Day Seven – Ketchikan
Howdy Everybody from Ketchikan Alaska. Where it feels sorta like we’ve drifted back into the Gold Rush era times of Alaska. This is for certain one neat place to stop on a cruise adventure. With so many different and varied things to take part in, it can be somewhat hard to choose which to do. Whether it’s taking in a lumberjack contest,or maybe a visit to Dolly’s (right) to check out the period regalia of the bar maidens. Maybe you’re into hiking, kayaking, fishing, then this is also the place for you. Or, maybe you might just wish to take in one of many different and adventurous excursions offered, by either motor coach, catamaran, float plane, or even a private Hummer vehicle, it’s a town that is steeped in fun and adventure for all ages. This morning it looked like we might have garnered our fourth day of sun and warm, but alas it just remained overcast, but no rain. Here’s a Tip: Which is an important point since Ketchikan is thought of as the most rainy city in Alaska, so you still might wish to have a lightweight water repellant outer garment or windbreaker just to take along with you.
Ease of Getting Around: There is also a huge multiplex of shops and stores to catch up on any last-minute shopping and gift ideas. Also, it’s good to point out that Ketchikan offers a free shuttle service which includes the downtown vicinity, and normally operates from 7am to 7pm daily. Also if you’re not sure what to do and haven’t yet made plans for your days visit, the Visitor Information and Tour Center (grey building in the pier parking and drop off area) which is located right as you step off your cruiseship.
Today on our Holland America 7 Day Adventure Sailing we are enjoying a lunchtime Salmon Fry Buffet service (along with all of our other eating options), and with the pleasant non rainy weather they have opened up the roof on the Lido Deck which makes for a delightful outdoor al fresco meal. Dinnertime in the Vista formal dining room will feature a specially planned International Cuisine Selection to choose from on the menu tonight.
Tip: Some picturesque opportunities are upcoming. Certainly Ketchikan must be a Captain’s Dream, since there is no awkward need to turn around or tightly maneuver the cruise ships. They are able to merely push-off and exit in the same orientation as which we entered. While departing from Ketchikan there will be several miles of coastline vistas that will beckon to you camera clickers, and as well for you oceanview and balcony staterooms on the port side of the cruise ship there will be some certainly awe-inspiring vistas calling to you as we traverse the channel with the coastline and snow peaked mountaintop rafters behind as a back drop. You will definitely wish to keep an eye out for sure!
There’s lots to do on board this evening as the Casino is hosting a variety of card and slots contests, there’s a 5K walk for the cure this afternoon, the Holland America Singers and Dancers are warming up for their show tonight, and there are Magic and Comedic performances. Don’t forget about our Explorations offerings which are designed to not only entertain but to allow you to expand your knowledge horizons with computer, software and hardware classes (Internet Cafe pictured at left) as well as gourmet cooking, wine tastings, and mixology know how to make you a better host or hostess back home. So there is something for sure to suit every taste (no pun intended).
While my wife and I will both say when asked that we certainly favor the meals and service provided in the formal dining room, we decided to opt for a change and choose to eat in the casual (Lido at Right) restaurant. We got there early enough to secure a table by the windows and enjoyed a leisurely paced meal which was very tasty and the wait staff kept a good eye out for our needs. ,the climax of the experience had to be the amazing show when we spotted Two Adult Orcas just swimming along with the cruise ship about a hundreds yards or so out, and then we saw what they were keeping watch over, which was a pod of about 7 or 8 baby orcas swimming nearby. Ahhh! What a fantastic dinner and show. I should mention that the sheer number of wildlife encounters we have experienced while on this cruise alone has far outnumbered just about all our other Alaska sailings combined.
Well that’s all for now, but I will be sure to write again tomorrow as I outline for you our stop over in fabulous Victoria, British Columbia, so be sure to tune back in tomorrow for that. Hope to see you then!! – “CruisewithMike”
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