The photo above is me sitting in the breakfast area with the Jewel behind me, a better picture is below this post. My wife and granddaughter were sleeping in trying to recover from the long day before.
The free breakfast was typical of many free continental breakfasts at hotels. The things they had were all good, you could get hot pancakes, but I settled for a light start and lots of coffee. We chose this hotel for its proximity to the harbor and the ship.
After breakfast, I went and explored a little and then joined my wife and granddaughter for a walk around the port area. We checked out the close gift shops and a hardware store. Then it was time to go back to the hotel and leave for the port.
We arranged for early check-in, and we were due at the terminal between 11:30 and 12:00. The hotel had a shuttle, but it didn’t run until noon, so we...
When we arrived in Seward about noon on Sunday, we had booked a 5 hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with Major Marine Tours. I had checked in advance, and they assured me that the wheelchair would not be an issue.
At the train stop in Seward, the railroad had a hand-operated elevator to unload my wife in her wheelchair. We then went to the bus that they were using to transfer individuals taking one of their tours. The coach did not have a lift, but since Cheryl can walk and climb a few steps, it was simple to put the chair in the luggage compartment.
Our next stop was the SeaLife Center in downtown Seward. The Exon Valdez disaster settlement funded this facility. It is much more than an aquarium, it is an aquarium, but its main purpose is to care for injured marine wildlife. While it may have initially been used for wildlife at risk because of the oil spill, it now takes care of orphaned marine mammals, and also has a variety of birds and aquatic creatures.
My family and especially my granddaughter enjoyed our time here. We looked at most of the exhibits and some of the shows. The facility deserved more time than we gave it, but we had started at about 5:00 AM, and it was now almost 8:00 PM and we hadn’t even checked into our hotel.
We started to wait for a shuttle bus to come by, but the weather had improved, and it was only about 1 mile from the SeaLife Center to the Harbor 360 where we were staying so we decided to walk/roll. It was a slight uphill grade for the first half of...