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

by Murray Lundberg

Cruise Day 6: Skagway

Page 1, & Trip Index

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Saturday, May 15: I awoke to a cold, light rain - this was shot at 05:30 about half an hour out of Skagway.

An extremely low tide. On the right is the Temsco Helicopters base (they're the only helicopter operator in Skagway), the Skagway River, and on the far left, Yakutania Point, a popular destination for people looking for a short hike.

The crew held a lifeboat drill that was interesting to watch parts of. This view was from our cabin on Deck 3.

We docked at the Ore Dock - from there it's an easy walk to town, perhaps 4 blocks. You can see a map of Skagway here.

The free National Park Service walking tours provide an excellent introduction to Skagway's history. Each ranger develops their own program so you could go on 2 or 3 and get very different perspectives on it.

Friends drove down from Whitehorse to have lunch with us. I'd heard that the Skagway Brewing Company now has the best halibut and chips in Skagway, and it's true. The Red Star ale I had was also very good.

With the sun out, the view up Broadway looks really inviting, but there was a strong, bitterly cold south wind that made the SMART shuttle buses a very popular way to get back the ships.

A cute touch on the front wall of the Chilkoot Trail Center, a National park Service office where hikers check in and get an orientation before heading up the historic Chilkoot Trail.

Looking down Broadway to the Radiance of the Seas.

Boarding the Infinity was a very simple, quick process. You log off the ship with your SeaPass card, and log back on, going through a basic airport-style x-ray machine.

A view of the helicopter base from an upper deck of the Infinity.

The Radiance of the Seas sails down Chilkoot Inlet at 7:05pm.

Our head waiter, Eduardo, is wonderful – attentive and charming. Here he presents the options for dessert – “yummy, yummy!”

The classical quartet “Anthem Strings” plays in the tiny Cova Cafe di Milano every evening. We aren’t taking advantage of nearly enough of the music or other activities on the ship, but there are only so many hours in a day!

The view from our cabin as we sailed down Lynn Canal at 10:45pm. This was shot with my Digital Rebel because the same shot taken with the Fuji didn't turn out as well. This was shot at ISO 1600 with a 1/2-second exposure, hand-held.

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