Pam and I took a Holland America cruise to the Inside Passage of Alaska from May 22, 2005 to May 29, 2005. We met several of Pam's friends who were also taking the voyage. To see the ship and a few people snapshots, click here.

Our route first took us from Seattle to Glacier Bay. Then we went to Juneau, where we took a shore excursion to see whales. Next, the ship went to Sitka, which was the capital of Alaska when it belonged to Russia. At Sitka, we took a shore excursion to see Sea Otters. The ship next went to Ketchican and we took a walk in a rain forest. The last stop on the cruise was at Victoria, B.C. in Canada, and we took a tour to see the Butchart Gardens.

The following are a few pictures from our trip. Click on a picture to see a larger version. Thanks for looking.

Our first shore excursion was a whale watching boat trip. The humpback whales put on quite a show with their tails when they do a dive.

 

Also, we were very fortunate to see a whale breeching. The boat captain said that this was his first sighting of breeching this year.

 

Also included in our shore excursion of Juneau, we visited the Mendenhall Glacier. To be honest, I really didn't know what a glacier was until they explained it to me. A glacier is a river of ice that moves. These glaciers contain ice from snows that occurred 50 ice ages ago (several million years). Some flow to the sea, some do not. When part of a glacier breaks off, it is called "calving". We saw some calving, but didn't get a picture of one.

 

To give you an idea of how large these glaciers are, this is a picture of the same glacier as above, but with a tour boat in the picture for perspective.

 

Before leaving Juneau, we took a tram up to the top of Mt. Roberts. At the top, we could see all of Juneau and the surrounding area. There was also a nature trail and an eagle that they keep. The eagle had only one eye from a fight with another eagle, so he is not able to survive on his own in the wild.

 

This is a view from the top of the mountain.

 

 

 

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