Today marks exactly TWO YEARS since we were yelling “All aboard!” from Seattle to Alaska!
SEE THE VIDEO OF OUR TRIP HERE –> https://youtu.be/dojWcJEoGeU
I really love doing trip reviews, but it also makes me miss being able to just go somewhere whenever we felt like it. I think by next year when Harlie is a little easier for my parents we will be able to take longer trips and get back to our traveling adventures as hubby and wife like we were doing! This post is going to be a long one, but very informative and fun, especially for me to re-live this breathtaking trip.
So to start out with, we booked our flights only to realize we would be flying…on 9/11… oops. Luckily we had no problems, and got to see Hartsfield Airport on major security with so many dogs sniffing everything! As most cruises are, our “set sail” time was 4:00pm with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line so there really was no need to get to Seattle a day early unless you wanted to see the city. We decided to get a balcony room this cruise because we were going to have 3 days at sea, one being a day we would be riding through the Fjords and wanted to have great views. For those wondering, since we went in mid September it was actually the last week cruise ships would be cruising through these parts of Alaska before everything started to freeze over. That being said, it was pretty chilly. I think the averages during the days were between 38-52.
PORT: Juneau, Alaska
This was our first port we came to, which is also the capital of Alaska for those that didn’t listen in history class lol. This was a small city but still up to date with amenities and shopping. We started the day out with a tram ride up the side of the mountain which overlooked the port and downtown.
Next, was my favorite part of the entire trip- HELICOPTER RIDE! We took a heli over the glaciers, and actually landed on one and got to walk around! It was a surreal experience, and if you ever get the chance.. do it! It is worth every penny. Me and Justin both just stood there and said if this doesn’t make you a believer I’m not sure what could. It was breathtaking.
To finish off the day in Juneau, we ate at a local seafood diner waterside and had the biggest crab legs we have ever seen! One leg average a pound of crab meat!
PORT: Skagway, Alaska
Our next stop was at the smallest, simplest-living town I’ve ever been to. 70% of the population there leaves once the last of the cruise ships are done for the season. The weather conditions there get pretty brutal during the late fall and winter months. This was the coldest port we stopped at, but it wasn’t miserable. It was a dry cold with very little wind.
Right when we got off the ship we boarded the famous White Pass Railroad Train for a 2 hour loop ride up to the Canadian line at the Yukon. I will have to admit that many spots on the ride I got pretty nervous about the safety of the railroad itself, but it just added to the experience!
Justin wanted to go zip lining at some point, so this is where we picked! We have been once before in north Georgia, but this was incomparable. We got to hike up to get the absolute best views before each zip!
If I remember correctly, there was only 2 restaurants (no fast food), and the market there only gets supplies stocked once per week. So the locals said if you don’t get your meat, bread, and dairy on one of the first 3 days its stocked, you’re out of luck until the next week! Talk about living simple.
TRACY ARM FJORD
This was a “cruising day at sea” so there was no port to stop at, but we got to see these beautiful views. The Sawyer Glacier is currently about 28 miles long! We did see seals hanging out on chunks of ice while we were by the glacier that day.
PORT: Victoria, British Columbia
What a beautiful city! Justin and I aren’t typically ones to love browsing cities, but we did love Victoria and we loved our Chicago trip. This city had flower arrangements on every light post, and the sidewalks were super clean. We didn’t do much activities at this port, more site seeing and we did a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. My waterproof bag came in handy when it was sprinkling on and off throughout the day, and it’s under $25!
If you’ve ever considered a trip Alaska, all I have to say is WHAT NO LONGER! I promise you will not regret it. We will definitely be back!