When most people think of a cruise they think of the Caribbean or Mexico. I use to as well. However, a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to go on an Alaskan cruise. It was a trip of a lifetime. You think of it as cold, you can’t lay on the beach, but it’s just cool. A sweatshirt or rain jacket is enough. You dress in layers so as it warms up you can adjust.
One thing most people do not know about me is that I love the outdoors. I love to hike, see nature and wild animals. Don’t get me wrong: I still love my big cities but there is something about being in the mountains and forests.
On this trip we flew into Seattle which was neat. We got to spend most of a day and night there. It’s a great place to visit. The Wharf is really fun with shops and restaurants.
The next day we loaded on a bus and drove to Vancouver Canada. The views along the way were beautiful. Just remember you need a passport. We boarded the ship and while still in port, you can see snow covered mountains. As we were pulling out of the port, we had great views of the Vancouver skyline. We were able to watch a beautiful sunset from the Crow’s Nest which occurred around 10:30 PM.
The boats are smaller because you cruise on the inner passage. It is really nice because you almost always see land and it is a very smooth sailing. The other nice thing about smaller boats is that it’s easier to meet people and become friends.
The first morning we were up early because of the time change. Coffee on the deck was accompanied by a majestic sunrise. The mountains are a mix of trees and snow. The water is crystal clear. Today we are at sea all day up the Canadian border towards Alaska. One great sight after another.
Day 2 is our first city of Juneau. We did a photography tour. WHAT A TOUR IT WAS !!! Before the day was over, we saw 10-15 whales play for about an hour, sea lions put on a show, eagles flying above us , a grizzly bear fishing, and the Mendenhall Glacier. It is a day I will never forget.
Day 3 we awoke in Skagway. It is raining and I fear our rafting on the eagle preserve trip will be cancelled but this is a typical day here and things go on as planned. It was a cold wet trip with fog. We were wet head to toe but it is a trip that I won’t easily forget!
Day 4 is cruising to Glacier Bay. This is the only day it is cold but after all, you’re at the glaciers. The views are fantastic. They have coffee and hot chocolate stations set up on the decks. The sky is clear blue, the few clouds that are out are fluffy like cotton balls and the water is crystal clear. The glaciers are magnificent!
Day 5 was in Ketchikan. We just stayed in town today enjoying the local flavor. We went through the shops and found a local place for lunch. We ate halibut which was great. Halibut in Alaska is like cod is here so I ate it every opportunity I had.
Day 6 is cruising back to Vancouver. It was nice just relaxing and enjoying the ship. As with the larger ships in other places, they have great food and high quality entertainment. There are plenty of activities going on throughout the day and night. We ended up at the Club dancing most evenings after the shows.
Everyone should try this and we would love to help you set up a trip. We went at the end of June which was great. Anytime mid June through early September works. So please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and give us your contact information. You won’t be sorry you did.