About 2 months ago my wonderful husband surprised me with 2 tickets for a 7 day Alaskan cruise for our 2 year anniversary. To say I was excited was an understatement! I have always wanted to go to Alaska. Call me strange but the prospect of endless snow, wildlife exploring right in your backyard, and long, cool summer days sounds like music to my ears. I don’t know about living there permanently but with the Hubs being in the Army we might have a chance to enjoy a piece of the wild frontier for a couple of years. But I digress….let’s get back to the cruise!!
Driving up to the dock, I was in awe of how ginormous the cruise ship actually was! I couldn’t imagine this building actually floating all the way to Alaska and back! Luckily for us, we lived close enough to Seattle that we were able to have a sweet friend drop us off so we didn’t have to worry about transportation.
The entire 7 days were so much fun! Surprising to us, we enjoyed the shore excursion days just as much as the sea days. The days ashore were spent in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and then Victoria, B.C. There were a total of 2 days spent at sea. We could not have asked for more beautiful weather. The sun’s vibrant glow was welcomed after the long cloudy days of Washington.
Ketchikan was a quaint little town. We were thankful to give our sealegs a stretch after our first day at sea. There was not too much in the “downtown” area, mostly tourist shops, so we explored out and around the main area. We discovered a few locally-owned businesses where the owners were so incredibly warm and welcoming. We enjoyed chatting with a few of them. One of the ladies owned a salmon canning company. She was kind enough to give us samples. The taste was so moist, flavorful, and all-around amazing.
The capital of Alaska offered beautiful scenery and some trails for our wandering feet to explore. If we had more time, we would have loved to hike more of the Mt. Roberts Trail. Maybe one day we can come back and conquer. :)
Although Skagway was the smallest town we visited (population boastfully around 920 residents), it was by far our favorite. I could not pinpoint why we enjoyed this little town so much but we had a great time exploring their history. We walked a total of 15miles wandering around.
Victoria was an absolutely picturesque city with stone castles, buildings with ivy hugging every groove, and gardens bursting with a symphony of colors. We have this on our next mini-vaca bucket list since it is only a ferry ride away.
One of our sea days included a stop by Sawyer Glacier. The ride (drive?!) to the glacier took what seemed like an eternity. The captain had to maneuver ever so slowly through the icebergs–Titanic flashbacks anyone? No? Okay, I’ll move on to more pictures then….
We had such an incredible time on our cruise and cannot wait for our next adventure!!