Today I’m going to share all the information about a trip that we took last year. It was a cruise to Alaska and it was so much fun. Interesting thing about a cruise to Alaska is I’ve heard 2 things that correspond with an Alaskan trip and that’s, number 1, the people that I’ve ever met that did a cruise to Alaska said it’s one of their favorite trips they ever took. Number 2, I’ve met a lot of people that a cruise to Alaska was on their bucket list.
I want to cover some of the things that we enjoyed and give you some little tips and tricks if you ever do plan on visiting Alaska. Also, I want to give a shout-out to my in-laws and my wife’s parents [Helene and Tom Perretti] after we did our cruise to Alaska and heard how much we liked it they actually did the cruise and I believe they really enjoyed it as well.
First of all, we went aboard the Golden Princess, which is a nice ship. It is definitely a more mature crowd aboard the Golden Princess. If you’re looking for a young party ship, clubbing and all that stuff, you’re really not going to find it on the Golden Princess. You’re going to find a more sophisticated upscale crowd because this isn’t your $99 booze cruise. We took some of our top salespeople with us on this cruise and there were 6 of us and we had an absolute blast.
The Ports on our Cruise to Alaska
Let me get to the fun parts: In Juneau we did the whale watching and wildlife tour. It was awesome. We saw my guess would be at least 50 whales and hundreds of sea lions. I would highly, highly, highly suggest that you have lunch at Tracy’s King Crab Shack. We even stopped by the Red Dog Saloon where we’re told Chuck Norris hangs out sometimes. We did not see him, but there was some really cool music and it’s a really, really neat atmosphere.
Then our next port was Skagway. We did the helicopter tour to land on a glacier. There’s nothing like it really. What’s interesting is when we landed on this glacier it looks like dirty ice and they’re like, “We’ll pick you up in 45 minutes.” I’m thinking, “What are we going to do for 45 minutes?” However, when we started walking around, we discovered caverns, these deep amazing caverns with underground waterfalls with the deepest blue I have ever seen in my entire life. I’m talking about a blue that’s bluer than any blue you’ve ever seen and it’s so beautiful. It really is breathtaking. If you go to Skagway, absolutely 100% do the helicopter tour to the glacier.
Then we went to Ketchikan. Ketchikan is known as the salmon capital of the world and so we went salmon fishing. My wife did catch the biggest salmon and she is very proud of that. It was a lot of fun, a really unique experience and it’s also a cool little town there as well. I would suggest go salmon fishing if you go to Ketchikan because that’s the thing to do.
Then the cruise went through Glacier Bay. For those that may not know, Glacier Bay isn’t a port necessarily. It is really an alleyway of glaciers and it is amazing. It’s where you get the chance to see what they call calving and that is where large chunks of ice break off from the glacier. I’ve seen it in videos online but to see it in person was awesome.
Our final stop was in Victoria, Canada. This was really, really nice. We had a great dinner at a place called Spinnakers. If you do end up going to Victoria, make sure you stop in at Spinnakers.
The cruise to Alaska was definitely a peak-like experience especially the whole whale watching and landing on the glacier in Skagway.
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