It was a very exclusive excursion. Only 40 people out of the thousands of cruise passengers in port that day got to do it.
It was a wonderful trip down through Dead Horse Gulch, with views of waterfalls, rivers and gullies.
Candy sands, disappearing waves, transformed trolls - if life's a beach, these are its strangest days.
The ritual occurs every time I plan a holiday: I sit at a desk, opposite a travel agent, who tries hard to persuade me that this or that destination is my best possible choice.
In country this formidable, adventures are in order, writes Lance Richardson.
We are planning an Alaskan Inside Passage cruise. Could you suggest reputable operators and any must-see destinations?
Can you recommend reputable sites that cater primarily for professional singles aged 55-plus who are interested in travelling in a small group?
The gold rush and gunslingers are gone but characters remain, writes Nigel Richardson.
The USA's biggest state is also big on sights and price. But nowhere else in the world can you traverse such a dramatic coastline and witness orcas frolic in wild seas, boulders of glacial ice crash into the ocean below or breaching humpback whales in a single trip. Inland, its national parks have hungry brown bears catching salmon in river rapids. Alaska may be hard work, but it's rewarding.