Gulf of Alaska

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  • Day12

    Wrangell-St Elias Mountain Range

    August 19, 2019 ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    As we leave Hubbard Glacier behind and head out to Yakutat Bay, we are treated to the magnificent peaks of the Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This park boasts most of the highest peaks in North America and all are heavily snow covered at the height of summer. We will follow this mountain range up the coast, most of the day.Read more

  • Day20

    Wale, Gletscher und Seelöwen

    June 16, 2019 ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Heute war es soweit, früh aufstehen und ab zum Bahnhof. Mit dem Bummelzug nach Whittier und direkt auf den Katamaran. Der peste auch gleich mal mit ca. 90 km/h in den Golf von Alaska. Nette Servicekräfte, ein passables Essen und Hintergrundinformationen von Rangern. Das Wetter war eher schaurig, aber anscheinend hat das die Meeresbewohner angelockt. Wir verbrachten viel Zeit draußen mit der Kamera im Anschlag und sind recht zufrieden mit der Ausbeute: Orca Wale, Robben, Seelöwen, Weißkopfseeadler... sogar kalbende Gletscher (Leider zu schnell für unsere Kamera). Nach 5 Std in den Fjorden des Prince William Sound ging es wieder zurück nach Anchorage. Ein langer Tag, aber zum Abschluss gab es noch ein "Kölsch" im Alaska Express 🤩Read more

  • Day14

    Royal Princess

    July 14, 2019 ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    3’828 Passagiere aus 34 Nationen befinden sich auf der Royal Princess. Die meisten davon sind aus den USA (3‘251), dann folgt Kanada (255), China (65), Grossbritannien (44), Mexiko (40) und Australien (34). Schweiz: 6.

    Das Schiff legt heute an der Yakutat Bay eine fünfstündige Pause ein, damit man ein Auge voll vom Hubbard-Gletscher, der sich hinten in der Bay befindet, nehmen kann. Für ziemlich viel Geld kann man auch einen Bootsausflug an den Gletscher machen. Wir bleiben an Bord, da wir unser alaskisches Gletschererlebnis bereits auf unserem Ausflug in den Kenai Fjords National Park gehabt haben.

    Programm heute: Fitness (Bea und Osi), Line Dance (Bea), Lesen (Bea und Osi), Fotos machen (Osi), Essen (Bea und Osi).

    Die Fotos unten zeigen den obersten Teil des Schiffes mit den Pools, Jacuzzis, Spielfeldern und einer der beiden Glasboden-Passagen, die links und rechts über das Schiff hinausragen.
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  • Day11

    Alaska Day 11 Yakatat, AK

    July 17, 2019 ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A very early start to the day. Ferry was supposed to dock at 5 AM however we had some rough seas last night and were about an hour behind schedule. Yakatat is a tiny, sleepy fishing village, population ~600 with it’s claim to fame of Fat Grandma’s Cafe for breakfast. So off we went to find Fat Grandma’s. A short walk in a forested area, so green and “clean” smelling. Had rained last night. Quite the eclectic store cafe - combination eatery, general store, curio shop and lending library. 😂. Alice and Diane drank coffee while I went for a walk. Found the post office and the Glassdoor Bar, and the Liquor Store, both in the same building for convenience. Short outing as we had arrived late and back on the sea by 8:30. Last stop until our final destination tomorrow AM, Whittier, AK
    Breakfast and back to the puzzle for the morning. Alice has a short attention span for the puzzle and decided to paint. Pic #1 below is one of her products.
    A real change in scenery today. The forested hills have become snow covered mountains as we travel North and get closer to our destination. More of Mother Nature’s best.
    Had to take the puzzle down about 2/3 finished. 😱. Dinner and prep for leaving at 6 AM tomorrow. I am ready to get off this ferry! 😂😂😂
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  • Day13

    Alaska Day 13 Seward, AK

    July 19, 2019 ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    A leisurely AM with some catch up on “life”as we do not have to be to the boat for our tour today until 11:30. Decided to do a Wildlife and Glacier boat trip in Kenai Fjords National Park. Cannot believe that I just got off a boat yesterday and back on a 6 hour cruise today! 😱. However we wanted to take advantage of the good weather figuring it would be a lot more enjoyable to do this trip in the sunshine.
    A very informational trip due to a Park Ranger on board for all kinds of history and detail information about the wildlife and glaciers. We left from the marina in Seward, through Resurrection Bay, out into the Gulf of Alaska and from there into Aialek (Surprise) Bay to the Holgate Glacier. Seas were calm with hazy sun and mostly clouds.
    The Holgate Glacier comes out of the Harding Ice Field which is one of the largest ice fields in the world and spawns many glaciers. We were able to get very close so some pretty good pictures.
    Then the real search for sealife. A long ride to Day Bay - not somewhere the tour was scheduled to go. However whales had been seen there the previous day. We were so very fortunate to find a pod of whales. We followed about 9 different Orca's for close to an hour. They were all around the boat and even one with a mom and baby who was practicing jumping out of the water. Really great fun. On the way back to the harbor, we got a closer look at harbor seals, sea otters and birds, puffins, kittiwakes, and common mergansers. (Mers - ducks). No eagles yet.
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  • Day5

    Kenai Fjords National Park

    August 2, 2019 ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C
    We visit two active tidewater glaciers.

    Wir haben eine 7,5 Stunden Tour mit einem Ausflugsboot gebucht. Als erstes haben wir Finnwale gesehen. Wir sind nah am „Bear Glacier” vorbeigefahren. Dieser Gletscher geht nicht runter bis zum Fjord. Danach sehen wir den „Holgate Glacier” und den “Aialike Glacier”,. Beide enden im Meer. Sie werden deshalb “tidewater glacier” genannt. Auf dieser Fahrt haben wir drei verschiedene Walarten (in einiger Entfernung) gesehen: Fin Whale, Humpback Whale und Orca Whale (Killer Whale). Es war ein wirklich sehr schöner Ausflug.

    Editiert am 02.11.2020
    Text von Wolfgang und Heidi
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  • Day18

    Fishing with Captain Phil in Seward, AK

    July 13, 2019 ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

    We had a great day fishing with Phil. We caught 2 halibut and 6 rockfish. Alaska Summertime Charters did a good job.

    We traveled 2.5 hours to Captain Phil's favorite Halibut hole. Everyone caught one. The limit was two. 5 hours of travel time was a bit much.Read more

  • Day5

    Prince William Sound Cruise.

    August 17, 2017 ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    The Chugach Mountains rise high out of the sound. Small islands dot the whole area covered with thick forest. Fishing trawlers are interspersed along the way. We are travelling 110 miles between Whittier and Valdez. There's lots of wildlife along the way as we sail the fjords among glaciers and fresh mountain snow.

    We pass by the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989. The ship ran aground between Bligh Reef and Bligh Island in the Valdez Arm of Prince William Sound. The Sound's environment and wildlife are largely recovered or recovering.

    There's lots of fishing boats out on the Sound but none are fishing yet, they are waiting on a signal to start. The fisheries department first of all must harvest enough to ensure the ongoing hatching for next season. Once the quota is made, the signal is then passed on and fishing can begin. Meanwhile the boats wait on the water for up to a month.
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  • Day16

    Gulf of Alaska

    August 28, 2017 ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Not a lot happening. The weather is socked in. It's cold, raining, foggy with 5 metre swells. The sea has got rougher today and we were just up on deck 5 for the show and it's very rocky. We have been to the gala dinner and had a great 4 course meal. Back in our cabin it's a lot smoother ride.Read more

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