Travel on the Side


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

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

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