Several have requested pictures more information about our recent trip. We flew to Seattle, join all our family members from TX. We spent a full day seeing downtown Seattle. Rented a van and drove 400 miles seeing northwest Washington's beautiful country, this was a very full day! Flew to Juneau, AK and boarded the Empress of the North. It's a stern wheeler that takes 235 passengers. The Empress is not a floating hotel like the large ships, she is more like a floating family. But with live entertainment, spacious accommodations and fine dining usually found only on larger ships. Remarkably maneuverable, she can safely edge close to the shoreline and go other areas where the big ones can't. We ate seafood every day.. the best was the Jumbo Alaskan Red King crab Legs! The very best we've ever eaten! They serve 3 full meals a day, dinner is five course. And if that doesn't fill you they also have a 24 hour snack bar that has soft drinks, coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs, sandwiches, chili, fresh cookies, ice cream, etc., everything self serve as much as you wish. I didn't gain but 6 lbs. There was 21.5 hours a day of daylight but we very seldom saw the sun. So quality of picture taking suffers from no sun. The three hour time change was a little hard to adjust to. We saw lots of whales, most were too far for a good picture and the ones up close I always missed having my camera ready. Saw lots of eagles, mountain goats, some bears, lots of seals. In one picture the icebergs are covered with little specs... that's the mother seals with babies. The ship makes ports at Skaway, Glacier Bay, Sita, Petersburg, Wrangell, Misty Fjords and Ketchikan. They told us it rains almost every day in Ketchikan but it didn't when we were there! In fact the sun was shining. The ship includes excursions to special sights at each port. Our first day included a train ride over the White Mountain pass on the Yukon Railroad. This is a very scenic ride. It goes over the mountain into Canada then we boarded motor coaches for a scenic drive back to Skaway. We boarded a large Catamaran for a full day excursion into Glacier Bay National Park. The reason is that the Empress is not permitted in the park due to the limit on the number of vessels. This seemed unfair for the Empress is a USA registered vessel and we saw other foreign vessels. The Empress will be able to get a Park permit in time. But it was a good day and we had some GREAT smoked salmon for lunch! They saved the best for last, for the last day was the greatest of of all. The complete day is spent cruising the Glaciers. Glaciers are so interesting. We liked this much better than Glacier Bay NP. The crew told us they closed the water proof lower doors the last day due to icebergs, the water was almost slush. Also icebergs have only 10 % above water. The cruise ends at Juneau. They provided motor coaches to the air port. We only saw a tiny bit of Alaska but what we saw was awesome! Links to some boring pictures are on my web site and here.