Final Reflections
Alaska - A Deeper Shade of Blue

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
Orange Sorbet

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
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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
Gold Rush - All a man needs for a year

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
Seals in Glacier Bay

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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Hubbard Glacier – Totally Awesome!
Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier – Totally Awesome!

Today, the ship sailed into Yakutat Bay en route to the immense Hubbard Glacier - the "Galloping Glacier".  It was a colder day today and I was grateful to have…

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En voyage to the Sapphire Princess
Alaskan Beaches from the railroad

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 …
Brown Bear - Denali

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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