Our Alaskan cruise ship was docked in Skagway, a small, small town up-top the Inside Passage of Alaska. On our way to a rafting excursion we stopped at the Skagway Overlook off Dyea Road.
Immediately in front of us was panoramic scenery, stunning vistas, views of the entire town, the waterways, our cruise ship and the Alaskan snow-capped mountains off in the distance. So much Alaskan beauty from just one overlook! Well without further ado:
What an excursion of sorts within an excursion we enjoyed while in Skagway, Alaska.
Have you ever had any memorable cruise excursion side trips?
I’ve done big cities so far in the A Million Skyline Looks series. Time to mix things up a bit. It is time to show off the skyline of Alaska’s state capital in Juneau. I did so mostly from aboard the Celebrity Solstice during an Alaskan cruise.
Coming into the popular cruise port, the city’s skyline was front and center. The green, steep and majestic 3,500 foot tall mountains stood right against Juneau highlighted by Mount Roberts. It was hard for me to imagine a better natural city backdrop.
Tip: One thing we wish we would have done was to take the Mount Roberts Tramway. You can view the Juneau skyline and cityscape from way, way, way up-top.
Juneau sits along the Gastineau Channel, with some housing opposite. Scenic views also awaited looking straight down the channel.
We docked for the afternoon and evening, giving us the chance to walk some of Juneau. I captured some of the colorful, tourist friendly cityscape. We walked to some local Heritage Coffee Roasting Company brew.
It was a fun day capturing a million skyline and cityscape looks in Juneau, Alaska.
What city skylines have seen up close and captured from a cruise?
When you are on a one week plus Alaskan cruise, you are bound to experience at least one glacier along the way. At the crack of dawn one day aboard the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship, we headed north through the Inside Passage towards Juneau. About 45 miles south of Alaska’s capital city we cut over and into the Tracy Arm Fjord.
We were now on a 20+ mile journey through the fjord and its blue icy waters heading toward its apex. It’s there where we would have our first glacier sighting in the Sawyer Glaciers. The decks filled up fast, especially at the bow, once the ship began navigating this narrow passage.
Small chunks of ice started appearing randomly floating in the water. We passed by one valley after another, featuring up to 7,000 foot tall snow-capped mountains.
Before realizing it the face of one of the Sawyer Glaciers was right in front of us. It’s vastness above the surface had me thinking. How far into the water does it go? We got as close as we could safely.
Throughout our hour to hour and a half stay I did my best to navigate through the masses. I got pretty close to the bow of the ship to capture the beautiful cobalt blue ice that lied straight ahead.
If you look carefully you can see a group of people out on the open water in a small tour boat getting a closer look. This excursion took off from our cruise ship. I wonder the views they must have gotten?!
Tip: If you are there in the warmer months, you might run into some seals and their newly born pups. No sightings for me unfortunately.
Being it was the early morning, it meant lots of coffee consumption while checking out the Alaskan beauty.
In fact, we would later go on to see the Mendenhall Glacier also around Juneau. Two glaciers in one trip! This mornings Alaskan adventure that brough us to the Sawyer Glaciers was a memorable one.
What are some memorable stops you’ve made on a cruise? Have you had a chance to see a glacier up close?
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