Serenade of the Seas Alaska Cruise, May-June 2004

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The Serenade
of the Seas
Glacier, Alaskar
Ketchikan & The Misty Fjords, Alaska Inside

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The Serenade of the Seas

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Maiden Voyage: 01 August 2003
Passenger Capacity: 2,501
Gross Tonnage: 90,090
Length: 962'
Beam: 105.6'
Draft: 26.7'
Cruising Speed: 25 knots

Further detail can be obtained from: Royal Caribbean International & Meyer Werft Shipyard


Vancouver (30 May 2004 & 6 June 2004)

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Most of Canada's imports from and exports to the Orient & Australia pass through Vancouver, Canada's gateway to the Pacific.  This cosmopolitan city has many attractions for visitors: Robson Street shops, historic Gastown and Stanley park, situated 5 minutes from the heart of Vancouver, this 1,000 acre green space includes a 6 mile seawall, beaches, aquarium, zoo, freshwater lakes, gardens and examples of native art.

Brockton Point, Stanley Park with Vancouver in the background The North Coast Totem Poles in Stanley Park View of Grouse Mountain from Queen Elizabeth Park   The Gastown Steam Clock


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska (1 June 2004)

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The longest river of ice in North America, the Hubbard Glacier, 1,350 square miles of translucent blue ice, is one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska.

The Hubbard Glacier, at the head of Disenchantment Bay is the longest tidewater glacier in North America.  It is 76 miles long, and it's ice-cliff face is 6 miles wide. Disenchantment Bay
Icebergs in Disenchantment Bay  


Skagway, Alaska (2 June 2004)

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Skagway, Garden City of Alaska, got its name from the Tlingit (Indian) names 'Skagua' which means 'the place where the north wind blows'.  Situated at the head of the Lynn Canal, Skagway is home to 850 year-round residents.  When gold was discovered in 1897, this is where an army of hopeful gold seekers began the 45 mile trek over White Pass towards the Klondike goldfields.

The driftwood facade of the Skagway Visitor Centre, previously The Artic Brotherhood Hall. Built in 1899 The aerial view of Laughton Glacier, our hike destination Laughton Glacier, our hike destination
Zo & Mike at the remote Upper Skagway river during the heli-hike in the Tongass National Forest.  Waiting at Glacier Station for the White Pass Train to arrive The White Pass Railway .  Born in the Klondike Gold rush of 1898, the White Pass & Yukon route climbs from sea level to almost 3,000ft in 20 miles.  The train carriages are named after American lakes and are on average 50 years old.


Juneau, Alaska (3 June 2004)

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Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town is home to some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery.

Juneau & the Gastineau Channel The Juneau Icefields Taku Glacier
The Taku Glacier The Glacier's Surface The Dog Camp (seen below the bright white markings on the right hand side of the picture)
The Kennels, which form part of the Camp Mike & Zo on a Dog Sled Dave Dalton, a regular participant in the Yukon Quest, introduces his 8 Dogs: Jack, Bobby, York, Rainee, Rachel, Amy, Gordon & Adam
Mike, Bobby, Zo & Jack back at camp Back at camp; Adam, Gordon, Dave, Zo & Amy  


Ketchikan & The Misty Fjords, Alaska (4 June 2004) 

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Ketchikan originated as an Indian fish saltery, but the town's major growth began when it became a supply base and entry port for miners during the 1898 Gold Rush to the Klondike.  

Set aside as a national monument in 1978, Misty Fjords is an example of the Alaskan wilderness complete with towering trees, deep bays, sheer granite cliffs, plunging 1,000-foot waterfalls, crystalline lakes and low-hanging mists.

Chief Johnson Totem Pole, Ketchikan Creek Street, former red light district & now tourist attraction Cruising the Misty Fjords onboard the Serenade of the Seas
An aerial view of New Eddystone Rock.  A volcanic plug which is situated in the Behm Canal & reaches 234ft A waterfall in Rudyerd Bay, as viewed from a seaplane  


Inside Passage

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The Inside Passage is a natural protected waterway of approx. 950 miles (1,530km) situated in north-western North America.  It extends along the coast from Seattle, Washington, to Skagway, Alaska, and is an important year-round shipping lane for both commerce and tourism. The passage is made up of a series of straits which are sheltered from Pacific Ocean storms by a number of islands, including Vancouver Island. It is famous for sightings of dolphins and Killer Whales. 

Cruising the Inside Passage    

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