Alaskan Cruise

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In July of 2012, I took my son on an Alaskan cruise.  I paid $784 each for the voyage for me and my son.  Money was tight at the time, so we had inside cabins.  Looking back, I would say if one is going to splurge just once for a balcony or window view room, an Alaskan cruise would be the one time to do that.  There seems to be no end to the beautiful views and being in an inside cabin denies one of many hours of scenic views.  In addition, be sure to bring along a winter coat.  Alaskan cruises only sail in summer, but it can get chilly that far north especially on the water.

I used my Delta American Express companion certificate for the airfare and paid $341 each for the airfare from Detroit to Seattle.

$1,125 a person included all the food we could eat, seven nights of accommodation, and transportation.  That works out to $160 per person per day.  In addition, I did incur additional charges for some excursions we took.

Here is the itinerary of the cruise we took:

 

Inside passage

 

Inside passage

 

Inside passage

 

Mendenhall Glacier-Juneau

 

Mendenhall Glacier-Juneau

 

Close up of glacial ice

 

Near Mendenhall Glacier-Juneau

 

Juneau

 

Red Dog Saloon-Juneau

 

Inside the Red Dog Saloon

 

Cable car to the top of the peak in Juneau

 

 

Entering port of Skagway

 

Skagway

 

Transportation in Skagway

 

Avoid the temptation to purchase the White Pass Railroad tour from the ship.  Go directly to the ticket booth and buy the tickets. You will save a lot of money this way.  Skagway is a small town and the White Pass Railroad ticket office is next to the museum that is part of the National Parks System.

 

White Pass Railroad

 

View from White Pass Railroad

 

View from White Pass Railroad

 

View from White Pass Railroad

 

Views from White Pass Railroad

 

U.S. and Canada border aboard the White Pass Railroad

 

View from White Pass Railroad

Upon arriving in the Glacier Bay Area, a ranger from the national park will board the ship and narrate about the area.  If you’re lucky, you will see a piece of the glacier break off and splash into the water.

 

Glacier Bay

 

Big piece of glacier breaking away

 

Glacier Bay

 

Glacier Bay

 

Glacier Bay

 

Glacier Bay

 

 

When in Alaska, one will see these neat knives used in the area.  There is a temptation to buy them on the ship, but don’t.  The gift shops in Ketchikan sell them for almost half the price.  Make sure you pack them in your checked luggage when you fly home.

Ketchikan

If you want to take an areal tour of the fjords in Ketchikan, again bypass buying the tour on the ship.  Go to the tourist information center in town. (You can’t miss it.  If you do, just ask).  They will find someone who has a seaplane and they will call for them to pick you up.  This is not to be missed.

View from seaplane

 

View from seaplane

 

View from seaplane

 

The seaplane landed here for a moment

 

View from seaplane

 

View from seaplane

 

Victoria was an uneventful stop for me.  We enjoyed a meal with outdoor service and took it easy.  A lot of people went to the botanical gardens, but I’m just not interested in those.  When you exit the ship, you have to clear customs and immigration.  After that, there will be a booth where you can purchase roundtrip bus transport to town.

~Bella

 

 

 

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