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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The parents stayed behind and explored some of the trails near the lake and stream.
The tour also included a stop at an outlook to the downtown Juneau area.
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.
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.
It was a wonderful view sitting outside at Beach Blanket. There were actually eagles flying around over the boat when we were eating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This night was my favorite towel creature, a monkey!