173 Kms from Sitka
We reach the lovely town of Juneau and after my daily routine of the gym, breakfast, and bath, I’m all set for sightseeing. Known as Alaska’s summer capital, Juneau has many vintage shops selling everything from jewellery to souvenirs and other little baubles.
450 Kms from Sitka
After hitting the gym and having breakfast, I’m all geared up for the new day. I am told that we had entered Alaskan waters during the night and will be docking at Ketchikan for a large part of the day. It’s a pleasing little town with Alaska’s state flower, the forget-me-not in full bloom. On the scenic Creek Street, I wander through some historic places, such as the Totem heritage center and Tongass museum. Another quaint little place worth exploring around here is Dolly’s house museum, filled with antiques, old photographs, and secret caches.
267 Kms from Sitka
I’m up early and all excited to discover Skagway, where the ship will be stationed for about 10 hours today. At Skagway, I decide to do the 40-mile round-trip summit excursion of the historic narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. Climbing nearly 3,000 feet in elevation all the way up to the US-Canadian border in the comfortable coaches is an unparalleled experience. Watching the unsurpassed splendour around me—the mammoth vista of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, and historic sites—makes me feel like I could almost live here.