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After getting stuffed at Tracy’s King Crab Shack, it was time for our shore excursion: whale watching! We had independently booked Harv & Marv’s whale watching a few months before the cruise, based off of excellent reviews on the CruiseCritic forums.  We chose Harv & Marv’s “Outback Special #1” — a small boat experience holding 14 or less passengers. We were not disappointed! From the reservation request to payment, everything was handled… Read More

We had survived our sea day! After another leisurely breakfast, we headed out on to the open decks and could see land again! We knew we were getting close! Hanging out at the Horizon Terrace pool deck area, we took in the sights and snapped pics of the nearby mountains. Mid-morning, Juneau started to come into view. We docked at 11am. Juneau is hemmed in by the mountains on one side and… Read More

The previous day when we left Seattle, the weather was gorgeous: blue skies, sunshine, and around 83F/28C. Ahh, but that was to change as we headed north! Woke up to overcast skies and 54F/12C. We were out on open water now. Today was a sea day. Being our first cruise, we weren’t sure what to expect. First thing? Sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast. Check. Then we explored the ship some… Read More

After spending three beautiful days in the Seattle area, it was time to board our cruise ship for Alaska. My mom and her boyfriend were joining us for the cruise. For each of us, it was our first time on a cruise and first time to Alaska! We ended up choosing Princess Cruises because of their extensive options and excursions for Alaskan cruising. An itinerary that included Glacier Bay National Park was… Read More

Summer isn’t even over yet and I’m planning for next summer’s big trip: an Alaskan cruise. It’s one of those bucket list travel items and something that several of us in the family want to do. But oh the decisions! There’s so much to think about. Everyone should start by reading some of the posts on Cruise Critic, particularly the site’s Alaska forum for ideas and advice. One-way or Round Trip? Many Alaskan cruises are… Read More