From the Island Princess’ navigator:
Overnight, Island Princess sailed south through Icy Strait to the Upper Lynn Canal,
circumnavigating the northern reaches of around Admiralty Island through Stephens Passage and finally sailing north via the Gastineau Channel into Juneau, Alaska’s Capital city.
On sailaway, Island Princess will retrace her steps, navigating around Douglas Island before heading north for Skagway.
Saturday 14th July in Juneau, Alaska
As we sailed into Juneau, the day was a complete contrast to the day before at Icy Straight Point, as it was overcast and misty.
I ate an omelette with American bacon on the side for breakfast in the Bordeaux.
Looking out we could see two other ships docked.
They were the Carnival Legend and the Seven Seas Mariner.
Walking into Juneau
Once past the dock with the cruise ships there was a line of kiosks offering tours to visiting passengers.
Then we came to the ground station for the cable car.
The weather was so miserable that we decided to give this a miss as the views would not be great once up at the top.
We walked into the town and the first shops that we came to were more like the ones we were used to in the Caribbean. We walked past the large Diamonds International store. On our right as we walked, was the Alaskan Shirt company offering cut price T-shirts and souvenirs.
As we walked in we encountered short spells of light rain. I did find it hard to believe that this was the State capital of Alaska as there was hardly any traffic. There were more tourists it seemed than locals.
To the Governor’s Mansion
Once we had found the names of the cross streets, we then knew we were on the road that would lead us to the Governor’s Mansion.
From the streets there were alleyways with steps leading to the houses above us.
On the side of one of the buildings were these notices.
“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt”
I don’t know what I want out of life and it terrifies me
This was listed as one of the attractions of Juneau. The mansion sat high above the town on a road that wound its way up the hills that surround the town.