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Cruising Alaska:
Coral Princess (Northbound, Vancouver - Whittier)

by Murray Lundberg

    Days 1 & 2: Vancouver & at Sea
    Day 3: Ketchikan
    Day 4: Juneau
    Day 5 : Skagway
    Day 6: Glacier Bay
    Day 7: Prince William Sound & College Fjord
    Day 8: Whittier to Whitehorse

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Wednesday, June 30: sailing past Haines this morning at 04:55, I was more than a little surprised to see through the heavy rain that there was fresh snow on the highest peaks.

The view up Taiya Inlet from my table at the front of Horizon Court. Oh well, a morning like this makes hot coffee taste ever better

When we docked at Skagway, I was happy that I had no major plans for the day. All I needed to do at some point was walk over to a friend's house to drop off a wonderful Haida talking stick I bought at Arctic Spirit Gallery in Ketchikan. It would have been difficult/expensive to ship, so I'll just pick it up from Brian next week when I drive down.

Cruise West's little Spirit of Discovery, and the Norwegian Pearl - 2 very different ways to see Southeast Alaska. Wnen I posted this photo on my blog it was captioned "Some day we'll give Cruise West a try - for those who want "up close and personal", they're reported to be worth every penny of the substantial extra cost." A few weeks later, however, Cruise West went into bankruptcy, so we're now keeping an eye on other small-ship options.

There must be days like this when some crew members think about taking a contract on a ship that sails in the Caribbean year round. This fellow is pushing excess water off the walking area.

Looking down Broadway at the Norwegian Star. By noon when I left the ship it had almost stopped raining - this was shot at 12:40.

It was great to see that Soapy Smith's Parlor is finally being restored.

I got ready for my sailaway talk early and went to Steve Hites' 7:15 show. I've known Steve since I started running tours in 1990, and it was wonderful to see him again. He was, of course, very surprised to find another local working on the ship! Neither of us had time for a long visit, but I thoroughly enjoyed his music-and-history show. His Inside Passage: Songs and Stories of Alaska CD is available at Amazon.

A final look at Skagway from the bridge as we backed away from the Railroad Dock at 8:30pm. As you can see, we were the last ship to leave, having spent over 14 hours there.

A crew member walks out to haul down the Princess flag as we sail back down Taiya Inlet.

A final look out my porthole at 10:20pm.

To Day 6: Glacier Bay