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Safety drill with life jackets before departure.

We departed Seattle under sunny skies.
September 14, 2008

Monday was spent at sea ending with a formal dinner and entertainment.
September 15, 2008

Eagle ice sculpture

Entertainment in the Vista Lounge




Glacier Bay

September 16, 2008

calving glacier

In Glacier Bay National Park we picked up two National Park Rangers who told us about the park and the glaciers.  We sailed through the park passing Lamplugh, John Hopkins and Margerie Glaciers.  We were even fortunate enough to see and hear the crack and roar of the calving of the glaciers. 


Our visit to the Mendenhall Glacier included much rain and fog.  The glacier is actually in the background of this picture but very hard to see.

September 17, 2008

Lunch at the Red Dog saloon in Juneau, AK

Couldn't leave Juneau without a visit to the Alaskan Brewing Co.
September 17, 2008



Our ship, the Westerdam, was anchored off the shores of Sitka.

September 18, 2008

We walked out to Sitka National Historical Park to see the wonderful collection of Totem Poles gathered there.

September 18, 2008



September 19, 2008

We visited Ketchikan and the Creek Street shops built on piers.

Then walked to the Totem Heritage Center where totems are being collected and preserved.  Next door was The Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center with it's photogenic rehabilitating eagles and an interesting tour of the fish hatchery.  Salmon were jumping in the creek next to the pathway back to town.
September 19, 2008

Our last port of call was Victoria, BC
September 20, 2008

views from the Crow's Nest

Our cruise included

Baked Alaska

and different towel animals every day.



Time for a last cup of coffee before we disembark in Seattle.

September 21, 2008