Our WONDERful first trip "home" to Alaska- A Trip Report -Finished 1/8!!!

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  1. happenin2you

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    The wine tasting is something we always do on Carnival cruises and we always have a great time. On this cruise, the tasting seemed like there was something missing in the planning. We still enjoyed ourselves, just not as much as we have in the past with carnival. We tasted five wines. The picture only shows four because the last one was a dessert wine that they brought out last.
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    After the tasting they gave us a pin for having been there. I thought it was a nice touch. There was a truffle for each of us to enjoy with our last glass of wine.

    Just for comparison purposes, this is from a Carnival wine tasting. They include food and have you taste each wine, then instruct you to taste it with a specific food so that you can understand how they influence each others flavors. At this one there was salmon, filet mignon, crackers to clear the palate, blueberries, strawberry, sugar, brie, salt, limes, and lemons. The other difference is that the Carnival tasting is done by the Sommelier on board, whereas the Disney tasting was done by three wine "experts" from the ship who kept passing the mike around and didn't seem to have solid answers for questions that were asked. I guess I'm kind of a wine snob, but if you're offering tastings, they should be informative.
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    We had a short break and then it was time for our bloody mary tasting. I had no idea what this would include, but I was excited. After having done so many wine tastings where you get a small sample of the wine, I was pleasantly suprised and scared at the same time to see five full drinks for us to sample. I felt like I was really getting my money's worth for the value on this one, but if you've ever had a bloody mary, they're like meal. I can usually only drink one.
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    Like I said, I didn't really know what was going to be different about each of these, but once it got set in motion, I feel like Disney really dropped the ball big time on this one. The first one (if you notice in the picture they are numbered, you can't see the 1, but it was the one at the bottom of the photo) was a regular bloody mary, the second was a bloody caesar. The guy leading the tasting, Jesus, was trying to have people guess the differences between the drinks. Well, if you know what a bloody caesar is, then you know it's made with clamato instead of tomato, which is a blend of tomato and clam juice. Big problem for people who are allergic to shellfish. There was one guy in the room who was allergic and super pissed that instead of being warned, we were playing a guessing game to see what was in the drink. It just seems obvious to me that with a food allergy as major as shellfish, that it would occur to someone to warn people they may encounter it. The guy was very angry (understandably), but I feel like it kinda put a damper on it for the rest of us. It went from a good time to a very tense time. All could have been avoided if they would have warned for allergies. The next drink was a bloody maria, which is a regular bloody mary but with tequila instead of vodka. Next was a michelada, which are super common in our area and my husband loves them, but it is beer with clamato and spices. The last one was a regular bloody mary made with salmon flavored vodka that is specific to Alaska. The flavor was very good and smokey. Afterwards, Jesus offered us samples, basically shots =), of the salmon vodka. It was soo good! I enjoyed tasting all the variations, but I probably wouldn't do it again. It was just too much since these are such heavy drinks. Although, talking, or typing haha, about it makes me want a bloody mary right now. Just hold on while I go make one =) Ah, the perfect spicy blend of Svedka Citron vodka, Dr. Swami & Bone Daddy's Cajun bloody mary mix, Tabasco, celery salt, and fresh ground black pepper. It's a spicy one, so I think I'll be sipping on this for a while.

    My next missed whale spotting opportunity came here, where Chris was seated across from me with his newly purchased "binocs" from our favorite South African Lee from Shutters. We saw her everywhere and she remembered us each time. Anyway, Chris saw a whale, but they are so quick, I missed it again.
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    Some obligatory porthole pictures.
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    Minnie was out, but she had a huge line...
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    We went back to our cabin to get ready for formal night, which was kinda hard without my blow dryer and the sad imitation for one they have in the room... oh well.
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    The progression of Mickey as you walk in.
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    After all those tastings from the day, I was a little buzzed, so I failed on the food pics a little. I still got them, they were just partially eaten sometimes before I figured out I should be taking pictures. Sorry... Menu descriptions are from allears. Chris started with the Crispy Cheese Ravioli - Breaded envelopes served with Tomato Concasse and Lemon Zest.
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    I had Caramelized Bay Scallops - served on a Leek and Sun-dried Tomato Risotto
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    And after the amazing strawberry soup earlier, how could I pass on Sangria Bisque - chilled Fruit Puree lightly flavored with Red Wine?
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    Although what I really wanted was Chris' Broccoli and Maytag Blue Cheese Soup - topped with crushed Walnuts, but I didn't want to duplicate orders when we could try something new and share.
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    I wasn't that excited about most of the entree options, so I went "safe" with Jumbo Shrimp and Porcini Mushroom Tagliatelle - with a Garlic-Porcini Mushroom Cream Sauce topped with Parmesan Shavings.
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    Chris also had a "safe" night Oven-roasted Tom Turkey Breast - Green beans, Sweet Mashed Potatoes, Rosemary Stuffing, Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry Relish.
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    What's left of my Golden Mickey's Sweet Temptations - A trio of Creme Brulee, The Golden Chocolate Award, and Raspberry Cheesecake.
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    And Chris' (I'm totally guessing here based on the lack of food in the photo ahaha!) Baked Apple and Blueberry Pithiviers - Almond Cream, Puff Pastry, and Cider Cream.
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    After dinner we went to the Golden Mickey's, which was amazing! We found this towel creation in our room after the show. We had gone back to grab jackets so we could take some pictures outside.
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    Up next: Some outside shots, Cove Cafe, and Wavebands
     
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    We had some time to burn before the comedian ventriloquist Michael Harrison was supposed to be performing in Wavebands, so we went up to the top deck to take some pictures of the sunsetting. And the wake.
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    This is about 9:45 pm.
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    Never get enough of this!
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    I knew this wouldn't come out well, but it was the only way I knew to be in the picture with the sun.
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    We snagged the table in the corner of the cafe facing the sunset.
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    Chris had the Coffee Toledo and I had the Mint Mocha Latte
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    Three suns
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    The server warned me that this drink is very minty and people often complain and send it back. I thought it was fine.
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    Short video of outside at 10:30 pm, still light out
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    We never did get to see the sun set because the clouds came in and covered the sun. It was still quite light out at that time, so we're not sure when the sun actually set.
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    Computer chip design detail in Wavebands
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    We watched the comedy show, which was funny, and then stayed for the One Hit Wonders trivia. They would play a song until someone ran up to the stage with the name and artist, then that person would get a free shot. We watched for a while and then went back to our room to go to bed because we were planning to wake up early and hit the gym again.

    Up next: Breakfast at Triton's, the Art of Entertaining, and Tracy Arm day
     
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    I'm so glad you're back! I've been in trip report withdrawal! :rotfl: Love the pictures!
     
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    You must really be in withdrawal now! I'm working on an update right now, though, so no worries :rotfl2:
     
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    I was just working on an update and when I submit it, my internet crashed... and since I didn't copy it, it's gone. Guess you guys will have to wait until tomorrow for me to get an update in. Sorry :confused3
     
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    Ok, let's try this again...

    This day started much like the previous. We had a bit of breakfast delivered to our room bright and early to have food on our stomachs for the gym, went to the gym, returned to our room to get ready for the day, then had breakfast at Triton's. Chris couldn't decided between Eggs Bendict and Lox and Bagels, so he got both.
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    I had a standard meat, potatoes, and eggs breakfast.
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    We both had bread, me a muffin, and him some toast.
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    Everything was good, standard breakfast fare. Next we peeked outside to check on the day
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    A short video of outside
    Next we went to the cooking demonstration.
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    And I tried on this hat, but it wasn't as cute as one I'd tried in Canada, so I passed on it. Shoud have gotten the one in Canada...
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    Next we wanted to stake out our spot because I had read on here that you need to get out there early or all the good spots are taken. So I followed the directions of those before me, found a spot at about 11 am, and sat there freezing my buns off for about 4 hours. To those of you going on this cruise, I say do what ever you want during the day and when you start getting close to the glacier, go up on deck and check it out. There's no good reason to be sitting outside in the cold for all that time. The ship hangs around the glacier for about an hour as it approaches, turns, and leaves, so there will be plenty of time to see it. I promise. By the time we got close to the glacier, we abandoned our spot to see it from the front of the ship, and we had no trouble getting a great view of it. There were naturalist talks going on in the theatre and a salmon bake that we missed out on because we didn't want to miss anything from our spot. I also did not see any whales during the 4 hours I spent staring off the ship at nature. Also, something was going on at Tracy Arm and the ships were not able to get very close to the glacier, I think a chunk had just broken off, so our captain decided to take us to Endicott Arm instead. It was lovely. That being said, brace yourself for tons of pictures.
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    Short video
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    Notice as we get closer to the glacier the water changes in color from a dark almost black to this awesome bluish-green color.

    Next: More glacier
     
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    Next up: More glacier and Animator's Palate
     
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    I told him he wasn't smiling big enough, so...
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    Upclose video of the glacier
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    After this, we went to the sandwich places near the pools and had half sandwiches to hold us over until dinner since we had missed lunch. Then we went back to the room and I took a hot shower to try to get the chill out of my bones. A couple shots of the outside before dinner.
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    The menu had different animations on everyone's.
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    Chris had the Sesame-flavored Rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake - with Asian barbecue sauce and topped with micro greens which was really good.
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    And I had Roma Tomato and Portobello Mushrooms on Polenta Cake
    With Monterey Jack Cheese and Red Curry-Coconut Marinara
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    Some pictures of the dining room between courses.
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    One of us (must have been Chris if I don't remember) got this Baked Potato and Chedder Cheese Soup with bacon bits and chives. Apparently I didn't have anything during this course because there's no picture...
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    For dinner I had Lemon-Thyme Marinated Chicken Breast On top of Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables, and Grain Mustard Jus with the Black Bean Chipotle Cakes on the side because I couldn't decide. Our waiter advised against the cakes as an entree, but I love black beans and chipotle so I asked for them on the side. They were good, but dry, so I'm glad I still had the chicken to eat.
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    Chris had the Phyllo-Wrapped Salmon Fillet With Sun-dried Tomato, Garlic Cream Cheese on Fava Beans, and Green Pea Ragoƻt
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    Next up: Dessert at Animator's and more
     
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    For dessert Chris had the Buckled Warm Apple Crumble
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    And I had the Animator's Sweet Temptations A Trio of Strawberry Sable, Cranberry and Orange Cheesecake, and Double-Fudge Chocolate Cake
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    The main show this evening was going to be the ventriloquist, which I was not overly interested in. Chimpanzee was playing in the Buena Vista Theatre, which I was wanting to see, so that's what we did instead.
    Some photo's after dinner.
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    The theatre
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    And some more outdoor shots before calling it a night.
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    Video of outside at 10:20 pm
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    Our little friend
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    Next up: Skagway!
     
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    Making a Gorgonzola and Grape Pizza (a la Palo) at home with my husband right now. I'll post pics and let you guys know how it turns out later!
     
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    Is anyone still reading? Should I continue this?
     
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    I'm here! Though I don't really care about the grape pizza :rotfl2: Just kidding!!! I'm still checking trip reports to pass the time until our cruise. 1 month until we fly to Seattle!
     
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    I'm enjoying your pictures - thanks!

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    Sorry for not commenting. I loved the pictures from the last update. I just had a very rough two weeks and haven't been posting a lot, but I'm still here!
     
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    Thanks for letting me know! I was starting to wonder if there was anyone left
     
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    I'm still here, too!! Keep on writing and posting!! I'm enjoying your trip!
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    This morning we skipped the gym and went right to breakfast. We decided to try out the buffet at Parrot Cay instead of Triton's. It was good. I didn't take any pictures because it was pretty much the same food but we got it ourselves instead of having it served to us. We thought there would be a shorter wait at PC, and we were right. As we walked past Triton's, there were people lined up waiting to be sat. At PC, we walked right in and got a table and our food right away. We were already in port by this time, so we wanted to make the most of our day. As we were getting ready to get off the ship, there was a cool breeze blowing in and I decided that I needed my coat. I didn't want to risk being cold. Well, when we got outside and into the sun, it was warm! I carried around my coat until we returned to the ship for lunch. Some pictures of the Wonder.
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    There were three other ships in port that day, a Holland America and two Princess ships.
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    Looking forward to Skagway
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    And back toward the ship.
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    The train they use for some of the excursions.
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    The main road in Skagway. It's a pretty small town. The smallest we visited on this cruise.
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    This train has a snowblower on the front of it.
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    I thought this railroad crossing sign was funny. Stop, look, listen, and live. I guess you can't learn common sense.
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    Chris in front of the Red Onion. You can see one of the girls at the back door towards the left of the photo.
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    I read in a trip report from last year that the "Working girls" were standing outside soliciting people to come in for tours of the brothel and that she had her two young sons with her and was offended that she was even approached with them. I understand parental concerns, but I have no children, yet. I was on the lookout for this place after reading the other report. We walked up and down this street no less than four times on this day and were not once approached or solicited to come in. I hope that gives comfort to those visiting with little ones. Be advised, all three Alaskan towns that this cruise visits have a deep history in prostitution and it is one of the things they sell to the visitors in their shows and museums. There was another show up the street that had women hanging out of the windows cat-calling to the men on the street. I was not bothered by any of this, but someone with children might be.
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    This sign cracks me up!
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    This sign was inside the welcome center. And I have to agree, it is a pretty great place. =)
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    I took a picture of this tusk before I saw the sign that said no photos.. Oh well.
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    And the info about it.
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    Although upon further inspection, I don't see a no photos sign here. It must have been near the next thing I wanted a picture and didn't get.

    I couldn't get enough of the scenery, and honestly, this day had the best weather, so everything looked prettier.
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    I like to take pictures of common things to see how they are different in different places.
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    Up next: More Skagway, Skagway Brewing Co. and lunch back on the Wonder
     
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    So glad you're updating your report! Really looking forward to your next post!:)
     
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    I'm really enjoying your TR! We are leaving on the Wonder on Monday and I'm soaking up every last bit of information I can find:). Thanks so much!!
     

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