We saw the Norwegian Pearl and our excitement grew as our long awaited cruise was finally about to begin. Our rooms were ready when we boarded and we were greeted by our cabin steward, Rommel, from the Philippines. He greeted us by name on a daily basis and was very attentive and thorough. He made our stay enjoyable. We had an aft balcony cabin and the view was truly amazing. The room was just the right size and we had plenty of room to store our items. We kept our sliding door ajar and fell asleep to the hum of the ship and the sound of the wake every night. The fresh air was so refreshing! While entering each port, we stood on our balcony and we could smell the fresh bread baking above us. Each time we entered the dining areas, we were greeted by, " Washy washy, happy happy!" The staff on the Pearl were all so friendly! Our only complaint was the bland food. It's not your typical exquisite food we were accustomed to having on prior cruises. That was disappointing.
One of our favorite places on the ship was the Spinnaker lounge at the front of the ship. It had a couple of beds, some large lounge chairs that all four of us fit on and some funky chairs. We had lots of fun hanging out there. One evening we relaxed on a lounge chair and listened to Karaoke... it was pretty funny!
Sailing the inside passage was amazing, especially our views from the back of the ship. I loved the pristine green water and the mountain views!
Monday was a sea day and pretty cloudy and rainy so we explored the ship. The 4th of July outdoor BBQ was cancelled due to the rain. Thankfully that was the only heavy rain we encountered the entire week. We were blessed with great weather for our trip! We ate Italian food at La Cucina for dinner that evening.
Tuesday we arrived in Juneau around 2:00 pm. Planes were everywhere! Everyone was trying to disembark all at once and it was a madhouse. By the time we got off the ship, we had just a little bit of time in downtown Juneau before meeting for our 4:00 tour, Alaska's Whales and Rainforest Trails. Grayson was our tour guide. We took a short hike thru the Tongass National Forest down to the lake to view the Mendenhall Glacier on the other side of the lake. It was a beautiful site! Then we headed out to see some whales. We spotted several whales. We saw a mama and a baby, and even saw one breach. It was amazing! I remember screaming, 'Holy cow"! We also saw some stellar sea lions.
On Wednesday we arrived in Skagway and had some breathtaking scenery from our aft balcony. Many of the mountains were capped with snow! We met Cap'n Joe from Fat Salmon Fishing Charters and spent 4 hours on the "Badly Bent", fishing in the Lynn Canal in the deep green sparkling water surrounded by mountains. My husband caught a 33 lb king salmon that was full of eggs when she was cut open and cleaned. I caught a 7.5 lb pink salmon! So fun!! We hit some waves while I was in the bathroom trying to get my pants back up... pretty funny!! Cap'n Joe was lots of fun. We had our fish shipped home so we could enjoy our catch.
Thursday we sailed thru Glacier Bay & viewed the mighty wonders from our balcony. It was so surreal and the views were spectacular! We were fortunate to both hear and see the Margerie Glacier calve just as we got to it. The timing was perfect. It was amazing and truly memorable! The scenery was gorgeous... the mountains, the clouds, the white seabirds, the water with chunks of floating white and blue ice. We even saw a few sea otters. We saw numerous whales in the distance as we were leaving Glacier Bay and one even breached right next to a tour ship!
Friday we arrived in Ketchikan and saw eagles flying around the quaint little town with the cabins and homes. We booked a float plane trip thru Island Wings and Michelle flew us thru the Misty Fjords. The views were beautiful and the landing in the lake was so smooth. For lunch, we had Alaskan snow crab legs and hot clam chowder to warm us up. We went to Cariloha and bought some bamboo bed sheets to keep us cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They are so soft and definitely cooler! You get a free necklace, just for yelling "Cariloha". We had to yell three times..one for each grandkid ?
Saturday we arrived in Victoria from 6:00 pm-midnight. We took a cab over to Fisherman's Wharf and had fish and chips on the boardwalk. It was fun to watch the river taxi. We found a sweet shop that had the best ginger cookies! I can still taste them!! We walked downtown and saw the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the House of Parliament. And of course the many street lights with the hanging flowers. We also saw a mime copper cowgirl in the square. We witnessed a beautiful sunset over the harbour.
Our trip to Alaska was truly memorable.