Ketchikan, Alaska - Lumberjacks and Ducks
18.05.2015 - 18.05.2015 21 °C
We woke this morning at 6am to find we had already docked in Ketchikan, our first port of call on this cruise. Looking out of the balcony towards land I saw a Celebrity and a Holland America ship also docked. After showering and getting dressed I looked out again and a Norwegian ship was docking. We ate breakfast in the buffet rather than the dining room to save time, as we had booked 2 shore excursions and we needed to be on the pier by 8:20am. Before we headed downstairs to disembark I saw yet another ship had arrived, another Princess ship but this had to anchor offshore as the docks were all taken. That meant 5 ship loads of tourists were about to descend on to a small Alaskan community - it was gonna get crowded.
Our first exclusion was to see The Great Alaskan Lumberjack show, we decided we'd walk to the theatre which was only a few blocks away. The show pitted 4 lumberjacks against each other in the various forms of competition like chopping, sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and a few others. It was a little staged for laughs but the skills shown were quite amazing. After the show we slowly walked back to the pier, we had an hour to spare before our next excursion so picked up a few more souvenirs to bring home.
At 11am we boarded the amphibious vehicle for our Town and Harbour Duck Tour. The vehicle drove us around the narrow streets pointing out some of the locations all the while with very funny narrations. The vehicle then entered the water and we motored around for some time also taking in the sights. We got back on board our cruise ship well in time to still have lunch, they were serving a salmon feast so we ate up on deck today.
The ship sailed off just after 2pm, I watched some of the scenery go by from the pool deck. We had no real plans for the afternoon, I tried a quick dip in the pool at the rear of the ship, reserved for adults only (there are hardly any kids on this cruise anyhow), but it got cold quickly, despite it being a nice warm day. Apparently it rains 300 days a year in Ketchikan and today it was a beautiful sunny day but soon after we left the dark clouds came in. I warmed up in one of the spas then headed back to change and go to trivia while Vicky decided to take a nap in the cabin.
Not for the first time this cruise I misread the venue for the trivia, assuming they always have it in the same lounge. So there I was waiting for it to start all the while missing it as it was played elsewhere. I headed back to the cabin to wake Vicky up so we could get to dinner earlier than the previous night and hopefully avoid having to queue. We managed to get a table quite quickly and to ourselves.
After dinner we headed to the theatre to watch comedian Gary Delena, who we saw on the first night. Tonight's show was a longer and funnier and ruder one, we had lots of laughs. After the show Vicky went to a lounge to saw one of the ship's singers performing Michael Buble songs, she went with one of the ladies we gad dinner with the first night. I went to a different lounge for The Liars Club, where the audiences tried to guess which of the cruise staff were lying or telling the truth regarding the meanings of words they called out. All a bit of fun. We both got to the cabin later than normal, so nearly midnight before getting to bed.