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Old 08-13-2014, 11:51 PM   #16
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Vancouver Day 2

One thing before we go on that I don't think that I mentioned before was about the weather. We were expecting to head to the Northwest and enjoy some nice cool temperatures and maybe a little rain. Instead we got mid to high 80's the time we were in Seattle and Vancouver. It was lucky that we all brought shorts. We also had exceptional weather while in Alaska as well.

The next day we met up with some more people and went to Capilano Bridge. They offered free bus service from the Pan Pacific and we caught the 1st bus of the day. We had a few people that were very hesitant about going over the suspension bridge but with a little help they made it. We did the Treetop walk, walked around some of the nature trails and watched the birds of prey demonstration. We then went back across the bridge and did the cliff walk. It was a nice morning and we were able to catch the bus back to the Pan Pacific.

The bridge


Looking down at the Capilano river from the middle of the bridge.


Looking up at the Tree Top Walk. Kind of like zip-lining but walking between trees.


There is a lot of walking and climbing stairs here just to warn you.


Next we went to the Birds of Prey talk. They had a Harris hawk, Redtail hawk and a barn owl. Interesting talk.




They had some small ponds with trout swimming.


After going back over the suspension bridge we did the cliff walk.


The walk way was sturdy and did not move like the bridge.


Looking back at the suspension bridge.




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Vancouver Day 2 continued

After lunch we had planned a Vancouver Mysteries Adventure. We had to break up into teams of 4 and they gave us a small backpack filled with clues and tools to solve the mystery. It took us all over downtown Vancouver was a great way to see the area.

Our leaders of the Mystery Tour


You learn a little history of Vancouver while you are looking for clues.


From the oldest church in Vancouver dating back to 1889.


Got a bit creative while walking around downtown.


After this we had a dinner planned for all 42 of us at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown. While they said they were large party specialist, we wound up being 2 tables short been trying to see all of us. It took a while but they finally manage to get the rest of us seated in the general area of the large table. The food was good and it was good to see everybody.

This was our large table but we still needed 3 more tables.


The Steam Clock in Gastown.


Everyone wanted to go home and pack because tomorrow we were getting on the Wonder.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:33 AM   #18
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Boarding the Wonder

The next morning I woke up early so I could try to catch the wonder sailing in the Vancouver. The Pan Pacific has its pool deck on the 5th floor so it gave a great vantage point for taking some pictures. We grabbed a quick breakfast at Starbucks next-door and had the bellhop service take our bags to the ship. We all met up and headed down to Canada Place cruise terminal about 10 AM. We had to wait for about 15 minutes for security to open up and then proceeded through immigration. That was on the check-in for the cruise. Most of our group got boarding number 3 so we got on the ship fairly early.

It was a little hazy in the morning but got the Wonder just as it crossed under Lion's Gate Bridge.






Wonder as it backed into Canada Place


Capt Guus looking nervous as his ship is being docked.


Finally docked.


Me and my DW waiting to board.


The big push as we started to board.


My DD's heading up the gangway.


We had a nice lunch at Parrot Cay and then went to check out our room. Our group had reserved Diversions for a get together. After this we went to the safety drill and then back to the cabin to start unpacking.

Starters from the buffet at Parrot Cay.


The dessert sampler


Pacific Place from the ship


I went up to take pictures of the sail away party. Then came the announcement that we were waiting for about 20 people that their flight had been delayed and would not be leaving until about 7 PM.

Sailaway Party begins




Then the real stars appeared








Somewhere around 7 PM we did finally get away and had out of Vancouver. There are some beautiful views of Vancouver and Stanley Park is sailed under the Lions Gate Bridge.

Pulling away from Canada Place


Sailing under Lion's Gate bridge


Our 1st night dinner was at Parrot Cay. Met up with her waitstaff were very nice but somewhat confused. Since we all were sitting in the same area we switched seats so that all the kids could sit at one table. It kind of confused her waitstaff because we weren’t the names that were on their list. The food seemed to be better than the last time we were on a Disney ship. And they kept reiterating that they wanted to give us excellent service. It almost seemed that they had complaints in the past.

Baked Crab Dip Martinique
Jumbo Lump Crab Baked in Creamy Cheese Sauce served with colorful Tortilla and Plantain Chips


Caribbean Roasted Chicken
Half a Chicken served with Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Corn Kernel and Marinated Shallots with a Spice Glace


Pan – Seared Grouper
With Baby Shrimp Lemon Butter
Served with a Saffron- Herb Basmati Rice and Snow Peas


Desserts


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Old 08-14-2014, 06:59 AM   #19
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Thank you all! There is a lot of vacation to go.



I will get to the Sawyer Glacier later but we have been there twice in July and it does not melt. I was comparing pictures from 2006 and this year and to be honest I don't see much difference. I hear that it is receding but that is what glaciers do over many hundred of years. There will be plenty of glacier and icebergs to see in July.
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Im really enjoying your report so far and looking forward to the rest. We are sailing on the Wonder next July!
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Enjoying so much and anxiously waiting for the next installment. We leave in a week!
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Your photos are beautiful! Love the ones of the ship pulling into port.
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Taking this cruise in 2 weeks and I'm loving your trip report. Your photos are really outstanding!
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:27 AM   #24
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Thank you all. Will try to get this done for those of you going soon. Very envious of you.

The next day was a sea day and we really didnít have anything planned. We had tickets to go see the Frozen characters but totally forgot about it and missed our appointment time. My oldest daughter had never been able to go to Palo and we had made reservations for her and 2 other young adults in our group to enjoy brunch. My wife and I wanted around the ship and wound up at Tritons for lunch. Later on in the afternoon our group had put together a mixology class. We had a lot of fun with making drinks.

Walking around deck 4


Lunch at Triton's
Seafood appetizer


Grilled Cheese with turkey


Chicken Salad


Key Lime Pie


Chocolate Mousse cake


Came back to the room and our Steward had set up Teddy to enjoy the cruise.


Drinks for Mixology


About the time we were done with Mixology we were transiting the Inside Passage near Prince Rupert.










That night we were at Tritons for formal night. It was the Golden Mickey menu. Again everything was wonderful.













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Day 3 Tracy Arm Fjord

On our next day we were going to visit Tracy Arm fjord. A bunch of us went up to the front of the ship on deck 10. It was very cold since the wind was blowing. Later I wondered to the back of the ship and found that some of us had gotten tables at Beach Blanket Buffet. So many of us to sit around and enjoyed the barbecue and the scenery as it went by. It was such a beautiful sunny day. We have been here on another cruise back and 2006 and it was very overcast. I heard that the front of the ship was quite crowded but I knew that the ship would turn around and you would get the same views on the way out.

Heading to Tracy Arm


I am going to continue on the next post to add more pictures.
Our huddled group at the front of the ship


They were serving hot chocolate up at the front


We did spot some whales and grabbed a shot just in case we did not see any in Juneau.


Looking for bears on the coast


The lunch menu for the BBQ in the back at BBB.


Steak grilling


Sausages


Chicken


Saw our first iceberg




Then we start down the fjord


Glacial water is very green almost like the Caribbean because of all of the silt.


Waterfalls are everywhere.




Looking up the fork where the North Sawyer Glacier is located.


Passing by the small island in the fjord.


Starting to see seals on the icebergs. I got some better pictures later on the way out from deck 4.


Mountains jutting up all along the fjord


The icebergs are getting bigger


The Wonder launched one of the life boats to go out and get an iceberg to bring back to the ship as well as some photographers.

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Day 3 Tracy Arm Fjord continued

And then we arrived at South Sawyer Glacier




Blue iceberg. Glacier ice is blue until it is exposed to the air then it turns white.



Glacier up close


The glacier calved once but we missed it.


On the way back out of the fjord I went down to deck 4 to get a little closer view of the seals on the icebergs as well as some of the waterfalls.

Lifeboat coming back to the ship


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Day 4 Skagway White Pass Train

The next morning we arrived in Skagway. Weather was overcast but it wasnít raining. We had about 30 of us looked on an excursion with Chilkoot tours. We had two small buses that drove us up the Yukon highway with stops along the way. Once we passed over into Canada and then return on the White Pass & Yukon train back to Skagway. Once we got up to White Pass the overcast skies disappeared and was quite beautiful.

Wonder docked in Skagway


Skagway Street Car tour (this is not ours)


Another view of the Wonder in port


Our first stop along the Klondike highway was Pitchfork falls. Our driver timed it perfectly so we could catch the train going over.


A few miles up the road we stopped at another waterfall


Another waterfall up in the mountains


A cantilever bridge we went over. Only one side is attached since the road moves so much from earthquakes.


We next stopped at the welcome to Alaska sign so everyone could take family pictures.


We finally made it to the top of White Pass summit and the clouds began to clear. This are is more arctic tundra than down below.


We then had to stop at the border for passport check. The secret is to make here prior to the train arriving since the border agents can only do cars or train at one time. We were the last vehicle through before they closed the border.


When the train gets to the top they switch the engine instead of turning the entire train around.


We had a short time before boarding to sneak down to Summit lake and snap a picture.


Train station of Fraser


Engine connected so we could start boarding. Our two buses had our own car on the train which was nice.


Our conductor


The had a cute little pot belly stove in the car to keep you warm. It was really not that cold but it was a nice touch.


Then we started down the the hill.


Soon we passed the border.



We did not go over this old trestle




Pitchfork Falls from the train


Looking down the cliff to the Skagway river below.


Finally back down to river level and our return to Skagway
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Day 4 Skagway Mushers Camp

We walked around Skagway after our train ride and then decided to go back to the ship for lunch. We had a 3 PM Mushers Camp excursion planned.

Downtown Skagway with the Wonder parked in what appears the middle of the street.


Visitor Center covered in driftwood


Walking back to the ship


This is pretty much the entire town of Skagway.


We boarded another small bus which took us on about a 30 minute ride north of Skagway to the base camp. We then boarded a Unimog vehicle to climb up the hill to where the dogs were located. Once we were to the top we boarded what I would call large golf cart type vehicles for our dogsled trip through the forest. We probably went a little over a mile on maybe a 20 minute ride.

After the ride we were able to get out and talk to the dogs. I guess everybody is under the impression that these are Siberian Huskies and not Alaskan Huskies. These dogs are bread for their endurance and ability to handle cold weather. All of them are in training for the Iditarod race during winter.

When we finished talking to the dogs we once again boarded the Unimog for the trip down the hill. At the base camp we then listened to a short talk by one of the musters the participated in last year’s Iditarod race.

After that we got to go look at some of the Alaskan husky puppies. My girls were very excited to do this. They had some puppies that were born just earlier in the week. Then we got to hold some that were a few weeks old.

We then boarded our bus and returned to Skagway. It was a long day a lot of fun. Dinner that night was back at Parrot Cay.


Off to Mushers Camp. A 30 min bus ride to here and we had to walk to the main camp.


Main Camp


From here we took a Unimog up the hill to where the dogs were.


This was our dog sled


Off we went through the forest




We got to get out and meet the dogs




They were very friendly


Back down the hill to the base camp. Half way down we stopped a lookout to take pictures. A Princess ship in port can be seen.


Musher giving a talk on how they take care of the dogs.


Then on to the puppies. This was was less than a week old.


Then some puppies that were a few weeks old


Then we walked back to the bus for our ride to the ship
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Day 5 Juneau Whale Watching

The next day we arrived in Juneau. We had booked a whale watching tour with Orca Enterprises for 11 AM. This really didnít give us enough time in the morning to head out to Mendenhall glacier like I wanted. We visited there in 2006 so I didnít feel that bad about. My wife and I hopped on a bus and went into town since I needed to find an ATM machine. We went back to the ship and waited for our excursion bus to pick us up.



Ran into Capt Guus as we were getting off the ship


Really wish we could have gone up on the tram since it was such a beautiful day.


We had reserved an entire boat for our group and were really excited about seeing some whales. We had used orca in 2006 and had a really good experience with them. Again we had Capt. Larry who is quite a character. The boat we were on was extremely fast so we were able to go quite a distance away from Juneau to find whales. We saw one after about 20 minutes. I was hoping that there would be more and we took off and went for another 15 minutes or so. When we came around this one island there were several boats parked along the coast. All of a sudden there were about 10 to 15 humpbacks all bubble feeding. We watch this for almost an hour. It was truly amazing.

On our way back to Juneau we were able to sea lions, Eagles and harbor seals.


Off to Auke Bay the catch our boat


Our boat with Capt Larry


Whales ahoy


Whales bubble feeding




Making a big splash








Next we stopped by a buoy to see some sea lions




Mendenhall Glacier


After her return to Juneau we had just enough time to head over to Tracyís crab shack. This is something that I read about and really wanted to experience. We ordered one of the combinations which included one King crab leg, for crab cakes, a bowl of crab bisque, and garlic rolls. The crab was unbelievable. Nothing like you would get on the ship.





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That night was Pixar night and I actually got out taking some pictures of the characters. It was also semi-formal night and we ate at Triton's again.









I took my flash to dinner so I got some good pictures of dinner. My DW with her 3D glasses on. Only the front of the menu is in 3D.












Later that night I went out to get some pictures of the ship








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