Alaska… by sea

Words don’t justify how amazing Alaska is. This was our “once in a lifetime” holiday and we enjoyed every minute. Our 17 day adventure started off in Vancouver (Canada), we sailed up the inside passage with Princess Cruises (our favourite cruise line), stopping at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, College Fjord and disembarking at Whittier, near Anchorage.

Like I said, I love to take photos, and this was one of those trips where I took thousands! I’ll leave a few tasters here on my post, but if you have time to grab a cuppa and put your feet up, jump over to my Flickr page to see some more. I’ve also broken the journey into two posts, sea & land.

First stop, Ketchikan, and our wedding anniversary. We treated ourselves to one of our favourite outdoor adventures, kayaking. The weather was beautiful, sunny and warm, shorts weather, the locals said we were really lucky because they get so much rain there. After kayaking we took a stroll around town and down to Creek Street, Ketchikan’s notorious red-light district back in the early 1900’s.

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Next stop, Juneau. Due to a last minute cancellation in helicopter tours, we found ourselves travelling to Mendenhall Glacier by canoe. This was an awesome experience, paddling across the lake was so serene and the landscape is stunning. Once we arrived at the glacier we donned our grampons and hiked up the surface of the glacier, we filled our water bottles up with fresh glacier water and explored an ice cave.

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Skagway was a big day out. We took the train up the White Pass to Fraser (B.C. Canada), then transferred to a bus for a visit to the Yukon Suspension Bridge, then back down the Klondike Hwy, stopping at the Alaska/Canada border for some awesome views, and finishing with lunch at the Skagway Jewell Gardens. We really enjoyed this tour, the guides were fantastic and the history of the gold miners is truly remarkable. We had enough time to wander around Skagway before boarding the ship.

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We finished off our sea journey with scenic cruising in Glacier Bay & College Fjord, unfortunately our warm weather had left us, but we rugged up and went out deck to view the glaciers. The skies were gloomy but the scenery was still spectacular. We even had a few wildlife spottings.

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