|Grand Princess Horizon Court Buffet|
|Grand Princess Juneau Alaska|
We have no excuses here in Juneau, now armed with our new jackets and an all-weather camera; we start our walk-about near the port area. There are loads of places to shop and spend money but we busy ourselves window shopping and taking pictures. We notice a lot of Grand Princess crew members walking around town. Juneau has a Costco and other shopping amenities so crew members can stock up on personal items. There is a separate shuttle bus that caters to the crew members. A large number of the crew is from the Philippines and there are several food shops specializing in their home-style cuisine. We have coffee and share a tasty, enormous snickerdoodle at a local coffee house called The Grind. We watch a street vendor grilling "Pinoy Pork Skewers" and ask if it is ok to take his photo. Just then several crew members line up for a taste of home. A number of cruise lines stop here but this morning we feel like we have the town to ourselves.
|Vendor Grilling Pinoy Pork Skewers Juneau, Alaska|
April notices that there is a huge selection of sleep masks in the stores and speculates that the long 'midnight sun' hours here in Alaska stimulate this trend. I see a sign at a local bar offering husband day care and volunteer in case my bride wants to get down to serious shopping.
|Juneau Alaska - A. MacIntosh photos|
|Juneau Alaska G.MacIntosh photo|
Right next to the seaplane dock was a small shopping center with some independent shops and restaurants. I was intrigued by a sign in front of Alaska Knife Works that said "free ulu demo!" I had never heard of such a knife and was tempted to add to my overflowing collection of kitchen tools. An Ulu is similar to a mezzaluna from Italy, a half moon shaped blade you rock back and forth to slice and dice. Alaska Knife works had intricately carved handle ulus with hard wood blocks to match. I darn near pulled out the credit card but my logical side asked me, "where I would store the sharp thing?" I set temptation aside but made sure to take a photo of the place just in case the urge to have one struck again.
Taku , a store specializing in Alaskan salmon. We wisely held off purchasing until our return walk so we only had to carry our haul a few blocks back to the ship. In fact they will ship your purchases back home if you wish.
|Taku Store Juneau, Alaska|
We marched back to the ship and enjoyed a light lunch.
|Lunch Horizon Court Buffet Grand Princess Juneau, Alaska|
After lunch we edited photos and sent texts to our kids, but exhausted we settled in for a short nap. Somewhat rested we decided to have cocktails at Crooners bar. I had a dry vodka martini and Avril a mango margarita. The bartender provided bar snacks of Asian wasabi mix and honey roasted nuts. We had great conversation and observed our fellow passengers while we waited for the dinner hour to arrive.
|Grand Princess Crooners Bar|
We had dinner in the Da Vinci dining room, which remarkable for me, I didn't photograph. I think maybe the combination of lots of fun, walking, wonderful food and cocktails knocked us out. By eight o'clock we were off to dreamland resting for more Alaska fun in Skaway the next day.