They wore sunglasses in the pouring rain. A few blew kisses or waved to the common folk. Bodyguards stood by while trinkets were purchased in gift shops.

More than 500 of the world's most famous, well-to-do and well-connected flew in to Juneau, Alaska, Friday for a "top secret" party aboard a posh cruise ship. It was being thrown by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for fellow billionaire Bill Gates.On hand were Candice Bergen, James Cameron, Debbie Reynolds, Dan Aykroyd and Jeff Goldblum, among others. In addition to rafting and shopping, the stars had to brave an unexpected rainstorm with wind gusts up to 70 mph.

Guests arrived on 20 or so planes, most of which stayed far from the passenger terminal.