Finally getting to write a little about my amazing Alaskan Vacation, after the long trip & a long battle with a wicked cold (luckily got it AFTER we got home)! Our trip was, mostly, awesome!
We spent 3 days in the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. before our cruise sailed. We’d been told that Vancouver was an amazing city, and we weren’t lied to. It is so clean, and the people were so nice. We walked for miles, just taking in the city & the sights. We visited Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, China Town, and everywhere in-between.
Felted Chicken Head in China Town, Downtown Vancouver, B.C.
Felted Chicken Head on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver
Then we sailed away on the MS Volendam via the Holland America Cruise Line. I think it was a smaller ship and… um, how do I say this diplomatically… it’s general demographic was of the retired-person persuasion. Yep, there were a bunch of old people on our cruise which is okay cause that meant there weren’t so many kids running around. We ate too much food, were a bit too lazy, and it was so much fun! Being our first cruise, we don’t have much to compare it to, but we had a good time, so that’s all that matters.
Me & my husband on our ship MS Volendam!
Felted Chicken Head playing some BINGO on the ship!
Now on to Alaska…
So the first couple days were kinda crappy, not Alaska in general, but Alaska’s weather. It was so cold & raining! Not cold enough to snow which would have been fun, but still cold & wet, you just couldn’t get warm. My husband and I love to walk around cities, taking in the local atmosphere, but at our Juneau & Skagway port stops, the weather was just too bad to enjoy the cities. We grumpily sloshed through the area around the port & headed back to the ship for more free food.
Awesome Totem Pole, love the character! Skagway, Alaska
BUT THEN THERE WAS GLACIER BAY….
We woke up on the 4th day, and there was light, as in the sun! We spent the entire day sailing through possibly one of the most beautiful places in the world. We saw wildlife, icebergs, and falling crashing glaciers. It was still cold, but the scenery made up for our frozen fingers & chattering teeth. It was breathtaking, thinking back on Glacier Bay, I still can’t believe a place like that exists & I feel so privileged to have had the chance to visit it. EVERYBODY needs to go and see the awesomeness that mother nature can create. We saw (all from afar) killer whales, dolphins, a black bear, puffins, humpback whale sprays, bald eagles, and a couple seals.
Felted Chicken Head in Glacier Bay!
Me in Glacier Bay, It was FREEZING!
I love Icebergs & how my iPhone takes pictures of them!
Then our good-weather-luck continued as we stopped in Ketchikan! We saw a Lumberjack Competition, visited a local Native American Village, saw some super cool totem poles, and got to finally walk around a very fun city. It was beautiful outside & we actually wish we had had more time to explore it.
Me in Ketchikan, Alaska & it was SUNNY!
Felted Chicken Head with an awesomely weird Totem Pole!
Hooray LUMBERJACKS! A real Alaskan experience, HAHA!
So our overall review of the Alaskan Cruise… B+ Just because of the weather, which could be my fault for trying to save a little money & going at the very beginning of the season. I think we’ll have to put this back on our long list of “Places we have to see before we die”, but just this time I think I’ll book our cruise in the middle of July or something!