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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

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

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

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