Leaving Ketchikan, I bear in mind (reasonably eagerly) wanting ahead to our very subsequent port cease on our Movie star Cruise by means of Alaska. The following cease was in Juneau in any case and hopefully, this is able to lastly be the possibility for us to get to see some whales.
At this level, I didn’t even care what kind of whale it was – so long as we noticed one. We’d tried whale watching far and huge and seen nothing so the potential of seeing any was a reasonably large deal for us.
Suffice to say, lengthy earlier than we even hopped aboard the Movie star Cruise to Alaska (like aaaaagggeeeeees earlier than), whale watching was the very very first thing we signed up for! However extra on that stuff later… 😁
I used to be so excited concerning the subsequent cease (the very subsequent day), that I kinda completely glazed over anything that we had deliberate in between Ketchikan and Juneau.
Oh yeah, for dinner, we headed over to the Grand Epernay restaurant for an incredible dinner (critically, the meals is actually good right here), beginning with the gnocchi for myself and French onion soup for Lloyd – with cocktails thrown in for good measure!
For mains, I went for the pork whereas Lloyd for the rooster.
Ending off with cheesecake and pannacotta for dessert.
By the way in which, settling in on the martini bar after dinner that night did nothing to assist that afore-mentioned ‘glazing over’ both. 😉
In actual fact, I believe it was simply as I used to be about to fall asleep that I observed one thing about glacier, fjords and icebergs (housekeeping go away you a schedule of what you may select to do the following day after they do the flip down service), that I remembered we might be crusing by means of the Tracy Arm fjord the very subsequent day.
“Cool!” I believed, making a psychological word to attempt to stand up a bit early to take a gander of it as we sailed by means of, earlier than promptly falling right into a delightfully satisfying slumber.
The following morning, I groggily received up to take a look at what the view seemed like, completely intent on going proper again to sleep after a fast peek (we’d be in Juneau later that afternoon in any case).
As quickly as I pulled the curtains to take a look at the view of the fjord, I immediately realised that I wouldn’t be going again to sleep anytime quickly – it was completely lovely!
That tumbler-like water, surrounded by all these tall mountains, with little icebergs floating previous makes for fairly the sight to get up to.
Eager to get an excellent higher view from exterior, I put my garments on in report pace (I virtually went out in pyjamas, to be completely sincere and re-thought it on the final minute), hurriedly grabbed my digicam, woke Lloyd up and headed over to the helipad on the ship the place we received a fairly epic view of the fjord!
Seems, as a consequence of big quantities of ice in Tracy Arm Fjord, we couldn’t sail correctly into that arm of the fjords and (after some time) as an alternative, took a diversion into the equally spectacular Endicott Arm fjord.
The scene as we sailed by means of the fjord simply received prettier and prettier – it was simply so serene and in contrast to anything we’d seen to date on this journey.
In some methods, it kinda jogged my memory of the fjords in Norway, besides, after all, those I’d been to in Norway definitely didn’t have icebergs floating in them.
After which, the solar began to rise, making an already attractive place much more lovely! I simply couldn’t get sufficient of it.
I did discover additionally that the icebergs had been getting greater and larger as we sailed previous…
…additionally that we had been passing by even greater mountains now, topped with glaciers virtually like icing on a cake.
As we weaved our manner by means of the fjord, I lastly received my first view of the Dawes Glacier!
Glaciers fascinate me. I don’t know if it’s as a result of they maintain secrets and techniques from hundreds of years in the past if it’s the entire ‘ice age’ factor, or as a result of usually, we don’t actually have something like this within the UK however I simply discover them so spectacular and completely lovely!
Apparently, occasionally, you may hear the Dawes Glacier ‘calving’ (i.e. bits of it breaking off the glacier and falling into the water) and when it does, it makes fairly a powerful (and reasonably loud) sound reverberating by means of the arm of the fjord.
Alas, this didn’t occur whereas we had been there nevertheless it was nonetheless, spectacular nonetheless.
We additionally got here throughout harbour seals, sat on icebergs, completely unbothered by us as we sailed previous.
Finally, after getting as near the glacier as attainable, the ship rotated and headed again out of the fjord within the course of Juneau! 🤗
Juneau, by the way in which, was all the things we’d hoped for and extra! 😁It was completely unimaginable and simply the spotlight of the entire cruise – I’ll present you precisely why within the very subsequent publish!
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