Alaska Cruise, Part 4

Juneau, Alaska:

There are two experiences in Juneau that will keep bringing me back time and time again: Tracy's Crab Shack and whale watching. We approached the Shack in the early afternoon and saw they are in a new beautiful facility right along the docks. There's always a line at Tracy's, but it moves very quickly and it's definitely the place for the sweetest, freshest crab! Next year, they'll be opening a second facility, which will be more of a sit down restaurant than shack. I'll definitely be checking it out on my next Alaska cruise!

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Our whale watching excursion was up next, and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. The sky became more and more blue as we approached Auke Bay and the seas were incredibly calm. During our three hours on the water we viewed a colony of Steller sea lions, bald eagles, and a few Humpback whales.

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We returned to Crystal Serenity feeling thoroughly satisfied by our day! So what could top off a great day like this? Instead of having it delivered to our room, we dined at Nobu Matsuhisa's delectable restaurant onboard.

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After dinner we certainly needed a walk around the promenade deck. It always amazes me how light it is on a summer evening at 9:30 p.m!

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Glacier Bay, Alaska:

This cruise marked my second visit to Glacier Bay. My first visit, about 6 years ago, was cloudy cold and unremarkable. This time we couldn't have asked for a more incredible day! It was absolutely gorgeous with a sunny blue sky and sea of glass.

We spent half a day in Glacier Bay National Park viewing whales, otters, and active calving of the glaciers. A Park Ranger was onboard, sharing excellent information. She talked to us in short snippets, so as not to overwhelm or distract from the immense beauty that surrounded us.

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Did you know only a limited number of ship's can visit Glacier Bay? Crystal again stands out from the pack by demonstrating their commitment to the environment. Throughout our trip, they served no disposable cups, paper napkins, or straws. How fortunate we were to be here with Crystal!

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As our captain sailed out of this special Bay, we stayed out on Crystal Serenity’s bow for a couple more hours enjoying the view, it was too gorgeous to pull ourselves away!  We finally headed back to our room, just in time for Jijo to bring a nice setup of snacks to hold us over until dinner. Being out in the fresh sea air sure made us hungry!