Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


After leaving Vancouver we sailed all night and the next day towards Juneau. We explored the ship, I walked around and around the deck with Jill while Bill joined a computer course. later we met our friends in the Crows Nest Lounge for a trivia session. It was good to have a relaxing day after all the sight seeing we had done.
That evening we had to dress in formal wear for dinner. It wasn't too posh thank goodness. The boys put on a tie and jacket and the girls a pretty top. By this time we had made good friends with Lyn and Barry from Wollongong, and Jill and Graeme from Sydney. We often had dinner together and solved the worlds problems.

We were told to be up early and out onto the front deck the next day to see the ship navigating the narrow channel into Tracy Arm Fjord. It was freezing out there as we passed glaciers.

Then we spied the narrow opening to the fjord.

There were also icebergs floating in the entrance. They only looked small on top but who knows what is underneath. There was a catamaran in front of us which checked out the size of the icebergs to make sure it was safe for us to pass close by.

Then we were inside the fjord. Some of the mountains reach 5000ft while the water is 1000ft deep.

We weren't alone, a Princess Liner followed us in.

Occasionally waterfalls gushed into the fjord.

Unfortunately thick floating ice prevented the ship from going right up to the the North and South Sawyer Glaciers so we turned around and.......

....continued onto Juneau, where we were booked on an exciting shore excursion.


  1. Pretty snazzy and also obviously cold when out on deck!
    The formal dinner looked good - Chateau Neuf du Pape, perhaps?
    That without a doubt is the "whitest waterfall" I've ever seen a photo of - what was it SNOW?
    Brilliant Diane, as always from you. Congratulations on another fantastic report.
    Cheers and a "little CN du P"
    Colin (HB)

  2. Great trip report on your ruise to Juneau. The scenery and photos are wonderful. They remind me of my cruise to Alaska and Glacier Bay.

  3. This is fabulous, I had better not show my husband he will want to go see for himself.

  4. Yes Colin, that is exactly where we ordered a bottle of Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape. It was a steal at U$59 and we had it a few days later once again. It is one of the world's best reds from the Rhone Valley in the south of France. Oh how I wish I could get it here (and if so, I could afford it).

  5. Some of your photos made me think of Lord of the Rings! Such a pretty place, and so exciting!

  6. I'm so jealous of this fabulous trip you are on. To see so many beautiful sights day after day is such a gift. I'm loving your travelogue.

  7. Beautiful, Diane.... I can't wait 'til next May --when we go there... You know us... We LOVE those waterfalls. Thanks!!!!!

    My son worked on a SMALL Alaskan ship in 2004 and 2005..They could get really close to the glaciers. George was still working then --so we didn't get to join him on one of those trips back then--but I wish we had. He has some fabulous pictures from his experience working there.

    Great pictures.

  8. Difficult to comment such a beautiful landscape ! You make me travel hungry !

  9. Oh diane, I've been waiting to see your ship journey and all I can say is WOW! THanks for the tour in the previous post, what a stunning setting and the views are beautiful. Thanks for your visit over at my blog today. I have a link to a new blog on my post tomorrow, if you care to check it out there. Have a great day. Jo

  10. My hubby would love this trip - your photos are just amazing. xxxxx

  11. Beautiful pictures.

  12. This is an amazing trip you've had Diane and such beautiful scenery.

  13. It looks like the glacier is coming right at you.

    May be next time you come to New Zealand.

    Re: Those rich mansions, the Chinese have a saying, Good to look, not good to eat, meaning, the appearance is good, but inside, you don't know. A lot of them could be ridden in debt.

  14. Such beautiful photos Diane! I am really enjoying this part of the trip as I know that, God willing, we will get to see this someday!

  15. The scenery in your photos is just stunning. I have never been to Alaska. Someday....