September 10th, 2009 – by: X_Drive
Docked in Juneau, it was pouring rain.
We were scheduled to arrive in Juneau at 8:30 a.m. but when I awoke at 7:00 a.m. we were already docked. I didn't get to watch as we came in, which disappointed me. I had so hoped to be able to watch as the ship neared the dock and tied up. And on top of that it was pouring rain. Not a good sign to start the day. But we were scheduled to be here until 8:30pm so there was a long ahead of us. We had hoped to get into town, do a whale watching tour and visit Mendehall Glacier today. But with the extremely bad weather many of the tours were cancelled first thing in the morning. So our hopes were up for clearing in the afternoon, but that turned bleak too as the rain stayed heavy and by early afternoon the winds had increased to near gale speeds. Announcements continued all day long about cancelled tours, so we spent the day relaxing, eating, blogging, and reading.
I think nearly all of the tours were cancelled for the day. Hopefully we'll get to see glaciers over the next few days.
A few brave souls got off, got soaked, got disappointed that their tours were cancelled, and got back on board.
Lunch turned out to be nice hamburgers with a few french fries, and then a warm Mango struddle with hot Vanilla sauce poured over. Then it was back to our cabin for a few hours of thumb twittling.
Dinner, which was “Smart Casual”, was in the Bordeaux Dining room with two other couples tonight. One couple from a very small town in West Virginia, and a couple from Michigan joined us. I had the roast beef and my wife tried the veal. A very pleasant meal and the other couples made it good company.
The desserts were good too. Tonight the sorbet was a sweet-tart pink grapefruit flavor.
Afternoon the weather was even worse.
We spent a few minutes listening to the very nice jazz trio, The Georgetown Trio, at the Bayou Cafe lounge again before going to the late show at the aft showroom.
In the showroom tonight was a singer, piano player named Roger Carr who usually does crooner style old Sinatra songs in the atrium area each evening. Tonight in the large aft showroom he did several songs from the Platters, before trying a couple of more modern numbers and closing with a couple of Broadway tunes. Then back to our cabin to hit the sack.Oh, by the way, the ships didn't pull out of Juneau at 8:30 p.m. as scheduled due to extremely bad weather. They delayed departure by two hours. We had gone through some six foot waves the day before but the waves we were trying to miss were reported at 16 foot. And from what we felt from the little ones I understood why they wanted to miss the bigger ones.