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Ketchikan


Nov. 14, 2011    Departing Vancouver we looked back at the mountain-ringed harbor and then began our exploration of the cruise ship.  Half of the excitement of the Alaskan cruise experience is the great food and entertainment and activities ranging from bingo to art auctions or lectures to casino action or the memorable midnight chocolate buffet.  The other half of the experience is the breathtaking views as the ship cruises through the inside passage along with the ports of call shore excursions on the ships itinerary.

We spent the first day cruising through the inside passage to Ketchikan, AK.  Even though we had enjoyed Dungeness crab a couple of times in Vancouver, we decided to take an excursion to George Inlet Lodge for a trip out on a crabbing boat.  After harvesting our lunch, we returned to the rustic Lodge to enjoy an all you can eat Dungeness crab lunch, with red potatoes, salad and cheesecake.  What a feast!

Tlingit Clan House
Returning to Ketchikan, we explored the Saxman Tlingit Village; highlighted by the clan house where we had the opportunity to watch a native dance ceremony.
The elaborate headdresses and outfits (called regalia)
are usually hand made and are exquisite pieces of wearable art.  The dancers sing stories or speak to the spirits accompanied by drums.  It was a unique experience for us.

Exhausted from our day in Ketchikan, we boarded the cruise ship to head on to our next destination- the capital of Alaska-Juneau.

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