Seattle, visited Pike’s market—incredible open air market,
but after flying, it smelled fishy and put me off seafood; had burger
for lunch while Ralph and Sal and Stan had lovely seafood
lunches. Walked around downtown Seattle. Stan went back to
the fish market and brought crabs &
shrimp & grapes and Ralph brought wine for dinner on deck of the
Inn. Still can’t quite manage seafood yet; fortunately when Suz
and Sunshine get there, Suz finishes off the crab and shrimp
feast. Walked some more w/ most having gelato for dessert. Poor
Sunny never did get a proper dinner. Beautiful
sunny day and evening at Inn at the Market.
early. Stan went to Inn's deck. I find coffee/tea place open and get us
tea to drink on the deck. Try to go to Aquarium. Closed. Another
To boat at noon
via van. Lots of lines and security. Lunch on Lido deck while
rooms were prepared. Late departing, due to late passengers
(delayed by weather). Had a beer and nacho's at embarkation
party. Meet for dinner in main dining room at 7. Wait 30 min. or
Nice table on water at stern. I had scallop cerviche and
rockfish. Raspberry chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Great food
Bed soft, so back somewhat tired. But took muscle relaxant last
night and slept like the dead. Breakfast at Lido watching the
water. No internet access—want .75/min ($45/hr). plus startup fee. I
guess I’ll go without. Pleasant day
at sea. Played Mah Jongg on Lido for a good while. Just
watched the water and enjoyed being on the boat. Took a a long
nap. Got up and dressed for formal dinner In pants and glitter
top. After dinner, we watched Sally’s Vietnam pictures in our room. Nice day.
Good hearty breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, toast, potatoes.
Grabbed a burger before getting off boat in Juneau. All
1500 passengers tried to disgorge at same time. Took bus to Auk
Bay and went whale watching. Saw eight humpbacks feeding in air
netting formation. Fascinating. Went to Mendenhall glacier.
Walked a bit. The blue ice of a glacier is gorgeous. Only there
50 min. Couldn’t take longer hike to big waterfall. Back just in
time for dinner. Tired and hungry. Had seafood cakes, reindeer
and veggie soup, and venison. Really chocolaty dessert. Crashed
Woke up as we arrived in Glacier Bay. Had some tea on Lido. Had full breakfast w/ plenty of
prunes which kicked in that afternoon. Cruised to Margarie
Glacier and saw some calving. Margarie Glacier is receding rapidly. Some some sea lions, eagles and puffins along
the way. Also saw Reid glacier along the way. Bear sighted on other side of ship--some said it was a
rock w/ legs. Lunch, then John
Hopkins glacier. Couldn’t get close due to harbor seal season.
Hopkins is growing while Margarie is receding. Lunch. Nap. Tried
to see more wildlife as we left Glacier Bay, but visibility poor
and seals too far away, even w/ binocs. Stan not feeling well--bit
of a chill.
Wake up in Sitka. Up early to eat and Stan, Suz and I go out on
semi-submersible. Interesting, but nothing like the Caribbean.
Water milky green from all the phytoplankton, etc. Went first to
eel grass area. Some eels, juvenile rockfish, sea cucumber, sea
stars, etc. Then into giant kelp forest that was kind of cool.
More eels, fish, shrimp, sea stars, etc. Diver was outside
showing us seastars and other stuff. Back to Sitka for walk to
fish Hatchery and to Sitka National Forest. Met Lucy, a Bassett
Hound puppy along the way. Beautiful forest w/ totems all
along the way. Best part of day was Sea Otter and Wildlife
Quest. Saw rafts of male otters, female otter w/ baby on it’s
belly. Puffins. Common Murres, oyster catchers. 2 gray whales
and one humpback. Bald eagle nest w/ both parents coming and
going. Best trip yet. They brought us right back to boat; didn't
need the tender boat. Had a
snack and nap. Formal for dinner. Not my best dinner so far. I had
escargot, salad, two lobster tails and chocolate toque w mousse
filling. Sounds better than it tasted. And a cosmo that WAS good. Am tired, but not exhausted. Excellent
Woke up in Ketchikan. Docked at pier—easy access. Took bus to
Alaska Rain Forest Preserve and Raptor Center. Nice guided walk
through the forest and wetlands. Raptor center rescue had 2 eagles and a
great horned owl. We got to take pix of owl and female bald
eagle. Also guy carving totem pole. Part of me really wished I’d
done the rip-lining--I think Suz did too. Would also have loved to spend more time in
the store there—one of the few that appealed. I got 2 pair of
sox—puffin and salmon. Back to boat to chaos for lunch. Everyone
was trying to eat at the same time. Finally got us a table for 6
and had a so-so lunch w/ too many desserts. Not sure what I want
to do this afternoon. We set sail at 1:00 and get to Victoria
tomorrow afternoon. Long haul.
Long nap, then
yoga and walk. Felt better. Dressed for dinner and had drinks in
the Oceans bar. Dinner at Eko’s table again, Oliver as sommelier.
Two cosmos. Big dinner “do” that was pretty cheesy. Servers had
to dance around and present our napkins and salads. Then I had
crispy duck that wasn’t crispy, but orange peel sauce was good.
Baked Alaska parade. Back to the room and sleep. Towel
arrangement was monkey hanging in middle of room w/ my
Lost an hour—back to Pacific time. Went up for breakfast. Saw
3-4 baby or adolescent dolphins beside boat. Stan went to
disembarkation meeting while I walked the deck. No jacket, just
light sweater—very invigorating. We don’t get to Victoria
until 7 pm, so we’ll eat early on the boat and then go ashore
and walk around. No gardens or anything. Last dinner w/ Eko and
Oliver. My dinner included nice beet, apple and goat cheese appetizer, in citrus
sauce. Went to Victoria, where it was drizzling. Walked a bit w/ Ralph and
Stan and then took shuttle bus back to boat. Went up for late
night snack. Weird: most people were eating dinner food. Roast
beef, meat loaf, etc. We had dessert, put luggage out and went
Got up early for breakfast. We had an 8 am disembarkation. Van
driver showed up! We were off to the airport in plenty of time.
A little late leaving SeaTac, but enough time in Newark,
especially as flight was delayed. Long, long day already and
will be much longer by the time we get home….