Day 4 :
We had a nice dinner last nite and went to bed fairly early …capt announced that since he’s running on reduced speed due to vibrations in the stbd prop, he’d forego Mendenhall Glacier due to the tight maneuvering and currents that leads to the glacier…the capt. did say we were heading in to Endicott glacier…a bit straighter for him and he did take us all the way to the glacier…we watched 2 calving events…which was really spectacular……as we approached Endicott Glacier capt Lars came on over the IC system and said in all the yrs of over 100 trips he’s made to Endicott, this is the first time we’ve had clear skies and beautiful weather….right now the temps in the 50’s with clear skies..
the fjords are almost straight up and down walls of rocks……with about a thousand feet of water below the boat…absolutely breath taking…..we’re heading back out now after about a hr and a half heading slowly into the glacier and the pilot turned the boat around…it looks like we can almost touch the walls of the rocks….the pilot was expert at turning 1000 ft of boat around and heading out…while turning around…we ran back to our stateroom and had the Glacier right off our balcony!...how cool is that???..
chunks of ice all over the fjord…as we move further back out the ice gets fewer and fewer…but the ones up close are the size of buses and trucks…small ones litter the area…but the big ones are monsters….
Next stop is Juneau ..the state capital…we’ll have something like 7hrs to take in the town…..this part of the trip was worth it…incredible blue skies, incredible ice flows and smooth waters…..truly spectacular scenery…
So far we’ve taken 100’s of photo’s of our trip..just spectacular views up here in Alaska…I’d love to do Endicott in our boat..but we need to make some mod’s before we do…like water maker, bigger fuel tanks or at least go with diesels…
But that’s already been denied by the admirable…
Back on the trip…it’s really amazing to be able to sleep while on the ship and have the window open…about as good as it gets without having some huge boat of my own!!..
After the tour de Endicott arm glacier, we steamed north to Juneau….
during the cruise north I noticed that we were making good time, and the capt came over the IC System and told us while we were at Ketchikan, they had sent a diver over the side to check on the stbd prop…they did find some scratches on the prop but no damage..so the vibration was caused by a log or tree or something but was now gone…so during the run up to Juneau he had tested the engines and drives and made full steam…so…we were cruising at our normal speed of 22-23 kts….made it to Juneau by our normal time but the boat had to anchor out…this is where the fun began…they had no way except to shuttle everyone to town from the boat in barges for no better word…now…remember this is an international crew mostly Philippine….so..this was like downtown manilla with all the Gitnies running around the town playing bumper cars…we were supposed to be off the boat and into town by maybe 3pm…our call time ended up at about 4:30pm…since we’re getting underway at 10pm..last boat should be at 9:30pm…..
So..we headed to town in Juneau and what a blast…..once we got there the first thing I wanted to hit was the red dog saloon!!...oh my god you have got to hit this first off…the place has sawdust all over the floors…the entertainment is from an old guy that plays piano and harasses everyone that comes into the bar….there are crazy things all over the bar walls…grizzly bear on the wall..black bear climbing up a pole after what looks like a pair of pants and boots that end at the ceiling….500 lbs halibut stuff and mounted to the wall….pictures from about anything and everything Juneau and Alaska….the place is hoping and singing the entire time we were there…if you EVER come to Juneau…you have to this saloon….
Then of course everything in town was 50% off…..so..we got a mess of shirts…sweat shirts…fleece jackets…I mean a reversible jacket for 10 bucks…insane cuz it’s the end of the cruise season…..so they are trying to get rid of inventory….made out with a new pocket knife for 3.00 bucks…after eating and spending all my money to the tune of under a hundred bucks for all kinds of stuff…we headed back to the boat….
Now it’s time to crash in a bit…next stop is Skagway….we should be there in the morning….
Oh yeah..the capt told us that our schedule is now back on normal schedule and we’ll be stopping at Prince Rupert….then it’s steaming all the way back to Seattle…..
Day 5 Skagway
We arrived at Skagway this morning after steaming all nite long…arrival was at 0500..so we continued in bed for about an hr or so….had breakfast delivered too the room…had a shower and got dressed…really took our time since we wanted to avoid the crowds…a lot of people had plans for the train that takes them up to white pass railway..a narrow gauge train that travels 40 mi…helicopter tours …bus tours..etc…we didn’t want to get caught up with all the touron things, so we got to the town of Skagway and walked around ..did some shopping …since I bought myself a watch…Marsha got a black onyx and diamond ring…this is the time to go cruising cuz they have all this inventory ..according to one sales person ..this yr was lean and not everyone was buying even though they came thru town….so…the jewelry stores were trying to dump inventory before closing after the last boat..which happens in a few weeks……we had got a few wind breakers and fleece jackets…some tee shirts…a hat…and another bag to carry them all in..amazingly cheap…50% off at this point..in Juneau a lot of stuff was as high as 70% off….so..20 bucks for a fleece jacket only cost us 10 bucks…or 8 bucks…heck..when can you get a 12 buck hat for a buck??...or a 500 dollar watch for 200???...
So…we had lunch in the sweet tooth café …service was good and food was really good……we had a great time in Skagway….it started raining and we considered it like seattle rain..drizzle and cold…but the views here in Skagway are incredible…surrounded by huge mtns…right down to the water line….this is truly a fjord town……
We’re supposed to get underway for prince Rupert at about 4:30pm and we have about 485 nautical miles…so…we’ll be steaming at full speed pretty much tonite and all day tomorrow….
Skagway would be great to see via road or by our own boat..this is a gorgeous town and water way….
I took some pictures but this just doesn’t do it justice…..
On a funny note…up here they concider a bayliner, a “luxury fishing vessel”….gotta love it….
We had dinner at the Aqua restaurant onboard the ship….pretty decent foods..service was above average..
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