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Eurodam to Alaska : We came , we saw , we photographed .

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Your pictures are wonderful.....

 

Where did you find the retired Park Ranger for Ketchikan?

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We had hoped for clear weather

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We were near lunch time and Juneau

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Our first Eagle sighting

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Followed by a pair

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And as we slowed the Nieuw Amsterdam gained on us

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and passed us .

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Here's the view from our balcony as we were getting ready for lunch

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So I went to the Port side to take pictures

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Pat had set up and All American lunch while I was gone . Soup , sandwich and Sushi .

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Also the dinner menu had come

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It was 44 F with drizzle and we were about a mile from the city . We watch people disembark as we ate Welcome to Alaska !

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So, 44°F with a drizzle. :eek: If Barry hears that, I'll never get him to Alaska!

 

I think I'll just let him look at specially selected pictures and not let him read anything that mentions cold or rain. :D Based on plans we have already made, I'm afraid that Alaska is a few years down the road for us anyway. There are so many places to visit and things to do on our bucket list, and the more we travel, the more the list seems to grow.

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So, 44°F with a drizzle. :eek: If Barry hears that, I'll never get him to Alaska!

 

I think I'll just let him look at specially selected pictures and not let him read anything that mentions cold or rain. :D Based on plans we have already made, I'm afraid that Alaska is a few years down the road for us anyway. There are so many places to visit and things to do on our bucket list, and the more we travel, the more the list seems to grow.

If cold is a concern, just plan to visit later in the summer. DH and I have done 2 land only trips in late August where the temps were comfortable to warm to downright hot in Fairbanks. You can get rain, but a good jacket and rain pants are worth their weight in gold.

 

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Great pictures, that'll be us on the NA in about 5 weeks. Great detail on the map of the inside passage. Hope the weather got better for you.

Allan

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Your pictures are wonderful.....

 

Where did you find the retired Park Ranger for Ketchikan?

 

We found Stephen on Tours by Locals .

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Disembarking in Juneau

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With the aid of the telephoto we could see the Mt. Roberts Tramway in the distance

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And the Nieuw Amsterdam docked at where we thought that we would be , at the base of the Tramway This cruise would have several Plan B days .

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Ashore waiting for the ride to the helicopter

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When our 6 people were assembled we rode thru Juneau toward the air field as seen in the video clip :

 

 

After arriving , we saw a short video clip , and they took my camera bag from me , and gave us outer boots for walking on the glacier .

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Time to gas up the bird and exchange passengers

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The crew seated the 2 ladies in the front with the pilot and the 4 guys were crowded in the back . I got in last with a window seat for photos . Here's my view

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And Pat's

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And a video as we take off from the airport :

 

Flying over a glacier

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Video , the approach to Herbert Glacier :

 

Video , landing on the Herbert Glacier :

 

Walking on the Glacier

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My cute little penguin always has a smile

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We would rather wear these jackets than a dinner jacket

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A couple of walking on the glacier videos :

 

 

 

As we were returning to leave the ladies agreed to switch places in the front giving Pat the window seat . The guy next to me wanted me to trade my window to him for a place in the middle . I suggested that he trade seats with his partner who stayed by the window and never left the helicopter and that I would trade with the other man .

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As we were boarding the other man said that he would stay in the center and that he would let me keep the window since I was actively videoing . What a nice thing to do , to give up his seat ! :)

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We found Stephen on Tours by Locals .

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We booked him today...he's fine with the 4 of us and we'll just squeeze in....thanks for the tip....definitely want to go to Herring Cove....for possible bear sightings!!! woo hoo!!!

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WOW WOW WOW!!!! your glacier videos are great....I just can't wait...

 

and I'm with you...I'd rather wear those jackets than dinner jackets!!! :):D

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We booked him today...he's fine with the 4 of us and we'll just squeeze in....thanks for the tip....definitely want to go to Herring Cove....for possible bear sightings!!! woo hoo!!!

 

You will be pros after squeezing into the helicopter ! Also , there is a walkway there that will get you so close to the bears that you may become bear bait ! I think that it is about $100 extra p.p. :cool:

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That's one thing I noticed - very little chatter on our Roll Call. Not sure if it's a HAL or Alaska thing or what. Certainly not used it

 

 

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I love these so much! We sail on the Eurodam out of Seattle on 05/27 and we are in a Neptune. My stomach is in knots because our flight lands at noon and we have to be on board by 3. Thanks for all the pictures and info!

 

That's just nuts!

 

Alaska Airlines changed our departure time by 2 hours (& we are on a non-stop), I was never happier to be one of those who arrives a day or 2 early!

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That's just nuts!

 

Alaska Airlines changed our departure time by 2 hours (& we are on a non-stop), I was never happier to be one of those who arrives a day or 2 early!

 

We have adopted the same plan going a day or 2 early and usually staying a day or more afterwards and we're glad that we do ! ;)

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That's just nuts!

 

Alaska Airlines changed our departure time by 2 hours (& we are on a non-stop), I was never happier to be one of those who arrives a day or 2 early!

 

Yes, this will be the last cruise that we do not arrive a day early. Our group has done several cruises with same day arrivals and have never had a problem but with all of the negative press about flights and airlines all over the news right now, it is just stressing me.

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We always fly in the day before (minimum) unless we are driving - even then we prefer to come in the day before

 

 

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Joe and Pat, I found this just this morning and have read all 13 pages to date. Chihuly Gardens didn't exist last time we were in Seattle (year 2001?) but obviously we have to go back. I saw our hotel of choice-Inn at the Market in one of your Pike's Place shots.

I don't see many extensive photo reviews on HAL but I am liking what I see so far. Food looks good!

Keep it coming.

Norris

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My bi & tri-focals are not reading the attachments...

 

Are there "Mexican" options? My last cruise was with a different brand & I enjoyed their "Cantina." (The members of my family are not fans of that cuisine, so I tend to eat my fill on cruises.)

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Joe and Pat, I found this just this morning and have read all 13 pages to date. Chihuly Gardens didn't exist last time we were in Seattle (year 2001?) but obviously we have to go back. I saw our hotel of choice-Inn at the Market in one of your Pike's Place shots.

I don't see many extensive photo reviews on HAL but I am liking what I see so far. Food looks good!

Keep it coming.

Norris

 

Thanks Norris and welcome aboard , we're glad that you could make it !

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