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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Alaska’s Inside Passage: Glaciers, Tlingit Culture, and Crab & Salmon - Page 3

Written by Maureen C. Bruschi
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Ketchikan, our final stop on the cruise, has been called the totem pole capital of the world.  Thanks to the three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, including the Tlingit tribe, hand-carved colorful replicas of totem poles decorate the city’s streets and parks. 

In Ketchikan, we experienced a wilderness exploration and crab feast along the coast in historic George Inlet Lodge.  The crab feast started with a smoked salmon appetizer, and fresh romaine salad, topped with mandarin oranges and tossed in homemade oriental dressing.  The main course followed with steaming hot Dungeness crab (as much crab, dipped in drawn butter, as you wanted!) and baby red potatoes, followed by a special Alaskan homemade blueberry cheesecake.  

A walk around the lodge helped us digest the crab feast and prepare for the next part of our excursion.  A 450-horsepower floatplane skimmed over the inlet next to the lodge, landed lightly in the water and pulled up next to the lodge’s dock.  After five of us piled in, the floatplane soared upward, gliding over mountain ranges.  We witnessed a vast wilderness landscape, including secluded mining towns and remote logging camps before landing on water back near the docks and our ship in Ketchikan.  

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When our voyage ended, we had traveled 2,045 nautical miles in seven days.   We discovered the magnificence and the raw natural power of glaciers, tasted Alaskan cuisine, experienced Alaska’s rugged mountain ranges and logging camps from a floatplane, and explored the history and culture of the Tlingit tribe.  Alaska truly is the last frontier.

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©Maureen C. Bruschi  

 

If You Go:

Getting There:  Alaska cruises generally leave from Vancouver or Seattle and range from seven to fourteen days long.  (Some of the longer cruises originate out of San Francisco.)  Our seven day Celebrity Cruises voyage departed and returned to Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal in downtown Vancouver.  Most Alaska cruises run from May through September.

By Air: Accessible from Vancouver International Airport.   We took a 30 minute shuttle from the airport to the ship terminal in Vancouver.

For More Information:

www.celebritycruises.com

www.icystraitpoint.com

www.juneau.com

www.portshoppingmap.com/juneau-alaska/

www.visit-ketchikan.com

www.portshoppingmap.com/ketchikan-alaska/

 

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