Vancouver accommodation is sooooooo expensive … our Tropicana Hotel was not the cheapest but it was certainly from last century!! It was clean, but old … only one night here, but it was okay. We were on the 12th floor in amongst the smoke from the fires. It is truly, truly awful.
I am thinking the art on the end of Princess Wharf in Auckland is a direct copy of this in Vancouver …..
We are proud to be kiwis … our fire fighters are making a difference here 😳 No photo or words can really describe this.
Our ship was one of three heading up to Alaska, so it was super busy in and around town and in the departure terminal. As there were these three ships boarding, we went early to check-in. Actually it was a breeze, so well organised and we were on the ship for lunch. We were keen to get to our room as we had received an email from Princess Cruises to say that we had been upgraded from an inside room to a room with a view. How cool was that … my excitement was short-lived! Although, I did feel safe 😅
The ships only just make it under this bridge …. they really can’t make them any bigger!
Between Vancouver to Icy Strait Point we had one day at sea, cruising through the Seymour Narrows and the Blackney Passage towards Queen Charlotte Sounds and back into USA waters. We had a bit of rain and it was foggy. They sounded the fog hog quite often.
We explored the ship, worked out where all the important things were ( life rafts, exits … yeah right! The bars, the buffets and the best place to hang out! ). This ship isn’t as big as the previous two we have been on, but the lay-out is similar. Although Colin was still trying to find his way around on the last day!
Loved this little guy!
We didn’t book any shore excursions here and we just happy pottering around. We went back onboard for lunch as we weren’t excited by all the ‘sea-food’ options that everyone else was.
Overnight we cruised to Juneau and when we got up in the morning we were in dock. While these two days were a bit overcast and cloudy, they didn’t stop us from getting around. We went up the cable car here in Juneau and it was so high and so steep, and travelling through the fog to the added to the adventure. We actually went up here twice, as the weather cleared in the afternoon so we went back for another look.
We also went into the Red Dog Saloon which is famous. There was sawdust on the floor, a crazy old dude on the piano doing the entertainment / comedy [sarcasm]. A great atmosphere … they need him on the ship!
We did a shortish walk while up the mountain which gave us amazing views back down to the Franklin Dock. We set sail around 8pm for Skagway, and were there when we woke up.
This is a much bigger city, and after having a look around decided to book ourselves on the White Pass and Yukon Route which was forged in the gold rush days. What a beautiful train, stunning scenery and fascinating history. Loved this 3 hour train ride up to the USA / Canada border. If I win lotto, I think I would like to do one of those big expensive rail trips. Perhaps up and over the Rockies. We didn’t see a lot of wildlife, except for the eagle.
Ok, so that was a very short synopsis of the first few days …. I will do the next few days tomorrow!