college. They really make it entertaining.
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