Walk on ice cubes..

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Celeberty Millenium

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Sunday, June 6, 2010

The next day, room service brought our breakfast at 07:30. The ship docked at Juneau at 08:15 and we had to be outside at the dock at 08:30. This cruise thing is hard work. We met our tour operator and were transported to the airport where we were dressed in mountaineering gear. Our helicopter brought us up to Mendenhall glacier. We had another beautiful day, blue skies dotted with some white clouds. We were extremely lucky as this type of weather normally doesn't happen that ofter in Juneau. The pilot took advantage of the clear and calm skies and took us higher than he would normally do. The helicopter elevated to almost 10,000 foot from where we had an awesome view of the Juneau ice fields and surrounding mountain ranges. The glacier was beautiful and had unexpected complexity to it. Our hiking guide explained about the ice river, the crevasses and the melting behavior of the ice as we slowly strolled over the crumbly ice. We were very lucky as it was not cold at all. After a short hour we landed back at the airport.

We had lunch at the 'Hangar' at the waterfront of Juneau. The blue building used to be the Air Alaska head quarters. Now they serve pub food and local beers, but outside, the tourist charter float planes still dock at the piers in the water. From the terrace enjoying our snow crab and halibut tempura fish and chips, we saw (and heard) the float planes landing and taking off.

After lunch we headed back to our ship for to see if we could get our Internet thing working again. The device stopped functioning the moment we actually needed it. We called the service desk for the 3rd or 4th time but still the issue was not resolved (hence the late postings of these blog entries). Never buy a 'ReadyBroadband' USB dongle, their helpdesk response is useless.

Later that day we went for another excursion, whale watching. This turned out to be an amazing adventure. We did do some whale watching in Bermuda, where we saw the humpbacks showing their tails, but back there they were not very playful. Here was a completely different story, just 15 minutes out of the harbor we found our first whale. He was swimming up to another whale showcasing all behaviors to impress (or scare) the other whale. He jumped out of the water, flapped his tail and splashed his fins and the side of his body. Further out we found lots of other whales, and also sea lions, and eagles soaring over the water, absolutely amazing.

Back on the ship we enjoyed a light sushi dinner from the banquet (not too great) and we watched the ship sail away in the sunset from the back deck bar enjoying our Mojito.
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