Wow! What an amazing trip!! If I'd known what Alaska was like, I would've gone long before now... Cruising is definitely the way to travel. Unpack once for a week and arrive in a different port almost every day. We left from Seattle on Saturday, August 2 and returned Saturday, August 9. We sailed on the Norwegian Jewel and found many fun activities on board to keep us busy.
We went with a group that had a couple of great speakers--John Bytheway and Jack Welch. We heard John Bytheway speak 6 different times throughout the week which made an amazing cruise even better!
We were welcomed back to our cabin each night to a variety of towel animals sitting or hanging all over the room.
First stop--Ketchikan, Alaska. Lumberjack show, Totem Bight State Park, Duck Tour and THE most amazing popcorn I've ever had!
Next port--Juneau, Alaska. Salmon hatchery and Mendenhall Glacier.
We traveled through Tracy Arm to see Sawyer Glacier. Temps were in upper 50s, low 60s the days we were in Alaska.
Last Alaskan port--Skagway. Zip lining, panning for gold, Iditarod dogs/sleds/PUPPIES and the 40-degree below chamber to feel what it's like during the Iditarod race--crazy cold!!
Final port--Victoria, British Columbia. Butchart Gardens and downtown Victoria.
Early Saturday morning arrival in Seattle with a few hours to spare... Visited Pike Place Market, the famous gum wall (yuck!), monorail to the Space Needle and John's Street.
An amazing and memorable trip of a lifetime--even if we didn't see any bears...