A day aboard ship in Sitka

We spent today aboard a ship nearly devoid of passengers, as most of them went ashore to spend the (overcast but dry) day in Sitka.  There is something to be said for roaming about with a ship nearly entirely to ourselves – quiet, peaceful and lots to see.

Early morning

We saw no whales from the ship, but there were several seals, heads periodically bobbing above the water.  If they managed to catch themselves something to eat, down would swoop the seagulls, hoping for a scrap to scavenge.  Also swooping in for a piece of the (salmon) pie, were eagles.  One poor seal had to fight off 3 seagulls and 2 eagles to keep his breakfast.

Eagles moving in for a piece of a seal’s breakfast

A never-ending parade of boats — fishing boats heading in and back with their catch, tour boats picking up and returning passengers, personal boats with owners and the occasional dog running into town with errands — we saw it all from the Sea View pool (best vista on the ship!).

Fishing boat heading back

Fishing boat surrounded by its nets, hard at work

Docked in Sitka

All tied up. The geometry of the lines appeals to me.

Almost felt guilty eating lunch with all the activity in the water around us.  Almost but not quite!

Pizza from New York Pizza – we’d each had a piece before I remembered to take a picture.

Burger and fries from the Dive In

And my drink today

Apple Cosmo

Then back to the cabin to relax for a bit (because we’d worked so hard today) before changing for dinner.  We’ll be checking out the new Sel de Mer.

Tonight’s Dining Room menu

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