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gdjoslin 07-09-2009 09:12 PM

After 3 cruises and one land trip to Alaska, I am not convinced it does not rain there. It is a lie to keep us away!!. We had perfect weather again. The rain and clouds did come in at our last port, during our last hour, the rest of the trip was SUNNY.
We were in Junea on the 3rd of July. The Captain extended our stay there after Juneau invited us to see their 4th of July fireworks. They shot them off on at Midnight July3/4th. I was on deck at midnight in shorts and a tank top, I was not the only one.
The next day of Skagway. Haines invited us to watch their's also. I was again on deck at 11:00pm on the 4th in tank top and shorts. The show and the weather was great. While it was sunny in Glacier Bay, it was VERY WINDY.
Will add more later, we just got in and I am going to hit the sack.

Sandy 07-10-2009 06:03 AM

Welcome back, Gary! Glad to hear the weather cooperated and that the fireworks were so amazing.

When you have a chance, let us know how you liked the ship.

Sandy

penny3333 07-10-2009 07:29 AM

Welcome back, hope you got a good night's sleep. I'm usually exhausted, but miss the gentle rocking of the ship so much. Glad to hear you had fantastic weather. I know you took some great pictures, so when you have a chance we'd love to see!

Where's your next adventure?

susanmaz 07-10-2009 01:07 PM

Welcome home, Gary. Glad to hear the weather cooperated.. The Holland America Blog site has a picture of passengers watching the Juneau fireworks. Are you there ? ? ?

gdjoslin 07-10-2009 02:51 PM

Sandy I plan on writing a complete review of the ship in a week or so. She is a beautiful ship with, we loved her. We was in Cabin 7068, an aft inside cabin, with a window. I would highly recommend this room. The is a deck on the aft section of the deck that very few people use. It is like having you very own very extended balcony.

Penny I will post a few now, but will get a catalog of them before too long. We had Humpbacks bubble netting in Juneau, Eagles nesting in Ketchikan, bears in Skagway, and of course glaciers in Glacier Bay
http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....1_jhLLJ-X2.jpg
http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....7_A3Wv5-X2.jpg
http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....1_BvKKA-X2.jpg http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....8_DgFez-X2.jpg
http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....2_krJKS-X2.jpg
http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....0_txArY-X2.jpg

Susanmaz, I was on deck 7 aft section. It was just outside our cabin and have a great view, and no crowd. My wife watched from inside the cabin. My hat is off to the Captain. He changed things up for us when he did not have to. We got to see two very good shows because of him.

http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....0_6uLr5-X2.jpg

http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....7_duRyj-X2.jpg
We prebooked while onboard, plan to do Alaska next year. We are also think of booking on the Spirit to Mexico this October.

f-mattox 07-10-2009 03:15 PM

Gary, fantastic photos, as always; thank you so much for sharing.

Dave 07-10-2009 04:57 PM

Gary,

The eagle photo....awesome, as they all are.

Dwayne 07-10-2009 09:21 PM

Welcome Back Gary! http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...icon_smile.gif

I am so glad you had a great cruise!

I knew when my computer screen scrolled sideways I was in store

for some awesome pictures by you. I didn't expect them

to be beyond awesome to amazingly awesome! http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...icon_smile.gif

Get some rest and tell us all about it.

Dwayne

gdjoslin 07-11-2009 08:21 PM

Thanks for all the kind words!
People often ask when it gets dark in Alaska. This image was taken on the 4th of July at 11:30pm. We were at Haines. This was taken looking back towards Skagway.
http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....3_9ar2Q-X2.jpg

Sandy 07-11-2009 09:49 PM

Great photos, Gary!


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