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MS Amsterdam 14 day Alaska – June 15-29, 2012

 

I was going to do a live from thread on board our MS Amsterdam 14 day Alaska cruise but decided against it because of how port intensive this cruise is. I am very happy we were able to go on this cruise since this is the last year of it. Anyone who is still deciding if they can do this trip should do it. I am very disappointed this trip is no longer offered next year as I would do this cruise again and again.

 

This is my 9th cruise and my 4th on Holland America but my first time on Amsterdam. I am 48 and usually cruise with a friend. We drove to Seattle a few days early and stayed in Port Townsend. We wanted to stay there so we can do some Killer Whale watching with Puget Sound Express before the cruise. We like to get out and do things that have to do with scenery and wildlife as I love to take photos. I used to do all the shows on the ship but this trip had so much port time and scenic viewing we did very little on the ship except eating and sleeping. I also like to read and just relax when I can.

 

The drive was very nice and we had a great view of Mt Shasta in Northern California.

 

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PORT TOWNSEND

 

We arrived in Port Townsend, Washington on Wed 6-13-12. It is a beautiful town on the water with lots of small shops and restaurants. We stayed at the Aladdin Motor Inn which was close enough to walk to town but far enough away where it was quiet. We had a room right on the beach and it was nice. Outside our window in the evening a bald eagle was perched on a light post outside our balcony. It was a great start and hoping this eagle would give us good luck. On Thursday we went killer whale watching with Puget Sound Express. It was slightly rainy and cloudy but the boat was comfortable. When we left they told us we are in luck and we would catch up to j-pod which has about 25 killer whales. They were going away from us though and it would take about 2 hours to catch them. We got to them and it was spectacular to finally see a wild killer whale not named Shamu! We saw about 7-8 of the killer whales from j-pod. Since it took so long to get to them the viewing was for a short time but we felt blessed to be able to even get to them. Many other boats were there including the Eagle Wing boat from Victoria that we were thinking about taking.

 

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SEATTLE – PARKING – EMBARKATION

 

Since we stayed in Port Townsend we really did not do anything in Seattle but I did set up parking before going. We used CruisePark which is located on a National Guard Armory and is very close to the pier. They had a free shuttle to and from the pier so it was very easy. We parked about 11 am and were on the ship in just a short time. I think from the time we parked to actually being on the ship was less than an hour.

 

More to be posted later.

 

Nobby

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Hi Nobby,

 

I'm very impressed with your report so far. We stayed at the Aladdin Inn in Port Townsend on Spring Break and enjoyed our stay there. Where did you eat while in Port Townsend? We found the Bayview Restaurant near the ferry dock and loved it.

 

We're on this cruise in less than a month so I'm looking forward to hearing your views on it. We did it two years ago and loved it. Like you, I'm very disappointed that HAL is not offering it next year.

 

Karen

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OMG, you drove from San Diego to Port Townsend??? How many days did you allow? In December we drove from Modesto to San Diego and it wiped us out!

 

Looking forward to the rest of your trip report! We sailed on the Amsterdam two summers ago, loved the ship and itinerary.

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very nice review - looking forward to more. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences:):) great pics:D

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Oh yay, Nobby! Been looking forward to this since your return. Chatting with you and others on your Roll Call prior to your sailing was a lot of fun, and I was anxious to hear your thoughts and observations about this fantastic itinerary. More please!!!!:D

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Thanks very much for your review, can't wait for the rest of it. We are going to be on this cruise in August, so am very interested in the reviews about it. Thanks also for your great pictures.

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Nobby, I agree with everything you say about that 14 Day cruise on the Amsterdam. I hope HAL restores this wonderful cruise some day. I was on it last July and treasured every minute of the voyage. I am most anxious to hear the rest of your report.

 

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Hi Nobby:) Just home from the coast and so happy to see your review...it's hot back here...loving the pictures already:D They look soooo cool...and beautiful as usual:):):)

 

Cannot wait to read more!!!

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Hi Nobby,

 

I'm very impressed with your report so far. We stayed at the Aladdin Inn in Port Townsend on Spring Break and enjoyed our stay there. Where did you eat while in Port Townsend? We found the Bayview Restaurant near the ferry dock and loved it.

 

We're on this cruise in less than a month so I'm looking forward to hearing your views on it. We did it two years ago and loved it. Like you, I'm very disappointed that HAL is not offering it next year.

 

Karen

 

Hi Karen, you are so lucky to be going so soon. If you need someone to carry your bags I will accept! :D

 

Port Townsend seems to long ago already I forget the names of the places we ate at. I know I saw the Bayview but we did not eat there. We picked up food at teh Co-Op but we also ate in two restaurants. Sorry I can't remember the names but one was on the water but closer to the Aladdin Hotel then town and we also ate in a pub upstairs on the water but in town. Both places were very good.

 

Nobby

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OMG, you drove from San Diego to Port Townsend??? How many days did you allow? In December we drove from Modesto to San Diego and it wiped us out!

 

We drove and I love driving so it is no big deal. My friend on the other had would have rather flown. We left on Monday after work and got in around noon on Wednesday. Driving home we got off the boat on Friday and was home Saturday about 6 pm... That is a short drive for me... :D

 

Nobby

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Oh yay, Nobby! Been looking forward to this since your return. Chatting with you and others on your Roll Call prior to your sailing was a lot of fun, and I was anxious to hear your thoughts and observations about this fantastic itinerary. More please!!!!:D

 

I appreciate the info and fun talk before the cruise. Because of you, Vbmom and a few others on here I have been wanting to do this trip for years.

 

Nobby

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Thanks everyone for the great comments and those that are going on this cruise this summer are in for a special treat.

 

Jane - Hope you enjoyed your trip at the beach and I heard about the heatwave hitting you all. Thankfully San Diego is the same ole usual temps of high 60's to mid 70's...

 

On my first post I talked a little about the Puget Sound Express for whale watching from Port Townsend. This review will be slow but I will try to post daily. Mainly because I am processing photos as I am doing this review and I want to post good shots but there are so many it is hard to choose. So I got to a few of my whale watching shots from this boat so thought I'd post them now.

 

This is a shot of our boat. It had comfortable seating for all. You can sit out back or on top if you want at anytime. I tried to ride it out on top but it got a little too cold and rainy for me so most of the trip I stayed out back. The trip back almost everyone was falling asleep. Guess it was too much fresh air for us to handle.

 

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Here is the little guy in J-Pod or one of the little ones. We found this pod out by Pender Island.

 

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Here are more in front of the Bluffs at Pender Island.

 

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More later about the ship...

 

Nobby

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Nobbync.... did you have your camera on a zoom for those wonderful pictures or were you really that close??? Outstanding!

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Nobbync.... did you have your camera on a zoom for those wonderful pictures or were you really that close??? Outstanding!

 

These were shot with a 120-300 zoom. For Killer Whales you have to stay 200 yards away and even if they come towards you you are supposed to move. You can get lucky and they surface close to you but that is rare but 200 yards on the water is much closer than you think especially with smooth seas. Though there were times they did get much closer on the tour we did later on the cruise in Victoria.

 

Nobby

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THE SHIP

 

This was the best ship we have been on. The ship is very clean and the crew is superb. I know some people do not care for the slower pace of a Holland America ship but I prefer it but even if you like to stay busy there is a lot to do on this ship. BTW, I have never had a bad cruise and I try not to let worn carpets and basic maintenance bother me. As they say Ship Happens. There were places where I think the carpet needed replacing but just a few areas.

 

When I board a ship I usually have more bags I carry then I check in. I usually check in one bag and then I carry on two camera bags and I also carry my wedge pillow. I can’t sleep lying flat due to health problems so I carry a large wedge pillow. This is my first cruise where I boarded and crew grabbed my bags and took us down to our room. I usually am lugging all these things and am sweating by the time I get to my room. Not this time and it made for a great start. We booked the cheapest inside guarantee on this cruise and we ended up with a small upgrade. Instead of being on deck one all the way in the front we were on deck 2 close to the front but not all the way up there. Nice size room and much bigger than most of the other rooms we have stayed in including a couple balcony cabins we had. Since we were going with the very long daylight hours having an inside was a blessing as anytime we wanted to sleep we turned out the lights and it was pitch black. I like the inside cabins for this reason for Alaska.

 

Our room stewards Dodi and Sene were wonderful and wish I really could bring them home. I rented a tux so I did not have to carry an extra bag and that was a blessing also. The tux was waiting in our room and no issues with it. We also got the laundry package which was $98 for the 14 days for the cabin. We put in one or two bags every day. Only one did not come back the same day. All the clothes were folded nice and ironed. My t-shirts for the first time in their lives saw an iron! We even sent one load in the night before going into Victoria and got it back that morning. We usually do our laundry onboard but I believe we will be doing this all the time. Nice to come home with clean clothes.

 

The food was overall very good to outstanding. I know food is subjective but I for one enjoyed the food. The lido deck a lot of food is actually cooked up there so that made things nice and fresh. Even veggies they cooked up there so they were still crisp and not soggy like typical buffet veggies. We had a good selection of fresh fruit all the way through the 14 days. Last year another line ran out of almost all fresh fruit and that was only a 10 day cruise. Not a big selection of desserts on here like other lines we have been on but what they did have was delicious! For any of you that do not handle dairy well the lido has about 5 different nondairy milks for you. If anyone is going to be on this cruise soon please say hi to Moul who was at the water and juice counter in the Lido. Good guy that just got on the ship for his long tour of duty.

 

The dining room was also nice though we only ate there a few times. Since this cruise had a lot of port days or scenic viewing we were too tired most of the time to clean up for dinner but when we did eat there it was good. One of the formal nights with filet mignon and lobster tail, it was really good. The filet was cooked just right and could be cut with a fork. The tail was good size and not over cooked. We also used room service for dinner and it showed up on time and was hot.

 

I like the Explorations Café and lounge. The seats there are really comfortable and a great place to read. We did not see any shows but went to qite a few movies. I was disappointed that after 10 days they started repeating the movies. They also have a list of 1000 DVD’s you can order anytime you want. Just call the front desk and if they have it you drop by and pick it up. We watched a few this way before bed.

 

If anyone has any questions about the ship feel free to ask and I will try to answer if I know.

 

Nobby

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Thank you so much for posting your trip report. I am anxiously awaiting to hear more.

 

It is a big disappointment this itinerary is being dropped. Princess had also tried a 14 day AK itinerary, but they too discontinued it. :(

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Hi Nobby: We're following you July 27. I'm especially interested in how the Adventure Bound trip worked out for you and whether you had too much of Tracy Arm with 2 days in a row.

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Hi Nobby: We're following you July 27. I'm especially interested in how the Adventure Bound trip worked out for you and whether you had too much of Tracy Arm with 2 days in a row.

 

Tracy Arm was awesome both days but the Adventure Bound trip was one of the best tours I had ever been on. I will be positing about that later in my review... Tomorrow will be Ketchikan...

 

Nobby

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Tracy Arm was awesome both days but the Adventure Bound trip was one of the best tours I had ever been on. I will be positing about that later in my review... Tomorrow will be Ketchikan...

 

Nobby

 

Ah, yes, isn't that a marvelous tour!!! It is definitely my favorite scenic tour! I was in awe the entire time. So glad it worked out for you and I am really looking forward to the details.

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THE SHIP

 

This was the best ship we have been on. The ship is very clean and the crew is superb. I know some people do not care for the slower pace of a Holland America ship but I prefer it but even if you like to stay busy there is a lot to do on this ship. BTW, I have never had a bad cruise and I try not to let worn carpets and basic maintenance bother me. As they say Ship Happens. There were places where I think the carpet needed replacing but just a few areas.

 

When I board a ship I usually have more bags I carry then I check in. I usually check in one bag and then I carry on two camera bags and I also carry my wedge pillow. I can’t sleep lying flat due to health problems so I carry a large wedge pillow. This is my first cruise where I boarded and crew grabbed my bags and took us down to our room. I usually am lugging all these things and am sweating by the time I get to my room. Not this time and it made for a great start. We booked the cheapest inside guarantee on this cruise and we ended up with a small upgrade. Instead of being on deck one all the way in the front we were on deck 2 close to the front but not all the way up there. Nice size room and much bigger than most of the other rooms we have stayed in including a couple balcony cabins we had. Since we were going with the very long daylight hours having an inside was a blessing as anytime we wanted to sleep we turned out the lights and it was pitch black. I like the inside cabins for this reason for Alaska.

 

Our room stewards Dodi and Sene were wonderful and wish I really could bring them home. I rented a tux so I did not have to carry an extra bag and that was a blessing also. The tux was waiting in our room and no issues with it. We also got the laundry package which was $98 for the 14 days for the cabin. We put in one or two bags every day. Only one did not come back the same day. All the clothes were folded nice and ironed. My t-shirts for the first time in their lives saw an iron! We even sent one load in the night before going into Victoria and got it back that morning. We usually do our laundry onboard but I believe we will be doing this all the time. Nice to come home with clean clothes.

 

The food was overall very good to outstanding. I know food is subjective but I for one enjoyed the food. The lido deck a lot of food is actually cooked up there so that made things nice and fresh. Even veggies they cooked up there so they were still crisp and not soggy like typical buffet veggies. We had a good selection of fresh fruit all the way through the 14 days. Last year another line ran out of almost all fresh fruit and that was only a 10 day cruise. Not a big selection of desserts on here like other lines we have been on but what they did have was delicious! For any of you that do not handle dairy well the lido has about 5 different nondairy milks for you. If anyone is going to be on this cruise soon please say hi to Moul who was at the water and juice counter in the Lido. Good guy that just got on the ship for his long tour of duty.

 

The dining room was also nice though we only ate there a few times. Since this cruise had a lot of port days or scenic viewing we were too tired most of the time to clean up for dinner but when we did eat there it was good. One of the formal nights with filet mignon and lobster tail, it was really good. The filet was cooked just right and could be cut with a fork. The tail was good size and not over cooked. We also used room service for dinner and it showed up on time and was hot.

 

I like the Explorations Café and lounge. The seats there are really comfortable and a great place to read. We did not see any shows but went to qite a few movies. I was disappointed that after 10 days they started repeating the movies. They also have a list of 1000 DVD’s you can order anytime you want. Just call the front desk and if they have it you drop by and pick it up. We watched a few this way before bed.

 

If anyone has any questions about the ship feel free to ask and I will try to answer if I know.

 

Nobby

Nobby, so glad to read your reviews, I have been wondering how your adventure was! beautiful pictures, I am enjoying them immensely!

I think the scenery in Alaska was so magnificent, who could bother with any small worn areas of carpets?? One thing I did appreciate was the clean windows on the Amsterdam!! looking forward to more of your wonderful photos!! Love those whales!!! Linda

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KETCHIKAN

We pulled in to Ketchikan right on time. Weather was cloudy but overall not too bad. For the morning we had no plans so my friend went shopping and I turned left off the ship to walk the areas that way to see if I could find eagles. Each time I had been here we could find eagle perched on the piers but this day there was none close. Many flying around or high on the trees but nothing on the docks. Still it was a good walk.

 

Starting at noon we arranged a tour with Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours. Prior to the trip I emailed Dave quite a few times talking about what we wanted to see. We had been to Ketchikan before so we did not want any tour of the town itself. We were more into wildlife and scenery. For $74 an hour for up to 6 people I think this is a bargain. We had 3 of us. It was me and my friend Cindy and then also a new friend from the roll call Glen joined us. We started with a drive north and into the Tongass National Forest where we did some walking through the forest. It was really beautiful and weather was still holding up.

 

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We went to a cove where many eagles were flying around. This was a youngster.

 

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We also stopped at Totem Brite where we found this great scenery.

 

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We choose the afternoon because we wanted to go to Herring Cove last as the other ships in port would already leave so less people means a better chance for bears. As we got to Herring Cove there were many eagles. This is where they all went to waiting for the salmon run. Many king salmon were gathering at the mouth ready for the run but none started yet that we saw. After getting lots of photos of eagles we saw a adult female black bear with her two cubs. They were not close but we could see them pretty good walking through the grass.

 

Overall the day was a good day. Got some nice photos of a waterfall, eagles and black bears (might not be great shots but they are better then what I had).

 

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Next up Tracy Arm by ship and boat...

 

Nobby

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KETCHIKAN

We pulled in to Ketchikan right on time. Weather was cloudy but overall not too bad. For the morning we had no plans so my friend went shopping and I turned left off the ship to walk the areas that way to see if I could find eagles. Each time I had been here we could find eagle perched on the piers but this day there was none close. Many flying around or high on the trees but nothing on the docks. Still it was a good walk.

 

Starting at noon we arranged a tour with Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours. Prior to the trip I emailed Dave quite a few times talking about what we wanted to see. We had been to Ketchikan before so we did not want any tour of the town itself. We were more into wildlife and scenery. For $74 an hour for up to 6 people I think this is a bargain. We had 3 of us. It was me and my friend Cindy and then also a new friend from the roll call Glen joined us. We started with a drive north and into the Tongass National Forest where we did some walking through the forest. It was really beautiful and weather was still holding up.

 

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We went to a cove where many eagles were flying around. This was a youngster.

 

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We also stopped at Totem Brite where we found this great scenery.

 

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We choose the afternoon because we wanted to go to Herring Cove last as the other ships in port would already leave so less people means a better chance for bears. As we got to Herring Cove there were many eagles. This is where they all went to waiting for the salmon run. Many king salmon were gathering at the mouth ready for the run but none started yet that we saw. After getting lots of photos of eagles we saw a adult female black bear with her two cubs. They were not close but we could see them pretty good walking through the grass.

 

Overall the day was a good day. Got some nice photos of a waterfall, eagles and black bears (might not be great shots but they are better then what I had).

 

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Next up Tracy Arm by ship and boat...

 

Nobby

Beautiful photography!! I overheard someone on our cruise say he hadn't seen any wild life except for one seagull.... wonder where HE was looking???

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Amazing photos ... thank you for sharing. Like you, I was disappointed that the 14 day cruise has been discontinued at the end of this year. Would love to do that cruise, especially with different ports and scenery going up north and heading back south.

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Beautiful photography!! I overheard someone on our cruise say he hadn't seen any wild life except for one seagull.... wonder where HE was looking???

 

We heard it on this cruise also on a tbale next to us. Right then a puffin flew right by our window and I pointed it out to them as they were flying all over. They said something like "It's about time some wildlife showed itself."... By this was not even halfway through and by this point we saw eagles, whales, bears, seals, sea lions and many birds... If you look wildlife is all around you but you have to look.

 

I am going to be posting some of my Tracy Arm photos soon as I will not be posting on the 4th so happy ad safe 4th for you all and Happy Birthday to the USA!

 

Nobby

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TRACY ARM FJORD BY CRUISE SHIP

 

This was my second visit into Tracy Arm and it was spectacular again. The first time we had a sunny day but today was overcast so many of the highest peaks could not be seen. Still it was spectacular. Actually got very close to South Sawyer. The Captain did a great job to get as close as a cruise ship gets to it. On this day many from our roll call grabbed a spot on the back of the ship at the aft pool. We had a great spot where we could put all our stuff on and move about as we needed to get the photos and views we wanted. In the back it is less crowded and it blocks the wind. They did not serve pea soup on the aft pool so my friend went to look for it. One of the crew members got a tray and brought enough pea soup out for all of us and it was a delicious and well needed snack on that cool day. Plus we had to eat something instead of only cookies... We had some calving at the glacier but nothing major. Lots and lots of harbor seal moms and pups. At this time of year all the waterfalls were full and just pouring on down which made for some spectacular views but being on a ship like this you really don’t get to see how big they really are. That night we anchored close to Juneau but we went to bed early to get up for a busy day in Juneau.

 

JUNEAU – BACK TO TRACY ARM BY SMALL BOAT

 

This day was one I was really looking forward to. We booked Adventure Bound back to Tracy Arm. The boat leaves at 8:30 am and we docked at 8 am. There have been some warnings about them leaving people behind and even leaving early. Not sure if it is always like that but I can say they try hard to get you on the boat. On the Amsterdam we do dock right next to them. You walk off the ship and right at the bow of the ship is a blue ramp that goes down and their boats are right there. You look up at the bow of the Amsterdam. We had one couple from one of the Princess ships that came in late. We got on the Adventure Bound about 8:05. We were waiting for the couple from the Princess ship and one more group from our ship. We waited till 8:35 and then we got a call from the Princess couple and they just got off the boat. We went to their pier and picked them up. This couple was in contact with the office the entire time so if you want to book this tour go for it and just do what they say and call them as soon as the ship docks. The other group from our ship cancelled. Because we left late the captain said he’d just go a little faster and we’d make up the time and we did. Here is a photo showing their two boats. The Captain Cook is in front and the Adventure Bound is to the right. You can see how close we dock.

 

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The trip to Tracy Arm was raining off and on with fog and low clouds. Not a good start to the day. On the way the scenery was great and I spent most of the time on deck either in back or right up front. It was awesome!

 

As we got closer to Tracy Arm we started to see icebergs and these bergs look so much bigger at sea level. Some towered way above the boat and were huge. This one reminded me of Wonderland.

 

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As we approached a big iceberg I ran in to change lenses to my wide angle. Wouldn’t you know it, when I came out there was an eagle sitting on a closer iceberg but I now had a wide angle lens so I had to take the eagle shots with my point and shoot. Light was perfect and everything but I had the wrong lens! Oh well, everything can’t be perfect.

 

Going into the arm in a smaller boat you really get the feel of how big and spectacular the place is. It looks so different from sea level and I just sat outside at the front of the boat in awe of it. Despite being in the Arm twice already on big ships this to me was much more different and it was as if I had a large living painting I was enjoying. It was majestic.

 

Going into the fjord we got more and more icebergs. Saw a few more eagles and then the captain shutoff the engines and we drifted towards a large rock on the shore. On top of that large rock was a huge brown bear. He froze as we got closer and we got very close before he ran into the bushes.

 

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We backed into a waterfall as well and if you wanted to get wet you were welcome to. I was not brave enough for that. We also went right next to the cliff walls and we can touch them and then look straight up 2000 feet.

As the ice flow got thicker we started to see many seal moms and their babies, many newly born. From the ship they looked very small and anytime we got near them they’d jump into the water. In a small boat they stayed on much longer keeping a close eye on us. This mom jumped in the water and the pup cried so mom came up next to the pup.

 

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South Sawyer Glacier from a cruise ship does not really look that big. From a small boat it looks massive. We got to within a ¼ mile to us. When we got there the other boat was there, the Captain Cook that left at 8 am. Both boats just drifted back and forth and we spent about 90 minutes or so in front of the glacier. In this time we got lots of smaller calving but then we got a very large and major calving almost in front of us. I missed getting all the shots on that one but the very end. When there is major calving there are some good size waves and our captain told everyone to hold on as the waves came. He said they got to us at about 10 feet but when they started they were 20 feet. Since water is so deep the wave dissipates so fast but it still hit us at 10 feet. Well the Gods were looking after us today as a second major calving occurred and this was bigger! The great thing is my camera was right on it as the large chunk broke off as I saw and heard the huge crack just before the fall.

 

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Until you see this for yourself it is so hard to imagine the glacier and icebergs being so blue but they are. It is incredible to see on a cloudy day. The trip back we passed the Oosterdam making her way in. It was truly a wonderful day.

 

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When we got back we still had about 4 hours left in Juneau but we decided to go back to the ship and eat dinner and relax as the next day in Icy Straight was also busy and early as we had both morning and afternoon with FISHES.

 

Nobby

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Nobbync,

Well you are knocking us over with your great photos. I had a chance to go into your albums after talking to you about your time lapse shots of the HAL ships in San Diego a few months ago. Your photograph is very impressive!

 

Are you shooting raw or jpg on your Nikon D300 to get those crisp clear photos? Joyce wants to know how many shots you took to get that one great flying shot of the immature eagle? She gets mad at me when she wants to stay out somewhere for hours to get a good photo. What size lense are you using to get the telephoto shots of the bears or the seals?

 

Keep them coming we are truely enjoying your photos.

Rick

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Hi Nobby: We're following you July 27. I'm especially interested in how the Adventure Bound trip worked out for you and whether you had too much of Tracy Arm with 2 days in a row.

 

Hi Epixx!

Congratulations on getting this trip again. It sounds like there are a fair number of repeaters- and we wish HAL was not discontinuing this one. We'd love to do it again.

 

To OP:

Thanks for posting about your trip. It's a pleasure to read. We did it in August 2010. It took a few months to organize all the photos and print a book and I still have video I haven't "processed."

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We are on the statendam, arriving in Juneau at 8 am, but leave at 6:00 pm.

Were any onboard leaving that early. I see they say they get back about 6:00 pm. We probably have to be onboard by 5:30....do you think this is doable? Thx for all the great review comments and fab photosr

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Oh Nobby, you do NOT disappoint! I'm am reliving every moment of my two sailings on this itinerary from your descriptions and gorgeous photos! that one of the iceburgs in TA looking like giant mushrooms is mesmerizing! Thank you, thank you - fantastic job! Keep up the good work and again - MORE PLEASE!!!!:D

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Hi Epixx!

Congratulations on getting this trip again. It sounds like there are a fair number of repeaters- and we wish HAL was not discontinuing this one. We'd love to do it again.

 

To OP:

Thanks for posting about your trip. It's a pleasure to read. We did it in August 2010. It took a few months to organize all the photos and print a book and I still have video I haven't "processed."

 

Greetings TC!

 

Yep; we liked it so much in 2010 that we convinced my sister and family to join us this time!

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Nobbync,

Well you are knocking us over with your great photos. I had a chance to go into your albums after talking to you about your time lapse shots of the HAL ships in San Diego a few months ago. Your photograph is very impressive!

 

Are you shooting raw or jpg on your Nikon D300 to get those crisp clear photos? Joyce wants to know how many shots you took to get that one great flying shot of the immature eagle? She gets mad at me when she wants to stay out somewhere for hours to get a good photo. What size lense are you using to get the telephoto shots of the bears or the seals?

 

Keep them coming we are truely enjoying your photos.

Rick

 

Thanks Rick! I can't wait for the ships to return to SD to do more of those time-lapse shots now that I know I can do it.

 

I almost always shoot in jpg fine only. I used to shoot everything raw but if you get the settings right or you do not have harsh lighting it really is not needed. I will shoot raw if it is harsh lighting but none of these I had that problem. I do use a meter and I use EV a lot to get the look I want.

 

As for the eagle shot I took 6 photos of that bird but I tracked it for quite awhile. In this case I saw the eagle flying towards us but I locked in on it from far away hoping it kept flying closer. As it flew towards us I got to where I want and shot a 6 photo continous burst so I got it flying regular and then starting to land and this shot was close to landing. Of the 6 shots only one is slightly off focus. Wait till you see the sequence of photos of an eagle catching a fish in Sitka... :D

 

Nobby

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Thanks everyone for the great comments.

 

We are on the statendam, arriving in Juneau at 8 am, but leave at 6:00 pm.

Were any onboard leaving that early. I see they say they get back about 6:00 pm. We probably have to be onboard by 5:30....do you think this is doable? Thx for all the great review comments and fab photosr

 

We got back after 6 pm so I would say it is not a risk I would take. This is my 3rd trip to Juneau and my first time I had the time to do Adventure Bound. You might want to check Major Marine if they have a boat that runs in your time frame. I contacted them as well and they were contracted out to NCL that day and their tour was a bit shorter but they still said we could join them if it does not work with Adventure Bound.

 

Nobby

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Here are a couple more seal photos from Tracy Arm Fjord. Theblue reflection of the glacier with the ice was breathtaking...

 

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The reflection on this is from the cliff walls. Mom and baby keeping a close eye on us. When a harbor seal pup is born here he has that fur blanket on the back to keep him warm. This shot really shows it as it looks likea blanket is wrapped around him.

 

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Nobby

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