We definitely saw several whale pods - and from the pictures, you can see we weren't the only boat out there.
Here's a little video of some whales surfacing!
My cute little whale watcher!
And another video of a group of whales.... and the Eason crew watching from inside the boat.
On our way back to the ship, we spotted Mendenhall Glacier in the distance - and a Safeway! Gas was $2.35 a gallon. :)
|Mendenhall Glacier is right behind Safeway in the picture :)|
|Picture, then towel smashing time....|
Fancy Brock drinking his chocolate milk from a wine glass!
After dinner, we were blessed with an amazing view from our stateroom.
Snow-capped mountains and smooth as glass water. It was just gorgeous!
Our third port of call was Ketchikan, the southeastern most city in the state and, fun fact, has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles!
Cute little shop!
Upon returning to the ship, we had the whole pool to ourselves including a really cute display of towel animals!
|Look at that view behind Brock out the windows!|
After some pool time, we took a nice tour of the top of the boat!
And watched a seaplane land right next to our ship!
We were also able to take advantage of the outdoor activities. We played soccer/basketball/volleyball with ALL the balls!
The crew then checked out the mini-golf! We only did 3 holes that afternoon, but ended up playing the full nine holes the following day.
Brent and Kade stayed in the room for nap time and Brock and I had a date with Build-A-Bear At Sea!
Anyway, the event was cute. They put on a little show and of course had all the kids dancing and moving around before it was time to build your bear. Brock picked out a shark - his first build-a-bear and he really loved it. Brent helped name it Mako and it's been his favorite ever since.
He begged to take Mako to dinner with us that night too!
Cute story - driving home from the cruise, I asked Brock what his favorite thing was. He sat and thought about it for a long time and finally answered "the elevators!!" He was in charge of pressing all the buttons on the trip and we made it in to a learning lesson (we are on six and we want to go to nine, which is bigger? etc.) that was super fun. By the end of the cruise he remembered which floor everything was on too! (Pool is on 9, our room was on 6, Dinner was on 2, etc)
Every night aboard the ship they had some sort of show after dinner. Either myself or Brent took Brock to a few of the shows and stayed about halfway (it was late for Brock!) or until Brock was tired. One night was Motown songs, then Beatles-mania, Disco, etc. The last night was "Epic Rock" showcasing rock songs from the 70's and 80's. Led Zepplin, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Meatloaf, U2 - all the bands my husband chooses to play for dance party at home..... which is why Brock knew quite a few of the songs at this show! Both of them were mesmerized!
Alas, it was our last full day aboard the Carnival Legend. It was a weird day because we were still at sea and not scheduled to get to our last port, Victoria B.C. until 7:30 that evening. We also switched our clocks back to Pacific time.
We enjoyed some of our favorites from the cruise, for the last time. I think Brock had an ice cream cone almost every day... the last day I know he had two!
Brock did some more pool time and Kade took his nap on me poolside.
And then it was time to sleep - the following day we would be back in Seattle!
A few last words on our cruise adventure. Wow, is it a lot different than when I went 10+ years ago (and I don't just mean that I didn't have children then). Lots of things seem to be "added cost". They have an upscale dining option for an additional $30/per person. The room service menu is not as extensive as I remember it being; and above sandwiches and salads and a few drinks, some plates are an added cost (chicken tenders, hamburger, etc). If you wanted your "Starbucks fix", they have a "coffee bar" for an added cost where you can get specialty coffee, cappuccinos, etc if you wanted something more than regular Americano.
Overall, we had a lot of fun as a family. It was nice on the first two days of our cruise not having any wifi access (available as an added cost that I chose not to purchase) and just disconnecting to be more present with my kids and my husband. We had some tough moments in the room where the kids weren't getting along so nicely, but overall they were really sweet to each other. Kade wants to follow his big brother everywhere and copy everything he does. I even woke up one morning to Brock leaning over his bed, teaching Kade to say "bubble". Alaska's landscape is amazing and we only saw like 1% of it! Brent and I would love to return when the kids are older and see more of this state. Alaska was very cool and cruising was the best way to get a sample of what's out there!