We arrived a day early, Saturday, and stayed at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. Expensive but very nice hotel. It is as the name states, on the waterfront. We walked up to Pike's Place Market. Since it was Labor Day weekend, it was very crowded. We had lunch at The Pike Brewing Company. Food was pretty good. We then got a taxi to the Underground Tour. Tour showed how Seattle was founded and how it emerged to what it is today. Google the tour, there are several YouTube videos. We took yet another taxi to the Space Needle. The views are amazing. Taxi to Waterfront for dinner at Ivars. Taxi back to hotel. Sunday morning got up early to walk without people for Pike's market, first Starbucks, etc. Then took a shuttle ($7) to Pier 91 to board.
We got up early and were off of the boat by 7:30am. We walked around without a lot of people. It was very foggy and the ship's fog horn blew most of the night. It did clear up nicely for the rest of the day, full sun. We walked up to Creek Street, saw lots of swimming and dead salmon. I purchased a heavy coat at Tongass Trading Company for $20. Worked great in Tracy Arm and Juneau where is rained and was very cold. We booked the Wilderness Exploration Cruise & Crab Feast. We boarded a bus and went south for about 15 minutes to the George Inlet Lodge. There we got on a boat and toured the inlet and stopped to pull up two crab pots. They show to how to hold and sex crabs. We saw an eagle and eagle nest. After about 1 hour of boat tour we went back to the Lodge and had an all you can eat crab lunch. They teach you how to eat the crab legs etc. This was good for the non-crab eaters, but we were professionals. We felt like we eat a stick of butter by the end. Good thing we were walking and going to the gym. The bus took us back to the ship.
Juneau was chilly, rainy and windy. It took the ship about an hour to push up to the dock. They even had a tug boat pushing trying to get it close enough to throw the lines out to help. Needless to say, we were late docking so there was a huge line to get off of the ship. I think that almost every passenger on the ship was in line to get off. We booked the Mendenhall Glacier, Salmon Hatchery & Salmon Bake. We boarded a bus for a 20 minute ride to the Glacier. Just as we got to the park, a bear walked across the road in front of the bus. Did not see it but heard it was there. It was raining, not hard but enough to be cold and wet. Walked around the park. Saw many icebergs, an eagle just sitting in a tree like he was posing for photos. Saw many salmon in the stream. Also saw a porcupine and her baby. Back on the bus to see the salmon hatchery. Very educational. Back on bus to Salmon Bake. Pretty good food. All you can eat salmon, chicken, baked beans, cold slaw, corn bread, and blueberry cake. The bus will take you back to the ship or you can have it drop you off in Juneau. We got off in Juneau to visit the Red Dog Saloon. Walked around and did a bit of shopping and got another shuttle back to the ship. We wanted to do the Roberts Tram but ran out of time plus it was rainy.
Beautiful weather when we got off the ship early. We walked from the ship to town without the hordes of people if you wait until later. We got a map from the visitors bureau and walked the two miles to the Gold Rush Cemetery. Google Soapy Smith, a con artist, for a little history on Skagway. Again, we were the only ones there so it was great. We walked around the cemetery and found a waterfall sign. We walked up to the beautiful waterfalls and took fabulous photos. When we walked back down from the falls, there was a tour from another ship. We listened to what they had to say about it and walked down to where you can take a shuttle for $2 for a single ride or $5 for the entire day. We did the $5 and got on and off. We did some shopping then shuttle back to the ship for something to eat. I did take the train ride nine years ago when I first cruised. Nice ride but did not feel I needed to spend the money this time.
The ship does not arrive until 7pm. We purchased the $9 shuttle from Princess and it was worth it. There was a big line of people to get a shuttle from the port. We just walked onto the bus and were dropped off by the Empress Hotel. We walked all over until about 10:30pm. We took the shuttle back to the ship.