New tours and bargain shopping take the edge off

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva with photos by Richard Pietschmann

It’s impressive how quickly Regent Seven Seas arranged tours and activities for an unscheduled stop in Skagway.

The 350-suite, all-balcony, all suite Mariner, on a 12-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver  to Los Angeles, was schedule to dock at Sika today. And then head to the Hubbard Glacier. But a storm caused the Captain to  change course and take us to Skagway instead. And then spend two days at sea en route to Victoria BC.

While it’s a shame to miss Hubbard, Regent really rallied and set up free shore excursions and activities to keep passengers happy. And we were.

An especially pleasing caviar and Champagne breakfast boosted our moods.

After the morning meal many of us walked the little over quarter mile into town to take advantage of end of season sales. Passengers returned to the ship loaded with bags of warm clothing and souvenirs that we reduced by 50% or more. Us, included.

That’s me after bargain shopping at Alaska Ship Company. Got me some cold weather gear since I didn’t bring enough.

Skagway proved a suitable substitute for Sitka, if not for the Hubbard (but many of our shipmates had been there before). It’s an historic city situated in a narrow, glaciated valley at Alaska’s Taiya inlet. It was formed from a gold strike in the Klondike region of Canada’s Yukon territory.

Photo by Richard Pietschmann

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