Whale watching

Aboard the Carnival Legend docked in Juneau, Alaska

Today we are going whale watching in Auke Bay and going to the Mendenhall Glacier. It is raining this morning and the winds are out of the north. It’s colder today then it has been the whole trip.

This morning there are 4 other cruise ships docked in Juneau. The bus picked us up at the parking lot near the cruise ship terminal. I think we were going to the glacier first, but the weather changed the sequence of events. The bus took us to the whale watching boats first.

We were some of the last passengers to board the boat and we left the dock within minutes of boarding. We cruised south in Auke Bay. After about 20 minutes a juvenile whale surfaced about 300 yards away. He put on a nice show for us showing us his tail and slapping his pectoral fin several times on the water. The captain cruised further south looking for more whales. At some point he turned the boat north and that is where the rough seas started. After about 20 minutes of being tossed around, Albert couldn’t take any more and got sea sick. That was the end of the fun and the whale watching. We continued to cruise around Auke Bay for another 30 minutes, but never saw any more whales. The seas were getting even rougher when the captain finally decided to head south and back to port.

After leaving the whale watching boat the bus driver took us to the Mendenhall Glacier. It was a National Forest Service park. You couldn’t get real close to the glacier, but it is so large you could easily see it. We took a 1.5 mile trail to the base of Nugget Falls. From here you could see the glacier better, but also has a wonderful view of the falls and the lake.

Nugget Falls
Mendenhall Glacier

Shore Excursion

Aboard the Carnival Legend docked in Skagway, Alaska
I woke up this morning when the alarm went off at 5:50.  Yes, an alarm on a vacation.  We have to be off the ship by 8:30 for our shore excursion, so we had to set an alarm. 
For our Excursion, a bus took us to Fraser, Canada where we boarded a train for a one and a half hour ride down the mountain the scenery was spectacular. 
At the end of the train ride the bus took us to an old Alaska gold rush town of Liarsville (true name). We had a great lunch that included grilled wild caught salmon. Everything was delicious. We were suppose to attend a gold rush reinactment and pan for gold.  Unfortunately, we talked and visited with family at lunch that we missed the start.
Next the bus took us to a scenic overlook above Skagway, Alaska. We had birds eye view of the town and could see our ship.
We returned to the ship around 4:00.  We went to the room and opened a bottle of wine.  Since we are in the US, I had Verizon cell phone service.  I sat on the balcony and read a few blogs to see what was happening in the world.
We went to dinner at 5:30.  After dinner we went to a Launch Party on the stern.  Not many people attended, but it was interesting to see how the crew maneuvers the ship away from the dock and gets underway.

Some where near Fraser, Canada
Overlooking Skagway, Alaska

Cruising Tracy Arm Fjord

Aboard the Carnival Legend off the Pacific coast of Canada

Today we are cruising the Tracy Arm Fjord. It is a beautiful view of sheer cliffs and clear aqua-marine turquoise water. Occasionally, a chunk of ice will float by.

Water fall along Tracy Arm Fjord

We cruised the fjord for several hours before stopping about a half mile away from the South Sawyer Glacier. A wonderful site. We even saw a large chunk for the glacier fall into the water.

South Sawyer Glacier

At Sea

Aboard the Carnival Legend off the Pacific coast of Canada

I woke up in the middle of the night with tummy troubles.  I took another Pepto Bismal tablet and drank some water and went back to bed.  I was hot, but eventually managed to go back to sleep.
I woke up again around 7:30. Shari wanted to go get some coffee and take a walk.  We left the room and went up the Lido deck were coffee and breakfast was being served.  We found a spot to sit near a window and drink our coffee.
We were getting ready to leave and go to the gymnasium when the rest of our crew arrived.  Jimmy said they were going down to Truffles for brunch, so we joined them.  After eating, I had to excuse myself and go back to the room where I dealt with my upset tummy. On the bright side, at least I got the stomach virus on the days we are at sea.


This cruise is with Shari’s family. Both her sisters and two of her brother are on the cruise with us. Along with one nice, one first cousin, and assorted friends. We all traveled separately, except her sister Susie, who traveled with us.

We arrived at Pier 91 around noon.  When we arrived we had to wait a few minutes for a porter to help with our luggage.  During that time, Stephanie rented a scooter for Myra.

Boarding the ship was easy.  The cruise line had check in stations where they checked our boarding passes and passports.  Once cleared we were free to board the ship.

Once on board we made our way to deck 9, the Lido deck, were we waited until our room is ready.  We hung out and ate lunch until a little after 3:00 when Albert and I went to our room.  Our luggage had not been delivered, but we dropped off our carry on bags and got our cruise cards. We returned to the Lido deck.  Jimmy and Lucile joined us.

We went back to our room around 4:30 and found our luggage waiting outside the door.  We only had about 30 minutes to unpack, before we had dinner at 5:30 in the Truffles dinning room.

We were at table 106 for dinner.  It was a long table with at least 14 seats. Everyone in our group was at this one table. For dinner, I had the special appetizer and a Caesar salad. I had the salmon bake as my entree, but was disappointed to see it was farm raised Atlantic Salmon, not the local wild salmon.  I bought a bottle of wine for dinner and Shari, Albert and I shared it.  We all had desserts. Albert had the chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and I had the tiramisu. 

After dinner Shari and her family hung out in one of the bars visiting while Albert and I roamed the ship. Unfortunately, I had a bit of tummy trouble and had to go back to the room twice to use the toilet.  After the second time, I didn’t feel like going out anymore so we stayed in the room.  Albert was disappointed because he wanted another beer, but we all called it a night and went to bed.

The Seattle skyline as we sail away

Spectacular Seattle

Today we went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Space Needle. Both were spectacular. I encouraged Shari to buy a Chihuly piece she liked, but she wouldn’t do it. It was $7,000, but I would consider it an investment. Art like that will appreciate in value. She was afraid she would break it and it would be worthless. I understand her concerns.

The Space Needle was a spectacular views of Seattle. We had to wait in line about 30 minutes before we got on the elevator to go up. Once upstairs we went out on the viewing platform. There is 3 inches of glass that keep you from falling. Albert was funny. He stayed away from the edge unless I encouraged him. He didn’t seem to understand he couldn’t fall. Albert and Susie didn’t want to go one floor down to the rotating glass floor, so Shari and I went. It was interesting but I did not find it scary.

On top of the Space Needle
The Space Needle from inside Chihuly Gardens