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Photo of the Week: An Alaskan Sunrise at Sea.

Moving along the Gulf of Alaska in the early morning hours while on an Alaskan Cruise, I stared off towards the Alaskan Panhandle to watch the sunrise and the dawn of a another travel day. So peaceful. 🙂

Sunrise, Alaska, Alaskan cruise

Photo of the Week: Welcome to Ketchikan, Alaska.

One of the more frequent stops on an Alaskan cruise is Ketchikan within the Inside Passage. One of the more popular shots in town is the welcome-to sign. That’s right up my alley so of course I was going to capture it. 🙂

Ketchikan is known for tourism and fishing. Hello to the “Salmon Capital of the World”!

welcome-to-ketchikan-alaska

Being a Foodie, Celebrity Cruise Style!

I’ve been a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad. I’ve always been a foodie on land, well that was until we went on an Alaskan Celebrity Cruise this past summer. On a Celebrity Cruise, like others, you have the option to formally dine every evening on the ship. We took full advantage.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Below was just a sample of what I consumed at dinner the seven nights abroad the Celebrity Solstice. You name it I probably had it. The best part was that it was all-inclusive. I could have ordered the entire menu and they would have brought it to me. I did in fact order at least two appetizers, entrées and desserts most evenings. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Frog legs? They could have told me it was chicken and I would have believed them.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Oh I forget to mention the soup. I choose to start every meal with a bowl of French Onion covered in layers of cheese. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

The presentation was outstanding. The wait staff was extremely knowledge making suggestions every step along the way. If you didn’t like something they would take it back and bring you something else quickly. Because of that I tried lots new things on the cruise, like raw scallops. Definitely prefer the cooked one sitting next to the lamb chop below.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Sometimes I didn’t order multiple things off the menu, but instead two of the same dish. Two Thanksgiving Day meals please!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Just keep those cheesecakes and other cakes coming. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

I don’t know where I found the room to eat it all. I hadn’t even mentioned the continuous buffet they had going on morning, noon and night. Wound up in the buffet lines mostly in the early morning hours to load up on breakfast food. Poached eggs, omelets, corned beef and lots of bacon every morning sitting at the stern of the boat, perfect!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Being around the main dining area at dinner on the Celebrity Solstice resulted in so much good food being brought to the table with so little time to eat it all. 🙂

Have you ever been on cruise? If so, what was your eating philosophy?

Checkout the time I’ve spent being a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad and on land.

#CTC13: Capture The Color.

It’s time for the Travel Supermarket‘s Capture the Color photo competition 2013 edition. This year I got tagged by Karla of Traveller soul and Ted of Traveling Ted. Thanks guys!

This year I decided to find photos with the colors yellow, red, green, white and blue with a little Alaskan cruise flavor. Well without further ado:

Blue

When cruising of course you’ll see the blue of the water and the sky, but in Alaska you’re bound to see the blue of a glacier or two as well. We parked for a while at Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord of the Inside Passage. Lots of staring going on. The rain jacket of the person right in front of me was a nice blue bonus.

Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, Inside Passage, Alaskan, alaskan cruise

Green

Up-top of the Celebrity Solstice you’ll find vast green lawns to run on, play some croquet or to lay down and relax and checkout the scenery. It doesn’t get much better than the Seattle skyline staring right back at you.

Seattle from aboard Celebrity Solstice, Alaskan Cruise

Red

If you’re not relaxing on the lawns of the Solstice you could be lying low with a cocktail at the stern of the ship. Red chairs aplenty at the outside Ocean Bar.

Celebrity Cruise, Celebrity Solstice, Pacific Ocean, Alaskan Cruise

White

If the above two don’t do it for you, just find an open railing at the stern, lean forward and get a better view of the white water, a part of the ships wake. The trail is heading right for the white clouds off in the distance. 🙂

Celebrity Cruise, Celebrity Solstice, Pacific Ocean, Alaskan Cruise

Yellow

Our ship was too big to dock in Juneau, so we had to take a small boat into town once in port. It was dark on the way back, so we got to see the Celebrity Solstice all lit up. Amongst all the lights is the yellow of the state and concierge rooms.

Celebrity Solstice lit up in Juneau, Alaska

Now’s the fun part. I’m nominating the following great travel bloggers to take part. Your it! 🙂

Karen of Flavors of Bogota
Anis of Five Foot Traveler
Amy of The Wherever Writer
Ellen of Feugomania
Marian of Travel Shop Girl

Have a look at the official rules of the competition. Checkout my post Capturing the Color of My Travels from last year.

Cheers! 🙂

Alaska: A Visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

A short drive north from downtown Juneau within the Mendenhall Valley is the glacier of the same name. People from all over the world, a lot of times via an excursion off of a cruise ship, head to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to checkout the glacier along with the mountains, wildlife, greenery and more.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

My fiance and I visited via an excursion in the early evening and immediately walked towards one of the vista points.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

The Mendenhall Glacier is currently twelve miles long carving it’s way through the Mendenhall Valley ending where you are viewing it from in the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is part of the largest forest in the United States, the Tongass National Forest.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

We were lucky enough to be there in during an unusually warm and sunny day. That led to some glacier reflection shots off Mendenhall Lake and time up close…

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

…with it’s cold glacier water.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

As you can see on the map above you’ll find plenty of walking trails to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness and different vantage points. It was a combination of tourists and locals walking their dogs and running.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Due to the warmer temperatures on average the Mendenhall Glacier has been receding faster from the front than it’s forming in the back. They say it might not be that many years before it will be hidden from view from the Visitor Center.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Off to the right of the glacier when viewing from the vista points is Nugget Falls, whose water falls into the lake, originating from the Nugget Glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

All around the lake your bound to see mini floating icebergs broken off from the glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Walk less than a mile on the Nugget Falls Trail from the Visitor Center to see the falls up close.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau, Alaska, Nugget Falls trail

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau, Alaska, Nugget Falls trail

Be on the lookout for bears when in the park. No food is allowed within.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau, Alaska, Nugget Falls trail

It was a beautiful evening and time at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

We got to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center by signing up for a tour/excursion through ShoreTrips and it was run locally by Orca Eco Tours. Our host and tour guide were very informative giving us lots of information about both the glacier and Juneau. Checkout other Juneau excursion options from ShoreTrips.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

Some additional tidbits:

  • Checkout the history of the glacier in the Visitor Center. There is a $3 fee to enter. It sits up-top a small cliff.
  • It’s free to walk the trails, use the restrooms and visit the souvenir shop.
  • There are other trails going away from the waterfall and glacier where you’ll probably spot a bear and see lots of salmon swimming in the water.
  • The park is opened year around but just on the weekend with shorter hours during the winter and colder months.
  • Leave at least a few hours to explore all the trails and stare at all the scenery.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, alaskan cruise

What glaciers have you visited in your travels?