Welcome to Juneau!
Juneau was by far our busiest port! We had arranged for a taxi to take us to some places that we wanted to see as well as stops that our driver recommended that we see. Our first stop was Mendenhall Glacier. Mendenhall Glacier is 13 miles long and ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the Forest Service’s historic visitor center.
Our taxi for the day.
After we saw Mendenhall, we took at drive to the National Shrine of St. Therese. The Shrine is dedicated to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the patron saint of Alaska, missionaries, and the Diocese of Juneau. She is known for her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, and in it she wrote that what really mattered in life was not our great deeds, but our great love.
St. Therese Chapel
The view from the Chapel.
After we took hundreds of pictures of this spectacular view, we had our taxi take us to the Alaskan Brewing Company. As I mentioned in the last post, some of the guys are home brewers so this was a necessary stop. You can see how the beer is made and sample the traditional Alaskan amber, malts and ales. Of course the trip would not have been complete without Tony, who works there, giving us the history behind this brewing establishment. A fun time was had by our entire group as we sampled our way through the store and bought a variety of souvenirs from there. We ended up going to lunch afterwards, but probably should have gone to lunch before sampling all that beer.
We had bought tickets to go on the Mount Robert’s Tramway from the cruise ship as we heard that this was the easiest way to obtain them. So after lunch, we headed for the tram. The view from the top of that mountain was beautiful.
The view from the top of Mt. Roberts.
The Mount Roberts Tramway takes you 1,800 feet high and then lets you explore a park offering cultural heritage education, crafts and some amazing, expansive views. It’s Juneau’s most panoramic and breathtaking view! Visit the live bald eagle display, do some alpine hiking, and walk the trails.
The live bald eagle display.
After doing some hiking at the top of this mountain, we headed back down into town and the ship. This was the night that the ship put on the Quest; which is an adult game show that all Royal Caribbean ships do. This particular game was not bad, but some of the ones that I’ve seen since this cruise are really x rated. Part of our group decided to play this game and it was so much fun. We actually came in first place and had a great time doing it. Of course our prize was just a Royal Caribbean hat, but it was a good time.
Join me next week as we going into Icy Strait Point, Alaska!