So, yes . . . a Panama Canal Cruise. 

There are them who could not be forced to put foot one onto a modern cruise ship . . . this post is not for them.

There are others who would decry modern cruise ships — such as the Coral Princess — as monstrosities that don’t hold a candle to ships of yesteryear like, for instance, the Queen Mary . . . I’ve now been on both of these ships, and I can tell you these people have a perception of the world not matching what reality offers up.

Sure, the Queen Mary has a history. It may even be an interesting history and one worthy of lauding. But, don’t compare ships and call one “classy” and “elegant” and call the other “trashy” and a “cattle hauler”. Don’t, because you have no idea how similar they are. Don’t because you have no idea how the Queen Mary appears to one who is not looking at it through eyes clouded by national pride. I’ll be doing a write-up on my visit to the Queen Mary, but first . . . 

Note: this is a long post. If you just want the photos, go to the bottom and check out the gallery sans the witty, incisive, profound, and irreverent banter.

This is the continuation of the posts documenting our September 11, 2017, visit to Glacier Bay National Park. 

The photos below are a mish-mash of various views as we sat at the end of the bay combined with numerous shots as we made our way back toward the next destination — and the subject of the third post (and maybe fourth post) covering Glacier Bay — the John Hopkins Glacier.

These photos may or may not be in chronological order. The timestamp says they are, but some don’t jive with my memory and some don’t seem as if they are in the right sequence. Just so people know, some of the photos have multiple versions and I’ll only include a few in the body of the post. All of the photos will be in the gallery at the end of the post except for the full-size panoramas. I’m also repeating the introduction from Part 1 for them who can’t be bothered to go back and read it and for new visitors who don’t care about the previous set of photos. 

The text in the repeated section is colored in light blue. If you already know the stuff, go to the end of it. 

There is a gallery at the end of this first post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will contain all the photos from Glacier Bay; those from this post (Part 1) will be in there when the post goes live and those of the next post(s) (Part(s) 2(3,4,n+1)) I’ll add as the posts go live.

You can click on the photos in the body of the post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. A few of the big panoramas will link the full-size files but be warned . . . they are huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

Note: this is a long post. If you just want the photos, go to the bottom and check out the gallery sans the witty, incisive, profound, and irreverent banter.

I have been remiss in documenting the September 2017 Alaska Cruise aboard the Coral Princess. I figure I should repeat the opening of the previous 2017 Alaska Cruise posts, in part because nothing has changed . . . I’m still remiss.

A few congressional investigations and special counsel probes will reveal I am not to blame for this egregious behavior. It’s all lies, I tell you. You see, I’ve actually been doing lots of work on the Alaska Cruise stuff, but that summabirches at WordPress lie about what I’m doing. They insist I’m secretly working on Project 313 — whatever that is. Fake News!   

You want proof? I have me 221 photos ready to post. You heard right; two-hundred-and-twenty-one photos. So many photos — and a few videos — that one post (no matter how biggly) cannot contain them all . . . and (again) that’s for just one day — September 11, 2017.

The Coral’s main gathering place: food, music, shops, and stuff.

There is a gallery at the end of this first post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will contain all the photos from Glacier Bay; those from this post (Part 1) will be in there when the post goes live and those of the next post(s) (Part(s) 2(3,4,n+1)) I’ll add as the posts go live.

You can click on the photos in the body of the post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. A few of the big panoramas will link the full-size files but be warned . . . they are huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

We begin with a few photos from inside the ship. It’s early morning, the light outside is not that good, there’s fog hiding the scenery, and the air has a definite chill that makes the interior of the ship seem even more inviting than it is. 

So, here we are at Part 2 and we’re facing another dilemma. Should I plan on Part 3 or try and squeeze in 85 more photos and 7 more videos all in this post? 

Well, since I won’t post all the photos, it’s actually only 72 so, sure, let’s do it all in one long post. Plan your snacks and bathroom breaks accordingly. 

As I mentioned at the end of Part 1, the weather was clearing and we were much closer to the glacier; both of those things contributed to give us better photos.

There is a gallery at the end of the post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery contains all the photos; those from the previous post (Part 1) and those of this post (Part 2). You can click on these photos to see a larger version but less than full-size. 

As I mentioned in Part 1, there’s a tonal difference in the photos from the D7000 and those of the P900, the latter tending toward a stronger blue hue, probably due to the processing of the camera to produce JPGs as opposed to RAW files.

I have been remiss in documenting the September 2017 Alaska Cruise aboard the Coral Princess

There are many reasons for this egregious lapse in my blogging duties. Not that I’ll share them here, but know there are bigly reasons, all documented in a memo I may or may not release for public consumption.   

Regardless, it’s all good now because here I am; me and a bunch of photos and even videos. So many photos and videos that one post cannot contain them all . . . and that’s for just one day — September 10, 2017.

There is a gallery at the end of the post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery contains all the photos; those from this post (Part 1) and those of the next post (Part 2, whenever I post it). You can click on these photos to see a larger version but less than full-size. 

We begin with an early morning view — the photo above — from the Promenade deck. Specifically, the back of the ship. Unfortunately, there isn’t an equivalent front-facing opening at the prow of the ship but regardless of that minor disappointment, the Promenade deck is my favorite deck on the ship.  

Why? Because it’s where one finds the International Café. It’s open 24-hours and it serves coffee, teas, and a variety of snacks. I kid; that’s on Deck 6.

Edited to Add: I’ve added a gallery at the bottom of the post for them who are just interested in the photos.

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“Where is he?!” no one asked.

I’ve been back since Sunday evening but other than reading a few blogs and adding my 1.34¢ here and there, I’ve been mostly concentrating on fighting a hitchhiker from my trip. 

Nope, not that very nice dog — although I wouldn’t mind it. The hitchhiker is some kind of bug. 

It’s been a few days of coughing, sneezing, suffering a running nose, getting older, and getting uglier — although, I can’t rightly blame the bug for the last two. Last night I thought I had “gotten over the hump” but it turns out it was only the lull before the big assault. This morning I woke up with a very sore throat and a painful cough that seems to come all the way up from my toes. Yes, yes; also, older and uglier. 

I can tell you about the cruise as a way of getting my mind off the incessant use of tissues, sipping on water to minimize having to cough, going to the bathroom because of the constant sipping, wiping every surface I touch with a Clorox wipe and washing my hands whenever I blow my nose or cough or plan to touch anything in the condo (trying to spare Melisa what I’m going through). And, I can tell you about the cruise in a very long post. Good luck getting through it all. Not a snarky challenge, by the way; an actual wish for the fortitude to finish it all. 

By the way, a little hint . . . well, a couple of hints. Some tissue makers try to sell you tissues with lotion. Don’t bother. Buy Puff’s “Ultra Soft” tissues. Your nose will thank you for it (it won’t get raw from the constant blowing) and they won’t disintegrate in your hands whenever you use them. The other hint is to mix up a solution of water and 10% bleach . . . I dip a Bounty (actually, a cheaper brand paper towel) in it, wring it, and then use it as I grab things like coffee pots or water pitchers. The goal is to irritate the bugs as much as they annoy me.

The photos in this post are a sampling of the 8,859 photos I snapped during the trip. This includes photos from our visit to Illinois, where we touched base with our respective families. 

Yes, 8,859 photos, broken down thus:

1,478 (3.8 GB) from the Samsung Note II using the Open Camera App.
3,108 (28.5 GB) from the Nikon D7000 with either the 50mm or the 70-200mm lens.
4,273 (28.0 GB) from the Nikon P900

In all fairness, many of those are bracketed shots (especially the phone as I used it mostly on the ship) that increase the chances of getting at least one properly exposed shot out of the three, and failing that, perhaps join the photos using an HDR program.

By the way, the photos in this post are presented in the order they were shot and I’m not identifying if they are from the phone, the D7000, or the P900. You can take a guess, and future posts will let you know if you guessed right. Some people claim the ability to tell them all apart (a photographer I met on the cruise). 

Each photo can be clicked for a larger version and there’s a SmugMug Gallery HERE with these same photos in their original size. If you go to SmugMug, your chances of guessing the source of each photo is a bit better as the sizes jump by a factor of two between each one. The photos on this post are all sized the same (1280 pixel for the longest dimension)

That said, I won’t be talking about any specific photo; this post is more about general impressions of the ship, the cruise, and the sights.