Alaska Adventure with the Disney Cruise Line: Day 4 – Skagway

Alaska Adventure with the Disney Cruise Line: Day 4 – Skagway

Alaska Adventure with the Disney Cruise Line: Day 4 – Skagway

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A Hard Start

This morning started off with a little guy with a cold and a mom with a migraine. Tough luck, but it happens sometimes. Making the best of it, we ordered room service for breakfast instead of heading up to the buffet and enjoyed some morning cartoons on the Disney Channel. We were happy once again with our various pastries and, of course, Fruit Loops again for the kids. 🙂  We relaxed a bit in the room, then had a somewhat early lunch before heading off ship and into Skagway.

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Skagway: Book An Excursion

Now, Skagway is a tiny town. Because this was a very last minute cruise for us, I hadn’t booked any shore excursions ahead of time.  Take it from me: for Skagway, book an excursion.We walked the downtown area in about 20 minutes and were done! We did happen upon a cool little playground, so the kids played for about half an hour before we headed back to the ship.

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While this port had the longest time allotted, we did the least here.  However, we did stop by the historic Gold Rush building run by the national parks system. The kids participated in 6  activities and then were awarded their very own Junior Ranger badges. They had fun with that!

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Coffee Onboard

Once back on board, we grabbed some hot chocolate (and I grabbed some coffee) and then I ducked into the Cove Cafe (for adults only) and took some of the free treats they have on offer. Yummmm. You don’t have to buy your coffee there to be allowed to take the treats, either, so don’t feel bad about grabbing a few! I did buy a coffee here once or twice. It was fine…better than the regular coffee…but still not great. Honestly, coffee lovers, the cruise coffee will not live up to your standards. Best trick I can offer: when you go to the self-service drink kiosk, fill about 1/3 of your cup with hot chocolate, splash some half and half in, and the rest of it with coffee. It tastes somewhat like a mocha and hides some of the not so tasty coffee flavor. Some people are fine with the coffee, but I really didn’t like it!

Swimming, My Kids Will Do It In Any Weather!

At this point, the kids wanted to swim. Swim?!?! It was cold and cloudy, but the pool seems to call out to children. There were quite a few other kids in the pools, so I gave in and let them go. They tried Goofy’s pool this time, the family pool. They said it was warm, like a bath. They also tried out the hot tubs. Meanwhile, I wrapped myself in one of the blankets they offer on deck and read my book.  Comfy!
Once we were all back and showered and dressed, Sierra went to the kids club while Aspen watched some TV.  Look who we ran into on the way!

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Dinner Time

Soon enough it was time for dinner – and this was the dinner I was most looking forward to: Animator’s Palate! I’d heard many great thing about this place, and it lived up to its reputation. It is so well done, all in black and white when you first enter, but with the drawings coming into full color over the course of your meal.  Even the server’s outfits start black and white and later change!  And at the end, there is a little show and parade – fantastic! This was absolutely my favorite dining experience of the trip.

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After that, we were all super tired, so we headed up to the room and went to sleep, knowing we’d be docked in Juneau when we woke up.

 

 

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Alaska Adventure with the Disney Cruise Line: Day 3 – Tracy Arm

Alaska Adventure with the Disney Cruise Line: Day 3 – Tracy Arm

Alaska Adventure with the Disney Cruise Line: Day 3 – Tracy Arm

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Day 3 Morning

This morning started off with a trip to Beach Blanket Buffet for breakfast.  Breakfast buffets are always a big hit with my kids.  It was a typical Disney breakfast buffet: fruits, eggs, bacon, sausage, Mickey waffles, french toast, pastries and donuts, cereals and yogurt, etc.  We chose outside seating (we had wisely worn our jackets for breakfast) and enjoyed the view, as we were once again close to land.

After breakfast, the kids once again dashed off to the kids club.  I told them I’d pick them up for lunch and then we’d spend some time enjoying the view as we approached Tracy Arm.  I mostly enjoyed the view of the jagged hills and mountains and started noticing the occasional small chunk of ice floating by.  I decided to check out the Cove Cafe.  It’s a cute little coffee shop in the adults only area, and since my kids were occupied, I grabbed a book and headed up to find a treat.  The space is lovely with comfortable seating and free treats all day.  The coffee is NOT free here, but all those little goodies are.  Yum!!

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Lunch Time!

At noon, I grabbed them for lunch and we headed for Deck 9 to grab various fast food items.  Look who we ran into on the way!!  This was my daughter’s favorite character meet by far this trip – she even bought the stuffed toy version of this Minnie!

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There are three fast food choices on deck: Pluto’s Dog House (burgers, chicken strips, etc), Pinocchio’s Pizzeria, and  Goofy’s Galley.  I love that Goofy’s Galley offers quick food that is not just “junk” for when you want something a bit healthier!  I snapped a few photos of the offerings here.  We sometimes would stop by here just for some fruit!

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As we sat down to eat, we (and everyone else on deck) suddenly spotted a huge chunk of ice floating by the ship!  There was a collective gasp as everyone marveled over the size.

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We quickly finished up lunch, then went back to the room and sat out on our balcony to watch the ice float by.  At one point, my daughter excitedly pointed downward and exclaimed, “Mommy LOOK!  Seals!”  Sure enough we saw a pair of seals swimming near the boat.  After that, we started seeing more seals on the ice bergs.  We especially loved seeing a mom and baby together.

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That’s a seal!

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As we got closer to the glacier, there was more and more ice!

The Sawyer Glacier

My son wanted to go to the “Base Camp” offered for kids on Deck 10 today.  They had sports activities going on for the kids to check into, and they could also see the approaching Sawyer Glacier from there.  My daughter and I took a spot up on that deck to watch as we began to approach.  The floating ice became denser, all around us, with many seals out on top of the ice.  The Sawyer Glacier came into full view and was truly a sight to behold.  Huge, and blue and icy!  Once we’d gone as far as we could safely go, the ship stopped.  It then slowly turned around the rest of the room.

At one point, it had turned so that our stateroom verandah had a direct, clear view of the glacier.  So cool!  Eventually, it finished making it’s turn and we headed back down Tracy Arm.  There were some gorgeous waterfalls along the way, but we didn’t end up seeing any whales – something I know many people were hoping for.

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Another giant iceberg.

The kids then both wanted to go back to the kids clubs, where they then stayed until it was dinner time.  Me?  I got a chance to read more of my book.  So nice to have uninterrupted reading time!

Friendship Tea

This afternoon was the Friendship Tea that I got free tickets to on the first day.  It was short and sweet, with apple juice and cookies, 2 princesses and some dancing. My daughter enjoyed it – my son, meh, he liked the cookie and that’s about it, haha!

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Dinner Time

We had gone back an hour in this time zone, so the late seating seemed even later today.  My son was tired and not feeling well, so I ended up letting him go back to the room on his own to wait for us, so that my daughter could still enjoy the meal.  We were at Triton’s again tonight, but with a different menu.  I had a Duck Confit appetizer, Leek and Potato Soup, and Crispy Duck, followed by a Grand Marnier Souffle for dessert.  Sierra chose Mac and Cheese again, but decided to have a dessert off of the adult menu: Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.  She was very pleased with her choice.

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We were all so tired when we got back to the room that we just crashed and were out for the night!  I knew that when we woke up we’d be at our first port, something we were very excited about.

 

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