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  • Sep6

    Happy Birthday

    September 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Since we settled in Vancouver, Brenda and I have talked about taking an Alaskan cruise. For whatever reason, we just never got around to it.

    For her birthday this year, I decided I would offer to take Brenda on that much discussed voyage.

    Although her birthday is in May, we had already been away from Vancouver for a good part of 2019, so we planned to set sail sometime in the late summer. We began scouring the travel websites for the best deals and most appealing offers, but we just couldn't seem to find anything that met our criteria. And then one day Brenda came to me with a "sorta" Alaskan cruise. On September 6 the ship sets sail for Sitka, Alaska, makes a brief stop there and then heads across the Bering sea to Japan. For a 15 day cruise with several perks thrown in, the price was unbeatable and we jumped on the offer.

    And that, folks, is how we ended up in Tokyo on an Alaskan cruise.
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  • Day6

    Sitka, Alaska

    May 20, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We woke up early at 5am for our early port of call in Sitka. We met up at 7am for deep sea salmon & halibut fishing with Big Blue Charters. We had a quick breakfast and a short shuttle ride to downtown Sitka. Normally ships tender in Sitka but there has been a new dock built and our ship got to take advantage of that. Sitka is a small charming community and we wished we had more time to explore there.

    We boarded our boats: Richie, Casey and us on one boat and Dennis, David, Matti & Dick on the other boat. Our captain was Ben on the Blue Sapphire, and the other captain was Mike, the owner of Big Blue. The weather was cloudy initially but cleared up and was a bright, cool sunny day. We saw a few eagles and whales. Mount Edgecombe was visible once the fog cleared. The ride was bumpy and nausea-inducing on the way over and continued to be quite rocky even when we were anchored. I caught our boat's first fish: a small halibut that we had to throw back. For the keeper fish, we had a total of 1 king salmon and 1 halibut for me, 1 halibut for Myron, 1 halibut for Richie. A few small ones had to be thrown back. Richie caught 2 additional (salmon & halibut) but were eaten by a sea lion just when he was about to pull them aboard. we packed up around 12:45 and were ashore by 1:30. The other boat had hit a log on the way to the anchor site and those passengers had to come aboard our boat for the ride back. Overall a great tour with a good haul. Ben told us it was too early in the season and typically the passengers catch a lot more when they go out. Processing at $2/lb plus FedEx overnight shipping, but with the holiday on Monday, we won't get our fish until later this week (about 1 week after it was caught). The processing includes cleaning the fish, cryovac and flash freeze, so hopefully it will still be delicious.

    We wandered around downtown Sitka and bought a christmas ornament and lunch at a food truck. I got smoked salmon mac & cheese and Myron got fish tacos. We were back on board for all aboard at 3pm.

    The rest of the day was spent eating and relaxing in the Ocean Bar (happy hour 4-5pm). Trivia was at 7pm and dinner for Casey's birthday in the MDR at 8pm.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Sitka, سيتكا, Горад Сітка, সিটকা ব্যুরো, سیتکا، آلاسکا, סיטקה, Սիտկա շրջան, SIT, シトカ, 싯카, Ситка, सित्का, City and Borough of Sitka, Ситкæ, 99835, Sitka City and Borough, سیٹکا، الاسکا, 錫特卡