Honolulu for a weekend, Alaska Cruise including Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan
28.04.2011 - 10.05.2011 10 °C
Sorry it's been a while...we are having fun!
As a last minute decision before saying goodbye to Canada we decided to use some points to do a quick trip to Hawaii. Waikiki beach baby!! Not too much to report on this one other than what you would expect. Wonderful weather, laid back attitudes, Tikki bars with daily drink specials and surfing! Have to give a shout out to Ash who rocked those waves!!! As for me....my first time surfing and I got up every time!! Not for long but I got up on that board and tried to hang 10. heeheheheee. It was so fun...doing that again for sure!!! A highlight was also the massive thunder storm on our way out...wow, never seen anything like that before!
Us at Tikki's!
Off to Alaska!!! Brrrrr. But worth it. What a beautiful place.
- 1 lesson learned on our first cruise...don't buy the excursions from the boat!! Man, was I glad Ash convinced me to wait on that one. We stepped off on our first stop in Juneau and the locals were lined up to sell us the exact same adventures for less than 1/2 the price! We saw the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau..so nice! And a large waterfall there too. Spent the afternoon checking out the city and checked out the local hot spots. Stop Day 2: Skagway. We went on a bus tour of the city, a drive up north into N. BC and got the entire story of Skagway during the gold rush. Scenery was fantastic. Stop Day 3: Ketchikan....best seafood chowder in a while!! Also..throughout our cruise we enjoyed a few of the local Alaskan beers. Ash's pick = any of the Alaskan brewery beers. Denise's pick = Alaskan summer ale (probably the nicest wheat beer I've had).
The scenery while on the cruise was just stunning. Only regret is not taking a cruise that went to Tracey's Arm or Glacier Bay where many icebergs are seen (a timing issue). The shows were fun...live entertainment and comedy every night. And eat...oh my!! All you can eat everything - ALL the time!!! Ash's meals consisted of the 4 food groups - chicken, steak, ham and fish. Not a vegetable to be seen. As for the me...the good news is I think I've gotten my money's worth twice over in cheese alone. haha.
Overall it was a great experience. Very relaxing, great scenery, lots of ocean wildlife (sea lions, whales, orca), birds and of course the beautiful ocean all the time. A good low key way to experience a sample of Alaska.
When in Hawaii having a beer (surprise surprise), we met a man named Bob. Now Bob was a nice guy who flew airplanes into hurricanes to gather data for the US government - ya..there are people who do that!! Anyway...Bob hears we are going to Alaska and his wife being from Alaska he suggests we go to a specific bar in Juneau to say hi to "Jules". We also had to say hi to "Paula" in Ketchikan. Of course Jules also knows Paula well. It was just such a small town experience we had to oblige. Having stepped away from the tourist shopping/bars that the cruise tried to push us toward was the best thing we could have done. Jules gave us a message to bring to Paula and at Paula's bar we met Bob's nephew. haha....just love small town experiences! So fun!!
Denise n Ash
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