First day of sailing has been very smooth. We were still in Prince William Sound for much of the way. I slept very well, my cabin has a large double bed with soft downy pillows. It was around 10am when I wandered up on deck to get my first real glimpse of Alaska’s waterways.
So different from Australia where the land is relatively flat and a brownish bluish green colour – you know the gum tree grey green, ochre brown lands backed up with brilliant sunshine and vibrant blues.
Well here is just a tad different. Think huge steep sided mountains of deep dark green fir trees, think white upon white peaks iced like a cake, think still clear waters dotted about with blue-white jewels called iceburgs (only little ones though). This land is rich dark greens, frosty snow whites and sparkling delicate blues, all tucked together currently by a misty fog, however I am assured the bright blue sky will make an appearance soon.
So far it’s cold. I need layers upon layers upon layers which seem to work well. My intention is to buy a nice warm Alaskan coat as soon as we hit Skagway… Maybe another set of thermals too! Although you know it’s cold here, I was not ready for it. Note to self, when you know the temperature say its 15C check wind chill factor AND the latitude. OK so I figured winter time in Sydney cold… Wrong. This is more Tasmania cold on a winters day.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely lovely. Fresh and clear, just a bit of a shock to the system, so be prepared when you arrive from nice warm OZ.
So, down to business. Coral Princess is magnificent. So much to do and see on board, plus the advantage of the beautiful wilderness outdoors.
I skipped breakfast ( it was after 10) and grabbed a coffee at one of the cafes, before joining a multitude of people for a show in the auditorium… OK I was part of the show because we were learning to dance the cha cha, one two cha cha cha. Next it was up to the Wheelhouse Bar for a craft lesson – origami , before heading up to the buffet to have some lunch.
They do say you put on a kilo a day while on board, and I can believe it! Stir fries, baked meats, roasted verges, salads everywhere, so much choice! And the desserts! Chocolate mousse, brownie, cake and ice cream, blueberry crumble, fruit tarts, eclairs, pavlova… Oh and there was fruit too…
As I’m not much of a drinker I took advantage of the unlimited drinks package – $7 a day for all the juice, soft drink and mocktails that i could drink… plus hot chocolate!
Travelling by myself I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many people, either at one of the many pools, spas, on deck, in the gym, and dinner is the best time of all. Everyone is relaxed and cheerful, we all talk about what we have done that day, or where we are from – lots of people are fascinated by Australians and everyone is quite taken with my accent… Even though they actually have the accents! Fun
We were treated to a lecture by Naturalist Dr Ryan – specialist glaciologist which gave us all an understanding of the landscapes and how they were formed. I also didn’t know Alaska had volcanos! This was a great precursor to the Hubbard glacier that we saw this afternoon. As the Americans say it is SUPER awesome! Just check out my pics. The captain swung the ship 360 so everyone had a close up view, no matter where you were. A few we’re lucky enough to see a bear foraging on the shore, and some saw a new iceberg calving into the sea, and although most of us could hear it, we were too engrossed in the beautiful surroundings before us.
Another sailing day tomorrow, we sail by Icy Strait Point around 7.30 am, so it’s off to bed now. Night