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I’ll blog more about the cruise itself in my next post. After Saint Kitts, it was two sea days before arriving back into Miami. Our flight was out of Fort Lauderdale, but wasn’t until 5:15pm, so we booked an Everglades excursion and airport drop off through Celebrity Cruises. It was $79 per person (at time of writing). Neither of us had been to the Everglades before, so we thought “why not?” After… Read More

We woke up docked in Basseterre, Saint Kitts. Fun fact: Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest independent country in the western hemisphere (in both population and geography). It’s home to around 55,000 people. After breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe, we walked off the ship at around 9:30am and made our way down the pier to Port Zante. In planning the Caribbean cruise, we wanted one day on the islands to be… 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

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

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