Well, we could not post the entire time on the cruise, because the wifi, was spotty at best, and we could not download even one image, so will post over this week, but the worst part was we almost did not make it back home. Our cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean Vision of Seas, was turned away from both St Marteen, and St Kitts, so we ended up with an extra sea day, then the morning we were supposed to dock at San Juan, Puerto Rico, we woke up and noticed we were not docked, we were still at sea. We were scheduled to disembark around 7:30, at 7:45ish, the captain said they were working on the paperwork as quickly as possible, but all I could think about was quarantine and living inside our inside stateroom for 30days. David was … whatever…. I think he just wanted to be off work, but did not think about being locked up in a room.
Around 8am, the captain said we were granted permission and we would be allowed to disembark at 9:15, so we did as quickly as possible and ran to the airport. Once we were thru customs and waiting for our plane at the airport, we heard from others on our ship the ship that was tandem to us all cruise – an Celebrity cruise was banned from docking and they were on a 15day quarantine at sea, from two people who were just test positive for Corona Virus- YIKES!!! So close, so glad to be home. Whew!
This location was so incredibly beautiful we had to make it into two posts. We heard Princess Cruise line is the only cruise line to float into the Bay and get a close up view of the Glaciers. Glacier Bay is a National Park with seven glaciers to view, we saw two and they were amazing!
Check out this link for more details on this incredible location:
We did not have a balcony, but if we did we would have had gotten a room on the port side – as the boat enters the bay, stays there for about 30minutes, then completely turns around 180degrees and takes off.
TIP: Get a balcony for this cruise to Glacier Bay on the Port side for the best views!
There are several glaciers on the way floating in, but our favorites and best to view are at the end of the bay, where there is an ice glacier to the left (Margerie Glacier) and a glacier in the front (the Grand Pacific, but it is covered in dirt). We were on the deck and it was almost silent, as people stood, stared, took pictures and admired the glaciers. It was brilliantly sunny, and crisp in temperature, the very perfect day to sip on hot chocolate with rum and lean into the deck overlooking what felt like a spiritual site. Every once in a while there was a crash of ice falling into the water and a loud thunder roar to follow. Birds and sea lions were in the bay, unaffected by our presence. It was Magic!
Boating toward the end of Glacier bay, the pinnacle of the views on the way!
“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and what happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there- with your eyes open- and lived to see it.” – Anthony Bourdain.
Were in Juneau Alaska – On the excursion agenda – Whale Watching, with Allen Marine Tours – and guess what we saw …Whales, lots of them. First lets set the stage, they pick us up in a bus from the pier, and it is overcast and raining – a lot of rain. But when I see the boat I am excited, it is covered and at least we can stay inside. I am not a cold weather girl, so am dressed warm and ready for this.
Heading on to our ship for whale watching, lets Go!
Inside the boat it is warm and we are headed out to look for some whales…
Babe did you get that, nope missed it, but here is a great picture from my husband!
There was a guarantee, if you do not see a whale you get back $100, no worries there, we saw lots of whales.
We also had a wonderful buffet dinner on the whale watching boat and it was all Alaska based locally made foods, we loved it!