Enjoy an Alaskan Cruise

In July, my husband and I traveled to Alaska on a Princess Cruise Lines cruise tour. The land portion started in Anchorage and we flew there a couple of days ahead to spend some time in that city. We went to a conservation center where we saw the wildlife (bears, moose, caribou) that we would see later in our trip, actually in the wild. From Anchorage the tour took us to the Mt. McKinley area (near Talkeetna) where we stayed in the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and then on to the Denali Park region by train with a glass dome for perfect sightseeing, where we stayed at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. While on this land portion of the trip we had the opportunity to take excursions, including a jet boat adventure and travel into Denali National Park, a true spectacular sight to see -what magnificent scenery and of course the wildlife.

We then traveled to Whittier to embark on the Coral Princess for a week long cruise through the inside passage of Alaska. The ship was great with a huge variety of activities available and there was a naturalist on board to explain what we saw as we cruised to Hubbard Glacier and the next day through Glacier Bay. We had a balcony cabin and if we had the TV on to the ship’s channel we could hear the naturalist talk as we stood on our balcony and watched the amazing sights, including the glaciers “calving” when chunks of the glacier just fall off into the water. The ship made stops at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and we enjoyed excursions in each of those towns including whale watching and a great train ride from the Yukon Territory in Canada. We also had time to walk around the towns to see the sights and shop.

The cruise ended in Vancouver, Canada and we spent three nights in that most beautiful city. There is plenty to do and lots of good restaurants. We recommend visiting Granville Island, a neighborhood of Vancouver where there are great shops and a huge farmer’s type market where you can get probably any type of food you can think of and Stanley Park, a huge beautiful city park. While in Vancouver, we also took a full day excursion outside of the city to Vancouver island and it’s capital city, Victoria (gorgeous) and Butchart Gardens (probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen with a rose garden, a Japanese garden, and Italian garden and a sunken garden with eateries and a beautiful gift shop).

All-in-all, this was a most interesting and beautiful trip. The season for traveling to Alaska is May-September. Contact me at marilyn@marveloustravel.com and planning can begin for your most amazing Alaskan adventure for next year.