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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #7

Port of Call:  Seattle, Washington

Our final day of our Alaska Adventure and as we wake, Seattle, Washington is in sight as well as the Space Needle.

Space Needle

Time for us to catch some breakfast and get ready to disembark the ship.  Before we do this, one last look at our navigation to see how far we have traveled now that we are in port.

Seattle Washington

With that, we step off the ship; BUT!, we are not yet done with this adventure as we will make a day of it in Seattle by taking a shore excursion here as well.  Time to get on our Tour Bus for a city tour…

We will head up to Queen Anne Hill at Kerry Park and catch a view of the Space Needle.  Note the ORANGE top of the Space Needle as it’s the 50th Anniversary of its construction and they have painted it back to its original color.

Queen Anne Hill - Kerry Park

Now it’s time to head over to the Space Needle and ride up the elevator to the top.  We will get our picture taken and will see a FREE Digital Postcard of ourselves from the top.  There is our ship down below…

From below we will take a few shots before catching our bus as we continue our City Tour

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We will briefly stop at Occidental Park for a few shots and also catch a shot of the Waterfront Street Car station that is here as well.

Seattle, Washington

Our final destination of the City Tour is the Farmers Market where we will grab some lunch…

Seattle Washington

While our bus made it’s way through the city we passed the old King Street Station that was the depot for the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway.  Currently there is a King Tut exhibit going on so the temporarily adjusted the station sign to read King TUT Street Station.  It was impossible to get a clean / complete shot of the station while on the bus but here is a couple of shots from different angles we did get.

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I will also get a few Railfan shots in from the bus as we headed down the highway to our hotel for the night

Seattle, WA

The next day we fly back home on board Frontier with Fritz being our animal.  We will pass Mount Rainier and I will be able to get several shots from out the plane window.  As we land in Denver I had to laugh as there was Mustang Sally at the next gate.  If you recall, that is the plane we boarded at the beginning of this adventure

Hope everyone enjoyed reading all the “World Travel – Alaska 2012 …” blog entries from this trip report as we have enjoyed sharing them with you.  Rest assured, more Travel Reports will be coming…

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #6b

Port of Call: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

A sure sign we are getting close to Victoria is a Pilot Boat is arriving to drop off a “Pilot” to help our Captain navigate into the port.  This is a common practice to have a local navigator help large ships such as ours to make it safely into port as no one know the channels and current issues around a port more than a local navigator

Another prominent navigation feature we spot is the Race Rocks Lighthouse that we can tell we are being navigated around and for good reasons as there are lots of rocks over there that could sink a ship even as big as ours.

Vancouver Island, Canada

As we navigate into the harbor we also spot the Ogden Point Breakwater Lighthouse.

Victoria Canada

Now get this, if you have been following this Trip Report you know just how HUGE our cruise ship is.  With all the other Ports of Call we pulled gently aside a dock; but, this time the Captain with “Back” into this narrow cubbyhole with little room to spare on either side and stop within just a few yards before running into the awaiting buses.  I will take this shot from the deck on the back of the boat as we slowing back into our parking spot!

Once in port we board a bus to take us to Butchart Gardens which is 55 areas of a stunning floral gardens.  This is a place we will also look forward to coming back to some day.  Here are just a taste of what you will see at this wonderful place.

We will also get treated to a unusual Fireworks display after sunset that tons of folks also come to the gardens to see.  I tried to pull a few stills from the video I took of it just to give you a feel for this display that was well worth the time to watch.

With the Fireworks over we head back to the bus and head back to the ship as we will be pulling out of Victoria shortly for our final stop back in Seattle, Washington when we started a week ago.

 
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Posted by on 07/28/2012 in Trip Reports, World Tour

 

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #2

Port of Call:  Ketchikan Alaska

We have now arrived in Ketchikan, AK and we have chosen to take a small boat ride into the Misty Fjord National Monument.  This is a wonderful wilderness area that is over 2 million acres in size and we will head up the Behm Canal to New Eddystone Rock.  Lots of beautiful scenery / geology and wildlife all along the route.  Here is just a small handful of photographs that my wife took while I was shooting video.

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We will also see the Guard Island Lighthouse

Ketchikan Alaska

Here is a shot of the Star Princess I will catch as we head back toward dock in Ketchikan.  Our cabin is just above the fourth life bout from the right

Ketchikan Alaska

Once back in town, I will catch a few photos myself.  Here is just a few of those shots including some of the Totem Polls and Creek Street that was once the “Red Light” district.  Yes, I did get a few train shots in too.

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As we leave port, I will also catch a shot of the Marine Bio Researcher ship

Ketchikan Alaska

Goodbye again Ketchikan, we hope to get back here again some day…

 
 

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #0

On July 21st, we hop aboard “Mustang Sally” and head for Seattle, Washington

Once in Seattle we spend the night at a hotel and then wake up to board the “Star Princess” for our second Alaska Cruise. We will get a Mini-suite so we will have a balcony.

As we leave port, we see the Space Needle in its original Orange color as it celebrates its 50th year via our balcony

We will also see New Dungeness Lighthouse from our balcony as well

Time to head for dinner in the Dining Room and then off to the Theater to catch our Naturalist Alan Cortash present “An Introduction to Alaska” to get his take on what we will be seeing in the coming days.

 
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Posted by on 07/21/2012 in Trip Reports, World Tour

 

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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part X (a)

Now we head to Venezia / Vence where we quickly transfer to a chartered boat to take us to the Island of Burano which is a neat little fishing village that has its own leaning tower.

 


San Pietro di Castello


Isola de Murano
Lighthouse


San Giacomo
in Palude


Church of
Santa Caterina


Burano


Cathedral’s
“Leaning”
Bell-Tower

 
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Posted by on 10/05/2004 in World Tour

 

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