I have to start this post by disclosing two things up front – I have nothing to compare it to as this was my first cruise and two, I hate buffets!
There were 11 of us total on the cruise. In addition to Kent and I there was his Mom Silvia, his sister Kay and her husband Tony and their daughter Kara, my Mom Bettylou and Dad Brant and my sister Midge and then two family friends Kathy and her significant other Gene (never ended up with any pictures of them).
|Kent, Dad, Mom, Me|
|Kent, Midge (my sister), Brant and Bettylou (Jim's Parents) - Leaving Seattle|
|Tony, Kay, Sylvia (Kent's Mom) and Kara|
|Tony (Brother -in-law), Kay (Kent's sister) and Kara (our niece)|
The first couple of days we long as we made our way up to Glacier Bay but once we had daily port calls and could actually get off the boat it was great. Our itinerary and shore excursions worked out well. We left Seattle on Sunday afternoon at 4pm and arrived in Glacier Bay on Tuesday afternoon. This was our longest stint on the boat. By this time we were beginning to second guess the whole cruise idea but once we stated with shore excursions we were sold.
Glacier Bay was amazing – the ship was able to pull right up to glaciers and you could hear the “white thunder” the sound that the ice makes as it breaks before sections fall to the ground.
|Alaska State Capitol Building - Juneau|
|Kent on the boat to Tracy Arm|
|Tracy Arm at the Sawyer Glacier (ice from glacier)|
|Blue ice broken off Sawyer Glacier|
|Pieces of Sawyer Glacier|
|Tide line in the rocks|
|More pieces of glacier|
|Waterfall on the way to Sawyer Glacier|
|Yet another piece of Sawyer Glacier|
|Whale picture taken by either Kay or Kara in Juneau|
From Juneau on Wednesday we made our way to Sitka on Thursday. This was our one and only day of rain on the entire trip. It worked out nice since we had not booked any shore excursions and Kent and I were off on our own to explore. We walked to the Raptor Center where we ran into my Mom, toured the Sitka National Park and walked around town before heading to the boat.
|Eagle picture taken at Raptor Center|
|Wood carving taken at Sitka National Park|
|Totem Pole in Sitka National Park|
|Harbor as we approached Sitka|
|St. Michael's Cathedral - Old Russian Orthodox Church|
|Kent at the Sitka National Historical Park|
|View of the Oosterdam - only port we anchored as opposed to docking|
|Mom and Dad as we got ready to take off|
|View from the plane|
|Dad on board - nice smile!|
|Mom with the pilot after landing on an alpine lake|