When I woke, the sky was still cloudy, and I filmed a little bit of the trip into Icy Strait Poing from our balcony. The water was very calm, and the temperature was not bad, cool but not uncomfortable. Today we would be tendering into the port and my wife was planning on staying onboard the ship, and my granddaughter and I were going ashore. We had a halibut fishing trip scheduled and we were going to explore a little first.
After everyone was ready, we went to the dining room for breakfast I chose broiled kippers and bacon for breakfast.
My granddaughter chose eggs benedict.
My wife opted for the pancakes.
Since we weren't in a rush, we hadn't tried to get tender tickets and we just waited for a little while watching the process and then went down and basically got right onto a tender. They were using the lifeboats for tenders, and it would have been difficult to get my wife and her chair ashore.
It was just a couple of minute tender ride and then we were on the dock next to an NCL ship, it was the Joy. You can see how steep the ramp from the floating dock next to the Joy is and the top, they have a shuttle that will take you to various areas around the port, and it picks up and drops off at the bottom by the ship for those that have mobility issues.
We then had a short walk to the visitor's center. From the visitor's center, we went out and explored the port area and walked along the nature trail. In the nature trail, they have quite a few different ropes courses, and we could see people moving around on them.
After exploring this area, we went to the area where the old cannery was and walked through it, looking at the shops and all the relics from its heyday. There was a restaurant on the pier that Murray Lundberg said had the best crab legs in Alaska, and we would have tried one, but by the time we got there the line was out the door and it was close to the time for our fishing trip.
Our fishing guide picked us up in an area set aside for tour groups, though he probably wasn't supposed to, the port their controls access very carefully trying to make you use their tours. We booked independently and saved a significant amount of money. We also had a choice of morning or afternoon trips this way.
After a short drive to the nearby village of Hoonah, we boarded the boat and on the way to the fishing grounds, we saw a whale in the distance. The water was very smooth with almost no motion to it. Our guide from Ear Mountain Charters was very knowledgeable and very outgoing. The trip our and back were quite pleasant.
This was a fishing trip, not a catching trip. While we did get several strikes, no one landed a fish, and while that was a little sad, my granddaughter and I had a great time together and enjoyed the trip.
After the fishing trip, it was time for dinner in Tsar's Palace. Here are some of our choices.
Spare Ribs and Spring rolls for an appetizer.
Bang Bang Shrimp and Chicken
Shrimp and Mushroom Alfredo
Almond Crusted Ruby Red Trout
Then off to the show. It was a comedy show, and the comedian, Tim Kaminski, got people from the audience involved. It was hysterical.
Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.
Don't worry, your information will not be shared.