We left VERY early on Sunday morning to head towards the US border crossing as it was going to be a long wait to go through customs. We departed Vancouver at 6.30 am and managed to get thru to Seattle about 11am...we spent about 2 hours waiting to get thru customs.
Our tour guide, knowing we were aussies...stopped at a store for us to stock up on some drinks before boarding the ship!! hahaha Everyone was glad to purchase at much lower prices than we would have to pay on board. Choosing was hilarious...no one knew the US wine labels so we all played the guessing game to get good ones. After 3 days on board I can say we made great choices!!!
We arrived on board after a fairly slick operation by the Norwegian Line staff and found our cabin and after a late lunch and a quick tour of the ship we settled in and managed an early night and slept very soundly knowing there was no early wake up call to come!! Whoo Hoo.
We oriented ourselves with the ship the next morning and all it had to offer...a floating 5 star hotel...loads of fun exploring it all.
After departing port on Sunday afternoon at 4pm we then had the Monday at sea and a formal dinner that night which was fantastic.
Tuesday we cruised up the coast into Alaska and spent the day in Glacier Bay surrounded by snow capped mountains and massive glaciers. We moved slowly throughout the day to allow for the full impact of our surroundings. We passed Reid Glacier and Lamplugh Glacier but the closest we got to one was John Hopkins Glacier...the ship travelled really slowly past and then turned around as it was a dead end and returned to moor off the coast of Juneau for an early landing the next morning. While we were passing John Hopkins Glacier we could see and hear great chunks of ice falling into the water...it was peaceful and very quiet and then you would hear a rumbling like thunder and the ice would fall into the water a few seconds later...spectacular stuff!!
John Hopkins Glacier
The food of course is spectacular and we have been going to the gym and the hydrotherapy pool to try and manage it a little so the impact upon our return home won't be too awful!!! Very hard not to put on any weight as all we seem to be doing is eating!! Our jeans still do up so I guess we are doing OK!!!!
We awoke this morning to see the Tramway that heads up the mountain outside our window. We berthed in No1 dock right in the centre of town. There were 3 cruise ships docked at the same time so it was fairly busy on shore.
The diamond merchants were in full swing to get us to buy and give us a "great deal"! As we hadn't budgetted for diamond shopping we went zip-lining instead!! It was fantastic! The sun came out, the blue sky was around and it was such fun flying through the treetops at very fast speed and pulling to a halt just before we collided with a tree! haha
A sunny day in Alaska
After that we did go back into town to wander the shops and try on some amazing diamonds...but I settled for a beautiful necklace by a local designer...silver and gold and very exquisite and not mass produced like a lot of the other jewellry we saw.
After this it is back onto the ship and off to Sitka tomorrow. We are going to visit a Bird of Prey Centre that looks amazing and as we are only in port for a few hours it will be a short walk around town then back on the ship and off to Ketchikan.
We are still loving every minute and having a wonderful time.