Caught the 8:40 ferry over to Vancouver on June 9. We met Aaron, Tonye and Corrina for coffee at 10 am. Then on to Canada Place and our Alaska Cruise. Larry had purchased parking for the week at Canada Place and we easily found a space, put the scooter together and gathered the luggage and off we went. So easy! Check-in was very easy and was completed by 1:00. After sailaway we met the members of our little group in the Martini Bar - Kevin and Kim from Pender Harbour (who we had not met before) and Robin and Penny (Robin is Larry's cousin's widow and Penny is Robin's brother's widow - got that?!) Our room was spacious and very nice. Our Stateroom Attendant was Manuel. Right away he brought a little tray of goodies - because we were in Concierge Class this time we got a tray of goodies each afternoon. We had dinner in the dining room this first night. Our friend Megan had also sent a cheese plate and a fruit plate. There was so much fruit we decided to order room service breakfast the next day with which to eat the fruit. This is our fourth cruise to Alaska!
June 10 was a sea day and our first Formal Night - now called Elegant Chic. They're not as strict about this as they used to be! In the afternoon, in addition to our daily goodies, Megan had also sent a lovely birthday cake and a bottle of Prosecco in honour of Maureen's birthday. We were able to watch Game 5 of the Toronto Raptors game at the Sports Bar. There were a lot of Canadians there. We went to Qsine for dinner - amazing show during dinner and the food was excellent - steak and lobster.
June 11 we arrived in Sitka. We'd never been to this port before and there was lots of history. We caught a shuttle (they put the scooter underneath) to town which was 5 miles away and then we wandered around the little town. Pouring rain the whole time! SItka is located on Baranof Island and is the fourth-largest city by population in Alaska. Sitka was originally settled by the native Tlingit people. Old Sitka was founded in 1799 by Alexandr Baranov, the governor of Russian America. Tonight we had sushi for dinner and watched the Juggling show.
June 12 we glided into Hubbard Glacier. The clouds had lifted somewhat so we were able to see the 6 mile glacier. An amazing site! We had dinner at Murano. We had bought a 3-dinner package to the Specialty Restaurants.
June 13 we were in Juneau. Juneau is the capital of Alaska, founded during a gold rush in 1880. We wandered around a bit and had lunch at the Red Dog Saloon. It's always great fun! Juneau has a new board walk right at the ship. Very easy to get around now. The Westerdam, Norwegian Jewel and the Cunard Queen Elizabeth were also in port. Tonight we watched Game 6 of the Toronto Raptors series. Very exciting game and lots of fun in the Sports Bar.
June 14 we were in Ketchikan. Another perk of the Concierge Class was a galley tour and watching the arrival in Ketchikan from the heliport right at the front of the ship. We had our only Shore Excursion here. We went on the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour. We were on the Aleutian Ballad. On season two of Deadliest Catch, viewers watched in amazement as a crab boat was hit by a massive 90 foot rogue wave, rolling it onto its side during a treacherous storm. That boat was the Fishing Vessel Aleutian Ballad. The boat has a colourful history as a commercial crab fishing boat. The boat has been fitted with stadium-style seating, bathrooms and a gift shop. There is a “live tank” where you can enjoy an up close view of the days catch. The pulled up various pots with different kinds of sea life - king crabs, box crabs, tanner crabs, spot prawns and a beautiful Pacific Octopus. We also stopped at a spot where the captain threw out pieces of herring out to feed eagles - dozens of them. What an experience! Larry was able to ride his scooter right on board. Dinner was in Murano again - so good.
June 15 was a sea day and we just relaxed. We had dinner with the group in Murano.
Arrived back on June 16, had breakfast at Denny's with Aaron and Tonye, stopped at Costco then on home. A very smooth, enjoyable trip.
On the 19th we were back over in Vancouver for a fitting on an amendment to Larry's brace.
June 24 was our 42nd Wedding Anniversary. We drove up to Egmont and stayed at Backeddy Resort for two nights in a lovely little cottage. We were really roughing it - no A/C and no TV! A gorgeous view off the deck (just like home). There was a lot more action in this waterway because it leads to the Skookumchuck Narrows. We bought two huge cinnamon buns at a bakery on the way up for breakfast on the 25th and had brought our own cereal for the 26th. We had dinner both nights at the Backeddy Pub. The other choice would have been the fancy restaurant at Westcoast Wilderness Lodge next door but it seemed really expensive. On the 25th we took a five hour tour up to Princess Louisa Inlet. What a gorgeous spot. Chatterbox Falls starts as James Bruce Falls 2755 feet up the mountain. Our guide told us lots about the history of the area as well as Jervis Inlet. Lunch was provided by the Resort.
On to our next adventures! It's so nice to be travelling again.