Thursday, July 18, 2019

Alaska Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam Skagway and Glacier Bay


Helicopters and seaplanes were waiting to take people up for tours.
There was a 8 hour train trip to The Yukon which was super popular.
We opted to walk around Skagway, visit the museums and explore the old town.


Vintage Train with snow removal equipment on the front.




The Gold Rush played a major role in the formation of these towns.




We stopped here for a cocktail...
there were tours of "the red light rooms" upstairs!



I love the driftwood on this building.


First Nations mask


Corrington Private Museum pieces


Trading beads




Love the signage.







After Skagway we made our way to Glacier Bay.
The glaciers were my favourite part of the cruise.
The water was turquoise...
these next photos speak for themselves.









We saw a few pleasure boats on our way to the Glaciers.
Permits are required to enter this area as it is a protected UNESCO park.

I will be back soon with more of the cruise highlights so watch for the next post.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

22 comments:

  1. The glaciers were my favorite part of our cruise as well. So magnificent. Skagway looks like a charmingly rustic town.

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    1. The glaciers were stunning! The towns that we stopped in to visit were quite quaint and charming in their own way.

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  2. Lovely photos, Leslie. There are so many wonderful sights along that cruise. We really enjoyed Skagway, too - took in a burlesque show and a drive up to the Canadian border. Such wild landscape. The glacier is magnificent. We are so lucky to be able to see these sights.

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    1. We spoke with people who rode the train up to the Yukon...it was very popular.
      I was also surprised to see decline of the glaciers over the past 100 years.

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  3. Were people talking about the snow or lack of it? Or did that not come up?

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    1. People mentioned that the glaciers are much smaller than they were over the past 100 years. No talk of lack of snow that I heard.

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  4. Enjoyed the fabulous pictures. Thank you.
    Phyllis

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them Phyllis...I will post another one soon.

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  5. Barbara from GuelphJuly 18, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Stunned by the change in the glaciers and amount of snow since I was there 15 years ago! Our world is disappearing right before our eyes.

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    1. Oh yes! It has been quite a change over the years...climate change is happening.

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  6. It's fun just to wander in those towns, isn't it? I haven't taken any tours because there's so much to see. Your photos are lovely!

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    1. We loved wandering around exploring the wee towns...I also wanted the exercise after the tasty meals aboard ship!

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  7. Beautiful photos!
    Dottoressa

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  8. Wow it looks an amazing place to visit. thanks for sharing the photos.

    Julie

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  9. Very enjoyable photos. The blue water and glaciers are gorgeous, I would love it too. Skagway is so amusing, like going back in time or living in a movie. How great that they keep it well maintained, a little bit of history.

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    1. Patricia I think that the money from the cruise ships and tourists must go a long way to help with maintaining and improving these towns.

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  10. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and experience of the cruise, Leslie! I like the combination of history, art, natural beauty and all that lovely food! I hope a cruise is in my future too!

    SSG xxx

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    1. We have friends who cruise quite often and prefer the smaller cruises in Europe. I didn't mind the large ship we were on. If there is another cruise in my future I might opt for a smaller one.

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  11. The blue on those glaciers is unbelievable isn't it? It was interesting to me, and good to see, that the coffee shops and snack bars on board did not give out any plastic stirrers or spoons or straws while we were in this bay. Trying to keep it as unspoiled as possible. We rode the train up to the Canadian border in Skagway. Very wild and probably much like it was back in the day. It was sad to hear about how many of the gold seekers didn't know how to treat horses and often wore them out and just let them die and got new ones. Many were city slickers trying to get rich and had no idea how to survive in such harsh conditions. Thanks for the photos -- nice to relive our cruise. xo

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    1. I never even thought about the plastics. They were very firm about not letting anything fly off the tables on the decks and reminded people not to throw anything overboard.
      It would have been a really hard life back in the goldrush days...the weather would have been so cold and the conditions harsh.

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