Disney Alaska Cruise Day 5: Juneau, Alaska & Pirate Night

Day 5:June 15, 2012

Yet another early morning on day five, with a 6:15am port. We ended up leaving the boat around 8:30am after having breakfast at Beach Blanket.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau | domesticated-engineer.com

Docked in Juneau, Alaska

Like Skagway, the port in Juneau was also within walking distance of the downtown area. They also had the option of a shuttle if you were not up to the short walk.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau | domesticated-engineer.com

We did not book any excursion on this day so we walked over to the tour sales booths. Some of these guys were very pushy and it was a little weird having them all yell out for our business. One good thing about having so many people trying to get your business is that you can barter for a better rate.  We ended up getting a private tour bus to the Mendenhall glacier for $20 a person.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau | domesticated-engineer.com

Tour sales area

One big regret we (especial my mom) had for this day is not going on a whale tour. We overhead so many people talk about all of the whales they saw that night back on the boat.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau Mendenhall glacier | domesticated-engineer.com

The start of the Mendenhall glacier path…pushing Katie out of the picture.

Once we were dropped off at the glacier we were given 1 hour to explore the area.  We walked down to the outlook area and took some pictures.

Mendenhall glacier

Mendenhall glacier

With 40 minutes left all the “kids” decided to take the estimated 45 minute trail walk up to the water fall and closer to the glacier. We sped walked the whole way and had plenty of time to spare to enjoy the water fall and glacier from that view point.

Mendenhall glacier & Waterfall

The parents stayed behind and explored some of the trails near the lake and stream.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau Mendenhall glacier | domesticated-engineer.com

The tour also included a stop at an outlook to the downtown Juneau area.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau | domesticated-engineer.com

View of downtown Juneau

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau | domesticated-engineer.com

Our Group

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau | domesticated-engineer.com

Me taking pictures, you can see the Disney ship!

After getting back into town we had some time left to walk around the town. We stopped at Red Dog Salon to check out the inside. Then I headed over to Silverbow to get a snicker doodle cookie because I had heard from a coworker that grew up in Juneau that they were the best. After finding the place they were sold out of snicker doodle cookies, so I walked away still craving dessert.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau Sarah Palin | domesticated-engineer.com

Katie show her true feeling towards Sarah Palin.

This was a very short stay with a port to call at 12:15. After a short walk along the water front we headed back to the boat for lunch.

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It was a wonderful view sitting outside at Beach Blanket. There were actually eagles flying around over the boat when we were eating.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juneau | domesticated-engineer.com

Lunch at Beach Blanket while in port

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing around the boat before getting ready for pirate night! Pirate night was created on the Disney Cruise Line after the move Pirates of the Caribbean came out. Normally on this night there is a pirate deck party and fireworks but because of the cold weather and noise pollution laws in Alaska they are not able to do the fireworks and they moved the party inside.  Guests have the option of dressing up like a pirate for this party and for dinner this night.

I decided to use a silhouette machine and iron-on material to make shirts from an image I found online. They turned out really cute. I will have more on how I made the shirts in a later post. I was just really excited that we had people coming up to us and asking were we bought them from because they wanted some for their family.

Disney Alaska Cruise Pirate Night Shirts | domesticated-engineer.com

Our whole group with our homemade pirate shirts

Before and after dinner they had photographers out like normal with pirate themed backdrops and characters out. Over by the theater Captain Jack Sparrow was taking pictures. He has a very long line so if you plan on meeting him go up early!

Dinner for us this night was in parrot cay, I know perfectly themed, I don’t know how we lucked out. They were serving off the Alaska menu.

Disney Alaska Cruise Alaska Dinner Menu | domesticated-engineer.com

Alaska Dinner Menu

Disney Alaska Cruise food Alaskan King Crab Legs | domesticated-engineer.com

Appetizer: Alaskan King Crab Legs

Disney Alaska Cruise Alaska Dinner Menu | domesticated-engineer.com

Alaska Dinner Menu

Disney Alaska Cruise Cheese and Carrot Souffle | domesticated-engineer.com
Appetizer: Cheese and Carrot Souffle
Disney Alaska Cruise Food Crispy Garden Salad | domesticated-engineer.com

Salad: Crispy Garden Salad

One fun thing is they let you order more then one meal if you really want to try something but are not quite sure about it. Katie and I did this this night. We ordered our normal meal and then order the Elk to split. The elk dish was amazing! I wish I had ordered it myself so I didn’t have to share.

Disney Alaska Cruise Juniper-Spiced Elk Tenderloin | domesticated-engineer.com

Main Course: Juniper-Spiced Elk Tenderloin

Disney Alaska Cruise Alaska Dessert Menu | domesticated-engineer.com

Alaska Dessert Menu

Disney Alaska Cruise Food Marinated Sirloin Steak| domesticated-engineer.com

Main Course: Marinated Sirloin Steak

Disney Alaska Cruise Alaska Dessert Menu | domesticated-engineer.com

Alaska Dessert Menu

Disney Alaska Cruise Food Poached Pear and Hazelnut Cake | domesticated-engineer.com

Dessert: Poached Pear and Hazelnut Cake

During dinner the waiters hand out pirate mickey bandanas to everyone. This helps everyone join in on the pirate fun even if they didn’t plan on it.

Disney Alaska Cruise Pirate Night | domesticated-engineer.com

Katie and April showing off there bandanas

After dinner this night we went to the live stage show of Toy Story. This is a unique show to Disney Wonder, no other Disney cruise line ship has this one. It was very well done like all of their shows.

Right after the show we headed out to the atrium to get good standing spots for the pirate show that takes place on the main staircase in front of Tritons. This show is full of different songs and dances that the audience is encouraged to join in on. Some of the dances they do were taught to us at the sail away party. It was a little hard to dance because there were so many people standing around that were not dancing.  We made the best of it and had a lot of fun.

Disney Alaska Cruise Pirate Night | domesticated-engineer.com

Stitch at the pirate show.

After the show they have a pirate late night buffet up in beach blanket (closes at around midnight). Not that anyone is really hungry but you have to go to get a big turkey leg like they have at Disney World. Nothing ends a pirate night like a big slab of meat.

Disney Alaska Cruise Pirate Night Turkey Leg | domesticated-engineer.com Disney Alaska Cruise Pirate Night Turkey Leg | domesticated-engineer.com

This night was my favorite towel creature, a monkey!

Disney Alaska Cruise Monkey Towel Art | domesticated-engineer.com

Thanks for reading

4 thoughts on “Disney Alaska Cruise Day 5: Juneau, Alaska & Pirate Night

  1. YES! TURKEY LEG! I was so excited to hear they had these on the buffet that night. They are a favorite meal for hubby and I at the parks–we split one and a Coke for lunch at least once when we go to WDW or DL. They are amazing salty yumness.

    • I haven’t cruised around your blog very much, but I’m looking for the instructions on the Day 5 Mickey Pirate shirts above for our next trip when we will see Jake (Jake and the Neverland Pirates- my kiddos are a bit younger). Thank You!!

      • So sorry,

        I completely forgot about posting this. I got distracted by other projects. I will working on the post in the next few weeks. Basically all I did was use a silhouette machine to cut iron-on material. I found the image online. I will post here when I have the full instructions up.

        Thank you for asking me for them!

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