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I’ve now lived in Wisconsin for almost 7 years. I grew up in the Midwest, so it’s not a huge change, but thing I hate is winter. Yep, I know I’m in the wrong state. But here I am. For the past few years we’ve taken a warm-weather vacation when it gets colder here. Last year, we went to Orlando–and managed to miss the first big snow storm of the season! In 2014, we did… Read More

Happy New Year! I realized that from this past summer, I did a day-by-day account of our Alaskan cruise, but I never wrapped it up with a trip review. Since this was our first cruise and first time to Alaska, I thought I’d write a little bit about the experience. I’ll be honest, up until now, I never had a strong desire to go on a cruise. Some of it was bad… Read More

All aboard time from Ketchikan was 12:45pm. We wouldn’t dock at our next port, Victoria BC, until around 7:15pm the next day. So, it felt like an extra “sea day.” Again, we were itching to get off the ship as soon as Victoria came into view. Canadian immigration authorities slightly delayed our docking. We were off the ship just after 7:30pm and we had to be back on at 11:30pm. Another short… Read More

After getting off the ship in Ketchikan, we made our way to the pier where a van was waiting to take us to our shore excursion. Several months back I had booked a floatplane sightseeing tour over Misty Fjords National Monument through Island Wings Air Service based off of good reviews from CruiseCritic and TripAdvisor. Quick review: It was awesome! Arriving at the Island Wings office, we walked down a plank and there… Read More

Sailing overnight from Glacier Bay, the Crown Princess docked in Ketchikan at around 7am. It was a short port day. All aboard was 12:45pm. We made the most of it though! We had booked a floatplane sightseeing excursion over Misty Fjords National Monument through Island Wings Air Service–a fantastic experience that I’ll blog more about in my next post. After returning from the Misty Fjords excursion, we had around two hours to… Read More

Getting up early for the sunrise was just part one of an amazing day cruising through Glacier Bay National Park. Part two was the actual glaciers themselves. We got our first glimpse of a glacier shortly after 9am: Reid Glacier. Sailing through Glacier Bay, we were treated to beautiful scenery: At around 9:30am we arrived at Margerie Glacier. The captain stopped the ship and we got to observe for about an hour…. Read More

After leaving Skagway, it was off to Glacier Bay National Park for a day of scenic cruising amid the glaciers. But first, I did something out of the ordinary for me. I got up early. Like way early. To catch the sunrise. Oh, and because we’re so far north and it’s summer, the sun rises at 3:59am! So I set my alarm and was out on the upper, open decks of the ship… Read More

After walking around Skagway, it was time for our shore excursion! Independently, we had booked Frontier Excursions & Adventure’s Yukon Discovery Tour. At around 9am we met out tour guide/driver, John, at the dock. We picked up a few more people downtown and then we were off! There were 14 of us on board the mini-bus and it didn’t feel crowded at all. Loved this excursion! We could relax, take in the… Read More

With Juneau behind us, it was off to Skagway! Skagway, with a full-time population of around 1,000 (that swells well beyond that in the summer to assist with the tourist influx) still feels like an Alaskan frontier town. It became the entry point for many during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s. It’s also home to the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad – a popular shore excursion for cruise ship visitors…. Read More

We were dropped off back at the pier in Juneau following our Harv & Marv’s whale watching tour. By this time it was after 5pm and we still wanted to go to Mendenhall Glacier. Thankfully we caught the last shuttle bus going there and arrived at Mendenhall at around 6:15pm. The cost for the shuttle was $30 roundtrip per person (it includes the entrance fee). We only had about an hour before… Read More