Wow! What a fantastic week we have just had. Seven days on the Noordam cruise - through the Inside Passage, into Glacier Bay and then across the Gulf of Alaska. Currently in Anchorage for a couple of days.
Our first day was at sea, that gave us a chance to get our sea legs and know Port from Starboard..
Ports visited on the way up included:
Ketchikan, interesting once gold mining town with a reputation. Creek street is built over the water, Dolly's house and the Married Man Trail are sign posted.
The next day was Juneau, again a gold mining town, now Alaska's Capital. We took the tramway up Mt Roberts for fantastic views. In the afternoon we had booked a trip to Menenhall Glacier which was impressive but the highlight had to be the whale tour. We had three whales lunge feeding around us.
The following day was Skagway. In the morning we walked the town with it's original houses and shops.
The afternoon was a trip on the White Pass railway, from sea to mountain, USA to Canada and back again, stopping off to pan for gold on the way back to port. A very impressive and scenic railway trip.
Overnight the ship sailed into Glacier Bay National Park. The front deck was open so us brave enough could get a closer look at the Glaciers. The wind was blowing off the ice and it was very cold but wonderful to see.
We enjoyed our ship time immensley. The food, entertainment and staff were great and the sea was kind. We could really recommend it.
We disembarked this morning at Seward and immediately jumped onto another glass domed tourist train to get us to Anchorage. The scenery was again spectacular and we were treated to the sight of a big black bear running in front of the train for quite a distance - he just didn't want to get off the track.