Last night after I wrote the blog there was a Dessert Extravaganza at 10:00 pm on the Lido Deck. It was a very elaborate and elegant affair. Lots of ice sculptures, hundreds of decorated cakes and desserts and lots of watermelon carvings.
Back in our room when we returned we found another Towel Animal. Each night when we come back to our room we find a different animal. Tonight was an elephant.
This morning we were up bright and early because we have to be on the Pier at 7:30 am for our Best of Ketchikan Tour.
The first part of the tour is by boat around the Island that Ketchikan is situated on. We saw a bald eagle.
It was low tide and we got an opportunity to see star fish as they clung to the rocks waiting for the high tide to arrive.
We got to visit a fish cannery where we got a demonstration of how they used to can salmon. The George Island Fisherman’s Co-op cannery was closed in the 60’s but all the machinery remains in working condition for demonstration purposes.
After our tour of the fish cannery, we boarded a bus for the next part of our tour. Next stop on the tour was the Saxman Totem Park.
One thing that I did learn is that you do not call them Totem Poles. The word Totem means pole and of course the word Pole means pole, so if you call them Totem Poles, you are in effect calling them Pole Poles. So it is best to refer to them as Totems or Poles, but not both.
I liked the Totem of Lincoln, it sort of tied in our Lincoln Highway part of our summer vacation with our Alaska Cruise visit to Ketchikan Alaska.
Actually yesterday in Sitka we found another Lincoln reference, the main street was called Lincoln Street.
We had to be back onboard The Westerdam by 12:30pm so it was a rather quick visit of Ketchikan.
To see all of our photos from today you can view them on my FLICKR site.
We will be at sea for the rest of today and this evening, and most of tomorrow until we arrive in Victoria BC.