Our ship docked in the small town of Skagway around six that morning. My uncle, who had gone on this same cruise three times already, advised us to skip the tours since the town isn’t that big. He told us we can save money by just going out and exploring it ourselves. Since we didn’t have a strict schedule to follow, we took our sweet time getting up that morning and eating our breakfast (which was actually brunch because it was almost 10am by the time we made it to the Horizon Court).
Most of the people were done with breakfast by then so we were able to get a table by the window
Outside we saw this mountain covered in graffiti. At first I thought that Skagway had a vandal problem but according to this site, it’s actually the work of the crew members from different ships:
This hill has been “decorated” for years by the crews of different ships that dock nearby. The crews honor their captain by painting the name of the ship and captain on the hill. Legend has it that the higher the name, the more the crew respect and love their captain.
We planned on heading into town between 11am and noon. We had about an hour to spare so Ezra and I walked around the ship.
We found this dolphin near the Horizon Court
We went up to the deck to check out the view
Look at those beautiful snow capped mountains
There was another cruise ship docked nearby
At around 11:30, we met up with my parents and got ready to explore the town
A friendly reminder from the crew
Once we got off the ship, we took a few photos as usual
In front of our Golden Princess
People queued up for the White Pass Scenic Railway Tour
We planned on just walking to town, but some people suggested that we take the bus instead
The bus turned out to be a shuttle. They called it the Smart Bus.
Each bus ride is $2, but we saw that we could purchase an all day pass for $5.
We decided to get the all-day pass and our bus driver stamped our wrist after we paid
The driver suggested that we check out the Jewell Gardens first and dropped us off there
The Jewell Gardens is known not only for the actual gardens, but also for the beautiful glass work that they do
We didn’t go inside since we wanted time to see the rest of the town. But we did check out the gift shop:
“The Art of Glassblowing”
Outside we saw this sign where we could pretend to be sunflowers:
The only problem was we were too short to reach the taller sunflower
This was Ezra’s solution:
Eventually we decided to “borrow” a rock from the garden to step on:
After this we decided to walk to the Klondike Gold Fields which was just nearby. Again we decided not to go inside, but there was plenty to see outside:
We met this man in a Klondike outfit and he agreed to take photos with us
He was pretty tall and he was kind enough to squat down to our level XD
We also saw this other man with his dog there
I read online that you can meet the dogs and cuddle with the puppies if you sign up for their tour
We also met this lovely lady in a Klondike costume there
After looking around, we caught the bus and headed back to the town proper. The buildings there were so cute and colorful!
This one looked like it was made from papier mache 😀
More ladies in Klondike outfits
Our bus driver told us that we could watch a documentary about the Klondike Gold Rush at the Visitor’s Center so we decided to head over there first
There was a small museum there too
Old door knobs from the 1800’s
Locks and old keys
After looking around, we went to the theater to watch the documentary. It showed the hardships some people went through during the Gold Rush. Most of the people who attempted to get to the Klondike Gold Fields never made it because of the harsh trail and weather conditions. And the ones who did survive discovered that they were too late and ended up leaving with nothing.
We spent the rest of our afternoon checking out the gift shops around town
I bought some souvenirs and pasalubong for Ckloy here
My parents were tired and hungry by this point so they found a bench where they decided to eat the sandwiches that they packed for lunch. Ezra and I wanted to explore some more so we left our stuff with them and checked out the other shops.
The town was so beautiful. I felt like I walked into a postcard!
We stopped here to try their fudge. It was delicious!
I think I saw this sign on 9gag before XD
After my parents finished their sandwiches they decided to walk around and caught up with us at this candy shop (where we bought a bag of taffy each)
We came across this gentleman with his huge dogs. I can’t remember what breed they were, but I think he mentioned one of them was a Tibetan Mastiff.
He (and his dogs) were very nice, so we stopped to play and chat with them for a bit.
He was very interested in my mom’s necklace. She thought it was made of wood, but he told us it was from some kind of animal horn
We also saw this cute little fella there. He was friends with the big dogs
I dropped by the post office to mail a postcard for Sir Taps for his collection 🙂
I think this was my first time mailing a postcard. I should do it more often.
Ezra and I were starting to get tired and hungry after this so we decided to head back to the ship. We took a few photos first before getting back on.
That evening we had a lovely Italian dinner at the Canaletto Dining Hall
The waiters were dressed for the occasion, how cute. Here they’re waiting for Jose to finish cooking his pasta.
After dinner, we headed over to the Princess Theater to watch a magic show.
There was a segment in the show where the magician was talking about a pair of lockets he received from sisters who were actually conjoined twins. He said that sisters normally have a strong psychic bond, and he wanted to show us that the lockets from the twins can enhance this. He asked if there were any sisters in the audience so Ezra and I raised our hands. We didn’t expect to get chosen because we were sitting in the back, but apparently we were one of the few sisters there that night.
He performed some pretty impressive magic tricks. My dad was able to get it on video and I included it in my vlog, which you can watch below.
After an amazing show, we headed back to our rooms to rest. As usual, Ezra and I took videos of our day and I compiled them into a vlog. They’re mostly footage of us exploring the town. You can see the clip from the magic show towards the end 🙂
Despite not signing up for a tour that day, we had a lot of fun. In fact, I think we were able to enjoy ourselves more because we weren’t forced to stick to a schedule. It’s always nice to have some control of your time when you visit new places.
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