Alaska Cruise 2012: To the ship…

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The train ride from the lodge to Whittier was something on the order of 6 hours long. Now don’t get me wrong, I love trains, but six hours is a pretty long time to be on one. (Still beats six hours on a plane, though, I’ll tell you that.) But there’s something to be said for sailing through the Alaskan landscape, with little more than the steady clickety-clack of a 45 mile-an-hour train under your feet…

Some of the Alaskan landscape seen from our train to Whittier.

On the other side of Anchorage—within a couple hours of our destination—we picked up the Turnagain Arm, a glacial fjord on the southern arm of the Cook Inlet, and we proceeded to ride along the edge of it most of the way to Whittier.

Our train, making its way along the edge of Turnagain Arm.

It kept threatening to rain, but the rain never came. The clouds, however, were a show unto themselves…

Yup… more of the Alaskan landscape seen from our train to Whittier.

Just short of Whittier, the train stopped prior to entering a fairly long tunnel. (Apparently, the tunnel is shared by alternating one-way auto and railroad traffic or something like that.) It was our turn before too long, and as we emerged on the other side, this is the sight that awaited us…

Our ship, the Diamond Princess, at the port terminal in Whittier.

The Diamond Princess—952 feet long, weighing over 115,000 tons, and for the next seven days, our floating home.

Time to go cruisin’. :-)

(On to Part Three…)