Coastal Waters Of Southeast Alaska And British Columbia

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  • Day8

    Well, we were unlucky last year when we sailed up Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound in NZ: it rained and rained, we didn’t see anything of Doubtful, but we did see the waterfalls in Milford.

    Not unlucky this time! Crystal clear viewing all up the Tracey Arm to the Jarvis glacier. Bright blue icebergs, sun coming over the mountains, and the ship being put through 360s so we could all see the glacier. On this trip last week, they had fog, mist and low clouds, so it’s our turn for good views!

    All that happened before 9 am this morning, so we’ve now had breakfast and coffees, and we’re seated on our balcony, rugs on our legs, watching more beautiful scenery slide by as we sail to Juneau.
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  • Day6

    So, a day at sea, and a fascinating talk this morning by marine researcher, Brent Nixon. He said: if you see birds, then there’ll be whales nearby!

    As the day went on, we looked for signs of animal life and eventually, Pauline saw what looked like birds. No, it was a massive school of porpoises, rushing along, trying to keep up with the ship!

  • Day11

    Coming to the end of nearly 2 days at sea, we got all excited on Tuesday night, as we’d been told there was a high chance of a Category 6 (?) Aurora Borealis between 11pm and 3 am.

    So, after a beautiful sail away, down the fjord from Skagway, we ate, watched a show, wrapped up and sat at the back of the ship and waited. We saw a glow in the sky for an hour or so, then gave in and went to bed.

    “Bing bong” at 2 am - “Northern Lights seen”. And we saw them, as a distant curtain of green glow - too faint for photos (at least on our camera), but there nonetheless.

    Another talk by Brent Nixon this morning, this time about Orca. 2 resolutions:

    (http://www.naturetalksbybrentnixon.com/brents_bio.html)

    - never again to be called “killer whales”
    - boycott anywhere that keeps them in captivity.

    (Oh yes, update to an earlier post on being chased by porpoises - Brent told us that porpoises don’t jump out the water: they must have been dolphins)

    He also said that, as we cruise up the Strait of Juan de Fuca this lunchtime - “of you don’t see whales, you’re dead!” And was he right! Dozens of hump backs, spouting and fluking, and, in the distance, jumping out of the water!

    About to dock in Victoria for our last stop. We probably won’t go ashore - instead, a relaxed final dinner, get packed by 10 pm and prepared for disembarkation and off to the airport for the 1330 flight.
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  • Day21

    Nanaimo nach Tofino

    September 1, 2017

    Nachdem wir doch sehr früh dran sind machen wir uns auf den Weg nach Tofino um das Whalewatching und das Kajakfahren klar zu machen.
    Auf dem Weg dorthin besuchen wir den Englishman Waterfall, die Besonderheit hier das Wasser fällt in einen Canyon und nicht einen Hang hinunter.
    Little Quintum View, hier hätte man eine wirklich schöne Wanderung machen können. Aber irgendwie geht uns auf den letzten Tagen die Zeit aus.Read more

  • Day4

    Our first full day on the the ship so we spent some time getting acquainted with the location of everything. We attended a talk on the 3 ports of call Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway and another talk about arrangements for our land trip later in the holiday.

    Tonight is the first gala night so it was posh frocks on (not for Tony of course!) then off for a nice 4 course dinner then off to the show.

  • Day8

    Another day of blue skies and sunshine making a glorious backdrop to the amazing and inspiring scenery of Glacier Bay. 250 years ago this was a glacier with no bay, just a massive river of ice, roughly 100 miles long and thousands of feet deep. Today that glacier has gone but some impressive smaller tidewater glaciers remain. The Tlingit people lived here originally and John Muir who established Yosemite Park came here to study the glacier and to champion the 'new' theory that Yosemite Valley had been carved by glaciers not biblical flood.

    We entered by the Marble Islands, where seals were resting, and proceeded up the bay getting our first sight of a glacier at Reid Glacier. We saw several sea otters. We then continued to Margerie Glacier which did not disappoint and gave us a marvellous show of carving accompanied by the crashing sound of the ice hitting the water and followed by a powerful wave of ice which rocked even our cruise ship. Before the carving there were some small areas of ice falling into the sea but when the 'big' one broke off the water became filled with icebergs and ice fragments. We were extremely lucky as this all happened on the port side right in front of our balcony. We spent 2 hours at the Glacier face before heading out and then turning to see Lamplugh Glacier and John Hopkins, we couldn't get too close to the latter as baby harbour seals were using the slabs of ice as bassinets and ships were not allow too close in.

    We were in this area with just one small boat and as we left Margerie Glacier another cruise ship took our place. Rangers were on board all day and were updating and informing us about the area.

    Tonight was the second Gala Night of the cruise and we had a very pleasant evening dinning with Cheryl, Ted and their friends Rebecca and John.
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  • Day17

    Late in the afternoon, we make our way back through Glacier Bay. The scenery is magnificent and we try to take as much in as we can. This wild and uncompromising land is still being shaped by enormous forces - tectonic and glacial.

  • Day4

    Merlin's Casino

    May 1, 2017

    We participated in a group slot pull... hoping to win big money for Matt's birthday... let's just say that neither of us will be quitting our day jobs anytime soon. 😒 Actually, we ended up breaking even... no loss, no gain.

  • Day5

    I promised my coworkers that we would go find the Webcam and wave at it at a set time so they could see us. It was VERY windy and cold up there! We didn't stay long. Hopefully it was long enough! I here's a couple shots of the mountains I took from the waving spot and a picture of the "Whale Tail". And if you look closely at the photo of the whale tail you will see the camera we were waving at. 😄

  • Day5

    Waters are a bit rough this morning... tried to take a picture to show it but the photo doesn't look nearly as rough as it feels. We have finally cleared BC and the land nearby is Alaskan.
    Today we will be cruising in the Tracy Arm Fjord. I believe they are estimating that we will arrive at the Fjord around 3pm ship time, so that's 5pm for those of you back home.

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