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May 19, 2011

Disney Wonder Final Sea Day Alaska - Disney 'Round the USA and Canada -- May 9, 2011

May 9th - our final full day on the ship. Where DID the time go?! A fair number of us had gotten on board back in LA on April 26 and here we are 13 nights, 6 ports of call and one glacial fjord later.

There were many things I thought about doing, but decided to just take it easy, get packed and enjoy our AllEars Alaskan Farewell Party.

The AllEars Alaskan cruisers were a great group of folks and I really enjoyed getting to know everyone. It was fun at night talking to everyone about the explorations of Alaska that day and what was planned for the next day. We all did very different things - from fishing and crabbing, to ziplines and snow shoe'ing, to panning for gold to having a great time on board the Disney Wonder - and everything in between!


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Everyone had a wonderful time.

For the Farewell Party, hosted by MouseFanTravel, we had did drawings for the Hidden Mickey Quests, giveaways and then had a surprise visit from Captain Hook! The real bonus was having our group photo taken with him.

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

AllEars Alaskan Cruisers had the opportunity to enjoy a Hidden Mickey at Sea Hunt! Those who turned in their "reports" were entered into a drawing for Disney Gift Cards. Thank you Steve Barrett for the Hidden Mickey Books and the gift cards!

Gail's name is drawn first.

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

William and Sara also win.

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Next were special items everyone was able to qualify for including Disney Wonder Alaska items, Club 33 items and even a Totem Poll from the Disney Cruise Line press event announcing the Alaska sailings!

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party


Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

And then our surprise guest arrived........

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Disney Wonder All Ears Alaskan Adventure Party

Thanks to all for an amazing cruise to Alaska aboard the Disney Wonder!

May 16, 2011

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska - Disney 'Round the USA and Canada -- May 8, 2011

May 8th Ketchikan - which has even more rain than Juneau with over 300 days of rain each year. How amazing, back to back sun-filled days. Again, people in port kept thanking the Disney Wonder for bringing the suneshine!

Arriving into port:

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

On my way back from breakfast I spotted Pluto!.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

On my 2 prior visits to Ketchikan I did the Mysty Fjords Float Plane and Boat Adventure and also tour the Alaskan Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary. Both outstanding.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

For those wondering what the Duck Tour vehicles look like here you go. I did one of these in Seattle a few years ago and it was fun! Certainly a unique way to see the city from land and sea.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Our Cruise Director Christian was outside wishing everyone a great day!

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Today's excursion is Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

After a 20 minute or so drive in the bus, we arrived at the Air Marine Harbor where we boarded our vessel.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

The Captain said we'd want binoculars so we practiced while still docked!

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

It was a beautiful day on the water.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

First part of the ride we learned how to spot eagle nests and saw lots of eagles both on trees, in nests and flying around. While we were at the Loggerville (floating ghost town) there were several sea lions to entertain us.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

After a good amount of time eagle watching, we were off to Totem Bight State Park.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

I was hoping for a bit more time with the Totem Poles, but we just slowly cruised by.

But before we got on our way, a group of folks came out on their deck to wave hello!

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

And finally, on to the historic Guard Island Lighthouse. I'm used to east coast lighthouses, this one seemed small to me (height wise). The cool thing was that eagles were atop the lighthouse!

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

We had a bit more time to enjoy the day on the water before returning to dock.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Time to walk around Ketchikan and get the "tourist" photos

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

And before we knew it the sky began clouding up and we headed back to the Disney Wonder.

Disney Wonder Ketchikan Alaska

Tomorrow a sea day and our final full day on board.


Here are links to 2 other All Ears Alaskan Adventure Cruisers who are also bloging.

Fellow AllEars cohort Laura Gilbreath and

My next cabin neighbor for this sailing, Gary and Carol Cruise!

May 12, 2011

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska - Disney 'Round the USA and Canada -- May 7, 2011

May 7th - Juneau - the capital of Alaska with over 220 days of rain each year. WOW! Disney Magical Wonder took place as we had an amazing day of blue skies and sunshine!

Excursions began early today so everyone was up and at em'. Arriving into port:

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska
Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska
Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska
Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska
Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska
Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska

Previously in Juneau I have done the Helicopter Glacier tour and landed on the glacier to dog sled (one of my all-time favorite excursions anywhere). I have also done the Alaskan Wildlife Sanctuary Tour as well as visited Mendenhall Glacier twice.

Today I chose the Deluxe Tour of Juneau and traveled with AllEars Alaskan Cruisers Jack and Marilyn and Gary and Carol. Our 3 part tour included a visit to Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery, the Glacial Gardens and Mendenhall. Our tour did not follow in sequence with the description in the Port Adventures booklet which was too bad as bear were spotted early on at the Mendenhall Glacier (described in booklet as our first stop).

I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I absolutely loved the Deluxe tour of the Salmon Hatchery. We had an approx. 45 minute tour of the outside and "backstage" areas which was just fascinating. We saw the juvenile stages of the salmon at 1 and 2 years of age. Our tour guide did an outstanding job in explaining the process of the salmon hatchery to us. We later learned that those on the Best of Juneau Excursion, only received a 5-10 minute talk on the Hatchery and did NOT get to visit the "backstage" areas that we did.

We visited the incubation room, saw the one and two year old tanks and much more!

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

The Visitor's Center area is cool as well, with a vertical aquarium, a marketplace with some salmon samples and a hands on area complete with a guide. You could touch starfish, sea cucumbers and other sea life!

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

The grounds of the Hatchery were pretty cool as well with overlooks, statues and a photo fun op. I really enjoyed this part of our Deluxe Juneau Tour!

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Maccaulay Salmon Hatchery

Next stop was the Glacial Gardens Rainforest Adventure. I wasn't sure what to expect . The Gardens were described as " where botanical gardens meld with the natural temperate rainforest in a unique fashion. Ride a golf cart through the rain forest to an 800-ft scenic overlook of Douglas Island and Mendenhall Valley with the Chilkat and Admirality mountains off in the distance. Then complete your 80 minute tour with tea and pastry service in the Gardens Pavillion (included with your tour). "

The guides at the Gardens were very nice. We were given a history of the owners and how the gardens came to be. The most fascinating elements of the Gardens were the upside down trees. The owner decided to repurpose dead trees by replanting them upside down and covering the tops with flowering plants and vines.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

Then it was time to embark on our golf cart tour.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

The scenic overlook was quite beautiful and off to the left was the Disney Wonder in the distance.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

Then back down the trail to the Gardens Pavilion:

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Glacial Gardens

The pavilion area (no idea why I neglected to take photos here), had beautiful colorful hanging baskets. The café was nice but we were a bit confused when no tea or pastry was set out for us. So, we got in line and purchased snacks and beverages from the café. Eventually, a blueberry pastry and tea was set out for us, but it was after the fact and most of us already had paid for goodies.

Even though we received a colorful calendar of the Gardens as we boarded the bus, overall I was a bit disappointed in this part of the tour. I had to remind myself it was VERY early in the season so trees were about all there was to see. The overlook was nice. Had the tea and pastry been set out when we arrived, I would have left feeling more positive.

Now to the last part of the tour and the one I was looking forward to most, Mendenhall Glacier! On my previous 2 visits I didn't have time to take even the shortest, 45 minute tour, so was hoping that with a 90 minute stop, I would have been able to do that.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

However, upon arriving, our bus driver really discouraged us from doing that trail saying most folks do it in a full 90 minutes and we would probably miss the bus back to the port. I think I could have done it in the 45 minutes decided against it so as not to miss the bus.

The great thing about Mendenhall Glacier is there are many viewing locations, including right at the Visitor's Center.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

I went into the the Visitor's Center and decided to watch the movie which was quite informative with beautiful photographs.

Then it was time to walk around and at least do the short photo trail and walk along the "beach". Lots of AllEars Alaskan Cruisers were also at the Glacier!

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

This is a 3d map of the entire Mendenhall Valley. The red arrow points to our location and the Mendenhall Glacier.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

And here's a fun one Carol Cruise and I took with my IPad 2 and the reverse camera feature:

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

We had a little time to explore town, however with a 6pm dinner, it was time to head back to the ship we went after a great day of touring.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

At 6pm, some of the AllEars Alaskan Cruisers were treated to a group dinner in Palo's private room.

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening!

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

And to top it off, a few whale pods swam by.. we all rushed to the windows - it was quite exciting!

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

Disney Wonder Juneau Alaska Mendenhall Glacier

WOW - an amazing day - tomorrow our final port of call Ketchikan.

Here are links to 2 other All Ears Alaskan Adventure Cruisers who are also bloging.

Fellow AllEars cohort Laura Gilbreath and

My next cabin neighbor for this sailing, Gary and Carol Cruise!

May 8, 2011

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska - Disney 'Round the USA and Canada -- May 6, 2011

May 6th - Our first real port of call in Alaska is Skagway!

Skagway is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and is the smallest port of call you will visit on the Disney Wonder Alaska cruise 2011.

Skagway played an important role in the Klondike Goldrush of 1897-98 as people headed north in search of gold. Saloons and gunplay were commonplace. I encourage you to take your time and explore the town which is rich in history. Stop by the National Park Service for a free 1 hour walking tour. The visitor's center has walking tour maps as well.

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

As we arrived in port it was chilly and rainy so I was glad to have chosen the White Pass Yukon Railway train ride.

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Our ride began in Skagway, at sea level and we traveled to the White Pass Border at 2,800 feet above sea level. It was amazing to watch the landscape change as we headed north and upward.

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Sheer drop-offs were not uncommon as we continued on the journey. We were the first train up for the new season and the tracks had been plowed the day before so we could take our ride.

I'll let the photos speak for themselves. A couple were taken in sepia tone, as the white snow and white sky caused lots of white outs on the photos.

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

The US - Canadian Border!

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Our particular ride did not allow for us to exit the train in Canada. If we did, we would have had to show passports and clear customs.

When we reached the northern end of our journey, the engines separated from the rail cars and did a loop around to what was the back of the train. The seats all flipped to face forward, we changed seats with those on the opposite side of the train and headed back to Skagway.

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

The tour guide told us that by mid June, all of the snow would be gone and the area will be filled with greenery and flowers!

All too soon, our approx. 3 hour journey ended and we were back in town and eventually, back on board the Disney Wonder.

Disney Wonder Skagway Alaska

The AllEars Alaskan Adventure cruisers met up again in Cove Café in the evening to share stories of the day's excursions!

Here are links to 2 other All Ears Alaskan Adventure Cruisers who are also bloging.

Fellow AllEars cohort Laura Gilbreathand

My next cabin neighbor for this sailing, Gary and Carol Cruise!

May 7, 2011

Disney 'Round the USA and Canada -- May 5, 2011

The Disney Wonder is in Alaska in a big way!!

May 5th we visited Tracy Arm. But before that, we had a morning of purpose and fun.

The AllEars Alaskan Adventure cruisers met at 8am for a symbolic Walk Stroll the Planks to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. Once again, I was joined by survivors and a wonderful group of folks. Thanks to all for getting up so early during your vacation to walk!

Disney Wonder Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Disney Wonder Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Disney Wonder Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Disney Wonder Breast Cancer Awareness Walk


After the walk, several of us went to Beach Blanket to warm up and have hot beverages and some food.

At 9:45am it was time for the Character Breakfast in Parrot Cay. I didn't attend the one on the Pacific Coast cruise, so wanted to be sure and make this one. As usual, BalWan and Tita made it a super fun morning!

Disney Wonder Character Breaskfast

Disney Wonder Character Breaskfast

Disney Wonder Character Breaskfast

Disney Wonder Character Breaskfast

Disney Wonder Character Breaskfast

Disney Wonder Character Breaskfast

Soon it was time to enter the Fiord of Tracy Arm. This was a fantasic journey though huge rock carved out by glacial ice. Each turn had something new for us to see. There were lots of ice waterfalls and LOTS of ice chunks in the water. Our view of Sawyer Glacier was outstanding and everyone had a fantastic day.

As with much of our planet's natural beauty, photos do not do the scenery justice - so I guess you'll just have to come experience Alaska yourself!

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Disney Wonder Tracy Arm

Here are links to 2 other All Ears Alaskan Adventure Cruiseres who are also bloging.

Fellow AllEars cohort Laura Gilbreath and

My next cabin neighbor for this sailing, Gary and Carol Cruise!

May 6, 2011

Disney 'Round the USA and Canada -- May 2, 3,and 4,2011

I'm going to attempt to catch up with my days on the Disney Wonder. It will be mostly photos - hope that works ok!

May 2nd Victoria Canada. This was one of the stops I was most looking forward too. At one time I had been an avid gardener and have always wanted to see Butchart Gardens. Unfortunately, it was a cool rainy day! That, however, did not deter us! Off we went!

Disney Wonder Victoria Canada

Disney Wonder Victoria Canada

On our way to the Gardens we had a city tour!
Disney Wonder Victoria Canada

Disney Wonder Victoria Canada

Even with the cloudy rainy skies, the Gardens were magnificent. So many blooms and so many colors. I hope to visit again sometime.

Butchart Gardens Victoria Canada

Butchart Gardens Victoria Canada

Butchart Gardens Victoria Canada

Butchart Gardens Victoria Canada

Butchart Gardens Victoria Canada

Butchart Gardens Victoria Canada

Wouldn't you know it, when we returned to the ship, the sun came out 

Butchart Gardens Victoria Canada

May 3rd we disembarked the Disney Wonder Pacific Coast Cruise and re-embarked in Vancouver for the first Alaskan Cruise. The process was not smooth nor were things communicated properly. It was a long frustrating morning which began at 8:30am and we finally got back on board at 12:30pm. Had many of us known how long this process would take, we would all have planned to head into town.

ALL EARS ALASKAN ADVENTURE
We have a great group of folks on board for the AllEars special group sailing.

The weather was awesome and we had a fun sailaway. The ship is not full and it showed at sailaway! Here is when the AllEars Alaska Cruisers met many of their sailing mates for the first time.

Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Sailaway

Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Sailaway

Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Sailaway

Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Sailaway

Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Sailaway

Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Sailaway

Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise Sailaway


May 4th, yes, Star Wars day for SW fans  We had a day at sea as we traveled from Vancouver into Alaska. Because it was the first time the Disney Wonder sailed this route, we could not do the inside passage Northbound and were outside of the calm waters. It was a rough day for many with 8-13 foot waves and moderate gale winds. It also poured rain all day.

Rough Seas Disney Wonder

But there was lots to do on board including Palo Brunch.

The AllEars Alaskan Cruisers had an early meet at Cove Café and we enjoyed time to get to know each other better over nice warm/hot beverages.

Cove Café Meet

Cove Café Meet

Cove Café Meet

Everyone went their separate ways for the day and gathered again in the evening for our pre-dinner meet at Cove Café. It was formal night and many folks dressed up.

Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder

We were so delighted to see our request to once again have BalWin and Tita server us was granted!! They are AWESOME.

Disney Wonder

While, I am unable to keep up on a daily basis, here are links to 2 folks who ARE keeping their blogs updated.

Fellow AllEars cohort Laura Gilbreath and

My cabin matges for this sailing, Gary and Carol Cruise!

May 4, 2011

Disney 'Round the USA and Canada -- Where Have the Days Gone??

Obviously I have now fallen behind with my blogs. Today being a sea day, I will try to catch up later on.

In the mean time, here are links to 2 folks who ARE keeping their blogs updated.

Fellow AllEars cohort Laura Gilbreathand

My next cabin neighbor for this sailing, Gary and Carol Cruise!

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