July 2019
  • Day26

    Homeward bound

    August 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    After our final day at sea, we ported in Vancouver. The day at sea was fairly relaxed - we watched wildlife and saw bears, and won some trivia. We departed the ship early in the morning, dumped our bags at the airport and headed to South Vancouver for a morning wander about, stopping for one last time to sample some locals beers. Very sad to leave the amazing expanse of wilderness, forests, mountains and tundras that is Canada and the USA.Read more

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  • Day24

    Ketchikan Pt.II

    August 8, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Our second visit to Ketchikan and our final port of call on a miserable, grey and rainy morning - perhaps more typically Alaska than we have experienced! We walked up to Creek Street to see the salmon run again but found it almost empty compared to a week ago with some fish and some seals. So we entertained ourselves instead at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show - 12 events showcasing different lumberjack skills. Despite seeming a bit corny and very touristy, it was actually huge fun and the guys were very funny. Afterwards, we resumed our brewery tour of Alaska before heading back to the ship for our final day at sea!Read more

  • Day24

    Frederick Sound

    August 8, 2019 ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    After sailaway from Juneau we passed through the Frederick Sound, where we were treated to dozens of whale sightings under a stunning sunset including some whales very close to our ship. We were also treated, unusually, to three orcas (killer whale) as well as porpoises and seals!

  • Day23

    Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

    August 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Back in Juneau, we grabbed the Glacier Express and headed up to the Mendenhall Glacier. The scorching day (28° by the time we departed) gave beautiful views of the glacier and surrounding forest but sadly I think it was too hot for most of the wildlife to come out except for some huge dragonflies. We wandered the walking trails before returning to town for some beers and for Ben to have a massive pickle!Read more

  • Day22

    Lower Dewey Lake, Skagway

    August 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We moored up early in Skagway, but we had a lazy start to the day and got up about 8am. After breakfast, we briefly wandered the town of Skagway again before heading into the surrounding mountains and up the Dewey Lake mountain trail. 500ft above sea level doesn't sound like a lot until you do it. The steep and knackering climb was worth the spectacular views over the lake and the surrounding mountains however. We walked around the whole lake and spent some time just sitting on the shore edge taking in the vastness and quietness such a short (if exhausting) walk from town.Read more

  • Day21

    Glacier Bay Pt.II

    August 5, 2019 ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We spent a second day out on deck in Glacier Bay today - in fact we stood on the bow from 8.30am until 6.30pm! And it was no less spectacular second time around; Ben even spotted a bear! We saw lots of whales, otters and stellar sea lions, plus porpoises, mountain goats and puffins. The weather was with us again giving stunning views over the Mt. Fairweather range and the glaciers. If you look carefully at the photos, one has mountain goats in (bottom right of the photo - two white dots!) and one has a bear in!Read more

  • Day20

    Yakutat Bay and the Hubbard Glacier

    August 4, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Bit of a lazy day today. Up late; having now moved to an inside cabin and therefore having no window means the endless Alaskan summer days didn't keep us awake. After spending the morning bumbling about the ship, we saw an excellent author speak about subsistence living in Alaska before going out on deck to see the Hubbard glacier, the biggest tide water glacier in Northern America at 6.5 miles wide and 350ft high at the snout. We watched numerous calvings before changing from warm layers to black tie for the formal evening.Read more

  • Day19

    Whittier

    August 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We arrived in Whittier at a little after midnight. In the morning, after most people had departed, we breakfasted and went for a wander into the sleepy town. Almost all the residents(all 160-odd of them) live in one building and most of the buildings here are left over military buildings from WWII and the cold war. We walked the Emerald Cove Trail to a high point over the beautiful bay, before returning and going down to the beach for a both fascinating and distressing sight. The salmon were running up the beach trying to get inland, and to see so many swimming upstream was brilliant, but there were more than a few who had not survived the run.

    As the sun came up and began baking us, we wandered back to the ship for a swim and some lunch before returning the town for a beer...during which time, we spotted a Hawaii-plated car!!! (We also spotted an Arkansas-plated RV earlier in the day). As we return south, we've two days of at sea sightseeing again before out first port of call in Skagway.

    Number plate update: Arkansas, Hawaii (46/50 - missing Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, Mississippi)
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  • Day18

    College Fjord

    August 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today was a a day of at-sea-cruising, unlike yesterday's sightseeing cruising. So we saw little for much of the morning and afternoon, getting a lie in, doing trivia and reading. But in the late afternoon we passed Cape Hinchinbrook and sailed towards College Fjord, with five tidal glaciers and many more hanging glaciers. From about 4-7pm we stood on deck to sightsee and wildlife spot. The view of the Harvard Glacier, two miles wide and 300ft tall, was amazing and we saw some calving too. We were also treated to more otters, porpoises, harbour seals and even a couple of bears! However after three hours on the cold deck I could not feel my hands anymore, so we retreated indoors to warm up and play more trivia...which was 90's themed and which we won!Read more

  • Day17

    Glacier Bay NP

    August 1, 2019 ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    So unusually today was spent on the ship despite being a 'visit'. We sailed into Glacier Bay National Park around 6am, and we were on deck for much of the time from then until about 3pm looking at glaciers and for wildlife with the on-ship naturalist. We saw bald eagles, puffins, otters, whales, arctic terns, seagulls, porpoises, harbour seals, mountain goats and there was also apparently a bear although we couldn't spot her. The ship sailed to two massive glaciers (Johns Hopkins and Margerie) and past many others, sadly all in retreat due to climate change. The National Park Rangers boarded the ship and provided commentary throughout the day as well as regulating strictly the traffic into the Bay. The views throughout the day were simply stunning, and well worth the hours on deck despite the cold. This is definitely somewhere we would love to canoe.Read more