College Fjord and disembarkation
7.5.13 - 7.6.13 50 °F
Our final day at sea was leisurely. It is about 500 NM from Glacier Bay to College Fjord so we were not scheduled to arrive until 5:30pm. The way was foggy, misty, drizzly - a typical southern Alaska day in the summer. Fortunately, but the time we started pulling into College Fjord, the weather broke a little and offered some good viewing of a number of glaciers as well as a harbor seal and several sea otters resting on the ice chunks. After a leisurely buffet dinner, we packed and put our bags outside. We took advantage of the EZ air bag check and boarding pass system ($20) where the cruise line issues the airline boarding passes and tags the bags all the way to our final destination. We put them out last night, and won't see them again until we land in Charleston Sunday morning (hopefully). Several other ports do this and my friends in the industry love it. It eliminates mule hauling the bags around the airport. Only several of the major airlines offer the service.
We debarked the ship this morning at 7:00pm and arrived at the Anchorage airport about 9:15am, transiting the one lane rail/car tunnel in Whittier at the 8:00am traffic release from Whittier towards Anchorage. It's a beautiful drive on the Turnagain Arm towards the airport. I will post when I have my full photo album up.
Next trip - South Africa in early September!