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22 June 2017; Skagway, Alaska.

22 June 2017; Skagway, Alaska.

If there was a channel or fairway between Juneau and Skagway, we could cover the distance between the two ports in a few hours. However there is a big mountain range in between which means we have to sail in a big curve around it. First retracing our steps by sailing out of Gastineau channel…   read more of “22 June 2017;…”

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22 June 207; Juneau, Alaska.

22 June 207; Juneau, Alaska.

Today we had “Princess Day” in Juneau. Your good old Noordam was sandwiched in between three Princess ships. The Grand Princess, Coral Princess who were there when we arrived and who were later on followed by the Emerald Princess. Which meant that the whole port was taken up by one company. Sort of. Holland America…   read more of “22 June 207;…”

20 June 2017; Ketchikan, Alaska.

20 June 2017; Ketchikan, Alaska.

We still had some good scenery while sailing through Grenville Channel but it was too misty to see any wildlife. Either they were obscured or the Bears, Moose and Goats decided to stay inside until it stopped raining. From The Triple Island Pilot Station it is only a short distance to reach the Twin Island…   read more of “20 June 2017;…”

18 June 2017; Vancouver, Canada.

18 June 2017; Vancouver, Canada.

It was good that it was change over day today as the weather was not up to cruising standards, even for North West standards.  It was gloomy, chilly and rainy. Most guests transferred from the ship directly into a coach for Vancouver Airport or back to the USA; but a steady stream walked their own…   read more of “18 June 2017;…”

16 June 2017, Ketchikan, Alaska.

16 June 2017, Ketchikan, Alaska.

Ketchikan has been growing in the same way as Juneau, although it always seemed a smaller place as it did not have the Government machinery to sustain its existence. Ketchikan was always about logging and fishing and after the 1970’s it profited from the boom in Alaska tourism. Since then it has acted as the…   read more of “16 June 2017,…”

15 June 2017; Juneau, Alaska.

15 June 2017; Juneau, Alaska.

I have been visiting Juneau with the ships from 1982 onwards until now. It was never right to say that Juneau was a sleepy backwater as was and is the capital of Alaska with all the major offices located here, but outside the area which forms a sort of Government district things were still very…   read more of “15 June 2017;…”