If you have ever thought about going to Alaska, do it. People aren’t lying when they call it the trip of a lifetime. We had the most amazing time. I am sharing my Alaskan cruise review in hopes to inspire you to want to adventure to Alaska (especially those of you that are considering it but just aren’t sure if you’d like it. Trust me – you’ll like it.
Have you ever gone to Alaska? Which ports did you stop at?
Our trip went as follows:
Day 1: Seattle, WA/set sail for Alaska
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Juneau
Day 4: Skagway
Day 5: Glacier Bay
Day 6: Ketchikan
Day 7: Victoria, BC (this got cancelled due to weather/high winds)
We got in the night before our ship set sail so that we could get up early and tour Seattle. We had breakfast at Lowell’s in Pike’s Place Market . Because our bodies were still on Maryland time, we were able to get there super early when the restaurant was just opening. Our seats were on the top floor over-looking Puget Sound. Our breakfast we delicious and the service was wonderful, too. It was the perfect start to our vacation.
Then we went on the monorail over to the Space Needle. We could even see our ship ready to set sail!
Then we checked out of our hotel (so glad for late check-out!) and headed to the pier. We were sad to have to leave Seattle so soon. There is so much to do there that we didn’t get to experience. We really do hope to be able to travel back there one day.
We cruised with Princess on the Golden Princess. Our room was surprisingly spacious minus the bathroom (as to be expected). If you want any more information specifically about the ship, send me a message!
At Sea. We spent the day playing trivia, sitting out on deck, touring the ship, etc.
This was by far our favorite day of the trip. We went whale watching, on a tour of Mendenhal Glacier, and ended our day at the tourist bar, The Red Dog Saloon. We saw SO many whales eating and then diving into the water (which meant lots of great tail pictures). I have never done anything like whale watching so I felt like a total kid standing there. The glacier was spectacular and the bar was the perfect ending to such a great day. If you’re ever in Juneau, you have to at least stop in and have one drink – it’s so much fun.
My favorite part was feeding the reindeer. The people in my group had no real interest in feeding them, instead they just watched. This meant I got to spend the entire time we had there feeding the reindeer. They were so sweet and adorable. We also had a black bear run right over the trail behind our guide (which spooked him the rest of the tour). It poured down raining which meant excursions returned to the ship late which made the ship disembark late. Due to this and very high winds overnight (up to 70 mph), we were unable to dock in Victoria, British Columbia.
If you want any additional information about our trip, including Princess cruise-line, send me an e-mail and I would be glad to answer any questions you have!
*I was in no way paid nor did I receive a discount for my review of our Princess cruise to Alaska. We just had a wonderful time and thought I would share our adventure to encourage other people to travel there as well.