Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Stuff I Needed to Do Today: Everything
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Today was our last day on the ship, and Molly's birthday is tomorrow, so we celebrated by doing what we do best - eat and sleep. We started the day with brunch with Petar serving at Palo (no explanation needed for those of you in the know) and ended with a rousing rendition sung by our wait staff (from left to right, Buyani, I Dunno Girl, James, and Daniel) - I don't think Hot Tea and Hot Water sang. Anyhoo, tomorrow it's back to reality - anybody going to come clean my room for me?
So today was our last port on our Alaskan cruise. Tomorrow is a sea day, and the Tuesday we'll head for home. Today we rode the duck tour (thanks Jeanne for that tip). Our "tour guide" was pretty pathetic - he told us George Clooney and Clint Eastwood own homes here, but the homes he was showing us at the time were just down the street from the dump, so I sort of doubt his claims. I think we learned more about his own history (got off a cruise ship and decided to stay, worked at some big financial place and decided to chuck all that to live here, blah, blah, blah). We also got to see a lot of Ketchikan's highlights, including the site of Sarah Palin's Bridge to Nowhere.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Just another day in Alaska - the capital city, to be exact. Apparently there are no roads into Juneau - the only way to get here is via boat or plane. Molly and I walked around town, looking at the huge ravens, seeing mountain goats through the looking glass thingy, petting the statue of Sally Ann the Dog (who greeted cruise ships back in the day), watching people crowd into the skyway lift, and just absorbing the town.
Today we docked at our first port. Skagway is a gold-rush town. It is a quaint little town with wood plank sidewalks, trains, a bazillion jewelry stores, and a brother (well, a former brothel from the gold rush days). It is nestled in between the mountains, and was fun to wander about. It was a beautiful day and another great day in Alaska!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Okay, so my travel blogging sucks. I could blame it on the price and availability of the internet, but that would be only partly true. It's also because everything is so beautiful in Alaska.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Yesterday, Molly and I got up, repacked our already stuffed bags, and decided to hike down to the port. We had successfully spent the previous 24 hours without having to get and/or use Canadian money, and so we decided to keep our streak and not use a cab. Right now I apologize to all those tourists that I snidely commented about in New York City and elsewhere – rolling your bag all over town is not stupid – in fact, it’s cool (only because I was the one doing it at this point).
We got to the port, managed to find where we were supposed to drop off our luggage, and got in line to board. We went through customs, checked in, and proceeded to the Supervisor’s Desk, where Molly had planned to see if we could get an upgrade for our cabin. The dude in line two people ahead of us apparently spoke no known language, or was trying to marry the Disney employee who was helping him, because he was taking FOREVER. Finally, he finished and soon it was our turn. We had a budget for our supposed upgrade, and sure enough, WE GOT IT!! We were now the happy recipients of a paid upgrade to a one-bedroom concierge room. We felt like Jed Clampett when he went searchin’ for some food and found some bubblin’ crude. We were going to live the high life!!
We boarded, met with our Concierge Host Thomas, had some lunch, and walked the deck. Soon we were off – complete with Mickey and Friends . We met our stateroom host Ana, who is very sweet. At dinner we met our tablemates Polly and Kim – mother and daughter from Hong Kong. Kim doesn’t appear to speak much English, and neither of them seem to want to talk to us too much. Our servers are James and Buyani (who remembered to bring my iced tea on the second night – first time that’s happened in the last several cruises).
Today we’ve been cruisin’ along, gazing at the beautiful scenery. Snow-capped mountains and heavily wooded forests are on each side as we travel. Today’s high was 50 degrees – a little different than the Caribbean cruise of last month. Anyhow, we’re on our way to Alaska.
Today's blessings: Breakfast at Triton's with Molly and server dude; seeing James at lunch; Gnomeo and Juliet movie; DVC Member meeting; beautiful scenery