A Day on the Ship in Rainy Juneau

Mother Nature never did cooperate today so instead of being an “Explore Juneau” day (in my case Mt. Roberts hiking day) it was a ship day for a lot of people, including me. I was actually surprised at the number of people who did venture forth – pleased, but surprised as well.

The highlight of the day was to be a presentation by Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod (in 1985). I got to the Universe Lounge half an hour early and picked a seat at the rear center of the main level, leaving the best seats for paying passengers.

I probably could have taken a much better seat, as the place was only 2/3 full when Libby came on stage. Her personal presentation was excellent, the video not so much but very interesting for folks Outside I’m sure.

I’d been wondering how much she gets paid to do these presentations for every Princess ship that docks, but once I saw her book sales, it’s a safe bet that she doesn’t get paid much, if anything. She’s an excellent addition to the program and it’s obviously working for her in any case.

As was the case on the last sailing, there was a meeting of folks from CruiseCritic scheduled for 4pm today. On the last sailing nobody showed up – today only 1 other person did. Too bad, the group had a lot of fun on our Infinity sailing.

This is the Explorers Lounge all kitted out for the 4:30 “Under $500 Art Auction”. There’s nothing that I’d hang in my house (just not my style), but I should go to one of those auctions to see what the action is like.

Boarding is simple – show your Cruise Card a couple of times …

… walk through a scanner and you’re home 🙂

Whenever I visit Juneau, I wonder how large a lottery win it would take to buy the “Discovery” – I love those classic cruisers!

This photo, shot as we sailed away at 4:00pm, is for my friend Marie in New Zealand – the ship on the left (the Ryndam) is the one that Susan and John are on right now, Marie 🙂

This old cannery wharf down Gastineau Channel was barely visible through the heavy rain.

My fingers are crossed that the weather forecast for Ketchikan tomorrow, which shows light rain, is either reasonably accurate or better yet pessimistic, as I have a Misty Fjords flight booked.


A Day on the Ship in Rainy Juneau — 2 Comments

  1. Oh, you lovely man, Murray!! You have made my day (and it’s a very wet one here, too). Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. We forgot to give S & J our thermal undergear (although Sue has my hat!) and it looks as though they could do with it. Although prepared, we didn’t need it, being blessed with great weather, bar a little scenically atmospheric ‘mist’ in Sitka – which just added to the authenticity.

  2. I’ve just read your last comment. S & J also have a Misty Fjords flight booked. I hope they meet you!