2014 Alaska Cruise
Jan and I booked an Alaska Cruise with her brothers Mike and Bill, and their wives Esther and Joyce. Our 7 day cruise left out of Seattle Sunday afternoon. Weather was cloudy with a little rain and some sunshine on the way back. After a day at sea we stopped at Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria, Canada.
On our first stop in Juneau, Jan and I went on a photo tour to Mendenhall Glacier and whale watching. We saw plenty of whales, eagles, and a couple of sea lions. After some shopping in town we headed back to the ship
Further north in Skagway we took a motor coach up to the Yukon, enjoying the rugged landscape along the way. We had lunch at Caribou Crossing before heading back. Our last stop was to take the railroad back into town, but the train derailed before picking us up(injuring a few passengers).
The next day was spent on the ship touring Glacier Bay. This was the most spectacular part of the cruise. We viewed many glaciers and video taped an ice caving ( part of the glacier breaks away into the ocean).
Along with Mike and Esther we went on a wilderness tour and crab feast in Ketchikan. After a nice boat ride feeding eagles and pulling up a crab trap full of crabs, we headed to the inn for the feast. We all ate as much crab as we could before heading back.
Our last stop was Victoria, Canada. we opted for a pedicab which took us around the city. We first went through some residential streets, then stopping at a beautiful park. Next it was off to downtown, the pier and back to the ship. This is a much nicer way to see the city with plenty of photo-ops.
We all enjoyed the cruise. The food and service on the Norwegian Pearl were both excellent. Out cabin was a little smaller than Princess, but was more than adequate for the journey.