S: Alaskan Cruise 2011
BC: Norwegian Pearl Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise August 21-28, 2011 Cora Mae and Ed Sadler Mel, Linda, Cameron Cooper
FC: Alaskan Cruise 2011
1: On our way to Seattle, Washington to board the Norwegian Pearl. | Corpus Christi, Texas
2: After leaving 100+ temps in Texas, Seattle was a wonderful change. The Farmers Market near the pier was fascinating-fresh produce, fish, and flowers everywhere. We enjoyed Dungeness Crab, delicious fruit smoothies, organic berries, and Ranier cherries.
3: Visting the first Starbucks was a must when in Seattle.
4: Ant | After months of anticipation, we were finally boarding the ship, the Norwegian Pearl, to sail the inside passage of Alaska.
5: After going through the process of boarding, we were invited to Deck 12 for the "sail away" party while our cabins were being prepared---lunch, drinks, dancing, swimming, and sunning.
6: One of our hardest decisions---where, oh, where to eat!!! From the buffet at the Garden Cafe (washy, washy, happy, happy) to the Summer Palace, Indigo, Great Outdoors, BBQ Grill or speciality restaurants, we found the food delicious and plentiful,, with an amazing variety!
7: Dinner at Teppanyaki was not only delicious, but so much fun! We enjoyed shrimp, filet mignon, lobster, and grilled vegetables! | The Baked Alaska. was spectacular.
9: The onboard entertainment included the ship dance troupe, "The Pearl Stars,", "Sharkbait," "Oh, What a Night," Bud Andersen, and Dad's favorite ---Brumley's Bluegrass entertainers.
12: Mel was a contestant during one of the game nights, "55 to Stay Alive."
14: Just a pickin' and a singin'! During the cruise, jam sessions went on for hours.
15: Red Head Express (Walker Family), Christy Sutherland, Matt Dudney, Little Roy, and Ronnie Reno entertained.
17: White Pass and Yukon Rail was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. Tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives overcame harsh conditions to create the "railway built of gold." The railroad climbs 3000 feet in 20 miles and has two tunnels, numerous trestles, and bridges.
18: Day 3 of the cruise---Juneau, Alaska Riding in the helicopter to the glacier was thrilling. The blue colors within the ice were varied and dramatic. The surface of the glacier was rough, yet slippery. Advice from our guide---don’t do anything stupid. We cannot get you out if you fall into a crevice!!!
22: Juneau, Alaska | August 23, 2011
23: Rafting trip down the Taiya River Estuary outside of Skagway, Alaska August 24, 2011
24: In Skagway Creek, salmon were swimming up stream throughout the town. Mel tasted locally brewed beer, we watched a documentary about the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, and enjoyed walking around town.
25: Skagway, Alaska
26: View from the balcony of the stateroom. Our rooms were "efficient" and comfortable.
27: Mount Cooper in Glacier Bay
28: Glacier Bay, Alaska
38: Victoria, British Colombia, Canada British Colombia Parliament Building The Empress Hotel Boat houses at Victoria Horbor
39: Cruising on the Norwegian Pearl was quite an adventure! Alaska is a beautiful state, with charming cities and breathtaking scenery!