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Cruising Alaska:
Celebrity Infinity ("Ultimate Alaska" 11-Night)

by Murray Lundberg

Cruise Day 5: Juneau

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Saturday, May 15: one of the many quiet spots on the Infinity where you can just sit and watch the world go by. This is on Deck 4. Of course at 05:20 when this was shot, the whole ship is very quiet.

Near the mouth of Endicott Arm south of Juneau at 05:25. There were a few humpback whales and dolphins to watch (as usual in this area), but other than me and a couple of other folks, the viewing areas were pretty much empty.

Just before I took this shot at 08:00, there was another humpback whale fairly close to the ship right in front of me - what a superb start to the day!

Just south of Juneau (at 09:15) we spotted the first land wildlife of the cruise, a mountain goat, just seen in this photo as a dot to the left of the waterfall.

Being close to the water, the window of our cabin got a good layer of salt and grime on the trip up the coast, and our visibility had become quite poor. Within an hour of arriving at Juneau, that was taken care of.

There's seldom a need to go looking for things such as blankets - everything has already been thought of on the Infinity.

A little bear watching for fish in the swimming pool - without any luck!

I love watching floatplanes such as this Turbo Otter.

This crow was happy to share a bit of my breakfast.

There's a fair bit of painting being done, both on the exterior and interior of the ship.

We took a Juneau Tours shuttle bus out to the Mendenhall Glacier ($14 per person there and back), intending to walk out to Nugget Falls.

Mendenhall Glacier is receding at the rate of about 65 feet per year recently - when I was here in 2007 this waterfall was flowing out of the glacier.

Nugget Falls.

Nugget Falls and the Mendenhall Glacier.

Although we walked out to Nugget Falls on the old route, we went back to the parking lot on the new trail, which isn't officially open yet but is complete except for one small bridge.

A visit to the USFS Visitor Center is well worth the $3 admission charge. Both the static displays and film are excellent.

We did a bit of people-watching while enjoying a latte at Heritage Coffee on Franklin (our favourite place for both activities), then popped across the street to the Alaska Fudge Company to get survival rations for the long trek back to the ship (nearly 6 blocks!).

I decided here that I need a small camera for trips like this, so bought a Fuji S1800 at Art Sutch's little camera shop downtown - most of the photos that follow in this journal were shot with it. Contrary to what most people expect from stores like that, the price I paid was only a few bucks higher than Amazon.

Attendance at the late show (10:45, for those with 2nd-seating dinner) has been light every night. It may be the older-than-average passenger list, or having more non-Americans than usual (many who don't speak English).

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