Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Alaska

A few months ago I went on an Alaskan cruise through Celebrity cruises on the Celebrity Infinity. I had been one a Royal Caribbean cruise in the Caribbean a few years ago aboard the Allure of the Seas, which is a much larger ship. That cruise was fun but it was more about the ship than the destination. The infinity is a smaller ship but it was still amazing! We had three ports of call: Sitka, Juneau, and Ketchikan and stopped at Hubbard glacier. Sitka was definitely my favorite but there were good things about the others too! We got extremely lucky with the weather too, it only rained while we were in Ketchikan and it was 60 or 70 every day and we didn't really need the winter clothes we brought.

Sitka is beautiful, and we saw a ton of bald eagles. We also went to the bear sanctuary there (Fortress of the Bear), but my phone died so I don't have any pictures, but I'd highly recommend it.

 

 

 


The views around Hubbard glacier were spectacular:

 

 


Juneau is the capital of Alaska but it is a pretty small town. We did a whale watching excursion with Dophin Boat Jet Tours (they are awesome, and one of the only ones not associated with a cruise line) and saw five or six humpback whales, we even got to see one of them jump fully out of the water! We also saw some sea lions and eagles.

 


Ketchikan seemed like it was mostly centered around being a shopping port and we didn't opt for any excursions here but we did find a pretty trail close to the port

The cruise itself was a great time too. We got a free beverage package with our cruise and I don't think I'd ever cruise without one again. Having unlimited food and drinks allowed us to try so many different things, plus the bartenders and our dinner staff were great. It would have been nice to have some food available late night though. On our past cruise, the pizza place was open 24 hours a day, and on this ship, everything was closed after midnight.

 

 

 


I'd love to go back and do a cruise tour to Denali from Anchorage. Maybe someday.

"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world" -John Muir

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