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These videos were taken with Cathy's little Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd digital camera. So, they may not be the greatest, but they will give you a pretty good idea of the scene. You can either scroll down the page to select a video to view, or you can use one of the following links to get directly to that video.
|1. Day 3 - Glacier Bay - Margerie Glacier|
|2. Day 5 - Cruising - Champagne Waterfall|
|3. Day 6 - Saxman Village - Potlatch Dance Introduction|
|4. Day 6 - Saxman Village - Potlatch Dance Hunting Bear|
|5. Day 6 - Saxman Village - Potlatch Dance Quiet Dance|
|6. Day 6 - Saxman Village - Potlatch Dance Finale|
|7. Day 7 - Dining Room - Baked Alaska Parade|
|8. Day 7 - Dining Room - Parade of Chefs & Our Table|
This video gives you a somewhat better idea of the size and scale of Margerie Glacier (1 mile wide with a face of 250 feet above the water) than the still photos. We did get to see a small calving (breaking off) of the Glacial ice but, unfortunately, we did not capture it on this video, nor in any still pictures.
In the video, I mention the cracking sound of the ice, which was quite distinct to our ears, but unfortunately, because of all the ambient noise around us and the small microphone on the camera, it can not be heard well in the video. It was a very sharp, deep cracking sound, very much like small bursts of thunder, and almost as loud!
On the night of September 19th (the 5th night of our cruise), we gathered in the 5 deck high Atrium at 11:15 PM where the Maitre d' Hotel, Ignazio d' Agostino, stacked over 300 champagne glasses to form a Champagne Waterfall. It is a tribute to the smoothness of the ship that they were able to pull this off!
The Potlatch Dancers from the Saxman Village are all on stage now and introduce themselves from the Beaver Clan, and the dance begins.
The young Tlingit warrior simulates the hunting of a Bear with a bow and arrow, while another young Tlingit plays the part of the Bear.
The entire Potlatch Dance Troupe performs a nice quiet dance.
The Potlatch Dance has come to an end and the dancers dance off stage left.
At our final dinner of the cruise, all the wait staff parade through the Bordeaux Dining Room with flaming Baked Alaska, and deliver one to each table. The lights were turned down to enhance the effect of the flames. So, the video is a bit grainy, but still fun!
After the Baked Alaska Parade, the entire Chef staff parades through the dining room to receive applause of gratitude from all the guests for preparing us such exquisite meals. Also, you get to see our dinner companions: Jean in the red jacket, Whitey and Patricia to the right, and Gwyneth and Steve from England.
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