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Carnival Legend Alaska Glacier Bay, Aug 15-22, '17 A Trip To Be or Not To Be Eclipsed

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But they label the "Appetizers" "Entrees" which screwed us up for most of the week because we normally consider entrees to be our main meal.

 

 

 

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I noticed the same thing on the menu on our cruise. I suppose they printed out the menus, but did not catch the error in time.

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Thursday August 17- At Sea/Juneau, 2 pm to 10 pm

 

 

Clocks were set back an hour overnight. I woke around 5 am and made my way up to Lido deck to find coffee.

 

We had breakfast in the dining room on the Lido deck.

 

The boys went back to the room and Mark and I roamed around the ship a bit. We checked out the ship’s library.

 

 

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Ben was worried because he only had one book to read during the trip. He enjoys non-fiction works, particularly on topics of history or politics. The book he was reading (for pleasure) was “Why Nations Fail”. The one he regretted leaving behind at home was Kissinger’s “Diplomacy”.

 

I searched the books on the shelves which I presume you could borrow and I was surprised to find a few that I thought he might be interested in. One about Lincoln, something else about the founding fathers and then a third, but I don't remember what that was. I grabbed them, but returned them on the last day since he didn’t end up needing another book.

 

There was some general knowledge trivia that morning in the Red Frog lounge area, so we went to check that out. Hearing the questions as we were walking by the previous day, I expected the content to be easy.

 

I was wrong.

 

The lounge was also packed, so we had to grab a piece of the floor across the hall. I couldn't really hear the questions well, so we left. We went up to the Lido Deck and found a table where we read, talked and watched the water.

 

We ate lunch in the main dining room.

 

 

 

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For starters, I ordered the Caribbean Pepperpot soup and all of the guys ordered sushi.

 

 

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The soup was not good. It had absolutely no flavor.

 

The sushi was worse!

 

The rice was gummy, the cream cheese was gross and Mark said if he could have spit it out gracefully he would have.

 

I hate to waste food, but there was no way we could eat this. The waiter cleared away our plates but never asked why there was so much sushi left over.

 

The meals were a bit better, I think. Can’t really remember, except that Ben’s pasta was the best thing at the table. Mark got the swai nicoise, I don’t know why I don’t have a picture. I got the baguette with shrimp and crabmeat. I’m not sure what Nate got either- maybe the sandwich also.

 

 

 

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We didn’t stick around for dessert.

 

 

Next Up: Any Port in a Storm- Juneau What the Rainiest City in North America is?

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Thursday August 17: Any Port in a Storm- Juneau What the Rainiest City in North America is?

 

 

Pulling into Juneau:

 

 

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I didn't know until our stop here that Juneau is the rainiest city in the United States! True to that, it was overcast/sprinkling/pouring throughout our visit. We lucked out and it was not too bad while we were at Mendenhall.

 

 

After reading reviews on Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic, we decided to book a combination whale watch and Mendenhall Glacier tour through Juneau Whale Watch. I booked it through their website in February and received an early booking discount. The cost was around $130 per person, not including gratuities to the transfer drivers or whale watch crew. I think a similar tour was $200 through Carnival.

 

 

Juneau Whale Watch

 

 

We got off the ship and met someone from the tour under the Mt. Robert’s Tramway. He pointed us to our bus and told us we would be going to the glacier and then would meet at the bus stop at 4:45 for transportation to the whale watch.

 

 

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We considered going up in the tram when our tour was over, but the top of the hill was under cloud cover when we got back.

 

It was raining on our drive over to the glacier, but it lightened up significantly while were there, sprinkling on and off.

 

 

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We got off the bus and followed the signs to the Nugget Falls trail.

 

 

Shortly after starting on the path, there was a sign saying the trail was flooded out ahead.

 

 

We decided to continue on and make it as far as we could. We only encountered one small puddle that we had to hop over so I’m glad we didn’t let the sign turn us back.

 

 

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On our way back towards the visitor’s center we ran into this guy:

 

 

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Look, an animal that comes with his own toothpicks!

 

 

Here are a few pictures from the viewing spot.

 

 

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I love this blue hue!

 

 

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We had a few minutes so we walked towards this creek and saw some salmon. At times people have seen bears but we didn’t have any encounters here.

 

 

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It was time for the second part of our tour, whale watching from Auke Bay.

 

 

Next Up: Thar She Blows!

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Hi! Following along too. Cruising June 2018 w/our 17 yr old son. I'm thinking of booking Juneau Whale Watch, so I'm interested in what you thought of the 2nd part of the tour.

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Enjoying your review and the very nice photos, especially the glacier.

 

 

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So sorry to take so long for the next update. I am in the car on the way to port canaveral to board the fantasy so it will be a bit longer before I get to it

 

Spoiler alert preview. We loved Juneau whale watch. We booked early in 2017 and got a discount.

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So sorry to take so long for the next update. I am in the car on the way to port canaveral to board the fantasy so it will be a bit longer before I get to it

 

Spoiler alert preview. We loved Juneau whale watch. We booked early in 2017 and got a discount.

 

Enjoy your cruise!

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I had a B2B booked on the Spirit about 10 years ago. Had to cancel it and I have been itching to book another, but it's not in the budget. :( So I LOVE reading reviews like yours and seeing your pictures. You are writing a review of one cruise while on your way to another. I am SUPER JEALOUS! Thanks for taking us along on this trip

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Hey everyone! No, I have not abandoned ship. Well sort of... I am back from my Disney cruise- Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Castaway Cay. Lots of differences between the two trips, including but not limited to my travel partner and the destinations. I'll probably do a report for that trip, eventually!

 

Thanks for sticking with me. After replies, whale watch review coming up.

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