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10 June, Day 19 - Ketichan

Another day in port

KETCHIKAN

Today we were woken by the bridge advising of whale sightings on the starboard side. By the time we got there they were too far away to photograph.
View from deck at 6.30am

View from deck at 6.30am

View from deck at 6.30am

View from deck at 6.30am

View from deck at 6.30am

View from deck at 6.30am

We docked in Ketichan at 10am and wandered the streets and found a coffee shop with free wifi.

These photos were taken as we docked. No more entries until Thursday when we get to Vegas.
Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

Coming into Ketchikan

The Rock, Ketchikan

The Rock, Ketchikan

The Rock, Ketchikan

The Rock, Ketchikan

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9 June, Day 18 - Glacier Bay

Majestic cruise up Glacier Bay

GLACIER BAY

We woke very early to a fine day. Colleen and I were out on the deck at 6.30 am as the Volendam sailed up Glacier Bay. It was rather cold so we were rugged up and enjoyed the early morning on deck chairs and blankets.

We had breathtaking views as we sailed along this quite narrow channel for the next 6 hours. We travelled past Reid Glacier on th portside.
Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Russell Island came into view in front of the ship. We sailed to the left and saw the Lampugh Glacier.
Lamplugh Glacier,  Glacier Bay

Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay

We spent quite a lot of time at Margerie Glacier. This glacier is on the left at the of Tarr Inlet. At the head of this inlet is the Grand Pacific Glacier which was the original glacier that carved out Glacier Bay. in 1794 it was right down to the entrance of Glacier Bay. It originates in Canada and is still 41 miles long.

The Margerie Glacier enters Glacier Bay right beside the Grand Pacific Glacier. The Volendam stopped beside this glacier for more than half an hour.
This glacier moves four inches an hour so we saw the glacier calve when we were there. Calving is the process whereby chunks of ice break free and fall into the water. A surprise tours was the amount of noise the glacier emits as it moves.
Joan and Marie at  Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Joan and Marie at Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Seals on iceberg

Seals on iceberg

Mum seal and her baby

Mum seal and her baby

View from Deck  9 0n MS Volendam  Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

View from Deck 9 0n MS Volendam Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

View from Deck  9 0n MS Volendam  Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

View from Deck 9 0n MS Volendam Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

We sailed back out of Glacier Bay and then east before heading south. At this point we were still about mile marker 975.

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8 June, Day 17 - Skagway and Yukon White Pass Rail

Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon Territory

SKAGWAY

This morning we woke to a beautiful day with some heavy cloud which lifted to bright sunshine for most of the day.

We joined our land excursion at 8.30am with 30 people or so and Phil, our driver, on board a large coach for a drive along the Klondike Highway into Yukon Territory for approximately eighty miles. We travelled through Alaska and border crossed into British Columbia, Canada and the Yukon. This required showing passports a number of times through the day.
Yukon ad BC Border

Yukon ad BC Border

The Yukon is one of three territories of Canada similar to territories in Australia.

We stopped at a rather unusual bridge which was suspended from one side as the other side is a fault line. Taking the highway allowed us to see quite different scenery as we saw from the rail.

The highway has snow markers to indicate edges and the road. They say, if you are white you are right, if you are red you are dead.

We passed beautiful lakes such as Tutshi Lake, then Tagat Lake and travelled onto Carcross. Carcross was called Caribou Crossing and the name was shortened to Carcross to distinguish it from many other settlements also called Caribou Crossing. At Carcross we saw the Carcross Desert.
Tutshi Lake

Tutshi Lake

Highway views Carcross to Fraser

Highway views Carcross to Fraser

Highway views Carcross to Fraser

Highway views Carcross to Fraser

Highway views Carcross to Fraser

Highway views Carcross to Fraser


Mountain goats

Mountain goats

We travelled further into the Yukon to Emerald Lake. This beautiful lake has deposits of calcium carbonate on the bottom and thus reflects many shades of green. This lake has some houses that are grandfathered so no more can built there. the mountains around here are limestone. As they were once the coral reefs floor of a much warmer sea.
Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

We went back to Caribou Crossing for lunch. we visited the Museum which had a resident taxidermist and a good collection of animals. There is also a husky village where a lady who competes in the 1000 kilometres Iteradot and the Yukon Challenge has a training camp.
Caribou Crossing

Caribou Crossing

Huskies at Caribou Crossing

Huskies at Caribou Crossing

Museum at Caribou Crossing

Museum at Caribou Crossing

After lunch we went to Carcross and saw the White Pass and Yukon train pull into the station.
Carcross Desert

Carcross Desert

Carcross

Carcross

Carcross

Carcross

Carcross

Carcross

We left Carcross for Fraser to board the White Pass and Yukon Rail train. This was an absolutely stunning trip back to Skagway. We travelled through pristine and breathtaking scenery.
Fraser

Fraser

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

Views from White Pass-Yukon Rail to Skagway

BC Alaska Border

BC Alaska Border

Bear taken from White Pass and Yukon rail

Bear taken from White Pass and Yukon rail

Bear taken from White Pass and Yukon rail

Bear taken from White Pass and Yukon rail

We arrived back in Skagway at about 5.00pm. We had time to wander around town then had a leisurely walk back to the Volendam for an 8.30pm departure.

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6 June, Day 15, Vancouver cruise on the Volendam

Day 1 of Inside Passage cruise

JUNE 6 -SAILING

Yesterday afternoon at 5.00pm we sailed out of Vancouver for our 1000 nautical mile trip to Juneau. Here are some pictures as we left Vancouver.
3 pm view along Lower Promenade on MS Volendam  starboard

3 pm view along Lower Promenade on MS Volendam starboard

Deck 9 MS Volendam

Deck 9 MS Volendam


Leaving Vancouver on Wednesday Liongates Bridge

Leaving Vancouver on Wednesday Liongates Bridge

Last night we had a BBQ on Lido Deck. This was rather a sumptuous feast. The service from the staff here is absolutely fantastic. The waiters remember names and have great follow up. we had dinner with our friends Gary and Sharon from Kempsie.
BBQ on the Lido Deck MS Volendam

BBQ on the Lido Deck MS Volendam

Colleen, Sharon and Gary on the Lido Deck MS Volendam

Colleen, Sharon and Gary on the Lido Deck MS Volendam

BBQ on the Lido Deck MS Volendam

BBQ on the Lido Deck MS Volendam

Penguin towel on our bed on MS Volendam

Penguin towel on our bed on MS Volendam

Today was a full sailing day as we headed along the coast of British Columbia with land on both sides of the passage. This morning we had breakfast by room service.

We had lunch in the Rotterdam with full silver service.

Tonight we went to the Franz Hals Theatre for The Northern Lights Show. This was fast pace singing and dancing.

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7 June, Day 16 - Juneau and Tracy Arm

Early morning excursion - what a reason for getting up early

Juneau -capital of Alaska

At 2.00 am This morning we crossed the Canada Alaska Border and we had to set our clocks back an hour.

After an early. Breakfast, we left the MS Vollendam as it pulled in to Tracey Arm entrance for us to transfer to a catamaran for our excursion up Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier Explorer. While we were doing this the MS Volendam sailed on into Juneau to arrive there at 1.00pm.
Catamaran

Catamaran


MS Volendam

MS Volendam

We were lucky enough to see a Black Bear, Bald Eagles and seals. The seals lay on the floating ice to nurse their young, rest and hide from Killer Whales. The orcas cannot distinguish between the ice and the seals.
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback on way to Tracy Arm

Humpback on way to Tracy Arm

We travelled past Marguerite Island and turned left to go to the South Sawyer Glacier. This is often the most inaccessible of the two Sawyer Glaciers.
Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

Approaching South Sawyer Glacier

David and Colleen at  Sawyer Glacier

David and Colleen at Sawyer Glacier


South Sawyer Glacier

South Sawyer Glacier

South Sawyer Glacier

South Sawyer Glacier

We sailed back past Marguerite Island and turned into Sawyer Glacier.
Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

Sawyer Glacier

On the way back down Tracy Arm we pulled into The Nook, an area near a waterfall that is large and deep enough to back the catamaran in so we get a very close look at the waterfall and wildflowers.
The Nook

The Nook

We stopped at the Hole in the Wall Falls to see the power of the water.

After clearing the Tracy Arm Bar ( in reality this is the terminal moraine of an ancient glacier) the catamaran sailed to starboard into Stephens Passage and then into Gastineau Channel before reaching Juneau where the MS Volendam had docked some four hours earlier.
Stephens Passage going to Juneau

Stephens Passage going to Juneau

Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm

Stephens Passage

Stephens Passage

Stephens Passage going to Juneau

Stephens Passage going to Juneau

We enjoyed our excursion and arrived in Juneau at 3.30pm.

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