This was the first stop in Alaska and everyone was so excited. We had an NCL excursion-Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles. We boarded a bus and headed a short way to the boat we boarded for a cruise. When the description says eagles, they are right on. So many of these very special birds!! They were all over. The captain was charming as well as Princess his husky who sailed with us. We sailed to Bight Park and though small, we did view the totems and long house from the water. The lighthouse was on an island and as we love lighthouses, interesting. A very good excursion for our introduction to Alaska. Oh, the salmon spread was wonderful.
We took NCL excursion Tracey Arm Fjord and Glacier Excursion. This was such a spectacular experience I can't fully describe it. The catamaran is so well chosen for this excursion. We boarded 15 minutes before the Star left Juneau. We sailed to Tracey Arm, stopped at a waterfall so close we were almost under it, stopped to spot 6 whales and slowly headed for the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. The unworldly beauty of the area as more and more ice filled the water with so many different shades of blue. We were so close to South Sawyer Glacier that I was stunned. Arctic gulls filled the air and I knew I was seeing something so special. We stayed quite awhile and then boarded the Star, which was quite far from the glacier. Do not hesitate to take this excursion.
Did bus ride to the Klondike. Small van with lots of room. Great driver/guide who stopped lots of times as we spotted Great Northern Mountain Goats, a Grouse and Eagles. Had lunch at Silver Lake Wilderness Lodge and what Pies!! Very good lunch and then on to Carcross. Tiny town on the way to Emerald Lake. The green colors of this lake were wonderful. Going up the Klondike, one of the great road trips, was very special.
The fact that NCL is not going to stop at Prince Rupert next year is a shame. The area is teaming with wildlife and wonderful friendly people. The stores in the town are all local so no phony chains one can find in the Caribbean. We did the Tsimean Kayak trip and loved every minute. Lots of paddling and then a warm fire on the beach to cook hot dogs and marshmallows and tear apart crabs. What an experience. We also had a First Nation guide who told us tribal stories as we sat around the fire. NCL-keep going to Prince Rupert!