Juneau Journals

The Hidden Fjords and Glaciers of Southeast Alaska

A travel journal to Juneau by Matt Keedy

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The Hidden Fjords and Glaciers of Southeast Alaska

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Overview

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Cruising Southeast Alaska aboard a the 138-passenger Yorktown Clipper offers unparalleled views and stops throughout Southeast Alaska. Because it is a smaller ship with a shallow draft, the Clipper goes where the big ships can't. The philosophy is best summed up by the bumper sticker on the stern--"We break for whales!" And did we ever! Naturalists, and officers as well, are experts at sighting not only whales, but also bears--we cruised up a fjord and saw one at the mouth of a river catching a salmon in its mouth. Right out of National Geographic. Fulls days in Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay ended the trip on a high!Quick Tips: Alaska weather can be tempermental. Dress in layers. One day may be s...Read More

Inn at the Waterfront

Restaurant | "Inn on the Waterfront"

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This former brothel is also an inn and one of the best restaurants in Juneau. It is small and run by a lovely woman named Ann, who studied culinary arts at the Oriental in Bangkok. She is in the know about everything going on in town. She tends to maintain the small, comfy bar in the back, while her assistants take care of the restaurant up front. I prefer to be in the bar -- that's where the locals are and where good conversations start. Anyone who is anyone visiting Juneau seems to stop in to say hello. I love the salads and fish. Everything on the menu is superb.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Inn at the Waterfront
455 South Franklin Street
Juneau, Alaska 99802
(907) 586-2050

Yorktown Clipper / Clipper Cruise Line

Attraction | "Yorktown Clipper/Clipper Cruise Line"

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One of the best things about traveling on a small ship is the ability to make adjustments in your itinerary. Time is built into the itinerary to stop and explore. We had numerous whale sightings. We also found several bears along the beach--a mother, her cubs, and another catching salmon in the river. In August we had a spectacular showing of the Northern Lights--we stayed on deck for hours, mesmerized. We also had a surprise stop at the Glacier Bay Lodge, where we were able to dock for several hours, walk the trails, and explore the visitor's center. Meanwhile, we would occasionally see a "big ship" cruising at 20 knots, keen on getting to its next port--not stopping to enjoy the breaching whales men...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2003

Yorktown Clipper / Clipper Cruise Line
11969 Westline Industrial Drive (mailing address)
Juneau, Alaska
(314) 655-6700