Next stop was SKAGWAY. It’s really a big little town, approximately 5 blocks wide and 7 blocks long, but very busy when the cruise ships arrive. Here you can board the train and take a very scenic ride up the mountain and cross back over to Canada. We did that on our 2 previous cruises and you can see those pics in my 2012 report.
In the morning when we arrived Rick and Andy went salmon fishing, but since it was early in the season it was catch and release for the king salmon.
After lunch we took and very exciting and scenic helicopter tour up to one of the glaciers. We had originally booked a sea-plane excursion, but do to the 3 previous accidents DCL cancelled all of those tours.
Here we are after our safety video with our safety vests waiting for our ride. Grandma, Michele and Charlotte had no desire to tag along.
Here comes our ride.
Rick and Andy got to sit in the front.
The scenery was spectacular from this vantage point.
Getting close to our destination
Andy and Emily by the Alaskan Flag.
They leave one helicopter there for emergencies
The reason you see the dark streaks on a glacier. The rocks that are crushed and moved along with the ice. It’s amazing what Mother Nature does.
A close up
Since I still have some walking issues due to my back I stayed back from the group and just took pictures.
The blue color that reflects through.
The kids off in the distance
The clear ice shows the purity of the water
It’s really hard to see, but the water is running about 6’ below us under the ice.
One last shot before we head back to the ship. We were on the Glacier for over 30 minutes which for the kids made for a very interesting afternoon.
More of the wonderful scenery as we head back.
The harbor approaches as we arrive back at the port. We actually boarded the helicopter with-in about a block of the ship.
As we are about to touch down.
Up next, JUNEAU, Mendenhal Glacier and some whale watching.