I hope you don't mind but I'm going to do a stream of consciousness sort of recap. If you're like me, all you care about is the photos anyway! But if you have any questions, just shout and I'll be happy to answer them.
The deets: 7 day Northbound Alaska Cruise departing from Vancouver on May 13. Ports visited: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Whittier/Anchorage.
Obligatory airplane window shot
We didn't get to do very much in Vancouver - it was raining and time was tight so I didn't take many photos there. We just putzed around until it was time to depart. Getting on the ship feels sort of like cattle to the slaughter...one mindless, snaking line after another until we are finally allowed on.
The first of many sea planes take offs I was to see that week. I stitched this one together for a sequence shot.
We got a balcony room which I would definitely recommend. We would have missed so much without it. Anyway...it wasn't long before we were off to open waters.
Some gambling but no winning took place.
Our first stop was in Ketchikan.
Weather was overcast all day which threatened to put a damper on things but thankfully the rain waited until we left for the evening. I really liked the taxidermy shop. If they weren't so expensive, there would be a large stuffed bear coming home with me!
We just so happened to be traveling with a large contingent of the World Beard & Moustache World Championship participants. Who knew, right? I got lucky and got three of the most creative moustache guys to stop for a photo with me.
Overall, a nice day under gray skies.
And then we were off to Juneau and woke up to gorgeous weather. We got so lucky and the weather stayed warm and clear for the rest of the week. Yipeee!
These photos really don't do the views justice. Pretty much everywhere we looked from this day on was just jaw droppingly beautiful.
In the morning we took a float plane tour of the ice fields
And then that afternoon we took a helicopter to actually walk around on a glacier. That was definitely the highlight of the trip. Totally amazing!
We finished our day off by strolling the streets and having some yummy king crab!
Before we knew it, the day was over and it was time to get back on the ship. Off to Skagway we went... (continued here)
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