Friday, July 15, 2016

Alaskan Cruise - Juneau

It took a full day of traveling to reach Juneau, our first port to visit on our Alaskan cruise.  This time was used finding our way around the cruise ship and taking in the beautiful scenery along the way.  We enjoyed a lot of time on our balcony and walking around the promenade deck not wanting to miss anything on either side of the ship.  We constantly saw beautiful mountains and waterfalls.  We were always on the lookout for whales and were not disappointed.
As we neared Juneau we saw the Tracy Arm Inlet and were excited to see our first glacier. Our first clue was the floating blue ice that was as big as some of the sightseeing boats in the area.

Juneau is a pretty port with 
mountains all around it.  We didn't spend much time actually in the city except on a bus being transported to our excursions.  We did learn the only way to get to Juneau is by boat or by plane. Also, there are as many eagles as there are people in Juneau.  We saw several eagles sitting on the street lights as we traveled down the highway. 


The excursion we chose was the Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Quest.  We were out searching for  whales for about two and a half hours and saw several humpback whales and also sea lions and eagles along the shore.  


 Then it was back on the bus for a trip to Mendenhall Glacier.  We made the most of our hour there but could have stayed twice that long.  The glacier and the waterfall nearby were beautiful and we wanted to get as close as possible.  
It had been a busy day so we were ready to get back on the ship for a delicious dinner, fun entertainment, and the nightly surprise waiting in our room.

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