Final Reflections

Now that our trip has come to an end, it is time for some final reflections. This is the first travel blog I have ever written and my purpose is…

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Homeward Bound

Today is our last day. Disembarkation was, as I expected, a bit tedious. We had pre-booked a shuttle bus transfer to Vancouver airport which, with the benefit of hindsight was…

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Dining at the Chef’s Table

Tonight, we were due to meet the chef and maître d' and 8 other passengers for hors d'oeuvres in the galley (kitchen) at 7 to begin an indulgent dining experience…

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Bear Tracking – Ketchikan

Today, we boarded a bus and then a small boat to take us to Neet's Bay. There is a not-profit-salmon hatchery based there, which makes it good territory for bear…

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Exploring Gold Rush Country

By morning, we had arrived at the little goldrush town of Skagway. We joined a tour to hike part of the Chilkoot Trail. This was one of two routes followed…

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Basking Seals in Glacier Bay

Today started well with breakfast at Sabitinis, which included a couple of mimosas (buck's fizz). As the ship sailed through Icy Strait into Glacier Bay, we took the opportunity to…

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En voyage to the Sapphire Princess

Today, we took the Alaskan Railroad train again from Anchorage to Whittier. The journey this time was much shorter. Check in was at 8.45 for a 9.45 departure and we…

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Back to Civilisation …

I slept badly, conscious of a horribly early 5am wake up call to board the 6am bus back to the park entrance. The same old dilapidated school bus that had…

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