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  1. Teacher_91

    Yellow gold hook bracelet

    Thanks everyone! Bracelets are definitely my 'thing' so hopefully I'll come home with one. I Googled 'hook bracelets' and I definitely want one. 🙂 I'm off to check out your link O2B!
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    How to Enjoy St Maarten on a Budget

    Wow. You have given me some great ideas. I cant wait to share your suggestions with my friend. Thanks everyone.
  3. Teacher_91

    Yellow gold hook bracelet

    I am doing a cruise on Princess in March. One of our stops is St. Thomas. I love bracelets and have started seeking them out whenever we travel as my special souvenir. How hard would it be to get to St. John from the port in St. Thomas? Thank you in advance.
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    Bernard’s Tours

    Thanks for the warnings!
  5. Hello, One of my besties and I are doing a 'girl's cruise' in March on Princess. One of our stops is St Maarten. Since our hubbies won't be joining us, we promised to do this trip as cheaply as possible. Cruise ship excursions tend to be expensive since you have to pay the middle man too. Any recommendations for beaches we could visit on our own? We would want a beach chair and maybe a bar area for drinks. Another option is just to wander around and do a little browsing in shops, etc. I'd love suggestions! Thank you in advance.
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    Roll Call Question

    Thank you all for replying and for your insight.
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    Roll Call Question

    Good morning, I feel like an idiot for having to ask this question. I've read all the details on how to find a Roll Call for a specific (my) upcoming cruise. I can't find it. I read the instructions for how to start a new Roll Call. However, I guess this is where my stupidity comes in. 😓 I can't find the button for creating a new topic, which if I am reading correctly is the next step when you can't find your Roll Call. I'm really excited about this cruise and looking forward to chatting and sharing insight with others, so any insight or help would be greatly appreciated. P.S. Just in case it might be helpful.... The Roll Call I'm looking for is the Regal Princess sailing on September 28, 2019.
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    First time visiting Acadia National Park - do a tour?

    When the Mr. and I visited Bar Harbor, we did both Oli's Trolley and the Island Explorer. Granted we were staying in Bar Harbor, so we had more time. I think if I wanted to spend time hiking on a cruise stop, I'd either rent a car or take the Island Explorer. Both would give you flexibility with the car being the most flexible choice of all. Good luck with your planning. :)
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    Viking River: Post Cruise Amstedam

    I highly recommend visiting the Amsterdam forum on TA. There are a couple of regular posters who specialize in helping people get a good rate using blind bidding. You can also research 'things to do' there as well. Good luck and happy planning!
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    Please post your planned or completed itinerary

    I am an avid planner and I'm already thinking Hawaii on the POA in 2018. I love this thread and will check it often while making my plans. Thanks to all who have shared thus far! :D
  11. [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Red]Addendum to Friday, July 6th: [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Red]I failed to mention a very cool thing. After the Mr. & I took our pictures we were just roaming around waiting for dinner time. He was starting to sweat in his tux, so I suggested we step outside. While cooling off, we spotted a whale! It was totally random and unexpected and one of those things that make cruising unlike any other vacation we’ve ever taken![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  12. [COLOR=DarkGreen]Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to this. I was out of town for the weekend! [/COLOR] [COLOR=Navy]Hey Sportsmum! I didn’t see the twice baked goat cheese soufflé on the menu, but I didn’t ‘look’ for it either. Hopefully it will be there when you cruise! [/COLOR] [COLOR=Navy] [/COLOR][COLOR=Navy]I’m so glad you booked this excursion. It was definitely a trip highlight and in my opinion a ‘must do’ for everyone! Please let me know about your experience when you return! [/COLOR] [COLOR=Red]Hello LaLoca, I remember thinking it was odd that ‘that ship’ (I didn’t realize it was the Golden) seemed to be following us. I just assumed since it was a different ship it was a different itinerary. I’m glad you had the opportunity to go further into Tracy Arm Fjords & Sawyer Glacier. It sounds like you had a cool captain! [/COLOR] [COLOR=Red][/COLOR] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta]After three days of getting up early and ‘go, go, go’ we decided to sleep in today. Even so, we were up and out by 9:30. We headed to the Portofino dining room for a sit down breakfast, but were surprised to find it already closed. The same thing happened when we tried the Capri, so it was the Horizon Court for us. Later we realized the time had changed again - this time to Seattle time and therefore it was actually 10:30. The Horizon Court was fine and I actually found some ham that I enjoyed. I wish the waiters would give you a bigger glass of juice or at least leave you two. Oh well![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta]We spent the day ‘poking around the ship’. Lunch was in the International Café. That night was the 2nd formal night so the Mr. put his tux back on and I wore an ankle length black dress. We visited several of the photo areas set up around the ship. This time around we actually took a picture together that we liked enough to buy the next day. This particular ‘package’ cost $34.99. I thought that was outrageous for a 5 X 7 and 4 wallets, especially since the pose I had purchased of the Mr. was only $19.99 and included a 5 X 7, 3 X 5, and a wallet. Not sure what made our ‘package’ together so ‘special’! It’s probably the first time ever I was glad to not be photogenic! I can just imagine what my bill would have been if I’d LIKED the other poses! LOL! While waiting for the Portofino dining room to open for the ‘late seating’ we decided to hit the duty free shop that sold cosmetics, cologne, and perfume. I ended up buying two primers by Smashbox for $32.00 each. We don’t have a Smashbox in our area so I’m not sure if that was a good price or not, but since I’m pleased with the product, I guess I won’t complain! [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta]We enjoyed our last sit down dinner in the Portofino dining room. Tonight happened to be the “Baked Alaska Parade” so we enjoyed applauding for those who worked so hard to make our dining experiences pleasant. Once dinner was over we rushed to the Explorer’s Lounge so we could find a seat for the “Marriage Match Gameshow”. We were glad we went when we did because it soon became a ‘standing room only’ show. Frenchie and Mark were the emcees for this event. Anyone interested in playing could sign up and in the end they chose a couple who had been married 5 years, one who had 29 years and one who had 60 years of marriage. The couple who had 60 years was Don James (the legendary coach of the Washington Huskies) and his lovely bride. My Mr. was beside himself with excitement since he adores College Football! This game was hilarious. The couples all ‘got into the spirit’ of the occasion and shared lots of ‘interesting tidbits’ with us. Frenchie & Mark did an outstanding job of keeping things rolling and asking ‘just the right’ questions to make it fun! We were sorry when it ended. People around us started leaving but we decided to wait and see what would happen next. We were pleased when Meridith and her Mom sat in the seats next to us. The Mr. went back to the room and retrieved a bottle of wine out of our fridge and a wine glass. I had brought two bottles on board and was running out of time to finish them. Yes! I’m a ‘lightweight’ when it comes to drinking! It turned out the Princess Pop Star Heat 3 was next on the itinerary in the Explorer’s Lounge and we enjoyed listening to those who participated and chatting with Meridith and her Mom. We were sorry we hadn’t attended the first two heat challenges. There was definitely some great singers on board. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta]Once it was over, we headed back to our cabin and called it a night.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta]Next up: A lazy morning/day at sea, Victoria, and the sad reality that our cruise was coming to an end! [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [COLOR=Red][/COLOR] [COLOR=Red] [/COLOR]
  13. [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=DarkGreen]P.S. Carbill you are correct! There wasn't any tax on the photos or the DVD's we purchased. Duh! :o Thanks for pointing that error out! [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  14. [COLOR=DarkGreen]A BIG thanks to everyone who is reading along and the nice comments some of you have made. As for the distance between the ship and the actual town of Juneau, it wouldn't have been a very pleasant walk. It was somewhat industrial in that area. Plus it was raining! I'm a 'walker' but I wouldn't have wanted to make the trek. The bus fee was worth it to us, especially when we were ready to go back to the ship! :) [/COLOR] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]Day 5[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]June 5th[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]Skagway & Carcross Canda[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]Once again we had an early day so we were up, dressed, and off the ship by 7:30. Again we ate breakfast from the goodie case at the International Café and I added a ‘for a fee’ coffee while the Mr. used his UKP to get a Diet Coke. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]We were meeting “Dyea Dave” for a trip into Canada along the Yukon Highway. Dave gets excellent reviews on both Yelp and Trip Advisor so I was really looking forward to this privately booked excursion. Dave arrived in a mini, 16 passenger bus, but we were a group of 14. He was funny, informative, and articulate. We loved his easy, breezy style, and the fact we were able to stop many, many times for photo ops along the way. We started out following the path that the White Pass Railroad follows. We had debated taking the train for part of the trip. Dave offers the option of taking his tour part of the way and the train the other part, but after thinking about it, I realized I would appreciate the photo ops and narration more, so we elected to allow Dave to take us all the way! As we rode along we were on the lookout for ‘fuzzy creatures’ in the hopes we’d find some. Dave wasn’t sure because the salmon weren’t running yet and the bear’s alternate choice of dandelions were beginning to die out. Eventually, someone did spot a bear and we pulled off the side of the rode, opened the windows and stuck our camera lenses out hoping for a good shot. I wasn’t very successful and just managed to get half of the ‘back end’ of the bear, but I think others were luckier then I. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]We made a stop in Frazer on the Canadian border for a bathroom break and to have our passports stamped. We stopped in Carcross for lunch at a quaint little café that served tasty homemade sandwiches (on homemade bread!), soups, and various home baked desserts. The Mr. had a BLT and I had a chicken salad sandwich. We both had seafood bisque and shared a berry scone (our first ever scone!) The soup and sandwich combo was $11.75 each not including a drink. The scone was four something. While I’ve read some reviews that thought the place was pricey we both enjoyed our lunch. That bread was to die for! While in Carcross we stopped at the visitor’s center for another bathroom break and to get our passports stamped again. We enjoyed walking around the town, snapping pictures of the gorgeous scenery, and visiting the historic Matthew Watson General Store for a few ‘doodads’. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=Red]Our next stop was Caribou Crossing where I purchased a cute t-shirt and we saw another bear! It was some distance away on the mountain but with binoculars we were able to admire his activity! Along the way we to Emerald Lake we saw a desert and more breath-taking scenery. I simply do not have the words to describe the beauty that we saw!! I wish I could take my Dad and sons fishing on Emerald Lake. It was so pristine and according to Dave full of fish! Again we were struck by how unspoiled and unpopulated this area was. I don’t live in a large city by any means, but it’s hard to imagine that such untouched places still exist in our over crowded world! [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]Once we arrived back in Skagway, Dave made a drop off at the ship and then took a few of us back in town to shop and take a few pictures before returning us to the ship. We only had about 30 minutes to poke around Skagway but at least I can say we did! I also blessed the port with a little of our money. Ha! We were required to be back on the ship by 4:00 and we arrived at 3:30ish. At the other two ports we were always back well before the ‘all aboard time’ but this time we definitely pushed it. Again, I can’t stress enough how amazing this excursion was. If you want to see Emerald Lake and all the points in between Dave is a great way to go. He’s reasonable too, only $79.00 a person! We did add a $20.00 tip because we enjoyed the day so much, but it wasn’t like he was ‘hinting or ‘asking’ for one like some of the drivers do on the big tour buses! Also, I can’t imagine that the big tour buses are able to stop and allow their passengers off for photo ops like we did. Okay, commercial over! :D [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]We had planned to get into our swim suits and spend some time in the hot tub with some delicious wine we had purchased in Seattle, but somehow we never made it. I used the time to make some last phone calls home prior to sail away. We were careful to make sure our phones were in ‘airplane’ mode whenever the ship was moving. The last thing we wanted was some outrageous data charges when we got our next bill. :/ We then enjoyed watching Skagway disappear into the horizon while the Naturalists shared his knowledge of the area. At this point we felt quite satisfied with our trip. We’d see more beautiful places then we could count, bears, whales, mountain goats, eagles, and seen and heard a glacier calve multiple times. Were we lucky or what?!?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]After that we went and got dressed for dinner. Our intention was to participate in the Chef’s Table tonight. However since the Mr. had been sick (we are guessing it was more of a food poisoning then a viral thing), we didn’t feel like we could sign the ‘oath’ saying we hadn’t been sick or in contact with anyone who had been sick in the last 48 hours. It made me sad to have to forego the opportunity because I’d been looking forward to it for so long. We sat in the bar area near the International Café and watched the water. There is something so peaceful and tranquil about watching the water slide by. At 7:00 we attended the production show “Stardust”. Sadly, other then the ‘Welcome Aboard Show’ (when the Mr. was so sick) we hadn’t seen any other shows. We found the singers and dancers to be talented. We liked their costumes. However, their song selections were lacking in our opinion. These were supposed to be songs to ‘take you back’ to yester-year. We are 50 years old and there wasn’t too many that brought back any memories for us. I couldn’t help but think you have had to been pretty ‘old’ to have enjoyed that show. Just sayin’. After that we headed to Portofino and had a nice dinner. Again, nothing ‘wow-ed’ us, but it was good. Strangely we did notice our waiter and his helper were trying to sell us on a wine tasting scheduled for the following day. Maybe they get ‘points’ or a ‘commission’ if they do? [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]You’ve probably guessed by now, we aren’t ‘party’ or ‘night owl’ kind of people, so shortly after dinner we headed to our cabin and called it a night. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red] [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Red]Next up: Sea day and formal #2![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  15. [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue][SIZE=3][COLOR=Navy]Thanks for reading everyone! :) Akeasley, I would love to read about your experiences. Did you write a review? The cool thing about cruising is no two people probably have the exact same 'trip'! :D[/COLOR][/SIZE] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]Day 4[/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]July 4th[/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]Tracy Arm Fjords & Juneau [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]This was by far our busiest day. We had booked the Princess Glacier Explorer and we had to meet our group in the Princess Theater by 8:00 a.m. The excursion was from 8:00 to 2:00 so we made sure we had a big breakfast in the Portofino dining room to fuel up for the day. The excursion was with Allen Marine Tours out of Juneau and was extremely well done. I’m sure when the majority of the STAR’s passengers saw us slip away and go further into the Fjord they were super sad they weren’t along for the ride. The boat had comfortable inside seating but also areas along the deck that you could stand upon and get ‘up close’ and personal with the glacier. I don’t know if it was excitement or the fact that we were buffeted on both sides by the mountains thus shielding us from the wind, but despite the off and on drizzly rain, I wasn’t cold and I’m always cold! The captain was able to slowly and skillfully maneuver his way close enough to the glacier that we were able to SEE and HEAR it calve! It never occurred to me what a magnificent experience that would be! I loved the sea lions that lounged on little ‘islands’ of ice like my cats lounge on our rugs. Kelly a videotographer from our ship was along to capture the moments for the Reflections DVD sold at the end of the cruise. Kelly took video of us waving and smiling in front of the glacier. Naturally we purchased a copy for $39.00 plus tax. How could we resist? HA! This also included an extra DVD of scenic Alaska. After that we also visited Sawyer Glacier where we saw lots of calving activity as well. At first I tried to capture the moments on film, but after a while I just wanted to enjoy the moment without a camera stuck to my eye. It was so spectacular of a sight, we were ‘oohing & aahing’ in unison like we were witnessing fireworks. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more memorable ‘show’ on July 4th. Along the way we were also treated to several whale sightings, some mountain goats, and a photo op at a beautiful waterfall. The captain was good about spinning the boat so that no matter what side you were standing or sitting on, you could get the same view. [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]The only ‘downside’ (and it was minor) to the trip was the length of the excursion. For my taste it was about two hours too long, but I’m sure it was because of the distance we had to cover. The concession stand offered free coffee and hot chocolate and sold microwave sandwiches, chips, soda, and candy. The Mr. & I had opted not to eat anything on board because we planned a late lunch in Juneau at Tracy’s Crab Shack (more on that later) and we hadn’t brought any cash with us. It didn’t occur to us that their debit machine might not work so far out. DUH! At any rate, I could have done with a small snack and a soda. At 2:00ish we rendezvoused with the STAR in Juneau. Several people had booked other excursions so they were allowed to disembark first. I had considered booking a whale watch in Juneau but was glad we didn’t. I’m not sure I could have lasted through another structured activity even though I did enjoy the experience with Allen Marine Tours immensely! Cost of this fabulous excursion was $198.00 each. [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]After boarding the STAR, we made a trip to our cabin to freshen up and then disembarked in Juneau. It was cold and rainy. Boo! We purchased tickets for the bus into town. I can’t remember the exact cost, but I think it was $7.00 each for unlimited rides. The bus did its ‘drop-off’s and ‘pick-ups’ at the Robert’s Tram Terminal. Our first order of business was to find Tracy’s Crab Shack. I had read wonderful things about this little ‘shack’ on both YELP and Trip Advisor. Several years ago the Mr. & I had visited Boston. One of our most memorable meals was lobster rolls at Neptune’s Oyster, so we were hoping to relive the yummy experience with a crab roll. After just a short walk we located Tracy’s and ordered two crab rolls, 2 Diet Cokes, and a large seafood bisque to share. The bisque was brought out first with delicious homemade rolls for dipping. It was so good and we were so hungry we quickly gobbled it up! After that the crab rolls came and they were so full of crab and coleslaw that it was impossible to pick it up and eat it as a sandwich! The meal was definitely worth the wait and the $50.00 price tag. [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]On the same road as Tracy’s Crab Shack was a wonderful little shop that sold soaps and lotions made out of glacier silt. We enjoyed chatting with the owners who were transplanted Texans. I bought three bottles of the silky feeling lotion for gifts for my girlfriend’s back home. [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]After that we just browsed in and out of several shops in Juneau including a fudge shop where we indulged in a piece of fudge with nuts (good stuff!) and the historic Red Dog Saloon. Mainly we were cold and wet in Juneau. We kept debating should we go up Robert’s Tram or not? We wanted the aerial views, but wondered if it would be worth it since the day was rainy? We asked a few people who came down and they all seemed positive about the experience. Despite what we thought was a steep price of admission - $30.00 each, we decided if we didn’t go we would probably regret it later. In retrospect, I’m glad we went, but truthfully we didn’t enjoy it $60.00 worth. It was probably because by now my pants were soaked on the bottom and I was starting to feel cold and miserable. I’m sure on a sunny day we’d have enjoyed exploring the area and taking one of the guided nature walks. We did enjoy seeing and hearing the story of Lady Baltimore a rescued bald eagle. We even donated $5.00 to her cause, but we weren’t there very long when we were boarding the tram for the return to the ground level. FYI… we later met a couple who hiked up the trial to the lookout. They had a couple of drinks and some (according to them) great crab nachos in the restaurant. Because they spent X number of dollars in the restaurant, they got a free ride back down. On a nicer day that might have been the way to go! [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]Once we got back to the tram terminal we were eager to get on the bus and head back to the STAR. Tonight the theme meal in the dining room was “Alaskan Night” but we just didn’t feel like getting dressed for dinner, so we opted for soup, sandwiches, and dessert from the International Café. It was a simple, but delicious meal. We sat in the Piazza and listened to the live music that was often played in that area. After that we headed to the Vista Lounge and listened to Libby Riddles speak. Ms. Riddles is not only the first woman to win the grueling Iditarod, she’s an author, and quite a character. We enjoyed her story and I bought one of her books for my classroom. Women have to empower other women right? :D [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]After roaming around a bit, we found ourselves in the Princess Lounge where a comedian was performing. He was pretty funny so we enjoyed a laugh or two. [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]After that we were ready to call it a night. We’d had a long eventful, fun-filled day, and we had another one ahead of us in Skagway, so off to bed we went! [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT] [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue] [/COLOR][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]Next up: Skagway and a ride along the Yukon Highway! [/COLOR][/FONT]